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Places you should include in your Dhaka City Tour
Weekend is knocking at the door and my restless mind is desperate for a new experience. After all who would want to spend an weekend in the same old boring house?! An holiday tour and leave from daily schedule was just what I needed. Dhaka, the capital and the busiest city of Bangladesh where millions enter everyday just to fulfill their dreams and with the hope for a better life. This crowded city has a lot more to offer than just busy streets and new faces. So I decided to surf this zone with a friend who was equally as bored of monotony as myself. Without much delay, we put out snickers on and jumped out of the house. Planning session was over and now we were all set for this journey. The time of action begins!
The Grand National Parliament House
The first location for visit was our National Parliament House also known as Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban. Located in the capital Dhaka, it embeds all parliamentary activities of Bangladesh . Designed by architect Louis Kahn this grand structure is one of the largest legislative complexes in the world. This architectural masterpiece is unique as this entirely floats like a waterlily on the plain horizon of water. Its geometric structure plays with light through triangles and circles.This grand structure not only portrays architectural brilliance but also symbolizes the cultural heritage of Bangladesh.
Inaugrated in 1913, Bangladesh National Museum is aimed to display archaeology, classical, decorative and contemporary art, history, natural history, ethnography and world civilization. This huge plazza located in Shahbagh gallerizes splendid collections which range in date from prehistory to the present time. Unparalleled in number and uniqueness, this huge museum is very rich in stone, metal and wooden sculptures, in gold, silver and copper coins, in stone inscriptions especially in copper plates and terracottas. The Museum has one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the whole of Indian subcontinent. its collections of decorative art, especially of woodwork, metalwork and embroidered quilts are very exclusive and fascinating. Both archaeology and ethnicity is incorporated and co-exist under the same roof in this museum. Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin’s vivid and contemporary art and works of other contemporary artists also wins hearts in its galleries. The freedom struggle in the liberation of Bangladesh also occupies a section in amidst all these historic and cultural exclusives.
Liberation War Museum- Sacrifice and Victory
Continuing our fun-day and with an unusual thirst for more details on liberation war, we reached our next location, the Liberation War Museum. Taking a peek back at 1971, every Bangladeshi is proud of the glorious victory in their struggle for “bangla”- the mother tongue. If anyone wishes to relive the history of liberation war of Bangladesh this place is the ultimate place ! This museum tells the story of all liberation struggles and stories of our brave “muktijoddhas” as they have shed their sweat and blood unbargined just for the sake of their identity. Located in Shegun Bagicha, this museum is displayed in the house of Bangubandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – father of our nation without whom the thought of independence would have been nearly impossible. Knowing the history is important if anyone wishes to identify with the root of this country. Not only to natives but this museum en-holds a total more than 11000 artifacts, pictures and documents which very dramatically showcases the days of 1971. Once again reliving our struggle and the sacrifice made me proud to be a part of this country.
Soothing Shaheed Minar
my pride almost doubled when we visited the monument of Shaheed Minar in Sectariat Road, Ramna. This monument reminds of the sacrifice the activists made with their life during the Language Movement in 1952. Today it gives me great joy to see this location as an international site due to the establishment of our republic day as international mother language day!
To witness the busy and never-tiring life city life of Dhaka, we arrived at the Dhaka Sadarghat Port of the city. Located at the southern part of Dhaka, at the edge of river Burigonga, this port is one of the most busy and fast pace sector of this city. This sector for travel and commerce conducts numerous transactions of dealings everyday!
Awesome Ahsan Manzil
Set along at Kumartoli along the banks of the Buriganga River ,Ahsan Manzil was the official residential palace and seat of the Nawab of Dhaka. Construction in 1872 in the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture this pink palace with its vivid garden was as beautiful as heaven itself. Our visit in this location excited us even more to unravel other historic wonders of Dhaka.
Lavish Lalbagh Fort
Without any further delay, we initiated our journey for Lalbagh Fort. Lalbagh fort- the Mughal palace is one of the greatest historic heritage site of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Built in 1678 A.D. by Muhammad Azam Shah this fortress has a huge area and many hidden passages. The fort has three important ancient buildings, Pari Bibir Mazar, Darbar Hall and a Mosque. Memorial of Pari Bibi was designed with marbles, three domed Mosque projects the brilliance and exclusivity of ancient Mughal architecture. This place also has a small museum with ancient things , paintings, furniture as well as weapons used in wars at Mughal period used by the Nawab Shaista Khan. Mesmerized by this richness we set-off for our next site.
Devoted Dakeshwari Temple
Continuing our steps in Old Dhaka, after Lalbagh Fort we reached Dhakeshwari Temple- the national temple of Dhaka. It is the biggest temple for hindu bengalis as the Sena dynasty designed this temple for devotees.
Continuing this adventurous exploration the next day, we set off for our next historic location, Sonargaon -meaning City of Gold. Shonargaon was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. Situated in the center of the Ganges delta, Shonargoan was the relish center for Nawabs. Bara Sardar Bari called Isa Khan’s bari which is currently a museum , and the Panam City were showstoppers of this place. Historic ethnicity blended with Nawabi majestic architecture tells stories of the past civilizations of mankind in Bengal. This archaeological site has a lot more to offer then just history. Upon arrival we found out that this was the ultimate place for our very traditional hand loom cloth “Jamdani”. travelling with an icing of shopping, what more could a girl wish for!
After two days of continuous adventure and unlimited fun our exploration of Dhaka city finally came to an end with our weekend. Historic sites and monuments had given a completely new dimension on this city. Dhaka-the city of mosques is not only rich in mosques but has a lot more to offer. I accepted its offer, will you too accept the exclusivity this city offers?
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