A city on the move
Bustling, busy Dhaka is one of the world's most populous cities, with 7 million living in the city itself and another 10 million residing in the greater Dhaka area. The capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka is an economic and cultural centre with much to explore, including a thriving arts and restaurant scene. This is a city that is always moving; it is known as the rickshaw capital of the World and the Buriganga River doubles as a busy aquatic highway through the city.
Come to Dhaka for holidays and events
With its humid, tropical climate, Dhaka routinely experiences tropical storms from April till June, leading up to monsoon season from May to September. Most visitors arrive during the calmer weather between September and March. Dhaka is home to many cultural festivals, including the Chobi Mela photography festival at the end of January and Dhaka Art Summit in February. The Dhaka World Music Festival also takes place in February. Both Islam and the Hindu faith are celebrated in Dhaka, including the Muslim festivals of Eid el Fitr and Adha and Hindu festivals such as Kali Puja.
Before you go - important information
Visitors will require a Visa. For Indian citizens, passports must have at least 3 months validity. A tourist visa for a maximum period of 30 days can be obtained on arrival, but check carefully before travelling as entry requirements may change. Up to date vaccinations against diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid are a must. There is a low risk of malaria in Dhaka. Bengali is the principle language spoken in Dhaka, with Urdu or Hindu spoken in some areas. Visitors will enjoy a very low cost of living in Dhaka, with an average meal priced at approximately Tk 60.
Local information: accommodation and transportation
Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is located approximately 20 km north of Dhaka. There is a shared shuttle service available as well as a public airport bus that travels from Airport Road, about a 5 minute walk from the airport itself, to Gulistan Bus Station for approximately BDT 10. The buses run till about 8pm and are typically overcrowded - a trip you'll want to avoid if you have heavy or large pieces of luggage. As an alternative, a taxi ride into town costs about BDT 400. The trip should take approximately 30 minutes and if the taxi has no meter, be sure to agree on the payable fare before you get underway. Accommodation offers vary greatly from Tk 60 for a bed in a cheap hotel to about Tk 4,100 for a mid-priced hotel room with the usual amenities.