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Dhaka City Tour

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A 400-year-old city offers up countless stories of secrets, love, lies and conquests of the Mughal, French, British and Nawabs of Bengal.  The Mughal custodian Islam Khan ordered his court drummer to beat his “DHAK” in Jahangirnagar in 1610. The area of Dhaka was marked by as far as one could hear the “Dhak” or beating of the drums hence giving Dhaka its name. Dhaka is home to 15 million people of every walk of life, who give the city its electric bustling energy as they make their mark in this world.  The city’s ancient history can be best experienced in the forts, homes and monuments of Old Dhaka.

Boat Ride from Sadarghat

A short boat ride over Buriganga, which is a major tributary of the mighty Ganges River, takes you to Sadarghat. This river has been responsible for a thousand years of wealth thanks to its facilitation of trade in the region.

Ahsan Manzil/Pink Palace

Ahsan Manzil, known as the pink palace thanks to its brightly painted walls, was the seat of the Nawabs of Dhaka.  The present incarnation of the palace was built in the nineteenth century after a tornado in 1888 destroyed much of the building. However the history of the site goes back centuries before the destructive weather at was claimed at one time or another by the Mughal, French, and British empires.  

Shakhari Patti

Take a walking tour of Judge Court Road filled with charming Old Colonial buildings. This is a predominantly Hindu Settlement with streets filled with Conch Shell merchants and artisans; conch shell bangles and jewelry are  traditional wedding adornments for Hindus. Other workshops along the street make clay statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses commissioned by the locals.

Lalbagh Fort/Fort Aurangabad

This renowned fort houses the tomb of the daughter of Aurangzeb (Mughul Emperor), a Moghul Mosque and the Royal Bath. Construction began in 1678 and was finally completed in 1688.

Also known as the Red Fort, this walled enclosure was originally started by Prince Muhammad Azam in 1678.  When Prince Azam was called away from Dhaka by Emperor Aurangzeb, the new viceroy of Dhaka, Shaista Khan, picked up where his predecessor left off. Construction got as far as a walled enclosure, impressive gateways at the northeast and southeast of the enclosure, a small mosque and the Diwan-i-Aam or receiving hall. Construction was halted when Shaista Khan’s daughter, Pari Bibi died in 1684. At that point, the viceroy decided the site was ominous and halted construction with one exception, a third building, the Mausoleum of Pari Bibi.

A stop at the Dhakaeshwari temple marks how Dhaka got its name.

Dhakaeswari Temple

The oldest temple in Bangladesh is also recognized as the National Temple. There is a legend that the Queen went to Langolbond to take a bath. On her way home, she gave birth to a son, Prince Ballal Sen. Years later Ballal built the temple to commemorate his birthplace.  The temple is yet another possible origination for the city’s name.

Shahid Minar

This is a monument to commemorate the martyrs who died in 1952 to claim back our right to speak Bangla and not the imposed Urdu language as East Pakistan. 21st Feb is now celebrated as International Mother Language globally, for this reason.

On February 21st, 1952 protestors took to the streets in Dhaka to express their outrage over West Pakistan’s decree that Urdu would be the only national language, even in East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh), where the majority of people spoke Bengali. The Pakistani police force opened fire on the protestors killing dozens of students and national activists. The Language Movement continued to gain force, and the Pakistani government bowed to pressure and accepted Bengali as an official language.  The monument is a reconstruction of the original sculpture which was destroyed during Operation Searchlight in 1971.  

Dhaka University & Vicinity

The country’s largest; most well-known and oldest university is Dhaka University. The campus houzes dozens of iconic architectural sites  including the picturesque Curzon Hall  built in 1904 the Musa Khan Mosque of the Bhuiya Landlords who fought the Mughals for 75 yrs., the resting site of national poet Nazrul Islam, and the Gurudwara (Sikh temple).The wholesale flower market nearby is filled with bridal garlands made with marigolds, jasmine and roses.

Lunch at a local restaurant

New Market

This is the city’s oldest market,  built in 1952, almost 20 years before the independence of Bangladesh. It remains the most bustling outdoor market. Here you can find everything from art, accessories, saris, custom linens, buttons, pots, garden vegetables and a lot more. This market sits on 35 acres of land and is definitely worth a visit to feel the vibrant energy of traders, merchants and shoppers.

National Assembly

Designed by world renowned  American Architect Louis Kahn, this is the largest legislative complex in the entire world,. The massive building took 13 years to complete, including a halt in construction during the Liberation War in 1971. Standing bamboos on water inspired the design of this structure which was awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The missing dome gives this building a cutting edge look as opposed to the standardstate capitals.

What's Included

  • Meals: 1 Lunch
  • Transport: All local land transport and included sightseeing
  • A dedicated crew with an experienced logistics manager and english speaking guides
  • Local taxes & service Charges
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