is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh.
With its colorful history and rich cultural traditions,
known the world over as the city of mosques and
muslin. Its fame attracted travelers from far
and near throughout the ages. Today it has grown
into a mega city of about 8.5 million people,
with an area of about 1353 sq. km. becoming the
hub of the nation's industrial, commercial, cultural,
educational and political activities.
Dhaka is located in the geographic center of the
country. It is in the great deltaic region of
the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. The city is
within the monsoon climate zone, with an annual
average temperature of 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.
Dhaka is located
in one of the world's leading rice and jute or natural rawjute growing
regions. Its include jute textile industries, muslin and cotton industries and also food processing, especially rice milling. A variety of other consumer goods are also manufactured here. The Muslim influence
is reflected in the more than 700 mosques and
historic buildings found throughout the city.
The University of Dhaka (1921) and several technical schools and museums
are located here.
Area : 815.85
Sq. kilometres (approx.)
Population : Seven million (approx.)
Climate : Tropical, with heavy rainfall and bright sunshine
in the monsoon and warm for the greater part of
the year. The winter months, from November to
March, are however, most likeable, cool and pleasant.
Temperature: Max. Min.
summer 36.7°C 21.1°c
Winter 31.7°C 10.5°c
Rainfall : 2540 mm annually.
Humidity : 80
Attractions of Dhaka
Mosques : Dhaka
has several hundred mosques. Prominent are Baitull
Mukarram-National Mosque, the seven Domed Mosque
(17th century), Star Mosque (18th century) , Chawkbazar
Mosque and Huseni Dalan Mosque.
Hindu Temples : Dhakeshwari
Temple (11th Century), Ramkrishna Mission.
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.
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
Lalbagh are the tomb of Pari Bibi , Lalbagh Mosque,
Audience Hall and Hammam of Nawab Shaista Khan
now housing a museum.
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 were publicly
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.
Mukti Juddha Museum : Situated at Segun Bagicha area of the city
the museum contains rare photographs of Liberation
war and items used by the freedom fighters during
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 rich cultural heritage. It was
the home of the Nawab of Dhaka and a silent spectator
to many events.
The 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.
Curzon Hall : Beautiful
architectural building named after Lord Curzon.
It now houses the Science Faculty of Dhaka University.
Old High Court Building
: Originally built as the residence
of the British Governor, it illustrates a happy
blend of European and Mughal architecture.
Dhaka Zoo : Popularly
known as Mirpur Zoo. Colorful and attractive collections
of different local and foreign species of animals
and birds including the majestic Royal Bengal
Tiger are available here.
National Museum : Located at the central point of the city,
the museum contains a large number of interesting
collections including sculptures and paintings
of the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim periods.
Botanical Garden : Built on an area of 205 acres of land at
Mirpur and adjacent to Dhaka Zoo. One can have
a look at the zoo and the botanical garden in
National Park : Situated at Rejendrapur, 40 km. north of Dhaka
city , this is a vast (1,600 acres) national recreational
forest with facilities for picnic and rowing etc.
Central Shahid Minar
: 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. Celebrations begin
at zero hour of midnight.
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
Suhrawardy Uddyan (Garden)
: A Popular Park. 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 lush
verdure and gentle breezes. Eternal Flame to enliven
the memory of the martyrs of our Liberation war
has been blown here recently.
Mausoleum of National
Leaders : 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
Banga Bhaban : The
official residence of the President, located in
the city . One can have an outside view of this
Baldha Garden : Unique creation of the late Narendra Narayan Roy,
the landlord of Baldha. Year of establishment
was 1904. Located in Wari area of Dhaka city,
the garden with its rich collection of indigenous
and exotic plants is one of the most exciting
attraction for naturalists and tourists.
Ramna Green: A
vast stretch of green garden surrounded by a serpentine
lake near the Sheraton Hotel.
Parliament House : Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (Parliament House)
located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar has distinctive
architectural features. Designed by the famous
architect Louis I. Kahn, it may be called an architectural
wonder of this region.
Science Museum : The
museum is a modern learning center related to
the latest scientific discoveries. It is situated
Institute of Arts and
Crafts : Situated in the picturesque
surroundings of Shahbagh the Institute of Arts
and Crafts has a representative collection of
folk-art and paintings by artists of Bangladesh.
Sonargaon : About
29 km. from Dhaka. Sonargaon is one of the oldest
capitals of Bangal. A Folk Arts and Crafts Museum
has been established here.
Other attractions in and around Dhaka include
the Institute of Arts and Crafts with its representative
collection of folk art and paintings, handicraft
shops. Aparajeya Bangla monument, picnic spots
at Chandra and Salna, industrial estates of Tongi,
Narayanganj, Demara, Tejgaon, cruising by country
boat in the nearby river or a visit to a village
to see jute cultivation, weaving and pottery making.
Last but not the least travel by a horse driven
cart or rickshaw along busy Dhaka streets is a
Picnic Spots : There
are good picnic spots in the area around Savar
and Mirzapur. Other beauty spots connected by
road with Dhaka include Joydevpur, Sripur, Madhupur,
Rajendrapur National Park, Chandra and Salna,
all of which have rest-houses that can be used
by tourists on request to the Forest Department.
Bangaldesh Parjatan Corporation owns two picnic
spots with Bunglows at
Chandra and Salna which can also be hired by tourists.
Sightseeing Tours : Bangladesh
Parjatan Corporation runs conducted sightseeing
tours from its Tourist Information Centre at Dhaka
Sheraton Hotel. The duration of the Dhaka City
sightseeing tours is three hours approximately.
The Corporation operates a number of other interesting
sightseeing tours around the Dhaka City (Ph: 8119192).
For the transit passengers the Corporation also
runs special city sightseeing tours from from
the Tourist Information Centre, Zia International
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