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Explore the city Dhaka (or Dacca) the capital of Bangladesh:

A city full of surprises.  It is a busy city;  there is no doubt.  This travel guide gives you the easiest and best way to explore Dhaka.  Discover fantastic accommodation options in Dhaka and unique places to see.  But most of all;  travel the easy way…

Language in Bangladesh

The people of Bangladesh learn English as 2nd language on school level, so you will always find someone that can speak English.  Although some of the rickshaw operators might not speak English.  Their 1st language is Bengali or Bangla.

Best time to visit Dhaka

The best time to visit Bangladesh is from September to March.  During this time you will have the least amount of days with rainfall, but still fantastic warm weather.  Summer monsoon season is from April to September and the drier and cooler weather is during their ‘winter’ (October-March).

Getting there

The international airport is Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) – Formerly known as Zia International Airport.  You can book your flights easily online, using this link:  Compare and book flights.

Driving your own car in the city can be a nerve wrecking experience.  You can rent a car with a driver, but all the more reason to rather book a holiday or tour package which includes transport.  In my opinion a much safer option.

Is it safe to visit the city of Dhaka

Dhaka is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.  It can be very difficult to find your way especially if it is your first time visiting this city.  Therefore we would definitely recommend rather booking a holiday package or travel tour package via the link below.  You will then have a knowledgeable and trusted tour guide and you can safely and without worries, explore the city.

Visiting Dhaka for the first time can be a bit overwhelming due to the fact that more than 20 million people live in the city.  Like in any city across the world there are good and not-so-good areas within the city.  Always be vigilant wherever you go.  That is a travel rule across the world and it is no different here.

Looking for day-activities in Dhaka

When traveling to Dhaka there are many must-see places that you simply must add to your itinerary.  Many of the places mentioned below (if not all), forms part of day trips and tours you can book via Viator.  If you book a day trip with Viator, you do have the option to customize the itinerary to suit your needs. (See link below to book the best day tours in Dhaka.)

Must see places in Dhaka City

MUSEUMS

  • Bangladesh National Museum (Address: Shahbag Rd Dhaka)
  • National Museum of Science and Technology (Address: Agargaon, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka)
  • Bangabandhu Memorial Museum (Address: Road #32, Dhanmondi, Dhaka)
  • Liberation War Museum (Address: 5 Segun Bagicha, Dhaka)

RELIGIOUS SITES

  • Holy Rosary Church (Tejgaon Portuguese Church)
  • Hussaini Dalan Mosque
  • International Buddhist Monastery
  • Musa Khan Mosque, University of Dhaka.
  • Ramakrishna Mission
  • Saat Masjid (Seven-domed Mosque)
  • Sitara Mosque (Star Mosque), Tara Masjid – Photos above
  • Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection
  • Baitul Mukarram Mosque (Baytul Mukarrom National Mosque)
  • Chawk Mosque
  • Dhakeshwari National Temple – a Hindu temple

ARCHITECTURE

  • Ahsan Manzil (known as the Pink Palace); situated on the banks of the Buriganga River.
  • Curzon Hall at the University of Dhaka (which was originally intended to be a town hall)
  • Lalbag Fort – Locally known as Poribibir Mazar – Photos below
  • Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (National Parliament)

TO VISIT

The National Botanical Gardens, Mirpur and the Zoo right next to it, is a welcome break from the busy city and hectic traffic.

Viator Dhaka City Tour Bangladesh

Where to stay

5 Star Accommodation in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Easily book activities:

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