Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is the largest city in Bangladesh. It is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with a residence of 20.2 million in this area.
Dhaka is a city of cultural variations and the economic and cultural center of Bangladesh. The city is the paradise of tourists who love street photography. As it is an old city of Bangladesh, Dhaka has lots of historical sites featuring interesting subjects.
Here we are to describe the must-visit places in Dhaka. You shouldn’t miss visiting these places if you want to explore this historical city.
If you’re interested to visit Dhaka, here are some of the most visited places that make your tour enjoyable and memorable.
Lalbagh Fort is one of the key tourist attractions in Dhaka. It is the 17th-Century Mughal Fort that stands before the river Buriganga. The then Mughal prince Muhammad Azam, the son of Aurangazeb, started the construction of the fort in 1678. The fort remains incomplete after he left the Bengal. Inside the Lalbagh Fort, there is the tomb of Pori Bibi, the daughter of Shaista Khan, the governor of Dhaka at that time. There is also a small museum inside the fort displaying Mughal painting and calligraphy with firearms and swords of Mughal.
Ahsan Manzil is situated at Kumartuli in the Old Dhaka along the bank of the Buriganga river. It was the residential palace of the Nawab of Dhaka. This significant architectural monument was built by Nawab Abdul Gani and named it after his son Khawaza Ahsanullah. In 1859, the construction of this palace was started and was completed in 1872. Now, Ahsan manzil is designated as a national museum. It is one of the key attractions of tourists who want to visit Dhaka.
Liberation War Museum
Liberation War Museum displays the original artifacts from the liberation war of Bangladesh. It includes the personal belonging of our martyrs, weapons used in the war, and the archive of documents and personal histories related to the war. There are a large number of collections, more than 21,000 artifacts in this museum. Having a visit to the Liberation War Museum reminds you of the heroic sacrifice of our great martyrs.
National Parliament House
The house of the parliament of Bangladesh is located in the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital city Dhaka. This finest architectural building is designed by world-renowned American architect Louis Kahn. It is one of the largest parliamentary complexes in the world. Crescent Lake, an artificial lake, surrounds three sides of the main building as the building looks like a Star in the middle of a Crescent from bird view. This place is one of the must-visit places in Dhaka.
National Botanical Garden
If you love trees, the National Botanical Garden is a paradise for you to enjoy your day with trees. The National Botanical Garden is the largest plant conservation in Bangladesh. It is located at Mirpur beside the Dhaka Zoo. This shady, tranquil botanical garden was established in 1961. It contains 1000 species of local and foreign plants, 100,000 specimens of plants and a knowledge center for the tourists and who love nature most. The several ponds and lakes in this garden welcome lots of birds, particularly in the winter. The garden is a natural paradise for nature lovers.
History says that in the 17th and 18th century there was the presence of Americans in Dhaka. They established their own community there in the era of Mughal. And the American Church is a significant testimony of the presence of Americans in Dhaka city. Now, the American Church is closed. Micheal Joseph Martin was the last American who took care of the church. It is recognized as an archaeological site under the jurisdiction of the department of architecture of the Bangladesh Government. You can have a visit to be a witness to this historical place.
University of Dhaka
The University of Dhaka was established in 1921 during the British rule in Bangladesh, which is the oldest university in Bangladesh. After the partition of India, the students and teachers of Dhaka University played a significant role in the independence of Bangladesh. The prime minister Sheik Hasina, Dr. Muhammad Younus, and many of the leading personalities of Bangladesh are in the alumni of the University of Dhaka. Today, it is the largest center of public research with the largest number of the student body, 37,018, and a faculty of 1992. You can visit this significant educational institute while visiting Dhaka.
There are many more attractions in Dhaka city you can explore to enlarge your experience. Have a visit to Bangladesh and more specifically to the Dhaka city to enrich your travel experience.