Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. It is the ninth largest and the seventh most populous city in the world. Dhaka has been in the capital status since 1610. On the nomenclature, it is assumed that Mughal Subahdar Islam Khan ordered to inaugurate Dhaka as the capital beating ‘Dhak’ (drum). Dhaka is called the “City of Mosques”, because it contains about a thousand mosques.
Dhaka City is surrounded by the rivers Buriganga, Turag, Dhaleshwari and Shitalakshya. As a result, it has a contact to the entire country with the waterways, along with roads and airways. The traditional Dhaka city has many sights. In this article, we’ll show you some attractive travel information and pictures of selected places to visit in Dhaka which seem to be naturally beautiful and historically significant to you.
The historic Bahadur Shah Park, near Sadarghat in Old Dhaka. Jagannath University is on the west side of the park and the district court on the northwest. Previously it was named Victoria Park. Bahadur Shah Park was named after Bahadur Shah Jafar, a symbol of the unity of the Sipahi War, to pay tribute to the martyred heroes in the Sipahi Revolution of 1857.
This is the oldest botanical garden in Bangladesh. Narendra Narayan Roy Chowdhury, landlord of Baldha, started it in 1909 on 3.38 acres of land. The garden contains 15,000 trees of 672 species. There are trees in the garden which are not found anywhere else in Bangladesh.
Bibi Mariam cannon is a part of the glorious history of Dhaka for four hundred years. Also the cannon conveys the memory of Mir Joomla and the skill of the cannon makers of Dhaka. The cannon was a treasure of pride and love of the people of Dhaka. It is rare in history for a city dweller to have such a passion for a cannon.
The National Botanical Garden is the largest center for conservation, research and exhibition of plant species in Bangladesh. The garden is located next to Dhaka Zoo at Mirpur in the capital city. It was established in 1961 over an area of about 208 acres. About 1.5 million visitors visit the National Botanical Gardens every year.
Ramna Park is a picturesque park in Ramna area of Dhaka. It is the oldest park in Dhaka city, which has a tradition of more than four hundred years. Every year, on the initiative of Chhayanaut, Bangla New Year is celebrated here on Pohela Boishakh.
Dhanmondi Lake is a piece of silent peace amidst the noise of Dhaka. A beautiful combination of greenery & water has made Dhanmondi Lake popular with people of all walks of life. That is how the lake attracts tourists.
Gulshan Lake Park is a wonderful park in the most elite area of Dhaka city, where the people of the city go for a walk to spend some time with recreation and get peace of mind. The park is located between Gulshan and Banani areas and a five-minute walk north of Gulshan Circle-2. Gulshan Lake Park occupies one of the most beautiful lakes in Dhaka city. Especially at night, the beauty of this lake is eye-catching.
Fantasy Kingdom Theme Park is a modern amusement park, widely known briefly as the ‘Fantasy Kingdom’. It is located in Jamgarh, Ashulia, Savar, near the capital Dhaka, covering an area of about 20 acres. It has a theme park, a water park, a dry park and a heritage corner. Fantasy Kingdom is the most visited theme park in Bangladesh, which is visited by an average of 60 million people every year.
The National Zoo is located next to the Botanical Garden in Mirpur, Dhaka. The huge zoo is spread over 93 hectares. There are many animals of different species in different cages. It is open from 7am to 5pm in the winter (October to March), and 7am to 6pm in the summer (April to September).
It is a historical landmark of Bangladesh built during the Mughal period. The fort constructed of a combination of touchstone, marble stone and colored tile. Apart from Lalbagh Fort, no such historical combination has been found in any other historical landmark of Bangladesh. The article contains travel information and an image gallery.
The Jinjira Palace is located on the other bank of the Buriganga River, on the south side of Borho Katra in Old Dhaka. Ibrahim Khan, the Mughal Subadar II, built the Jinjira Palace as his center of entertainment. After the fall of the last Nawab of Sirajuddaula in Bengal, Ghashti Begum, Amena Begum, Lutfunnesa Begum, wife of Sirajuddaula and his daughter were imprisoned and brought to Jinjira Palace. About 400 years ago today, Jinjira was a wooden bridge to get to and from the city. The eastern part of the palace is as tall as the three-storeyed building, with a huge palace-arch in the middle. The arch divides the palace into two and merges into open courtyards on the other side of the palace. There was a tunnel to the east of the palace-arch.
Ahsan Manzil is located in the Kumaratuli area of Dhaka on the banks of the river Buriganga. In the middle of the eighteenth century, Sheikh Inayatullah built a luxury building called Rangmahal at the present site of Ahsan Manzil. In succession, the building came under Nawab Abdul Ghani. Nawab Abdul Ghani rebuilt the building, construction began in 1859 and finished in 1872. He named the palace “Ahsan Manzil” after his son Khwaja Ahsan Ullah. Later Nawab Ahsan Ullah lived in this house. The palace is divided into two parts: “Rangmahal” and “Aundarmahal”. There are many lovely domes on top of the palace. Currently it is a museum. Thousands of visitors come to see the museum every day. It is open to all visitors, from Sat to Wed, 10:30 am to 4 pm and Friday 3:30 pm to 6 pm. Ahsan Manzil is closed on Thursdays and other public holidays.
Bara Katra is a inn of the Mughal period located south of Chawkbazar in Dhaka. In 1644, Mir Abul Qasim, at the behest of Emperor Shah Jahan’s son Shah Shuja, erected this building on the river Buriganga. Although built as the residence of Shah Shuja, it later became used as Musafirkhana. Bara Katra has always been used as an inn for Musafir, travelers and refugees. Currently a madrassa is running in one part of Bara Katra and some local people have occupied another part.
Rose Garden is a historic palace located in KM Das Lane, Tikatuli, Old Dhaka. It is very close to the Baldha Garden. Bangladesh Awami League was formed in 1949 in this palace. The Rose Garden is a royal garden house with white stone statues, artificial jets and fountains, paved ponds and sculptures in a unique architectural style. The name of Rose Garden is associated with the birth history of Bangladesh. The once historic Rose Garden has now taken on a new name, Rashid Manzil.
According to Islamic Foundation Bangladesh, there are 6,000 mosques in Dhaka city. That is why Dhaka is called the city of mosques. One of the traditional and famous and aesthetic mosques of Bangladesh is the Star Mosque (Tara Masjid) in Armanitola, Old Dhaka. Influenced by the Mughal architectural style, the aesthetically pleasing Star Mosque is now a popular tourist destination in Dhaka city.
Dhakeshwari Temple is an old temple located in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The temple is located 300 meters northeast from Lalbagh fort. It is believed that Ballal Sen, king of the Sen dynasty, founded it in the 12th century. However, many historians believe that its architecture does not match the architecture of that time. They said that before the arrival of the Muslims in the Indian subcontinent, ie during the rule of the Sen dynasty, the mixture of lime and sand was not used in the architecture of Bengal. But the Dhakeshwari temple is built entirely of lime and sand. In fact that was an architectural feature of the Muslim period of Bengal. Various types of changes have been made in the construction and deployment of this temple at different times. While Mansingh was the subahdar of Bengal (1594-1606), he undertook extensive renovation of the temple.
Armenitola was once home to a large number of Armenians. Because of the Armenians’ residence, the area was named Armenitola or Armenian Street. With the permission of Emperor Akbar (1542-1605), the Armenians conducted trade, settlements and built churches in India. When the Armenian population in Dhaka increased due to business, they settled in Armanitola and established a small church. When one of them died, they buried him beside a Roman Catholic church in Tejgaon. In 1781, Nicholas Pogge, a wealthy Armenian, built a large church on the site of that small church. He named the church the Church of the Ressurection.
This modern planetarium is located in Bijoy Sarani, near the Parliament House in the capital Dhaka. It is closed on public holidays and Wednesdays. A total of four ‘shows’ are shown on Friday from 10am to 8pm. On other days, from 11am to 5pm, there are three ‘shows’. You may watch two consecutive ‘shows’ with a single ticket.
Nuhash Polli is a dream garden located at Pirujali village, 25 km away from Gazipur district headquarters. The present area of the Polli is about 40 bighas. The late popular novelist Humayun Ahmed established this natural landscape in Gazipur near Dhaka. Hotapara Bazar, which is 12 km from Gazipur crossroads, Pirujali village is 8 km far from there.
Taka Museum or Currency Museum is located in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Metal coins and paper notes of different periods from ancient Bengal to modern times have been stored and displayed in this Taka Museum. Also on display are many wooden boxes and iron chests used in ancient times to hold coins.