The incomplete Lalbagh Fort is one of the city's most popular sights, and dates back to the 17th Century and the Mughal Empire. The Ahsan Manzil palace was once the residence of the Nawab family, who reigned in Dhaka from the mid-19th to the mid-20th Century, and now serves as a museum. Another important sight is the Shahid Minar, a monument dedicated to the activists of the Language Movement of 1952, when the city was part of the Dominion of Pakistan. There are many more historical buildings from various periods on the streets of Old Dhaka. The city is known as the rickshaw capital of the world, and this is probably the best way to get around, as the traffic can be heavy. If you want to explore some of Bangladesh's natural beauty though, look into Dhaka rental cars, and get out into the countryside. Sreemangal is particularly splendid, with a lake, waterfall, and a national park.
Recurring Festivals and Events
Bangladesh's Independence Day is on March 26, and celebrates the date when Bangladesh became a country in its own right in 1971. The event involves parades, speeches, and concerts that take place on the flag-lined streets. Another major festival is Pohela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year, which brings day-long celebrations involving singing and lots of food. Dhaka vacations can be especially fun during a big festival, and you'll get a great insight into the lifestyle too.
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