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As you might imagine, Dhaka, the capital of one of the world’s most densely populated countries, presently home to some 12 million people, is a hectic and lively place, tricky to explore without occasionally bumping into people. To help with its traffic issues, Dhaka has become the world capital of rickshaws. Taking advantage of this colourful mode of transportation is an excellent way to take in the scenery in an environmentally conscious manner.
One of South Asia’s largest urban settings, the chaotic mega-city of Dhaka sprawls along the banks of the Buriganga River near the centre of the country. As the hub of Bangladesh’s economic, educational and political affairs, it continues to expand and modernise. The National Parliament of Bangladesh is one of the city’s most notable architectural attractions, completed in 1981. Constructed with reinforced concrete and impenetrable brickwork, the Bangladesh seat of government is a monumental Soviet-style civic fortress and one of the largest legislative complexes in the world. Since embracing the free market, a slew of glassy sky-scrapers are the latest addition to the city’s changing landscapes, but Dhaka is also known as the City of Mosques and Muslin, long celebrated for its history and cultural traditions.Read more
Old Dhaka is located on the north bank of the waterfront, recalling the age when the city boasted wealth and influence as an important Moghul trading centre. The history of the city’s evolution is charted by the National Museum, a bastion of Bangladesh’s Hindu and Buddhist heritage. Nearby, the main embankment, Sadarghat, is bustling with activity, the waters below crowded with numerous ferries, fisherman’s boats and floating dhabas. Look out for the baroque-style palace, Ahsan Manzil, which is painted a stylish shade of bright pink.