Unveiling the Dhaka world
Dhaka is a destination that stands out owing to the fact that there is plenty of beautiful scenery and many monumental establishments which have a rich history. Tourists are lured to Dhaka due to the attractions and interesting historical significance of the city which can be visited throughout the year.
Right time for Dhaka
Dhaka has a humid tropical climate but experiences tropical storms from April through to June. Monsoon climatic patterns exist between May and September which leaves the appropriate time to travel between September and March. This period also coincides with some major cultural festivities including Dhaka Art Summit in February, Chobi Mela which is a photography festival in January and the Dhaka World Music Festival in February. Tourists can also be a part of the religious festivals that include Islamic festivals like Eid el Fitr and Hindu festivals like Kali Puja which take place depending on the Lunar calendar.
What to know before you travel
Dhaka is a destination that requires tourists to have valid visas that will cover a maximum of 30 days for the visiting period while Indian Citizens are required to have passports with at least 3 months validity. Visitors can take routine vaccinations including but not limited to Diphtheria, Tetanus, Rabies, Typhoid and Hepatitis A and B but there is low risk of Malaria in Dhaka. Cost of living is low with restaurants having food priced in the range of Tk 60.
Local information to help travellers in Dhaka
Transport from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is facilitated by shared shuttle buses that take visitors to Gulistan Bus Station around BDT 10 from the Airport and run until 8pm. Visitors can choose from rickshaws, taxis and buses. Cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws are available with cycle rickshaws effective over short distances and the price ranging from Tk 30 to 50. Auto-rickshaws are metered with prices ranging between Tk 150 and 200 where Tk 25 is charged for the first 2 km and Tk 7 for each subsequent km travelled. Taxis have air conditioning and are also metered with the cost around Tk 25 onwards though some haggling is advisable before boarding. Buses are slower and often crowded but useful on main roads and are best avoided when a visitor has bulky luggage. Accommodation is affordable from around Tk 60 in cheap hotels to Tk 4,100 in executive hotels.