Nestled along the banks of the Buriganga River and home to more rickshaws than any other city in the world, is Dhaka, the colourful capital of Bangladesh. Le Méridien Dhaka is located along Airport Road, which connects Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) and Dhaka’s current Central Business District (CBD). The hotel is conveniently located within 5 kilometres of all major business and cultural centres. Guests can easily access the flourishing township of Uttara and the RMG manufacturing belt of Ashulia, Savar, Tongi and Gazipur, as well as the must-see attractions of Gulshan, Banani, and Baridhara. An enjoyable day can be spent at Jamuna Future Park—home to the largest shopping mall in Bangladesh—or on the green at Army Golf Club, which is walkable from the hotel, or Kurmitola Golf Club, just a 10-minute drive away.
Filled with hundreds of mosques, monuments, memorials and parks, Dhaka is a dynamic 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 Kahn, 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.
Art aficionados can explore ancient works at the National Museum, peruse local folk art at the Institute of Arts and Crafts, or browse handicrafts made by 65,000 weavers, potters, brass workers, jewellers, and other craftsmen at the fair trade organisation Artisan. The antiques at Dhaka City Corporation Market draw collectors and shoppers seeking one-of-a-kind treasures.
Guests who wish to immerse themselves deeper in history can visit Sonargaon, one of Bengal’s oldest capitals. Designed by Syed Moinul Hossain and located in Savar, the National Memorial is dedicated to those who died during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Both destinations are approximately 30 kilometres from the hotel.