12 Best Things To Do In Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country that is not usually news, nor has any great attraction that makes it known, that's why it is forgotten, as if it were a state more of India without anything interesting to show. It is located in the Bay of Bengal. Like many cities in the Far East, Dacca has recently been re-spelled as Dhaka to more closely resemble its actual pronunciation.

It is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh, which is itself home to some 163 million, 15% of whom reside in the Greater Dhaka Area. Once it was established as the capital, Dhaka continued to grow and progress at an increasing rate and diversify as the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of Bangladesh.

Currently, the city hosts over 50 diplomatic missions and international organizations such as the headquarters of BIMSTEC which advocates technological and economic cooperation between seven nations of the Bay of Bengal region. Slated to soon be standing shoulder to shoulder with the world's largest cities, including Tokyo, Shanghai, Mexico City, and New York City, Dhaka is now undeniably one of the most vigorously developing megalopolis in the world.

Restaurants, shopping malls and luxury hotels continue to stimulate Dhaka’s economy and City Centre Dhaka, located in the Motijheel business district, is currently the tallest building. Dhaka has also become one of the most industrial regions of Bangladesh. Jute processing and the manufacture of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, textiles, leather goods, ceramics, and electronics products all take place in the capital.

The city also prides itself on producing a range of traditional products that includes jamdani (muslin of a much-prized quality) embroidery and jewelry.

Top Things to do in Dhaka Bangladesh

Here are the best things to do in Dhaka:

Dhaka, the main gateway to Bangladesh is a city to get lost. Dhaka was once called the Venice of the East as no less than four rivers form its boundaries: the Buriganga River, Turag River, Dhaleshwari River and Shitalakshya River and there used to be an extensive grid of canals throughout the city. Many of those minor waterways have fallen into disrepair so the comparison to Venice has come to apply more to Dhaka’s past than its present. W

hen Portuguese traders established the Bengal center of muslin, silk and cotton trade in the city in 1580, the metropolis became one of the most prosperous in the Indian subcontinent for over one hundred years.

1. Ride a Rickshaw

Number 1 is no surprise. If you are visiting the city of Rickshaw you must ride on a Rickshaw. The city is full of them.

2. Taste the Local Food

Local food, specially Biriyani is a must. Specially the foods in the Old Dhaka is most famous. Hajir Biriyani, Nanna Biriyani, Fakhruddin er Biriyani are must. Also there are many many exotic spicy foods awaits for you.

3. Shopping Garments

Reserve one day for Old Dhaka only. In that case you will be able to explore the old Dhaka beauty and also make one hell of a shopping you will remember for the rest of your life. Yes shopping in Babubazar and Bongobazar, Dhaka is worth remembering for the foreigners. As Bangladesh is known for cheap local garments and with high quality you will find good products in a low price here.

4. Lalbagh Fort and Sadarghat

Visit Lalbagh Fort 17th century Mughal fort complex that stands before the Buriganga River in the southwestern part of Dhaka. Also try to visit the always busy full of life Sadarghat launch terminal.

5. Buying Books

Are you a book worm? If yes good news you can buy original books as well as their copy in a ridiculously low price from Nilkhet Book market. Both academic books and others all are available. Being close to Dhaka University and Dhaka University your visit will be memorable.

6. Shopping Mall

Visit South Asia’s largenst shopping mall Jamuna Future Park. Its huge and has many international brand shops. You can visit Bashundhara City Shopping Complex too.

7. Try local sweets

You wont regret this. The food in Bangladesh is cheap. You have to eat where the local people eat. It is cheaper to eat Bengali food than international food. Yes, the Fuchka is a street food and you must try it. Otherwise you won’t get what you are missing. You will get this item near any park or tourist spot in Dhaka city.

Where there is a crowded place you will get this Fuchka shop. Best is to have some Fuchka in front of National Assembly Building. The building is very beautifully designed by Lui I Kan. It will be a calm evening and getting two bird with one stone.

Also visit Hatirjhil at night. Elephant fountain will entertain you.

Its annual Mangal Shobhajatra (procession for well-being) celebration has even been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. This popular early morning procession is held on the first day of the Bengali new year and it is organized and led by students and teachers from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.

The procession displays massive, colorful replicas of animals and folk tales intended to celebrate unity, peace, secularism and the expulsion of evil.

As one of the most thriving cities in the Indian subcontinent, Dhaka has become an industrious and studious metropolis. The city boasts various state colleges, a nuclear-science training and research center, national library, national art gallery and several important universities, that includes University of Dhaka, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Jahangirnagar University.

It should come as no surprise then that Dhaka constitutes the economic engine of the entire land as well as its political hub and cultural center. Furthermore, it is also the largest city in Eastern South Asia, the 10th densest populated in the world and with the 7th most populated metro area on the planet.

8. Mymensingh

Birisiri is located on the border with India. It is a traditional village with sand streets and children climbing kites. Nearby is the China Clay Hills, a turquoise water lake surrounded by green mountains and rice plantations. The landscape is fascinating.

9. Chattogram

Chittagong is the second most important city in the country. The charm of Chittagong are the treks and mountain roads that leave from there. Sitakunda is famous for the Chandranath Temple. It is located on top of a mountain. The views are the most beautiful. You even get to see the sea.

10. Sreemangal

Srimangal is a small town with three streets and six corners. The greatest charm are the tea plantations that surround it. There is not much to do except walk aimlessly, chat with locals and drink chai.

11. Cox's Bazar

Cox's Bazar is the most attractive tourist spot in Bangladesh and has the longest sea beach in the world. Enjoy horse riding, sunsets behind the waves and lots of things. Cox's Bazar sea beach remains crowded almost throughout the year. It is a good place for sea bathing.

12. Sylhet

Sylhet is the capital of the northeastern region of Bangladesh. Like Srimangal, tea plantations are the reason why the few tourists visit the region.

Hotels in Bangladesh

The accommodation depends a lot on what type of trip you want to make. In Bangladesh, guest-houses are very common. In the heart of Dhaka's main commercial hub, hotels like the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden provide a serene escape from the busy city that offers the perfect balance of supreme comfort and business-minded functionality, with five-star resort amenities and incredible conveniences.

This accommodation is also a popular option as it is a short ten-minute drive to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) and it is located near major business and tourist attractions, such as the National Assembly Building or Ahsan Manzil.

Language in Bangladesh

Though most residents of Dhaka speak Bengali - the national language, English is spoken particularly for business purposes by a significant segment of the population.

Weather in Bangladesh

The city has three distinct subtropical seasons: cool, rainy monsoon, hot and humid and dry and cool, with an annual average temperature of 26 °C.

How to Go to Dhaka from Kolkata

The easiest way to enter Bangladesh is by train. Three times a week the Maitree Express runs. It is an international service that links Kolkata with Dhaka in less than 12 hours.

Visas for Bangladesh

Most countries require a visa to enter Bangladesh. If you enter the country by plane you can apply for an on-arrival visa that is processed directly at the airport. But if you enter by land, you must first process the visa at any Embassy or High Commission in Bangladesh. Most of the few tourists that visit the country do so from India, thus processing the visa in New Delhi or Kolkata.
Kalyan Panja