Dhaka- The city of friendly people

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Dhaka was the capital of Mughal Bengal for 75 years and was considered to be among the most affluent cities in India for being the hub for Bengal’s ‘muslin’. While travelling through the city, you will notice delicious cuisines, art-festivals and cycle-rickshaws constituting a major part of the city’s culture. To experience the city’s historical journey from monuments to food that dates back to the Mughal era to the British Colonial period, you must visit Old Dhaka. The place is home to almost over 2000 heritage buildings and some of the oldest eatery places that serve mouth-watering local dishes. The best way to explore Old Dhaka is by rickshaw that will take you through narrow busy lanes while giving you glimpse of the regular life as well.

Best time to visit: November to April is the best time to explore Dhaka.

Visa and immigration: If you are an Indian passport holder travelling to Dhaka, then you would need to apply for Bangladesh visa.

How to reach

By Air: Shahjalal International Airport or Dhaka Airport is the largest airport in Bangladesh, located about 20km away from the north of the city. IndiGo operates non-stop flights between Dhaka and various Indian cities.

By Bus: You can also reach Dhaka by bus from Kolkata and Agartala. The Kolkata-Dhaka bus service, jointly operated by the West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation and the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).

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Places to visit in Dhaka

 
  • Lalbagh Fort: Take out some time from city’s hustle bustle and visit this unfinished monument – Lalbagh Fort in Old Dhaka. The fort complex comprises of three complete monuments – the Diwan-i-aam, the Mausoleum of Pari Bibi and the three-domed Quilla Mosque. Do check out the Mausoleum of Pari Bibi as it is the most distinct one to be built with white marble, black basalt and different coloured tiles. Diwan-i-aam, a beautiful two-storey structure has its own appeal with a small museum filled with miniature paintings, carpets, coins and swords from the Mughal era.
  • Ahsan Manzil: Another prominent historical monument is the beautiful pink palace – Ahsan Manzil located along the banks of the Buriganga river in Old Dhaka. It was the official residential palace of the Nawab of Dhaka. Interestingly, Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India (1898–1905), used to stay in this palace, whenever he visited Dhaka.
  • Liberation War Museum: Located at the center of the city, the Liberation War Museum will take you on a journey of Bangladesh entire freedom struggle; starting from British regime to their 9-month long Liberation war in 1971. The museum details Bangladesh’s story of freedom struggle through various images (which might be disturbing), personal items displaying a short story of the owner.
  • National Museum: After visiting the Liberation War Museum, if your history bug is still not satisfied then take a tour of the Bangladesh National Museum. The massive four-storey museum is among the largest museums in South Asia. It holds three auditoriums, a library, photographic gallery, large exhibition halls, a temporary exhibition hall, an audio-video division and a conservatory laboratory. The journey to the museum will be a quite insightful as the museum showcases unique collections of paintings, sculptures, porcelain items, metal work, weapons, medieval armoury, wooden furniture, fossils and many more that share the story about the ancient civilisations existence in Bangladesh.
  • Dhakeshwari Temple: Another essential place to visit in Dhaka is Dhakeshwari Temple wherein Dhakeshwari means the Goddess of Dhaka. Built in the 12th century the temple holds national importance and considered to be the most important Hindu place of worship.

Places to eat in Dhaka

Fakruddin Biryani
Fakruddin Biryani

If you don’t taste Briyani while being in Dhaka, then your trip is incomplete. And to taste the city’s best biryani you have to visit Fakruddin. This place is usually packed with locals so try your luck to get a place to sit.

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Haji Biriyani
Haji Biriyani

Located at the heart of Old Dhaka, this place is an ancient institution. Started in 1939 as a roadside food corner, Haji Biryani only serves its incredibly delicious Mutton Biryani which is commonly known as Chevon Biryani. Also, try their Borhani, a yoghurt based salted mint drink.

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Al-Razzaque Restaurant
Al-Razzaque Restaurant

Another place in Old Dhaka that serves delicious local dishes including biryani (of course), curries, Bangladeshi breakfast at an excellent price. But one thing that you can’t miss is their enormous flaky rotis that you might not get anywhere else.

 

 

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Premium Sweets
Premium Sweets

If your gastronomical senses are satisfied with biryani then it’s time to sweeten your mouth a bit with the traditional sweets at Premium Sweets. Interestingly, they give a guarantee card with their pack of sweets, so if you want to exchange your buy the same day, you can do so free of cost. Quite a good deal, isn’t it?

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Star Kebab & Restaurant
Star Kebab & Restaurant

It is very popular for Bangladeshi breakfasts. With the bright and fun environment, the restaurant offers a good portion of food that will not hurt your pocket.

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Shopping in Dhaka

Dhaka is shopping paradise. You will get beautiful sarees, handicrafts, bamboo products, jewelry or famous pink pearls. Jamdani sarees are a must and popular buy for all saree lovers. These sarees are entirely handwoven and take around three months to get complete.

New Market: You will find almost everything in New Market, city’s largest market. You can practically spend an entire day here while shopping for clothing, jewellery, leather and much more.

Jatra: If you are looking for some beautiful souvenirs to take back home then visit Jatra. It is a famous handicraft shop that sells trademark Bangladeshi artwork in a modern form. You can look through their full range of unique items such as home décor accessories, lamps, clothes and wall hangings.

Aarong: Another fantastic place to buy Bangladeshi souvenirs. It is the retail arm of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) and offers best-in-quality products in terms of leather, bamboo, clothes, jewellery, ceramics etc. BRAC provides employment for socially and economically weak people by promoting traditional Bangladeshi handicrafts.

Bashundhara City: If you want to taste the flavour of Bangladeshi middle-class lifestyle then visit Bashundhara city, world’s 12th largest mall. Sprawling over whopping ten floors, you can find handicraft stores and even get your jewellery designed. There are about 2000 shops of local and international brands, restaurants, multiplex and a bowling alley as well.

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Where to stay in Dhaka

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Richmond Hotel & Suites Just 5-minutes’ drive from the airport, this hotel is an ideal option for business travellers. The hotel features a rooftop conference room that is perfect to hold any informal and formal meetings.

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Golpata Bed & Breakfast The property is at a nearby location to all famous tourist spots and 3km away from the airport. The rooms are well-equipped, and it is considered to be a value for money hotel as compared to others in the city.

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Marriott Guesthouse This hotel is centrally located and offers a comfortable stay equipped with all modern facilities. The cuisines in its in-house restaurant is a must try.

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The Westin It is the best address for luxurious accommodation. Soak yourself in luxury and relax in their spacious swimming pool or you can go shopping at Shopper’s world mall located at a distance of 1 km. The best feature of the hotel is the floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a beautiful view of the surroundings while being in your hotel room.

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Amidst the hustle bustle of shopping and sightseeing, take out some time to enjoy the local music at this lively and beautiful lounge called Jatra Biroti. As you enter, you tend to fall in love with the magical atmosphere of this place filled with soft lights, bright walls painted with traditional artwork and flowy fabrics. The lounge organises musical workshops to promote the folk music and new artists of the country.

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