Dhaka, Bangladesh: Top Best Things To See

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Ahzan Manzil

It is a British Raj-era building that served as a residence for the Nawab of Dhaka. It is located on the banks of the Buriganga River. It is famous for its pink stonework. The property includes 31 rooms and the hume dome atop which can be seen from miles around. Nowadays, it has been renovated into a museum. It dates back to 1872 and after 16 years of its construction, it was damaged by a tornado.  The entrance is Tk 100 for foreigners and Tk 10 for locals. Address: Ahsanullah Rd, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Star Mosque

The mosque is an early 19th century mosque in the Armenian quarter. It is decorated with blue star motifs. It is an unsual mosque because ot its striking mosaic decoration. The mosque was originally built in Mughal style with four corner towers. It has been redecorated with Japanese and English porcelain tiles. Address: Armanitola Rd, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection

It is a small church building that was built in 1781 by Armenian missionaries. Address: Armanitola Rd, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhakeswari Temple

It is a 12th century Hindu temple which was dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It is located in Old Dhaka. It is the heart of the Hindu faith in Bangladesh.  Visitors are welcome at anytime. The shoes must be removed when entering the temple. There is an annual festival every year in September that the temple and surrounding streets celebrate. It is a good time to visit the area. Address: Bakshi Bazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Lalbagh Fort

It is a 17th century Mughal Fort which is unfinished. It is located in Old Dhaka and has a museum, a pavilion, a mosque and the tomb of Pari Bibi. The construction of the Fort started in 1677 under the direction of Prince Mohammed Azam who was the third son of Emperor Aurangzeb. Because Khan’s daugher died, it was considered as a bad omen and the fort was never completed. There are three architectural monuments within the complex which were finished such as the Mausoleum of Pari Bibi, the Diwan, the three domed Quilla Mosque. There is something unusual about the Mausoleum of Pari Bibi because of the materials used in its constuction which are black basalt, white marble and encaustic tiles of various colors. The entrance for foreigners is Tk 200 and the entrance for locals is Tk 20.

Liberation War Museum

It is a private museum where documents of the liberation struggle of Bangladesh from Pakistan are displayed. The documents include 1971 Bangladesh Genocide and the policital and the armed resistance movement of the Bangladeshi people. The museum is closed on Sundays. It is a useful stop to understand the history of Bangladesh. There is also a courtyard out back where cultural events are held from time to time. The images and the skulls and bones of humans might be disturbing for some people. The entrance to the museum is Tk 100. Address: 5 Segun Bagicha Rd, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban

It is the National Parliament of Bangladesh. It was designed by the famous American architect Lous I Kagn. There are gardens surrounding the parliament which forms a peaceful gateway from the chaos of the city. A heavy security guards the building. In order to visit the building, the foreigners have to fill out a form and provide passport photocopies. The entrance fee to the building is Tk 500 for advanced bookings and Tk 600 for on arrival visits. Address: Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Suhrawardi Park

It used to be a racecourse during the British era and nowaways, it has been converted into a park. It is the place where independence leader Sheıkh Mujibur Raman delivered a historic oath of independence speech just before the 1971 War. It is also the place where the Pakistani army surroundered. The park covers an enormous area and at night, it turns to an open-air market. Address: Suhrawardi Uddan Rd, Ramna, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

National Museum

The museum hosts a large number of interesting collections such as sculptures and paintings from the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim periods. There is a popular public library next door. The entrance is Tk 100 for foreigners and Tk 10 for locals. Address: Kazi Nazrul Islam Ave, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Sadarghat

It is a huge river port at the banks of the Buriganga Rider. It is possible to catch a ride on a boat and cruise along the river. An hour of tour is around Tk 100.