Dhaka city tour package:
Hello everyone how are you? I hope it is good, my best wishes to all who are reading this blog from where I am, I apologize in advance for not being able to blog for a long time, today I will take you on a tour of one of the most important tourist places in Bangladesh, Lalbagh Fort, Shaheed Minar, Dhakeshwari. Mandir Ahsan Manzil etc.Oh yes, I forgot to tell about myself, I am Rabiul Islam BUET third year cse department student,, I don’t have much time to travel. What is the focus of the conversation?
3rd year filan year exams are over, we all had already planned to go on a tour to each village house after the final exam.
As usual we Buetians were chatting in the canteen, planning where to go on tour, everyone was naming different places,, Shihab mentioned a place that we all burst out laughing, no matter what, don’t go there again.Now we all became more serious and thought that since we will all go to our respective village houses, we will give a short tour, I already had a vague desire to visit some of the most beautiful places in Dhaka, I suggested everyone to visit the areas inside Dhaka. For, all agreed to it
Today is Thursday 24th of November and I am happy to think that we will be traveling all day today.We decided to visit my Lalbagh Fort first with my two friends Shihab and Shakib doing the same thing.
How did you go to Lalbagh Fort?
If you want to go to Lalbagh Fort, you can go to Lalbagh Fort from Gulistan Golap Shah’s shrine for just 6 rupees. Lalbagh Fort can be reached at any time of the day or night with two types of tempos, Islambagh and Qillar roundabouts. Also, you can go to Lalbagh Fort directly by rickshaw from Newmarket or Gulistan area. The rent will be 30-40 taka. And there is a special bus service from in front of Bangladesh National Museum (Shah Bagh) at a fare of Tk 10 for those interested in visiting Lalbagh Fort.Also those who want to visit the fort for less can go to Sadarghat Via Gulistan Golap Shah Shrine. The rent will be only 5 rupees. The fare from Gulistan is only 2 rupees. Then from Dhakeswari temple, you can walk for 5 minutes or take a rickshaw for 10 taka to go to Lalbagh Fort.
Let’s say a little about Lalbagh Fort
Lalbagh Fort is located in Lalbagh of Old Dhaka. Emperor Aurangzeb arranged for the construction of Lalbagh Fort during his reign. Emperor Aurangzeb’s son Prince Shahzada Azam started the construction of this palace fort in 1678 AD. The then Lalbagh Fort was named Aurangabad Fort or Aurangabad Fort.Later, during the reign of Subadar Shaista Khan, the fort was abandoned in 1684 AD leaving the construction work unfinished. At that time, Aurangabad fort was changed to Lalbagh fort. which is currently in vogue.
By visiting Lalbagh Fort I imported ignorance
The most interesting and spectacular thing I saw in Lalbagh Fort was Subedar Shaista Khan’s residence and Durbar Hall. At present Lalbagh Fort is open to visitors as a museum. Lalbagh Fort has a total of three gates out of which two are currently closed. As soon as I entered the garden, I was lost in an unknown state. Just inside is the mausoleum of Shaista Khan’s beloved daughter Paribibi.Shihab took many pictures here. Shaista Khan built an expensive mausoleum to preserve his memory. This single building is decorated with nine rooms inside with marble stones, rough stones and glossy tiles decorated with various colors of flowers and leaves. The roof of the rooms is made of rough stone in corbel style. The artificial dome above the central chamber of the main mausoleum is covered with copper sheets.
The mausoleum of the said tomb is 20.2 meters square. Apart from this, there are two more unnamed tombs and some fountains, high hillocks, tunnels and one palkata topamancha at a certain distance from the south and west fort walls of the fort. The only pond in the fort. The surrounding ghats are like stairs and the pond is square in shape. A few tunnels can be seen from the outside, but visitors are not allowed to enter them.
Also worth seeing is the Lalbagh Fort Mosque, built by Emperor Aurangzeb’s 3rd son Shahzada Azam during his reign as Subadar of Bengal in 1678-79 AD. The three-domed mosque is an ideal example of the typical Mughal mosque in the country. Even today, the mosque is being used for prayers.
Besides, there is a cannon/cannon placed next to Shaista Khan’s residence which was used in various battles during that time.
Then we went to Dhakeshwari temple
From Motijheel in the capital, you can get down to Shahbagh by bus and take a rickshaw to reach this beautiful temple located at the southwest end of Salimullah Hall of Dhaka University. However, one can go directly from Motijheel by rickshaw or CNG powered auto or taxi cab. Direct rickshaw fare from Motijheel will be Tk 50-75, CNG auto or taxi cab Tk 150-220. Bus fare from Motijheel to Shahbagh will be Tk 10 and rickshaw fare from Shahbagh will be Tk 20-30.
Dhakeshwari temple is the most important temple in Dhaka. The temple is situated within a low enclosure wall on the northern side of Dhakeswari Road, approximately 1.6 km southwest of Salimullah Hall. There is a lion gate to enter the temple premises. The lion gate is called Nahavatkhana Torana.
According to legend, the builder of the temple was a king named Ballal Sen. But there is considerable difference of opinion as to whether this Ballal Sen is really the famous king of the Sen dynasty. Some claim that the Dhakeswari idol and temple established here dates back to the reign of Maharaja Ballal Sen. But this is not acceptable considering architectural construction techniques.
Because before the arrival of Muslims in the Indian subcontinent and during the reign of the Sen dynasty, there was no use of lime-sand mixture as a mortar in the architecture of Bengal. But the Dhakeshwari temple is primarily built of lime-sand masonry, which is characteristic of the Muslim period architecture of Bengal.
Dhakeswari temple has two main gates. Besides, there is a gate in the middle. The idol of Durga Maa directly at the main gate. The Nath temple is at the entrance of the side entrance gate and the pond is a little further. There is another building next to it.There are 4 Shiva temples and adjacent Santoshi Mata temple, pleasure area, kitchen, fruit cutting room, shoe storage area and the large building on the eastern side is the administrative building and quarter office room, guest room/guest room, meeting room, library, Ansar camp and adjacent. Public toilets and mixing. Every building like Shiva temple and Nath temple has dome on it.
Another prominent feature of the Dhakeswari temple is the pond inside it. which still adds to the beauty of the temple. Pilgrims bathe and enjoy themselves in this ancient pond. Blocking both sides of the pond. There are different species of small and large fish here. The temple is now more beautifully decorated and renovated than in the past. Among them, the indoor flower garden is one example. Newly, the beauty of the temple has been enhanced with different types of flowers.
Then I went to Jatiya Sangsad Bhavan
Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban) located in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, capital city of Dhaka, is a remarkable example of architecture. If there is a short list of architectures spanning from the time of the pyramids to the modern era, then the National Parliament Building of Bangladesh will be at the top of the list. It can be said that it is the best example of modern architecture style and it is the beginning of post-modern architecture style.This remarkable building is a symbol of creative and poetic expression of American architect Louis I Kahn. For which, when starting a trip to Dhaka, the first thing anyone thinks about is the Sangsad Bhavan area of the capital.
The main feature of Jatiya Sangsad Bhavan lies in its grandeur. The massive concrete outer walls with marble stones interspersed with perfectly geometrically shaped atriums. The combination of circular and rectangular concrete gives the building a special architectural comfort that is consistent with its grand purpose. At the very center of the building is the main hall of Parliament, where Members of Parliament sit in Parliament.
The concentric design centers around the main hall, with various sections developed. The seven-story high circular main hall is encircled by a garland of lights entering through the ceiling like an open circular path encircling the stage of the goddess. There are four similar office blocks for other functions at the four corners along the sides of the main building.There are different types of stairs for communication. Though square in design, it is skillfully placed in an octagon. Although it has nine floors, only three floors have horizontal communication. The height of the structure above the ground is 49.68 meters
The main building is divided into nine distinct sections of the complex. Its middle eight is 33.53 meters and the central octagonal block is 47.24 meters high. The central block consists of the Assembly Chamber with a seating capacity of 354. The floor area of the entire complex is 74,459.20 square meters in the main building, 20,717.38 square meters in the South Plaza and 6,038.70 square meters in the North Plaza.
The main entrance to the South Plaza is in the form of a wide staircase rising gradually to a height of 6.25 m. Its basement houses the parking area, offices of the supervising agency and various facilities set up to provide the facilities of the main building. An artificial lake surrounds the building’s four side walls and also connects the north and south plazas.
The entire building appears to be floating on water. The entrance to the Parliament building is from the Grand Plaza to the south and the Presidential Square to the north, lined with grassy gardens and rows of eucalyptus. Towards the north entrance is an amphitheatre, where various state functions are held. Crossing the North Plaza is a road next to Crescent Lake.
There are no columns anywhere in the building. It is true that hollow columns are present as part of void space but they are used only to balance the structural design. It’s mostly carved out of massive concrete into a remarkably effective sculpture. Concrete is used as the construction material and cast concrete is used for interior and exterior.The skillful use of light is the most important feature of Kahn’s design. The way the light entering through the roof illuminates the various areas, it seems like the light is falling from heaven.
Resistance to sunlight and rain has been considered with utmost importance in the design of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhawan. On the other hand, the large geometrical triangles, rectangles, complete circles and circles and flat arches of the outer facade have made the unhindered movement of air possible. The building structure stands out as an extraordinary monument.Here the method of dynamically placing windows on the exterior is avoided and the large architectural inconvenience of creating gaps in the main wall is avoided. The architectural style of the building is completely different from the modern buildings of Dhaka.
Pink Palace on the banks of the Buriganga River in Islampur, Old Dhaka, which was once a garden house but is now Ahsan Manzil. There is a huge crowd of visitors here now. If you want to see the works of the Mughal era from close, you can visit this ancient palace. Just south of Prasad is Buriganga river.Enter through the gate and you will see the flower garden on the side of the road. Be mesmerized by the array of red-blue-purple flowers. Huge green field in front of Manjil. A big staircase came down from the floor.
Let’s leave the nature and go to the palace. In the mid-eighteenth century, Sheikh Inayetullah Rangmahal, a zamindar of the then Jamalpur Pargana (now Faridpur-Barisal), was established by the banks of the Buriganga. After his death, the zamindar’s son Sheikh Matiullah sold it to French merchants. Around 1835, Khawaja Alimullah, father of Nawab Abdul Ghani, who lived in Begombazar, bought it and started living there.
In 1872, Nawab Abdul Ghani rebuilt the building and named it Ahsan Manzil after his son Khwaja Ahsanullah. It is a two storied building. The balcony and floor are made of marble stone. Each cell is octagonal in shape. The interior of the palace is divided into two parts. Large dining room to the east. Library to the north.
Jalsagar in the west. The roof of the entire building is made of wood. The ground floor games room has a separate area for playing billiards. The Durbar Hall is made of white, green and yellow stones. Living room, library and three guest rooms on the second floor. On the west side are the dance hall and some living rooms.
Ahsan Manzil is Dhaka’s first brick and stone architecture. Where the first electric lamp was provided by the Nawabs. Manzil’s architecture has always attracted westerners. Lord Curzon used to stay here when he came to Dhaka. Bangladesh government preserves Ahsan Mananjil as a museum. It was opened to the public in 1992.
The number of artefacts collected so far in Ahsan Manzil Museum is 4 thousand 77. Out of 31 rooms of this Rangmahal, 23 exhibitions have been arranged.
Ticket price Entry Fee: Adult Bangladeshi visitors = Tk 5 per person, Minor Bangladeshi child visitors (below 12 years) = Tk 2 per person, SAARC domestic visitors = Tk 5 per person, Other foreign visitors = Tk 75 per person, no tickets are required for disabled visitors. No. Students are allowed to visit the museum free of charge on prior application.
Central Shaheed Minar
Shaheed Minar is the memorial of the glorious bearer of Bayannar language movement. Central Shaheed Minar is located next to Dhaka Medical College. On February 21, 1952, a procession of Dhaka University students and progressive political workers violated Article 144 and entered the Dhaka Medical College area demanding “Bangla as the national language”, and were fired upon indiscriminately.At that time Salam, Jabbar, Rafiq and many others were martyred. In their memory, the first Shaheed Minar was constructed on February 23 at the eastern end of shed number 12 of the Medical College student hostel.
The then students of Dhaka Medical College built Shaheed Minar between afternoon and night. News of Martyr Minar was published in Dainik Azad newspaper under the title In memory of Shaheed Vir. The first Shaheed minar was 10 feet in height and 6 feet in width. GS Sharfuddin, Badrul Alam, Syed Haider were two masons involved in the construction of Shaheed Minar. On February 26, the Shaheed Minar was demolished on the orders of the government. Then in 1957, after Bengali language was recognized as the national language, the construction work of the present central Shaheed Minar started and ended in 1963.
What else will you see? Apart from Shaheed Minar, an afternoon can be spent at Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka University Curzon Hall, Doel Chattar, Sarwardi Udyan, Fine Arts Institute, National Museum or TSC.
This is how we ended our joyous trip. We really enjoyed the day. Today we framed at least five hundred pictures, I was so tired beyond words.