Feast your eyes on the architecture of Old Town during your trip to Dhaka, with buildings dating from the Mughal Empire through to British Colonial times. As well as mosques, monasteries and temples dating back as far as the 17th century, tourist attractions include Bangabhaban, the president's official residence.
Lalbagh Fort, once a 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 peaceful gardens – an oasis of calm in the heart of one of the world’s busiest cities.
One of the biggest draws for tourists to the region is Cox’s Bazar, 121km of gently sloping powdery beach, reputed to be the world’s third-longest. To get a true picture of just how dramatic and beautiful this region is, make sure you include a tour of Bandarban, part of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This will take you into the heartland of Bangladesh and to dramatic locations such as Boga Lake and the magnificent architecture of Buddha Dhatu Jadi, a Theravada Buddhist temple.
It is easy to spot the British influences on your trip to Dhaka. The Ahsan Manzil, a Raj-era building, was once home to the Nawab (Mughal governor) of Dhaka. Its pink stonework and imposing dome ensure it is visible for miles around, and today it houses a museum.