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Book a flight to Dhaka with Qatar Airways to discover the capital of Bangladesh, bordered by Burma and India. Home to 18 million people, the frenetic pace of life in Dhaka can seem overwhelming to the uninitiated. Yet it's this congested, colourful chaos which lends the city its charm.
Modern-day Dhaka is Bangladesh's industrial, commercial and political centre and it's a city of stark contrasts, from the shanty towns of Old Dhaka to the glistening high rises of Banani and Gulshan. Flights to Dhaka are available from most international departure points, making the city a great base from which to explore the surrounding region.
On your trip to Dhaka, discover the architecture of the Old Town, with buildings dating from the Mughal Empire to British Colonial times. As well as mosques, monasteries and temples dating back to the 17th century, tourist attractions include Banga Bhaban, the President's official residence. Lalbagh Fort, once the site of revolt against British rule, is today home to a museum and numerous monuments. One of the city's greatest architectural wonders is Jatiya Sangjad Bhaban, the National Parliament building. Book your visit in advance for the best prices and enjoy a relaxing stroll around the gardens, a surprising oasis of calm in the heart of one of the busiest cities in the world.
One of the biggest draws for tourists to the region is Cox’s Bazar, 125km of gently sloping sandy beach, reputed to be the longest beach in the world. To get a true picture of just how dramatic and beautiful this part of the world is, make sure you include a Bandarban Hill tracts tour on your itinerary. This will take you into the heartland of Bangladesh and to dramatic locations such as Boga Lake and the magnificent architecture of the Buddha Dhatu Jadi temple.
It’s easy to spot the British influences on your trip to Dhaka. The Ahsan Manzil, a Raj-era building, was once home to the Nawab of Dhaka. Its pink stonework and imposing dome ensure it is visible for miles around, and today it houses a museum.
Despite its urban sprawl, Dhaka has its fair share of green spaces and Baldha Gardens in Old Dhaka is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. The National Botanical Gardens (next to the zoo) cover 205 acres and is the perfect picnic spot on a hot summer afternoon in the city.
When you travel to Dhaka, you simply must experience some of the city's history and culture. Visit the National Museum to see sculptures and paintings or the National Museum of Science and Technology for a family-friendly day out. No stay in Dhaka is complete without a rickshaw ride through the meandering maze of Old Dhaka's alleyways, where you'll mingle with local traders and families going about their day. Take to the water and see the city from a different viewpoint, with a cruise along the Buriganga River from Sadarghat River Front.
A meal in Dhaka can be whatever you want it to be, whether that's street food and Bangladeshi specialities in Old Dhaka, or international fine dining in Banani or Gulshan. Buffet-style restaurants are a popular, value-for-money option, and fish lovers will feel instantly at home. Fresh-water fish features heavily on menus alongside vegetable curries and biriyani, with Old Dhaka renowned for its Haji Biriyani.
Head for Bailey Road and Satmoshjid Road for street food. Local sweets such as rasgollah (milk curd balls in syrup) are delicious. Remember, you should never bring food to your mouth with your left hand when dining in Bangladesh.
Because Bangladesh is known for exporting ready-made garments for well-known brands, it's fairly easy to find designer brands for less. Try shopping at areas such as Dhaka College and Banga Bazaar.
When you travel to Dhaka, you will find handicrafts and local clothing, such as cotton salwar kameez surprisingly affordable, and prices are not fixed in most stores. It is well worth bargaining for the best price, or ask a local for assistance if you are unsure what an item is worth.
Flights to Dhaka with Qatar Airways arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Dhaka please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Bangladeshi Taka (BDT)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type A/ C / D / G / K
Language: Bengali / English
International dialing code: +880