Top Things to do on a Dhaka Layover

Top Things to do in Dhaka

 

Dhaka traffic

 

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, may have been named from the Bengali word that means “covered” or “hidden.”
Bangladesh first a part of India, then Pakistan and then finally got its own identity as Bangladesh .!947 was a very important year for 3 countries India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In 1947 India was divided into 2 parts India and Pakistan.Further, Pakistan was too divided into 2, west Pakistan and east Pakistan on either side of India.In 1971 east Pakistan wanted freedom from the west and with help of Indian army it got its independence and a new country was born “Bangladesh”.It might come as one of the poorest and dirtiest countries in the world, but it surely has an interesting history.
Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh is so crowded yet so diverse, streets are full of Rickshaws and Chai-wallahs.The city has a very less tourism, so if you find yourself there expect to get a royal treatment.

Top Things to do in Dhaka

1.)Dhakeshwari Temple

Top Things to do in Dhaka

Dhakeshwari temple

I decided to start my visit by visiting the temple.The Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka is considered to be the most important Hindu place of worship in Bangladesh.The name Dhakeshwari means “Goddess of Dhaka” and it is believed by many that the city was named in honor of the temple, whereas others believe the temple was named after the city.People come here to worship Goddess Maa Durga.The main Durga puja is also conducted here during the Navratri festival.

This is one of the Top things to do in Dhaka .

2.) Lalbagh Fort

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Lalbagh Fort

My next stop was the Lalbagh fort also known as Lal Killa.It is an incomplete Mughal palace fortress at the Buriganga River in the southwestern part of Dhaka.The construction first started in 1678 by the Prince Muhammad Azam son of Aurangzeb.The prince had to leave Dhaka to accompany his father for further battles in Central India .Then came his successor, Shaista Khan, who also did not complete the work, though he stayed in Dhaka up to 1688. His daughter Iran Dukht nicknamed Pari Bibi (Fairy Lady) died here in 1684 and this led him to consider the fort to be ominous.Well, the fort never got completed but this uncompleted fortress in old Dhaka is one of the most beautiful forts I have seen.
The fortress has the tomb of Bibi Pari and museum in its vicinity.

3.)Ahsan Manzil

Ahsan Manzil

Ahsan Manzil was previously the official palace of the Dhaka Nawab family and is currently a museum preserving the culture and history of the area. Ahsan Manzil, an architectural treasure, has been a witness to many historical events of Bangladesh from Mughals to the British.

4.)Chai in Dhaka

Chaiwallah

It started raining and I wasn’t carrying an Umbrella, I rushed to save myself in one the shops in the market.It was pouring heavily and I was almost wet by now.As I waited for the rain to stop, I could get the small strong smell  of tea and there it was the “Chai-wallah”.Almost every street is home to a tea stall (‘chai-wallah’), who is always surrounded by parked up rickshaws and their drivers chatting and laughing with one another, taking a break from work.The chai is served in a tiny little glass, freshly brewed with milk and spices and with a small biscuit on the side.According to the owner, a regular customer would end drinking around 6 cups a day.

5.)Shankaria Bazaar

Dhaka

Shankaria Bazaar

The Shankaria bazaar is one of the oldest in the country and also one of the most densely populated areas in the world.It also has the largest concentration of the Hindus in Dhaka.The bazaar is full of Hindu artisans, back .Narrow passageways leading to those tiny houses and shops built some 300 back.

This is one of the top things to do in Dhaka

6.)Star Mosque

Star Mosque

Star Mosque is also known as Tara Masjid in Bengali.It is located in old Dhaka and is another famous attraction of the city.The whole mosque is decorated with small stars and it represents the rich artwork culture of the country.

7.)Cricket

Cricket in Dhaka

Play Cricket

Bangladeshi’s are fanatics when it comes to cricket.The sport is taken very seriously when the national team plays.Cricket is played everywhere in the country in alleyways, Highways .Boulevards, Highways.I did manage to play some cricket with kids behind my hotel.

8.)Dhaka university

Dhaka University

Dhaka Universtiy

I had enough of the noise and pollution, so to get away from this i ended up in dhaka university .This place is so serene and full of historical buildings . It has number of galleries and art cafes .Every student in Bangladesh dreams of studying in Dhaka university

9.)Markets

market Dhaka

Top Things to do in Dhaka

There are quite a few markets in dhaka however the bongo market and new market are kind of nice. Banga bazaar is where you can get brands like Zara, H&M, Mango .You might have seen lot of these brands are made in Bangladesh and this is the market where you can find it .It is super cheap.

10.)World’s Traffic capital

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Crazy Traffic in Old Dhaka

The day was about to end and how can you come to Bangladesh and not sit in a rickshaw .”Dhaka” the world’s densest city and twentieth-largest by its population have the worst traffic in the world.Dhaka residents have no choice but to take the roads to work. If you are rich you experience it from the back of your car seat and if you are poor you experience it from the back of your rickshaw,e ither ways there is no escape everyone has to suffer the exhaust.Besides pedestrians, the narrow lanes are shared by Bicycles, iRickshaws, Scooters, Cars and Buses.It is really the traffic capital of the world andIgot stuck for 2 hours just at one traffic signal, thats how bad it can get.

11.)Eat Bangladeshi Food

labra traditional

Labra

One of my favorite restaurant is near the Parliament,righ t there is a nearby café of the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts . They have lots of local dishes here, including prawn curry and labra, a mixed vegetable dish that can contain a variety of ingredients — in this case, it was made with green beans, potatoes and lentils.

12.) Sadarghat River Port

Sadarghat River Port

Sadarghat River Port

If you want to run away from the traffic, go sailing in Buriganga river.I decided to sail in of the small wooden boats also called Sampan Ferry.65% people who stay in Dhaka use this mode of transport.

You can get a quick ride for 1$ and experience the thrill of it.Sadarghat port is also considered as one of the dangerous one in the world as 1 or 2 boats capsize daily in the water.

This is  not for the Fainthearted but it is one of the top things to do in Dhaka

There is a feeling of surprise and realization when you travel in a city as rare foreigner.At first you can hardly believe your luck and then you get addicted to being special. Everywhere you go, locals treat you like a renowned guest.There are excited , they want to talk to you , share their stories , take you to their homes for dinners.When i was in the old city, i did feel i went back to time.It is true that country is poor and ranked as the 155th poorest country in the world but Bangladesh is rich in Love.People are loving and the vibe is nice and if there was a reason for me to comeback it would be for a ride in those colorful Rickshaw.

Quick Facts

Capital =Dhaka

Currency = Bangladeshi taka {1USD – 78.50 BDT }

Time =GMT + 6

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