Going to keep pace with the current era, it is wrapped in modernity! But, this Dhaka city has hundreds of years old tradition. This article is written to highlight the tradition that Dhaka city has nurtured. At the same time, you will learn about some more places of interest, which you can easily go to get rid of your boredom.
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh has a long ancient history. The 400-years-old town has a variety of aesthetic and traditional facilities and entertainment centers.
Here we will learn about 15 different traditional and scenic places of Dhaka city one by one:
1. Lalbagh Fort
Lalbagh Fort, located on the banks of the river Buriganga in the south-west of Dhaka, is basically an unfinished Mughal fort. Its construction was started in 1678 AD by the Mughal Subaddar Muhammad Azam Shah. He was the son of Emperor Aurangzeb and later became emperor himself. But its construction could not be completed so the Mughal subahdar Shaista Khan resumed its construction in 1680, but he did not complete it completely. It is currently preserved by the Government of Bangladesh and is open to the public as a museum under the Department of Archeology of Bangladesh.
2. Rose Garden
Rose Garden is a historical ancient building of twentieth-century Bangladesh, which is one of the most visited places in Dhaka for domestic and foreign tourists. Rose Garden is also known as Rose Garden Palace. It is one of the most enduring traditions located in the Tikatuli area of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. This ancient building is preserved by the Government of Bangladesh as a historical antiquity of Bangladesh. In 1989, the Department of Archeology of Bangladesh declared the Rose Garden as a protected building. The Rose Garden has been used for drama and telefilm shooting since the 1970s.
3. Ahsan Manzil
Ahsan Manzil is located on the banks of the river Buriganga in the Kumartuli area of Islampur in old Dhaka. It was formerly used as the residence of the Nawabs of Dhaka. It is currently being used as a museum. It was established by Nawab Abdul Gani, who named it after his son Khwaja Ahsanullah. A meeting was held here in 1906 to decide on the establishment of the Muslim League. Ahsan Manzil has been renovated several times. It is currently being operated as a museum by the Bangladesh National Museum.
4. Tara mosques
Tara Mosque is located on Abul Khairat Road in Armanitola, Old Dhaka. They are a magnificent blue star-studded pattern on the white marble dome of the mosque, built in the early eighteenth century. However, the exact date of construction of the mosque is not known. It is known that in the eighteenth century, Mirza Ghulam Pir, the grandson of Mir Abu Sayyid, a rich man of Dhaka, came to Armanitola in Dhaka. He built this mosque. Later in 1926, Ali Jan Bepari renovated the mosque again. The mosaic craftsmanship of the mosque is made of Japanese colored sugar-cakes.
5. National Museum
Bangladesh National Museum The main museum of the country is located in Shahbag, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It was established on March 20, 1913, and officially inaugurated on August 7, 1913. Later on November 17, 1983, it was given the status of the National Museum. There are a total of 44 exhibitions on anthropology, fine arts, history, liberation war of Bangladesh, nature, and modern and world civilization. There is also an archive, library, auditorium, and film exhibition.
6. Bahadur Shah Park
Bahadur Shah Park is located at Laxmibazar in Old Dhaka. It was known as Victoria Park until 1947. It was later renamed Bahadur Shah Park after the last Mughal emperor. Bahadur Shah Park has its own history. During the Sepoy Mutiny against the British in 1857, hundreds of sepoys and their civilian associates were hanged in public in this park. Later in 1858, “Nawab Khwaja Abdul Gani” took steps to build a memorial here in memory of the sepoys. The park can feel like a courtyard to the visitors as there is a road around this small park.
7. Hosseini Dalan
Hosseini Dalan is a Shia shrine and cemetery in old Dhaka, the capital, built during the Mughal rule in the 17th century. It is also known as Imambara. It is known as Hosaini Dalan, according to a poem written in Persian in the inscription on the building. The building commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Muhammad SAW, on October 10, 680, in the battle of Karbala, Iraq.
8. Bara Katra
To the south of Chawkbazar in Dhaka is Bara Katra which was an inn during the Mughal period. At first, it was supposed to be used as the residence of Shah Sujar, but later it was used as a traveler’s house. The building was built on the banks of the river Buriganga by Dewan Mir Abul Qasim on the orders of Shah Sujar, son of Emperor Shah Jahan, from 1644 to 1646. In the past, it had a great reputation for its architectural beauty, but now it stands as a ruin.
9. Chhota Katra
It is a building built during the reign of Shaista Khan. Construction of the building began around 1663-1664 and was completed in 1671. It is located on the banks of the river Buriganga in Hakim Habibur Rahman Lane, east of Bara Katara. The building looks a lot like a big cutter. However, it is smaller in size than Bara Katra and that is why it is known as Chhota Katra. However, during the English period, some additions were made to it. Leonard, a Christian missionary, opened the first English school here in Dhaka in 1816. At present, there is nothing left but a broken building in Chhota Katara. Numerous shops surround it in such a way that there is no way to understand that there was such an architecture here during the Mughal period.
10. Curzon Hall
It is located in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It is a historic building, recognized as an antiquity. It is named after “Lord Curzon.” An example of the English period is the “Curzon Hall”, which was originally built as the library of Dhaka College. But later it was incorporated in Dhaka University in 1921. It is now being used as a classroom and examination hall for some of the science and biology molecules of Dhaka University. Curzon Hall is the main attraction of Dhaka University. Its beautiful architecture will attract the hearts of visitors and peace-loving people.
11. Shrine of three leaders
It is an installation located on the north side of Dhaka University’s Doel Chattar. It is one of the most important architectural monuments of Dhaka built on the tombs of three famous pre-independence political leaders of Bengal – “Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardy”, “Khwaja Nazimuddin” and “Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haq”. It was built in 1963 by architects Masud Ahmed and SA Zahiruddin in memory of these three leaders.
12. Seven-domed mosque
The seven-domed mosque is located in Mohammadpur, Dhaka. It is a mosque built during the Mughal period. This mosque has four minarets and seven domes. For this reason, the mosque has been named ‘Sat gambuj (Seven-domed) Mosque’. It is one of the monuments of the Mughal period which was built by his son Umid Khan during the reign of Mughal Subaddar Shaista Khan in 1680. The mosque looks like Lalbagh Fort Mosque and Khwaja Amber Mosque.
13. Shahbaz Khan Mosque
It is an ancient mosque located behind the High Court in the Ramna area of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and on the east side of the shrine of the three leaders. It was built in 1679 AD during the reign of Prince Azam. There is a tomb of Haji Shahbaz in the courtyard of the mosque. The mosque is 68 feet long and 26 feet wide and has three domes.
14. Rayerbazar slaughterhouse
It is known as the Martyred Intellectual Memorial. It is a memorial built in the memory of the martyred intellectuals of the liberation war of Bangladesh which is located in the Rayerbazar area of Mohammadpur police station in Dhaka. Architects Farid Uddin Ahmed and Jami Al Shafi designed the memorial. An initial proposal was made to build a memorial at Rayerbazar with the help of Prajanma 71 (Generation 71), an organization of children martyred in the war of liberation, who laid a temporary foundation stone in 1991.
15. Osmani Udyan and Bibi Maryam Kaman
Bibi Maryam Kaman is located at Osmani Udyan in Gulistan, the center of Dhaka. Emperor Jahangir established the capital of Bengal at Dhaka in the 17th century and to strengthen the defenses of the capital Dhaka, several cannons were made, including “Kale Khan Zamzam” and “Bibi Maryam” which were famous in India for their vastness, style of construction and beauty. The BB Maryam cannon is 11 feet long and its mouth is 6 inches wide. The cannon maker of Dhaka “Janardhan Karmakar” made the cannon. The cannon was used by Subedar Mir Jumla during the Assam expedition in 1661. He later placed it at Soarighat, south of Bara Katra, as a memorial to the victory of the war. From there it was established at Chawkbazar in Dhaka in 1840 and later at Sadarghat in 1925. The cannon was then placed at Dhaka’s Gulistan in the middle of the last century. It was last removed from the Gulistan junction in 1983 and placed behind the main gate of Osmani Udyan.