Historic riverside capital
Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and the nation's largest city. Dhaka is the thriving economic centre of the world's muslin and silk trade, and the city's many historic mosques, palaces and gardens have earned it the name "Venice of the East."
Dhaka travel for holidays and festivals
Dhaka has a humid, tropical climate. The best time to travel is from September until March. The monsoon season runs from March till September with the height of the tropical storms occurring between April and June. Dhaka has many cultural and religious festivals. Each February, the Dhaka Art Summit features works from South Asian artists and the Dhaka Music Festival celebrates both traditional music and international performers. Islamic Dhaka residents celebrate the holy days of Eid al-Fitr and Adha, while Hindus commemorate Kali Puja. The dates of these holy days vary each year because they are based on a lunar calendar.
Visa and vaccination tips for Dhaka
Indian passport holders travelling to Dhaka may be able to enter the country for 30 days on a passport that has is valid for at least three months. Visas on arrival may be issued, but check the relevant Embassy for exact details. Dhaka has a low risk for contracting malaria but routine vaccinations such as diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid are all required. Travellers may need other vaccines such as cholera, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, and rabies. Bengali is the main language in Dhaka, although some residents speak Urdu and/or English. The cost of living in Bangladesh is very low with a restaurant meal costing around 60 takas. Travellers looking for upscale restaurants should head to the Gulshan/Banani/Baridhara area.
Transportation and hotels in Dhaka
Travellers can get from the airport to the Gulistan bus station on a shuttle bus that runs until 8 p.m. and costs 10 Takas. The bus is overcrowded so travellers who have heavy luggage should take a taxi for around 400 takas. The cheapest way to go short distances in Dhaka is by cycle rickshaw, which costs 30-50 takas for a 15 minute ride. Auto rickshaws charge 150-250 takas for an 8 kilometre ride or travellers can pay 25 takas for 2 kilometres then 7 takas for each kilometre. Metered taxis charge around 25 takas per fare with only the yellow taxis having air conditioning. All transportation rates can be negotiated. A cheap hotel costs 60 takas per night, while a mid-range hotel costs 4,100 takas. Also, many travellers are subject to a 300 taka airport tax when they depart Dhaka, which may or may not be included in the airfare.