A street photographer's paradise
Dhaka has unlimited scenery for street and portrait photography. It also has interesting sites dating from the colonial period that are a must see for any tourist.
Dhaka travel - when go?
Dhaka experiences 3 major seasons: wet, cooler and dry seasons. The wet season (monsoons) occurs between May and October. The cooler season lasts from October to February with temperatures of around 21 degree Centigrade. A dry season is experienced between March and May, when rainfall is rare with temperatures of around 30 degree Centigrade. The monsoons bring heavy rainfall making travelling to some areas impossible. The best travel time is between March and September, during the cool season. The Dhaka Art Summit and the Dhaka World Music Festival are both held in February. A photograph festival called the Chobi Mela is held at the end of January. The dates for religious festivals; Hindu Festivals (Kali Puja) and Islamic Festivals (Adha and Eid el Fitr) vary according to the lunar calendar.
Important information before arrival in Dhaka
Vaccinations against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are usually given before travelling to Dhaka. Other vaccines like Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B and Cholera may be advisable. The required budget is relatively low but the level of comfort may be limited. Bengali is the main language. Urdu/Hindu is spoken in major parts of the region.
Local information: Dhaka arrival, accommodation and transport
The distance between Dhaka and Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is approximately 20 kilometres. The public airport bus is a shared shuttle that transports passengers from the airport to Gulistan Bus Station. It takes an average of 5 minutes and runs until around 8:00pm. Buses are usually overcrowded therefore a passenger with bulky luggage should avoid them. Taxis are also available and the agreement on the fare should be made before the taxi sets off. A journey by taxi takes around 30 minutes. Transport in Dhaka is fairly inexpensive. Cycle rickshaws and Auto rickshaws are commonly used within town. Taxi fares are open to negotiation and the yellow ones have air conditioning. The public buses are slow due to the overly congested roads. The cost of a room with a bathroom is around 4100 TK, but this price may increase during the high season.