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Dhaka Dalliance

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A June 2005 trip to Dhaka by LenR

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Quote: Dhaka is a huge, crowded city that can be very daunting to first-time visitors. Here we explore some of the hidden treasures of Old Dhaka and recommend accommodations that will help you feel at home.

Dhaka Dalliance

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Overview

Dhaka dalliance Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries on earth. With an estimated 12 million people crowding into a relatively small area, Dhaka too, is often crowded, dirty, noisy and overwhelming. Then just when you find it all too much, you discover a small lake, a tree-lined avenue or a large park which quickly take you away from the muddle and clutter into a different world. The origins of the city can be seen today in the crowded quarter known as Old Dhaka. Here you see remnants of what Bangladeshi urban life has been for decades. The streets are narrow, the sidewalks overflow with hawkers and you would never for a moment think you were anywhere else but South Asi...Read More

Green Goose Guest House

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Hotel

Green Goose Guest House Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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If you can get past the name, the Green Goose is a real alternative for visitors wanting to stay in the Gulshan area. It is within walking distance of the two commercial areas and close to some of the best restaurants in Dhaka, yet it is hidden away along a quiet street opposite the residence of Medicine Frontiers. The guest house itself has just undergone extensive renovation. I did not see it before, but what has emerged now is a smart, small hotel with excellent fittings and a very helpful and friendly staff. There are only about 16 rooms, and about half of these are self-contained suites with a small kitchen with a stove, sink, microwave oven, and refrigerator. My room had a glass-...Read More

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On the river

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On the river Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Most of Bangladesh is very, very flat and the whole area is bisected with numerous rivers and streams. The rivers have traditionally been both transport routes and major transport barriers and they continue to be so today. However, things are changing. Bangladesh has recently completed the construction of a series of bridges spanning some of the streams and road and rail transport is taking passengers and freight away from the rivers. Nevertheless, river traffic is still important and the shear variety of craft makes it interesting for the visitor. Dhaka, and almost all the other major towns, is located on a river. One of the most interesting experiences in Dhaka is to get out on the river and s...Read More

Old Dhaka

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Old Dhaka Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Dhaka was originally established in about the fourth century, but it was not until the seventeenth century during the Mughal period that Dhaka gained any particular importance. The Mughals built mosques, bazaars and gardens and this development began to attract European traders who were already established in southern India. By the eighteenth century, Portuguese, Dutch, Greek, Armenian and French traders and merchants were having an influence in the town and the British East India Company had established a trading post. The East India Company eventually completely took control of Dhaka in 1765 and in 1824, Dhaka and all of what is now Bangladesh came under the control of the British Government. ...Read More

Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection

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Church Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Address: Armanitola Road, Old Dhaka This church dates from 1781 and it is still functioning today. Compared to some of the splendid churches elsewhere in the world, this is a rather small, but interesting building crowding on a narrow back street of old Dhaka. But in the Dhaka context it is a very important tranquil haven in the heart of a huge crowded Muslim city. The church supports a small Christian community from several countries that meets every Sunday evening. The Armenians were once at the heart of Bengal’s jute and leather trade but the community has virtually vanished. For much of the rest of the week the door to the compound is looked but there is always someone inside becau...Read More

Lalbagh Fort

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Lalbagh Fort Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Address: Dhakeswari Road, Old Dhaka Open: Varies throughout the year, but generally at least 10am to 5pm Sunday to Friday and 3pm to 6pm Friday The fort was built in 1678 by Prince Mohammad Azam, son of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb, who was then Viceroy of Bengal, but it was never finished because of the death of a young woman associated with the family. It was the scene of a bloody battle during the first war of independence (1857) against the British. The walled fort covers quite a large area, but inside, there are only three buildings. One is a mosque, another a mausoleum, and the third a hall of audience. This latter building is the most interesting. The two-storey structu...Read More