Nestled along the banks of the Buriganga River and home to more rickshaws than any other city in the world, colourful Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. Le Méridien Dhaka is located along Airport Road, which connects Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) to central Dhaka. With Gulshan, Dhaka’s current Central Business District (CBD) merely 4 kilometres away and Purbachal only 7 kilometres away, our hotel is conveniently accessible.
Filled with hundreds of mosques, numerous important monuments, memorials and parks, Dhaka is bustling city waiting to be explored. One of the best ways to do so is on a river cruise. Along the way, stop to see jute cultivation, weaving, and pottery making in a traditional village. Ahsan Manzil, one the city’s most famous buildings, is a magnificent pink structure filled with Nawab relics. Other top attractions include the impressive National Parliament House, designed by the famous architect Louis Khan, and the palatial Bangahaban, the official residence and office of the president of Bangladesh. The Mughal palace fortress Lalbagh Fort is highlighted by the tomb of Pari Bibi, its mosque, and the Diwan-i-Aam. Filled with exotic plants, Baldha Garden is also worthy of discovery.
For a completely different take on Bangladesh, visit Sonargaon. Located about 30 kilometres from Dhaka, it is one of Bengal’s oldest capitals. Designed by Syed Moinul Hossain and situated 35 kilometres away in Savar, the National Memorial, which is dedicated to those who died during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, is another moving experience.
Get a cultivated dose of ancient art at the National Museum. Laden with relics, it is one of South Asia’s largest museums. Peruse the local folk art, paintings, and handicraft shops at the Institute of Arts and Crafts. Handicrafts made by 65,000 weavers, potters, brass workers, jewellers, jute workers, basket weavers, wood carvers, and leather workers can be seen at the fair trade organisation Artisan. Browse the antiques at Dhaka City Corporation Market. Epicureans will delight in the irresistibly tantalising and fragrant local Bengali cuisine, which often incorporates Persian and Arabic elements.
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- Dhaka Stock Exchange 0.1 km/0.1 miles
- Central Business District 4.0 km/2.5 miles
- Purbachal 7.0 km/4.3 miles