Places to Visit

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Sometimes a city is famous all over the world for a single historical occurrence or a geographical phenomenon. Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh is one of those cities famous for many historical events. Its background is crowded with the activities and achievements of Palas, Senas, Patahans, Mughal and Britons and many other dynasties over the centuries. Founded on 1608, it was adorned with the glory as being the capital of the region when it was successively under the Mugal and the British rules. It used to be known as the town of "Mosques" and was called the city of "Rickshaws" until recently. These days, it looks chaotic with more vehicles running and buildings constructed, but the "chaos" is not a decadent one, it is rather solely positive. Painting on buses and Rickshaws are of people's dreams, and the city is really bustling. Dhaka became the capital of the country when Bangladesh emerged as an independent and sovereign country in 1971. Once known as city of 52 Bazars (Market) and 53 lanes and city of Muslin, finest quality of local febric well adoroned by Mughal and western aristrocracy. Dhaka has an amazing blend of Mughal, Victorian and modern architecture as well as many historic relics.

Tourists and traveller will find some interesting places to choose to visit here while staying in Dhaka. We have mentioned bellow some of them. Sadarghat (riverfront), Old Dhaka, Ahsan Monjil, Lalbagh Fort, Sonargaon, National Museum, Shankhari Bazar, New Market, Bongo Bazar, Dhakeswari Temple, Liberation war Museum, National Martyers Memorial, Botanical Garden, National parliament building, Pottery village, Star mosque, Armenian Church, Boro Katara, Choto katara, Baldha Garden.

Sadarghat: Sadargat and Badamtole is the waterfront of Dhaka city. Its a part of old Dhaka and very busy and crowded. If you have time to do only one thing in Dhaka , then you had better take a short boat trip from Sadargat boat terminal to see the riverfront. The panorama of river life is fascinating. In the middle of the river, which is roughly 500 m wide, you'll see an unbelievable array of boats, speedboats, tugs and motor launches- going in every direction. You'll see crew-painting boats, bathing, cooking or just resting and observing, while hordes of people cross the river in small canoes, and both large and small ships ply up and down the rivers. If you look hard along the river's edge, you may also spot some of the ancient houseboats called baras. These worn-out boats, some half a century old, are popular floating restaurants catering to the poorest of the poor, where meals are served from 8 am until midnight.

Ahsan Monjil: Ahsan manjil is known as pink palace and one of the most interesting building in Dhaka . It occupies a prominent place in the history of Dhaka as well as East Bengal from the mid-nineteenth century to the first quarter of the twentieth century. Ahsan manjil being the residence and official center of the East Bengal's most influential Zamindars(landowner) who were later conferred the title of Nawab by the British Government, was the nerve center in the political, social, economical and cultural life of East Bengal. It's a magnificent pink colored building with an imposing staircase leading to the 2nd floor , and it is topped by a lofty dome. In each of the 23 grand rooms there is a photograph of the rooms dating from around 1902.The museum gives a good insight into the life of the ruling classes of Bengal during the Raj. Some important Zamindars were Nawab Khwaja Abdul Ghani, Nawab Khwaja Ahsanullah, Nawab Khwaja Salimullah etc.

Old Dhaka: A rickshaw ride or walking along the narrow lanes of old buildings in old Dhaka can be a one of the big experience in Bangladesh for any foreign nationals. Its busy ,noisy and crowded. You will find a strange life style in all old Dhaka . Walking from Sadargat to Lalbagh fort is a good way to get to know old Dhaka , or at least to discover how easy it is for some one to get lost in tits winding lanes.

Rickshaw /Rickshaw Painting: There are certain things that one would come across in this unique city, which they would not find anywhere else in the world. In fact, these things are so rare that they should be treated as atypical "gems". And one of these rare gem that give Dhaka city this individuality from rest of the human civilization is--Rickshaw. This one-man driven contraption is generally defined as follows. " a door less ,three-wheeled public vehicle pulled by a man . It has a chair-like frame designed to seat one or two people and collapsible hood to protect passengers from the weather." Rickshaw is one of the most popular transport available everywhere in Bangladesh . In Bangladesh all rickshaw are bicycle driven. Unlike in Kolkata, there are none of the human puller variety. It is estimated that one in every three taka goes to the rickshaw business. According to Lonely Planet publisher, author 0f Chsing Rickshaws,a pictorial celebration of the world's remaining Rickshaws, Dhaka is the undisputed rickshaw capital of the planet, with one rickshaw for every 8-9 inhabitants. Surely rickshaw counting is an impossible task in Dhaka city like trying to count the pigeons in New York city . Painting on rickshaw is peoples dream. This work is considered as folk art. Almost one third of money to make rickshaw goes to decorate and paint rickshaw. The painting are so innocents, because the people behind the brush are so very simple themselves Despite being an everyday utilitarian vehicle, the rickshaw is not without adornment, and one of the first things that strikes a foreigner is not only how many rickshaw there are , but how profusely decorated they are as well- with not only paint , but chrome, plastic streamers and upholstered designs covering every square inch of the vehicle. like the gaudy trucks and buses of Afghanistan and Pakistan , the decoration of rickshaws in Bangladesh has developed into a noteworthy folk art form. Among the thousands of painted rickshaw backboard ,there are, of course a number of recurring themes and designs: famous film stars with red-faced villains and heroines, and movie scenes which seem to be the most popular, patriotic scenes glorifying heroes from Bangladesh's 1971 War of Liberation from Pakistan, Islamic religious motifs-such as scenes of Mecca, a boy reading from the Koran, or the winged creature with a woman's head, said to have carried the prophet from Jerusalem to heaven--- as well as exotic birds in gorgeous plumage, futuristic cityscapes, folk-lore and mythology such as scenes from the " Arabian Nights", in addition to the more pedestrian village and river boat scenes.

Lalbagh Fort: This unfinished fort is touted as Dhaka 's premier tourist attraction. Construction of the fort began in 1677 under the auspices of Prince Mohammed Azam, third son of Aurangazeb, who then handed it over to Shaista Khan for completion. The death of Khan's daughter, Pari Bibi(fair lady), was considered such a bad omen that the fort was never completed. However, three architectural monuments within the complex, all in the Bangla-Mughal style of architecture, where finished in 1684 and remain in good condition. It's an elegant two storey structure with symmetrical facade and a central hall. Inside, there's a small museum of Mughal miniature paintings and beautiful examples of calligraphy, along with the usual swords and firearms. The mosque on the western side of the complex is quite attractive but the middle building, the Mausoleum of Pari Bibi , is a unique and important structure. It's the only building, in Bangladesh where black basalt and white marble (from Bangladesh ) and encaustic tiles of various colors have been used to decorate an interior.

Dhakeswari Temple :
It is the main Hindu temple of Dhaka city dating from the 12th century. There are two sets of buildings. The one often seen in tourist Photos consists of four adjoining rekha temples (buildings with a square sanctum on a raised platform with mouldings on the walls covered by tall pyramidal roofs of the typical curvilinear Bangla style. It's been modernized and is nothing special, but it is colorful and you are likely to find some long-haired sadhus (itinerant holy men) hanging around smoking ganja.

National Museum :
A visit to the national museum is a must. where you can see a mat made from ivory , beautiful and fine embroideries( nakshi Kantha), piece of muslin clothes ,large number of black stone images ,Coins of 2nd an 3rd Century BC and liberation gallery. Here you can learn a good deal about the country. There are displays from Bangladesh 's Hindu, Buddhist and Mughal past, but the real value of the museum is in the extensive collection of fine folk art and handicrafts. Check out the models of the many varieties of country boats most of which you'll still see on the rivers. one of the highlights is the collection of paintings and charcoal drawings by Zainul Abedin depicting the1943 Great Bengal Famine.

National Assembly:
It is popularly known as the Sangsad Bavhan. Built in 1963 by world-renowned American architect, Louis Khan. Due to the liberation movement and ensuing war the building wasn't completed until 1982 . The building often features in books on modern architecture, and is regarded as among Khan's finest works. It's a huge assembly of concrete cylinders and rectangular boxes sliced open with bold ,multi story circular and triangular apertures instead of windows. The marble strips between the concrete layers have been likened to pinstripes on a finely tailored suit. The interior, which includes the octagonal assembly hall, features bizarre piranesi- inspired spaces.

Liberation war museum: This museum has a very moving display on the1971 War of Independence, with lots of English and Bangla newspaper reports, photographs (some quite graphic ) and memorabilia . The lines on the floor take you on a chronological tour of the conflict. It's one of the best museums in the country.

Sonargaon: Sonargaon (means golden city),27 Km away from Dhaka was the capital of Bengal from the 13th to early 17th century during the Chandra and Deva dynasty. The city of Panam was a flourished city in those days. In 1611, the Sultanat collapsed under the pressure from the Mughal expansion, and the Mughals considered the location too exposed to the Portuguese and the Mogh Pirates and thus established Dhaka as their capital. You can also visit the folklore museum at Sonargaon.

National Martyrs' Memorial:
This memorial is located in Savar known as Jatia Sriti Saudha,35 Km far from Dhaka . The tapering 50m-high memorial to the millions who died in the struggle for independence. The beautifully kept grounds contain a number of glassy platforms that cover the mass graves of some of those slaughtered in the Liberation War.

Pls. visit Small Trips page to find trip details for Dhaka
Dhaka Sightseeing Tours

Full day regular Dhaka sight seeing Tour : Our transport will come and pick you up from your house or hotel between 7- 9am and after completion of sight seeing you will be dropped again at same place between 5-7pm. At 9 am sight seeing will be started from last pick up point and the day tour will include following places…..

Sadarghat : You will experience of this old part of Dhaka by walking and by small country boat. Lonely planet says If you have time to do only one thing in Dhaka ,take a small boat out on Buriganga from Sadarghat. The panorama of river life is fascinating , You'll see unbelievable array of boats in which people are bathing, cooking or resting and observing ,while hordes of people cross in small canoes, and ships ply up and down .

Ahsan Manzil ( Pink Palace ) one of the most interesting building in Dhaka and a must see.

Shakari Bazar often called Hindu St. by foreigners . This is without doubt the most fascinating street in Dhaka . It contains an interesting row of ancient houses sheltering countless Shankharis (Hindu artisans).

Lalbagh Fort an elegant two-storey structure of Mughal paintings and calligraphy, along with swords and firearms.

Star mosque the one of the most beautiful Mosque with its striking mosaic decoration of coloured glass set in white tiles .

Dhakeswari Temple the city's main Hindu temple dating from 12th century.

National Parliament Building the one of the finest and modern architecture of the world by world- renowned American Architect Louis Khan.

National Museum where you will see the display of Bangladesh 's Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist and Mughal past and an extensive collection of folk art and handicraft.

Liberation War Museum where you will see the moving display on the 1971 war of Independence and imagine how the 96-thousands well equipped and trained Pakistani solders surrendered by only 9 months fighting to liberation force (Mukti Bahini) which was formed mostly by mass people.

After a quick lunch in fast food Restaurant, our guide will take you out of the city to Savar to visit National Martyrs' Memorial (Jatya Sriti Saudha).This 50m- high structure is a memorial to the millions who died in the struggle for independence during Liberation War in 1971. Price : Tk.900 per adult , Tk.600 per child.

Pls. note that if there are too much traffic in Dhaka city or for any unavoidable reason if we have short time then we reserve the right to cancel or bring any changes in our planned itinerary.  

Half day exclusive city tour : We can arrange an exclusive half day city tour and it will be from 8 am -1pm or from 1pm-5pm for 4/5hrs. Places will include Sadarghat, Ahsan Manzil, Shakari Bazar, Lalbagh Fort, Star mosque, Dhakeswari Temple , National Parliament Building , National Museum , Liberation War Museum Etc.Pls. note that all places are not possible by half day.
Total minimum charge Tk.1500/=, 2000/= Tk.2500/=

Full day river cruise : We can do arrange your full day river cruise trip in river Sitalakya or river Padma. It will begin at 8am and will be ended by 6/7 pm . Most of the time we operate our river cruise by traditional 100% wooden boat designed with traditional "Panshi" boat of Bangladesh where you will get a different experience and feelings of our old rich cultural heritage. If we cruise In the mighty rivers of Padma, you will see riverside people, Traditional Bengali village, fishing village, Gangetic Dolphins etc. If we cruise in River Sitalakya you can see Murapara Zamindar's Palace now converted into a collage. At Noapara where you will see a traditional and famous Jamdanee weaving.
Tk.3500/= per adult and Tk.2100/= (included transfer and lunch, Tea, coffee), We need minimum 8 adult to run the trip

Note: If you are only 1 or 2 persons interested to participate in cruise pls. let us know , may be we have some other people waiting like you to participate . With the agreement of both we can arrange cruise tour together.

Half day river cruise : We can do arrange your half day river cruise in Sitalakya or Padmar river. Half day means 3/ 4 hrs. cruise
Tk.1750/= per adults, Tk.1050/= Child (city transfer, tea/coffee included) We need minimum 8 adults to run this trip.

Full day city tour cum river cruise : We can do combine your full day tour by half day city tour and hald day river cruise. We can show you old part of Dhaka city like Ahsan Manzil, Shakari Bazar, Lalbagh Fort, Star mosque, Dhakeswari Temple After completion of the city tour we will drive you to Demra or Mawa Ghat to catch the boat for river cruise .Lunch will be served on the boat around 1pm.
Tk.3500/= per adult, Tk.2100/= per child, we need minimum 8 adults to run this trip.

Full day excursion Trip to Srimangal : This trip will begin at 7.30am and will be ended by 8pm. Total drive will include 500 km and around 7/8hrs(without sight seeing).Srimangal is a small town known as the tea capital of the country and set in gently rolling hills, surrounded by lush tea estate would be a highlight of any visit to Bangladesh.. In Lawacherra Rain Forest visitor may see gibbons swinging through the trees .Interesting primates like capped langur, pig-tailed,Assamese, Rhesush macaques and slow Lories can be found in the different tiers of the forest canopy. The good percentage of ethnic people has increased the attraction of this place.
Tk.3000/= per adult, Tk. 1800/= per child. We need minimum 2 adult to run the trip, include picnic lunch.

Full day Excursion trip to Mainamati & Sonargaon : This trip will begin in early morning around at 08:00 and will be ended around in evening at 1800. Sight seeing will include the Moinamati Archeological site that bears the old Buddhist civilization . Also you will visit the close by museum where they have preserved many excavated findings from this place. Lunch will be offered at the cafeteria or any local Restaurant. After lunch you will go to visit an old Hindu temple situated at the southern end of the city, before driving back to Dhaka ..On the way back , you stop to visit the Sonargaon, the old capital of Bengal for a short sight seeing. During 16th and 17th century this was the capital of Bengal . You can also visit the folklore museum at Sonargaon .
Tk. 3000/= per adult , Tk. 2500 per child. We need minimum 2 adult to run this trip, include picnic lunch.

Full day Excursion trip to Sonargaon and Savar : One of the best day trip from Dhaka is an excursion to Sonargaon, the country's first capital. An hour away from Dhaka , 23Km southeast of Dhaka city and on the Dhaka -Chittagang highway. The day excursion will also include the Savar National Martyrs' Memorial (Jatya Sriti Saudha). This 50m- high structure is a memorial to the millions who died in the struggle for independence during Liberation War in 1971. This trip will be started around 8pm and will be ended around at 6pm.
Tk. 1500 Per adult. Tk.900 per child, we need minimum 2 adult to run the trip, include picnic lunch.

Full day special experience tour : Handicraft, rickshaw painting and Shopping to New market Bongo bazar, buying post card, Dulai khal and Kaowran bazar.
Tk. 1300 Per adult. Tk.900 per child, we need minimum 2 adult to run the trip, include picnic lunch.

Half day Shopping Tour : New market and Bngobazar.
Tk.900/= per adult, Tk. 700 per child. We need minimum 2 adult to run the trip.

Half day Taka Tour : A good way of seeing the sights of Dhaka is to do a "Taka Tour". By this tour the guide will take you to visit the Central Shahid Minar as its picture depicted on the Tk.2 note, Baitul Mukarram National Mosque ,which is on the Tk. 10 note, the national assembly Building as seen on the Tk. 50 note, Star Mosque as seen on the Tk.100 note. You will spend a good time.
Tk.900/= per adult, Tk. 700 per child. We need minimum 2 adult to run the trip.