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Dhaka

Country
Bangladesh
State
Dhaka
City
Dhaka Division
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How to Travel within Bangladesh

Major cities i.e. Chittagong, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Jessore, Saidpur and Cox's Bazar are connected by air with Dhaka. Airlines and GMG Airlines serve these destinations.

Rail

The Bangladesh Railway provides an efficient service to places of interest such as Chittagong, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Dinajpur, Jessore, Khulna, Bogra via many other Towns starting from Dhaka. The intercity Express Services are available to and from important cities at cheap fares. For further details please contact Bangladesh Railway, Dhaka, Phone 880-2-8315857, 409341-45.

Bus/Coach Services

Road transport in Bangladesh is predominantly a private sector affairs. Rates are among the cheapest in the world. Express and non-stop services are available to principle towns from Gabtoli, Saidabad and Mohakhali bus terminals in Dhaka. The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) also maintains a country-wide network of bus services. Recently they have introduced Dhaka-Calcutta direct daily bus services for the visitors via Benapole, Jessore (360km. Journey). For further details please contract BRTC Dhaka. Phone: 880-2-9555553, 9555786-8.

River

Country made boats is the most widely used carries one see in the rivers and rivulets. These carry passengers and merchandise on a large scale. The landscape of Bangladesh is dominated by about 250rivers which flow essentially north south. The Bangladesh mainly operate mechanized water transport Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), which runs ferry and launch services on the main routs. There are also services from Dhaka (Sadargat) to Khulna, the gateway to Sundarbans is a rewarding experience even though the journey time is approximately 28 hours. BIWTC, Dhaka, Phone: 880-2-9551548, 9555031-6.

Car Rental

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has a fleet of air conditioned and non-air-conditioned cars, microbus and jeeps. Beside they offer transfer service for tourists between Dhaka airport and main city points/hotels. For booking and other details Rent-a-car, Ph 880-2-8119193, 8117855-9/116. Private car hire services is also available at Rajdhani Tours, Dhaka. Ph 880-2-501263, Dhaka Tours Ph: 880-2-408499, 500979. Parjatan's Rent-a-car is cheaper compared to other countries.

Taxis

Private taxi service is available in some major cities. Make sure that the driver has a clear idea of your destination. Most drivers understand English. It is possible to agree on the rate before commencing the journey if the taxi is a non-metered one.

Key places to visit
Mosque , Hindu Temples, Lalbagh Fort, National Memorial, 1857 Memorial, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, Mukti Juddha Museum, National Museum, Science Museum, Ahsan Manzil Museum, Banga Bhaban, Bara Katra, Chota Katra, National Art Gallery, National Assembly


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Places to Visit

Mosque :Seven domed Mosque (17th century), Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Star Mosque (18th century)

Hindu Temples : Dhakeshwari Temple (llth Century), Ramkrishna Mission.

Churches : Armenian Church (1781 A.D.) St.Mary's Cathedral at Ramna, Church of Bangladesh or former Holy Rosary Church (1677 A.D.) at Teigaon.

Lalbagh Fort : It was built in 1678 A.D. by Prince Mohammad Azam, son of Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. The fort was the scene of bloody battle during the first war of independence (1857) when 260 sepoys stationed here backed by the people revolted against British forces. Outstanding among the monuments of the Lelbagh are the tomb of Pari Bibi (Fairy lady), Lalbagh Mosque, Audience Hall and Hammam of Nawab Shaista Khan now housing a museum.

National Memorial : Located at Savar, 35, km. from Dhaka city. The memorial designed by architect Moinul Hossein, is dedicated to the sacred memory of the millions of unknown martyrs of the 1971 war of liberation.

1857 Memorial : (Bahadur Shah Park) Built to commemorate the martyrs of the first liberation war (1857-59) against British rule. It was here that the revolting sepoys and their civil compatriots mere publicly hanged.

Bangabandhu Memorial Museum : The residence of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi Residential Area has been turned into a musuem. it contains rare collection of personal effects and photographs of his lifetime.

Mukti Juddha Museum : Situatad at Segun Bagich a area of the city contains rare photographs of Liberation war and items used by the freedom fighters during the period.

National Museum : Centrally located, the museum contains a large number of interesting collections including sculptures and paintings of the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim periods.

Science Museum : Located at Agargaon, the museum is a modern learning Centre related to the latest scientific discoveries.

Ahsan Manzil Museum : On the bank of the river Buriganga in Dhaka the pink majestic Ahsan Manzil has been renovated and turned into a museum recently. It is an example of the nations r cultural heritage. It was the home of the Nawab of Dhaka and a Silent [spectator to many events. Today's renovated Ahsan Manzil is a monument of immense historical beauty. It has 31 rooms with a huge dome atop which can be seen from miles around. It now has 23 galleries displaying portraits, furniture and household articles and utensils used by the Nawab.

Mausoleum of National leaders :Located at the south western corner of Suhrawardy Uddyan it is the eternal resting piece of three great national leaders, Sher-e-Bangla A,K. Fazlull Haque, Hossain Shahid Suhrawardy and Khawja Nazimuddin.

Banga Bhaban : Tourists can have a look (outside view only) of Banga Bhaban, the official residence of the president.

Bara Katra: This building of grand scale, now almost in ruins, is one of the most important remains of the Mughal peirod in Dhaka. If is of the type of 'Katra' (enclosed quadrangle building) with a gigantic frontage towards the river Buriganga. It was built by Abul Qasim, Dewan of Shah Shuja in 1644 A.D. It served the purpose of a caravanserai.

Chota Katra: Situated about 200 yards east of Bara Katra, Chota Katra was built in 1663 A.D. by Nawab Shaista Khan. This is of similar plan and purpose as the Bara Katra but is smaller in size.

National Art Gallery : Situated in the Shilpakala Academy premises this has a representative collection of folk-art and painting by artists of Bangladesh.

National Assembly Complex : Sangsad Bhaban, the National Assembly Complex in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar designed by the famous architect Luis 1. Kahn has distinctive architectural features.

Suhrawardy Uddyan (Garden) : At a stone's thrown distance from Dhaka Sheraton Hotel is the Suhrawardy Uddyan, formerly known as the Race Course, the popular park of the city. It is here that the clarioncall for independence of Bangladesh was given by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the 7th March 1971 and curiously enough it is again here that the commander of the occupation forces surrendered on the 16th December 1971.

Baldha Garden : Baldha Garden has collection of rare plants and flowers.

Ramna Garden : Ramna park is a vast stretch of green ground surrounded by a serpentine lake.

Zoological Garden : Called Mirpur Zoo, it is situated at Mirpur 16 km NW of Dhaka, on 230 acres of land.

Botonical Garden: Built over an area of 205 acres of land at Mirpur just east of the Zoo. Objective of garden-botanical education, research, preservation of plants and some recreation.

National Park : Situated at Rajendrapur, 40 km due north of Dhaka, within Joydevpur Police Station in the magnificent Bhawal region of Dhaka-Trishal-Mymensingh highway, this is a vast (1,600 acres) national recreational forest, ideal for hose who love nature.

Curzon Hall : Beautiful architectural building named after Loard Curzon. It now houses the Science Faculty of Dhaka University.

High Court Building :Originally built as the residence of British Governor. it illustrate happy blend of European Mughal architecture.

Dhaka Zoo : Popularly known as Mirpur Zoo. Colourful and attractive collections of different local and foreign species of animals and birds including the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger are available here.

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