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Ahsan Manzil (The Pink Palace)

Ahsan Manzil (The Pink Palace)

Nawab Bari

At the edge of the Buriganga River lies Ahsan Manzil, or The Pink Palace, one of Dhaka’s most iconic buildings. In fact, the first electric lights in the city were installed here! Built in the mid-1700s by Sheikh Enayetulla, a wealthy landowner, Ahsan Mazil was deserted by the 1950s after suffering bouts of misfortune. In 1986 reconstruction began and Ahsan Manzil was inaugurated as a museum in 1992.

The pink neo-classical structure offers a fascinating look back into high society Dhaka. Gallery rooms are spread over two floors. Of prominence are the Dining Room, Ball Room and the Drawing Room with their original and reproduction furnishings. All of the building’s iron – railings, lamp stands, pipes – was shipped from England! At the second floor...

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Bangladesh National Museum

Bangladesh National Museum

Shahbagh Road

Established over 100 years ago, the Bangladesh National Museum was officially deemed the country’s national museum in 1983. The butter-yellow, air conditioned building is large and its displays extensive, so wear your best walking shoes! If you’ve brought a camera you’ll have to check it at the desk under the stairs.

Well-lit displays are showcased on three floors. The first is dedicated to Bangladeshi culture and nature. Check out the impressive tenth-century serpent doorway carved from blackstone and the humpback whale skeleton – long as the room itself!

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Guided Walking Tours of Old Dhaka

Guided Walking Tours of Old Dhaka

Sector 06, Uttara

Old Dhaka is the original part of the city that hugs the Buriganga River. Besides being a photographer’s dream it is a full-bore overload on the senses!

Royal Bengal Tours offers professional, customised walking tours of the area led by the company’s founder, Jewel, who is gifted with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area and excellent English skills.

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Lalbagh Fort

Lalbagh Fort

Lalbagh

Reprieve from the crowded, mesmerizing streets of Old Dhaka can be found at this unfinished fortress that once bordered Dhaka’s Buriganga River before it changed course. The only sounds you’ll hear in this expansive green space of perfect lawns and sunflowers are birdsong and the clip-clip of pruning shears. The air is arguably the freshest in all of Dhaka, so breathe deeply!

A number of photogenic structures dot the site including a perimeter wall, a hammam (bath), a mosque, a water pond and the nine-chambered tomb of Bibi Pari, the ill-fated daughter of Shaista Khan, the successor to the fort’s founder. Inside the hammam are an impressive exhibit of eighteenth-century pistols, Persian ceramics and Arabic Qurans...

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