Dhaka Division

Dhaka

Dhaka, the capital and largest city of Bangladesh, enriched with its colorful history and rich cultural traditions, and is known all over the world as the city of mosques and muslin. At present it has grown into a mega city of about 10 million people, with an area of about 1353 sq. km. becoming the center of the nation's industrial, commercial, cultural, educational and political activities.

As regards geography Dhaka is located in the center of the country. It is in the great deltaic region of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and is within the monsoon climate zone. The annual average temperature of the city is 25 deg C (77 deg F) and monthly means varying between 18 deg C (64 deg F) in January and 29 deg C (84 deg F) in August. Nearly 80% of the annual average rainfall of 1,854 mm (73 in) occurs between May and September. It is a city of garment industries, jute textile industries, muslin and cotton industries and also food processing, especially rice milling. A variety of other consumer goods are also manufactured here. More than 700 mosques and historic buildings throughout the city reflect the Muslim influence strongly. The University of Dhaka (1921) and several technical schools and museums are located here.

Attractions of Dhaka
Ahsan Manjil
Built in 1872 and standing on the bank of river Buriganga, the classic stately building offers the visitors a finer feeling of the life-style of the Nawabs of Dhaka. The building is also known as the Pink Palace and now houses a splendid museum. Basically, it was the residence of the Nawabs. Nawab Abdul Gani renovated this building in the year 1872 and named it after his son Khaza Ahasanullah. Government of Bangladesh has turned the palace into a museum recently. It is an epitome of the nation's rich cultural heritage.


Lalbagh Fort
The Lalbagh Fort , actually the fort of Aurangabad was built in 1678 AD by the then Viceroy of Bengal Prince Mohammad Azam, son of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. The fort has a three storied structure with slim minarets at the South Gate and it has many hidden passages and a mosque of massive structure. Tomb of Pari Bibi (Fairy lady), Audience room and Hummam Khana (bathing place) of Nawab Shaista Khan are Outstanding among the monuments of the Lalbagh Fort and now is housing as museum. It is one of the great historical places of Mughal era. A small museum is there in this fort where the clothes and weapons of the Mughols are preserved. Lalbagh fort is situated in the old town of Dhaka at Lalbagh. It is open 10 am-5 pm Sunday to Friday & Saturday is closed.


The fort also contains within its fortified perimeter a number of splendid monuments, surrounded by attractive garden.


Central Shahid Minar
It is situated in the area of Dhaka University and is a symbol of Bengali nationalism. This monument was built to commemorate the martyrs of the historic Language movement of 1952. Hundreds and thousands of people with floral wreaths and bouquet gather on 21 February every year to pay respect in a solemn atmosphere.


Bangladesh national museum
Located at the central point of the city, Bangladesh national museum is situated in Shahbag. The museum preserves a large number of interesting collections including sculptures and paintings of the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim periods as well as inscriptions of the Holy Quran in Arabic and Persian letters and Bengali works in the Arabic script. The museum also has a rich collection of old coins, metal images, books on art, silver filigree works etc. Though established in 1913 it was redecorated and opened in the year 1983.


Mukti juddha museum
This is the museum on our liberation war and fighters who are well known as mukti juddha. Mukti juddha museum situated at Segun Bagicha of the city containing rare photographs of liberation war and items used by the freedom fighters during the period. It remains open 9am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday, and close on Sunday.


Bangabandhu Memorial Museum
The residence of the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi has been turned into a musuam. It contains rare collection of personal effects and photographs of his lifetime.


Science museum
The museum is modern learning center related to the latest science discoveries. It is situated at Agargaon.

National Poet's Graveyard
Revolutionary poet Kazi Nazrul Islam died on the 29 August 1976 and was buried here. The graveyard is adjacent to the Dhaka University Mosque.

Ramna Children’s Park
The Children’s (Shishu) Park in Ramna situated on the northern portion of Sohrawardy Uddyan (formerly Ramna Race course), and on the south of BIRDEM and Dhaka Club. The park was built and inaugurated in 1979 as the first park in a planned manner to provide amusement to the children. The park has ferris wheel, mini train, trampoline, merry-go-round, skating rink, several other joy rides and over dozens of food courts for fun and entertainment.


Suhrawardy Uddyan (Garden)
A Popular Park and historically famous as the oath of independence of Bangladesh was taken here and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheik Mujibur Rahman gave clarion call for independence on this occasion on the 7th March 1971. The place is famous for its abundant greenness and gentle breezes.


Mausoleum of National Leaders
It is located at the southwestern corner of Suhrawardy Uddyan, it is the eternal resting place of great national leaders, Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Haque, Hossain Shahid Suhrawardy and Khaja Nazimuddin.


Banga-Bhaban
The official residence of the President, located in the city. One can have an outside view of this grand palace.


Parliament House
Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (Parliament House) is located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and it has distinctive architectural features. Designed by the famous architect Louis I. Kahn, it may be called an architectural wonder of this region.

Ramna Park
An abundance of green surrounded by a serpentine lake near the Sheraton Hotel.


Curzon Hall
Beautiful architectural building with stunning look named after Lord Curzon. It now houses the Science Faculty of Dhaka University.


Old High Court Building
The building was originally built as the residence of the British Governor; it exemplifies a happy blend of European and Mughal architecture.


National Zoo
The national zoo is situated in Mirpur, 20 km. from the center of Dhaka besides the river Turag. It remains open 10 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week, where visitors can see the animals of Bangladesh and some animals from abroad. The zoo is also popularly known as Mirpur Zoo. Attractive collections of different local and foreign species of animals and birds including the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger are available here.

Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden is also situated in Mirpur adjacent to the National Zoo, built on an area of 205 acres of land. Approximately 50,000 plants and trees are there of 1200 species. The rose garden is the main attraction of this zoo. Approximately 300 species of roses are there in this garden. It is open 7 days a week.


Baldha Garden
Baldha Garden is established on 1904 in old Dhaka named Wari, the exceptional creation of the late Narendra Narayan Roy, the property owner (Jamindar) of Baldha. The most exciting attractions for naturalists and tourists are the rich collection of indigenous and exotic plants.


Star Mosque
A very beautifully designed mosque of the city , situated at Mahuttuly on Abul Khairat Rd; just west of Armanitola Govt. High School. It is an example of flawless architecture (Mughal style) with a five-dome mosque along with hundreds of big and small twinkling stars as surface decorations. The stars have been created by setting pieces of chinaware on white cement. The inside of it is even more beautiful than the outside with amazing mosaic floor and excellent tiles with many floral patterns.


Baitul Mukarram Mosque
Baitul Mukarram Mosque, the national mosque of the country, is situated at Purana Paltan. It is the Largest Mosque in the city with three floors. It has a very beautiful and costly decorations in the interior. The mosque is on a very high platform. On the east is a vast veranda, which is also used for prayer and Eid congregation.


Dhakeshwari Temple
Dhakeshwari Temple (11th Century) is situated at the place where the old part of Dhaka meets the new part. This is the oldest Hindu temple in Dhaka City. The name Dhakeshwari is also associated with the origin of the name Dhaka.


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


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

Tourism Places in Bangladesh
Dhaka Division : : Rajshahi Division : : Rangpur Division : : Chittagong Division : : Sylhet Division : : Barisal Division : : Khulna Division

 

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