Looking for the must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka?
Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh, a residence of 16 million population and growing everyday. It is one of the most densely populated city in the world full of activities – a paradise for street photography. If you like street or portrait photography, Dhaka is your city. You’ll find unlimited subjects here to shoot for several days. Other than photography, Dhaka has many interesting sites to visit from Mughal and colonial period. In this article, you’ll find some of the must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka which you should not miss while visiting Bangladesh.
If you are interested in visiting them on a single day, you might be interested in checking our Old Dhaka Tour, which is our most popular city tour in Dhaka. Enjoy!
© Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka. Photo Credit: Raw Hasan
Must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka
01. Dhakeshwari Temple
State owned 1,200 years old Hindu temple build by one Mangat Ray, who was also known as Ballalasena, younger brother of Arakanese king Shri Sudharma, son of famous Arakanese king Raja Malhana alias Husen Shah. This is the center of Hindu religion in Dhaka.
© Photo Credit: Raul Vibal on Flickr
02. Lalbag Fort: Key tourist attractions in Dhaka
Lalbagh Fort is a 17th century Mughal fort and one of the key tourist attractions in Dhaka. Started by Prince Mohammed Azam and handed to then governor of Dhaka Shaista Khan for completation, who didn’t finish it because of death of her daughter Pari Bibi whose tomb is inside the fort. There is a small museum inside displaying Mughal paintings and calligraphy, along with swords and firearms.
More reading: History of Lalbag Fort
03. Khan Mohammad Mridha’s Mosque
Erected in 1706, this Mughal structure is stylistically similar to Lalbag Fort, built on a raised platform, up a flight of 25 steps. Three squat domes, with pointed minarets at each corner, dominate the rectangular roof.
More reading: Khan Mohammad Mridha’s Mosque at Old Dhaka
© Armenian Church in Dhaka. Photo Credit: Raw Hasan
04. Armenian Church
Located at Armanitola, named after the Armenian colony that settled here in the late 17th century. The church is the soul of this now almost extinct community. Dates from 1781, it is an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the crowded city and a must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka.
More reading: Armenian church at Old Dhaka
© Star Mosque in Dhaka. Photo Credit: Raw Hasan
05. Star Mosque: Key tourist attractions in Dhaka
One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions in Dhaka, dating from the early 18th century. The whole walls of the mosque is decorated with mosaic stars, so is the name. It was originally built in the typical Mughal style, with for corner towers, but radically altered later.
More reading: Beautiful Star Mosque (Tara Masjid) in Old Dhaka
© Ahsan Manzil (Pink Palace) in Dhaka. Photo Credit: Raw Hasan
06. Ahsan Manzil: Key tourist attractions in Dhaka
Dating from 1872, Ahsan Manzil was built on the site of an old French factory by Nawab Abdul Gani, the city’s wealthiest landowner. Some 16 years after it’s construction, it was damaged by a tornado, and reconstructed again altering massively and became even grander than before. Ahsan Manzil is one of the key tourist attractions in Dhaka someone should not miss.
More reading: Ahsan Manzil (Pink Palace) – The home of Dhaka Nawabs
07. Sadarghat River Port: Must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka for photography
One of the largest river port in the whole world, passing about 30,000 passengers daily. You’ll get a true authentic taste of Dhaka if you visit this chaotic and dynamic place. This is the hub of southern part of the country. Sadarghat River Port is a must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka.
More reading: Sadarghat – The chaotic and dynamic river port of Dhaka
08. Parliament Building: Must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka for architecture
The finest architecture of world renowned American architect and Yale University Professor Louis I. Kahn. Originally commissioned by the Pakistani’s when Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan after Partition of the Indian Sub-Continent, was meant to serve as the second seat of the national parliament. Construction started in 1964 but halted due to the Bangladeshi War of Independence, and finally completed in 1982. If you like architecture, this is one of the two must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka for you.
© Kawran Bazar in Dhaka. Photo Credit: Daniel Whitfield
09. Kawran Bazar: Must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka for photography
Kawran Bazar is the largest wholesale market in Dhaka city. It is full of activities and a gem for the photographers. Trading starts here at midnight and ends by 9.00 in the morning. The permanent shops on the market will remain open the whole day though. Kawran Bazar is a must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka for the people who love photography.
10. Bait Ur Rouf Mosque: Must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka for architecture
Bait Ur Rouf Mosque is winner of Aga Khan Award for Archicture 2014-2016. Designed by architect Maria Tabassum, this is a modern architecture hidden on a very dense neighborhood in Dhaka city. The design of the mosque is exceptional. Unlike any other mosques in Dhaka city, the symbolic elements of any mosque is absent on it, e.g minerate, dome. Inspired by Sultanate mosque architecture, it breathes through porous brick walls, keeping the prayer hall ventilated and cool. Natural light brought in through a skylight is ample for the daytime. If you like architecture, this is one of the two must visiting tourist attractions in Dhaka for you.
11. Liberation War Museum
Liberation War Museum in Dhaka is an exceptional museum. It commemorates the Bangladesh Liberation War that led to the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971. It showcase the genocide Pakistani military committed in Bangladesh during the war, and how Bangladesh was born. A must visiting tourist attraction in Dhaka to know the history of the country.
Watch video of Kawran Bazar, a much visiting tourist attraction of Dhaka city
Have you ever visited Dhaka? How interesting have you found the tourist attractions in Dhaka? Have I missed something here? Share your experience and opinion with us in comments.
You might also be interested in reading 13 Best places to visit in Bangladesh you can’t miss and 101 Things to know about traveling Bangladesh.
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