Besides the mosques and lively street markets, Dhaka has a lot more to offer visitors...
Dhaka, the colourful capital of Bangladesh, is known as the City of Mosques and Muslin. There are some 300 mosques in the city, many of which are wonderfully ornate, and muslin of the highest quality is produced and sold here in great quantities. A truly ancient city with a wealth of historic sites to explore, it is also close to some of the world's most impressive national parks, where visitors can see Bengal Tigers and other animals in their natural habitat. The city's Botanical Gardens are also a must-see, the zoo is a popular destination for families, and the Ahsin Manzil Palace (aptly nicknamed the Pink Palace) makes a terrific photo opportunity.
On arrival in the centre of the city, visitors will immediately be struck by the sheer abundance of breath-taking mosques. Other interesting sites that merit a visit include the city's Liberation War Museum, which tells the story of Bangladesh's bloody battle for independence in the 1970s.
Lalbagh Fort is another point of interest for anyone with a fascination for military history.
Whether you’re travelling to Dhaka for work or pleasure or a combination of the two, it is well worth setting aside at least a few days to explore all that this vast city has to offer. It can take a day or so to become accustomed to it as the sheer size and bustle mean that Dhaka can be daunting at first. However, it’s well worth taking the time to get to know this fascinating place.
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The Bangladeshi capital has long had direct flights from the UK, operating from Heathrow airport...
They continue to operate today with flights several times a week taking around 11 hours to reach Dhaka.
In addition to these non-stop flights, there are also one stop connections from both London and several other UK cities. These are offered in the main by the Middle Eastern carriers, with Emirates flying via Dubai, Qatar Airways via Doha and Etihad via Abu Dhabi from London and Manchester, as well as Glasgow, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Gatwick. Connecting flights take upwards of around 12 to 13 hours.
An extra option is with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh or jet Airways via Mumbai or Delhi from London.
With cheap flights to Dhaka available from several UK airports, there’s never been a better time to visit Bangladesh...
Dhaka flights arrive at Dhaka Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport (DAC), formerly known as Dhaka Zia Airport and often still referred to by this name. At the airport taxis and auto rickshaws are available by the arrivals terminal and there is also a regular shuttle bus to the centre of the city, which is just under 12 miles away.
Many large hotels offer airport pick-ups and it is wise to book transfers in advance if you’ll be arriving at Dhaka late at night or very early in the morning. There are regular flights to Dhaka from major UK airports and the airport is well equipped with shopping and dining facilities, as well as necessities such as ATM machines, tourist information and car hire booths.
Car hire in Dhaka is widely available, with pick up possible upon arrival at the airport or from a location in downtown Dhaka. There’s much to see and do around Dhaka and getting away from the city is easy when you rent a car. Compare car hire deals in Dhaka with TravelSupermarket.
Business and leisure travel is big business in Dhaka, which means there are plenty of hotels in and around the city...
Dhaka – one of the largest cities in the world – has long been a business hub, so good hotels have been available for years, but it’s the rise of the tourism industry in Bangladesh that’s now fuelling a surge in accommodation in the region.
You can now book a place to stay on any budget and to match any taste. You’ll find plenty of opulence at the high end of the scale, where luxury hotels come with swimming pools and impressive outdoor areas. If you’re working with a smaller budget you’ll find a warm welcome at one of the city’s independent hotels or guest houses.
Those looking for something altogether more relaxed and laidback will find one of the world's longest beaches at the famous Cox's Bazar beach resort. You’ll need to fly for an hour from Dhaka to reach this popular coastal resort (or drive for 10 hours!); many visitors book hotels in both the city and at the beach to enjoy two very different takes on Bangladesh.
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