Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh with its exciting history and rich culture. Known the world over as the city of Mosques, Muslin, Rickshaw and natural green beauty. It has attracted traveler most from far and near through ages. According to recorded history it was established by Buddhists in 3rd century, later dominated by Hindus, after fell in to the hand of Muslim Mughal rules in the 13th century.
It was the golden age of Dhaka, when it became a great Mughal trading port and finally the capital of Bengal in 1608 by Subedar Islam Khan. Before 1608 Dhaka ’s old name Jahangir nagar, It became capital 1610 A.D. In 16 century Dhaka was the 11th largest capital in the world.
The Mughals built Dhaka in to a magnificent city, with a place of sultans, dozens of ornate Mosques, covered markets, gardens and huge citadel to protect it from pirates and foreign power.
Portuguese, Dutch, British, French, Armenian, and Greek all came here to trade during the 17th century. They tussled with one another for the favored of the Mughals. But it was the British who finally triumphed and took Dhaka as their own in 1765. British dominated up to 1947 after then fell in to the hand of Pakistan . We got independence from them in 1971.
Now Dhaka is grown in to a busy city of about ten Million people with an area of about 1353sq.km. It has been developing fast as a modern city. It is the center of industrial, commercial, cultural, educational and political activities for Bangladesh . Motijheel is the main commercial area of the city.
Dhaka is carrying many historical place, such as “Martyr’s Monument (Sahidminar), National Memorial, National Parliament Building, Lalbagh Fort, Ahasan Manzil, Dhakeshwary Temple, Sonargao, The Armenian Church, Curzon Hall, Bahadur Shah Park etc.
Dhaka University : History of Bangladesh is very closely related to the history of the Dhaka University , since 1952-1990 all the mass movements were organized from and lead by the students of this University.
Sonargaon: About 29 km. from Dhaka is one of the oldest capitals of Bengal . It was the seat of Deva dynasty until the 13th century, from this period onward till the time of the advent of the mughals, sonargaon was a subsidiary capital of the sultanate of Bengal .
Jamdani Village : Roposhi village is well known as Jamdani village which is located on the bank of the river Sitalakhya. Most of the homes are engaged in weaving Jamdani saree scarf in handlooms. These expert weavers can create design from their mind while weaving. These instant creation does not require any mechanical technique.
Crafts Man Village : Village dhamrai and kakran are located adjacent to saver, dhamrai famous for metal works with brass and people of kakran used to be potters.
Natak Sarani: Group theatre are very active in Bangladesh Stage dramas are very popular. Some of the plays continue performing years after years. Two popular stage Auditoriums are located on this drama avenue.
Zoological Garden: Called Mirpur Zoo is situated at mirpur, 10 km. northwest of Dhaka on 230 acres of land contains some interesting and rare inmates.
National Poets Graveyard: Rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam died on 29th 1976 and was laid to rest here. The graveyard is adjacent to the Dhaka University .
National Assembly Complex: Jatio Sangsad Bhaban (Parliament House) in Sher-e-Bangla nagar designed by the famous architect Louis Khan has distinctive architectural features.
Ahsan Manzil Museum : The pink Majestic Ahsan Manzil is situated on the bank of river Buriganga in Dhaka . It was the home of the Nawab of Dhaka. Nawab Abdul Ghani named Ahsan Manzil after his son Nawab Ahsanullah. It has 31 rooms with a huge dome atop. It now has 23 galleries displaying portraits, furniture and household articles and utensils used by the Nawab family.
Baitul Mukarram: The largest national mosque is situated at purana paltan. It is modeled after the rectangular shape of the holy Kaaba in Mocca.
National Memorial: About 35 km. from Dhaka is the National Marty’s monument at savar in the suburb of Dhaka city, built in the memory of the millions who died in the liberation war during 1971. It comprises an area of 126 acres of land with beautiful landscape. It’s minar rises from a 130×130 high of 150 ft.
Central Shaheed Minar: Symbol of Bangladeshi nationalism. This was built to commemorate the martyr’s of historic language movement of 1952.
Armenian Church: Armanian church situated to the south west corner of Armanitola ground of old Dhaka . It was built in 1781 by Armanians who came to Dhaka in 17th century.
Buddhist Temple : This is the large Buddhist culture center in Bangladesh containing a huge bronze and a big beautiful marble statue of lord Buddha. It is situated at Kamlapur east of the main railway station of Dhaka . The holy ashes of the greatest Buddhist scholar of Bengal , Dipankar aree Gan atisha is kept here in a casket.
Dhakeswari Temple : It is oldest Hindu Temple in Dhaka and was built in 11th century. It has four shiva temples with stone shiva phallus in each of them, this is considered as the main temple by the Hindu devotees.
Star Mosque: Zeminder Mirza Ghulam Pir built this mosque in the early 18th century. This most beautifully decorated mosque is situated at Mahuttuly west of Armanitola Govt. high School. This is a five dome mosque with hundreds of big and small twinkling stars as surface decoration.
Bahadur Shah Park : This memorial commemorates the martyr’s of the first liberation war (1857-59) against British rule. It was here that the spays and their civil compatriots were publicly hanged.
National Museum : Dhaka museum was established in 1913, was renamed as the national museum and shifted to its new complex in 1983. It has forty galleries under four departments, namely 1. Natural history, 2. History of Classic art, 3. Ethnography and Decorative art and 4. Contemporary art and world civilization. The museum contains a large number of interesting ancient historic collections, including sculptures, coins, paintings and inscriptions.
Bangabandhu Memorial Museum : The residence of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhanmondi Residential Area has been turned in to a Museum. It contains collection of personal effects and photographs of the father of the nation.
Ramna Green: Ramna Park is a vast stretch of green ground surrounded by a serpentine lake.
Fantasy Kingdom : Most exciting children park having interesting rides. It is situated at Ashulia about 30 km. from Dhaka city.
Heritage Park : It is located about 20 Km away from Dhaka city and adjacent to Fantasy kingdom. Here you will find installation of replicas of some architectural and archaeological objects as well as various other articles being used traditionally.
Nandan Park Ltd.: It is located about 35 Km from Dhaka city. It is a family amusement park and consists of dry rides and water world. Country’s only water park, with different types of built rides on beautiful natural land scape.
Narayangang: Located 16 km. away from Dhaka on the bank of river Sitalakhya. It was regarded as the Dandee of Bangladesh an the biggest inland river port of Bangladesh .
Sadarghat: It is situated on the bank of the river Buriganga. It remains very busy with different types of boat, tugs, speed boats, motor lanches. From here passenger and cargo motor lanches leaves everyday for southern towns.
Shakhari Bazar: It is situated in the old part of Dhaka city. Narrow lane and old buildings reflects the early age of old Dhaka . People here are expert of making ‘SHAKHA’ (Bangles from conch shell) and artisans are known as SHAKHARI. As per hindu religion, married women are to wear conch shell bangles on both wrists.
Curzon Hall: Beautiful architectural building named after Lord Curzon. It is now science faculty of Dhaka University .
Banga Bhaban: Official residence of the honorable president of the people’s republic of Bangladesh , situated across the park of Gulishtan , is a beautiful piece of architecture reflects in the countries cultural heritage. Banga Bhaban is close to visitors for security reasons however one can have a outside view only.
Muktijuddha Museum : Situated at Segun Bagicha. This museum possesses a rich collection of rare photographs of liberation war items used by the freedom fighters and important documents.
River Cruise: During the dry winter months (Sep- Feb) River cruise is available to have glimpse of riverine Bangladesh and its lash land at Mirpur, just east of Mirpur Zoo. It provides botanical education and research, preservation of plants and some recreational facilities.
Lalbag Fort : Construction of the fort began 1677 under the auspices of Prince Mohammed Azam, third son of Aurangzeb, who then handed it over to Shaista khan for completion. Outstanding Mughal style architectural monuments are the mausoleum of Paribibi (Shaista khan’s Daughter ) , Diwan( audience hall),Quilla Mosque and Hammam Khana( Bathing Place ).
Intellectual Memorial: Situated at Rayer Bazar, Dhaka . This was built in the memory of intellectual killed during the liberation war.
Novo theater : It is the only most modern planetarium of the country.
Bangabandhu Mausoleum- Tungipara : It is 144 km far from Dhaka, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mojibur Rahman was born on 17 th March,1920 in Tungipara village9.In the pre-dawn hours of 15 August, the noblest and the greatest of Bengalees in a thousand years, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of Bangladesh and the Father of the Nation, was assassinated by a handful of ambitious and treacherous military officers . Here is the graveyard of great Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Old High Court Building Originally built as the residence of British Governor it illustrates a happy blend of European and Mughal architecture.
Botanical Garden: It is situated near national zoo ,approximately 50,000 plants and trees are there of 1200 species.
Trishal: It is the place where innumerable boyhood memories of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam are found around. Nazrul was a student of Darrirampur High school intertribal Police Station. Here a cultural organisation styled as Nazrul Academy has been established in memory of the great poet. Rebel poet Kazi Nazrul, the shelly of Bangladesh is in eternal sleep beside Dhaka University Central Mosque,
Bhawal National Park : It is situated at Rajendrapur 40 km. north of Dhaka on the very vast( 1600 acres) areas of floristries on the magnificent Bhawal region of Gazipur District. This national recreational forest is an ideal place for recreational and eco-tourism pursuits.
Other places of tourist attraction
St. Mary’s Cathedral: Situated to the east of Roman Park, this is the center of all the Roman Catholic churches of Bangladesh .
St.Thomas Cathedral: This oldest Portuguese church was built in 1677 A.D. It is situated on holy cross road Tejgaon.
Ram Krishna Mission : Temple is situated to the south of Bangladesh .
Science Museum : Located at Agargaon, the museum is a modern learning center related to latest scientific discoveries.
Suhrawardy Uddyan: Formerly known as the race course. From this Uddyan the clarion call for independence of Bangladesh was given by the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mojibur Rahman on 7 th March 1971 and curiously enough it is again here that the commander of the Pakistani occupation force surrendered on 16 th December 1971 .
Baldha Garden : Situated in Wari area of the city, built in the thirties of the 20 th century. Balda garden has a grand collection of about 15000 rare plants and trees from all over the world.
New Market: This market was established during 1950’s the oldest complete shopping complex of the country having jewelry, Book shop, readymade garment, household items, fresh fish, meat, vegetables, fruits etc.
Nagar Bhaban: Office building oh Dhaka Municipality Corporation is of architectural beauty.
Zia Memorial: Mr.Ziaur Rahman was former president of Bangladesh . His mausoleum is on the northern side of the Parliament Building .
Gajni Parjatan Center : Gajni Parjatan Center is 220 km far from Dhaka . Where you will find the natural beauty of hills, lakes, forest & lots of birds here, it is a natural tourist spot where you can see the tribal life of our tribes. You can enjoy boating in the lake and also there is a natural water fall what you will like to watch. If you are lucky, enough you can see the wild elephants in the forest.
National Art gallery: Situated in the Shilpakala Academy premised. This National Art Gallery has a representative collection of folk art and paintings by artists of Bangladesh .
Martyred Intellectuals Memorial : It is located at Mirpur which is built to commemorate the valiant intellectuals who were killed in 1971 just two days ahead of Victory Day
Dhanbari nawab Place: (Royal Ressort): This is located about 80 miles and takes about 3 and half hours drive from Dhaka city. This sprawling palace complex belongs to Dhanbari Nawab. . The magnificent palace, Manzil, villa, mosque and cottage has the original design. There are large ponds for boating and fishing, big playgrounds for outdoor games. Some one can stay night like Maharaja in suites.