Yes, of course. There is a direct flight from the UK to Dhaka which is operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The flight duration is only 11 hours and 45 minutes long and is exclusively operated from London Heathrow Airport.
The best time to visit the city of Dhaka is from November to March. Winters are much pleasant in Dhaka, with the temperatures not going beyond 30°C even in the shoulder months. The moderate mean temperature of 26°C is excellent for some sightseeing and exploring the bustling city, with its zigzagging rickshaws and markets that sell the most exquisite fish in the world. Your hotel’s pavement would also remain dry and there would be little need of an umbrella during the above mentioned period.
The cheapest time to visit Dhaka would definitely be October. October comes just before November, which is when the skies begin to clear up after the monsoons. Beat other tourists to the finish line by coming in early, in October and profit by having an early bird attitude. July is also another cheap month to visit Dhaka but the month is too near to June, which is the busiest for tourism in the city. That is because many Bangladeshis return home from all corners of the world for the summer vacation in June. This skyrockets the accommodation and air travel prices. These high fares plummet late in July when the monsoons hit Dhaka. Even though it rains seventeen times a month during the July to September period, the cheap airfare and low priced accommodations make this month quiet attractive to people travelling on a budget.
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) serves the city of Dhaka. Hazrat Shahjalal is a venerated saint of Bangladesh who is considered as the spiritual guide and protector of the residents of Dhaka. The airport is about twenty kilometres away from the city centre and is connected by an eight-lane highway. Shahjalal Airport has been a host to twelve million passengers already this year. The airport is the primary gateway into and out of Bangladesh.
A British passport holder requires a visa to visit Dhaka. You can acquire the visa from the Bangladesh High Commission in London. As an alternative, the British traveller can also apply for a 1-month tourist visa upon arrival at the Dhaka Airport. You can have your visa extended as well from the Bangladesh Immigration and Passport Department. Please make sure that you have your passport stamped on entry at the airport or you might have problems in your departure.
The capital city of Bangladesh has its roots in the Mughal Empire and later the Bengal Sultanate. As the city grew into a major metropolis by the Buriganga River, it became a hub of international trade between the Bengalis, Arabs, Persians, Greeks, Portuguese and English. After the colonization of the Bengal by the British, Dhaka remained an important industrial, cultural and economic hub of United British India.
- Lalbagh Fort is an incomplete fort built by the Mughal Emperors. The fort was built under the orders of Muhammad Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb, in 1678. The fort complex is primarily made up of three buildings: The Diwan-e-Aam, Tomb of Bibi Pari and the Lalbagh Fort Mosque. The Diwan-e-Aam was the residence of the Mughal Viceroy of Bengal, Shaista Khan. The two-story building was once ornately designed and decorated. Adjacent to the Diwan is the Shahi Hammam (Royal Bathhouse). Excavations have found terracotta piping that was heated to supply hot water to the Hammam. The Tomb of Bibi Pari resides in the middle of the complex, surrounded by gardens.
- Ahsan Manzil was the official residence of the Nawab of Dhaka. It was once a French trading house but with the rise of British power in the Indian subcontinent; the French were eventually forced to sell their properties. The palace was acquired by a wealthy landlord of Dhaka and was renovated to house the Nawab’s family. The most beautiful part of the residence is the octagonal dome that rises from the middle of the building. The eastern part of the building is called the Rang Mahal and the western wing is called the Andar Mahal. The palace was declared a museum by the government in 1992 and now houses important historical documents, manuscripts and pictures of the bygone times.
- Sonargaon or ‘the village of the goldsmiths’ was a historic administrative, commercial and naval centre of Mughal and later British Bengal. The key location of the town allowed businesses to flourish here. Sonargaon is situated right in the centre of the Ganges delta where produce and merchandise could easily be transported out to the port and then to all corners of the world. The famous Indian muslin, known for its softness was manufactured and shipped out from Sonargaon. The rich merchants transformed their shops and residences into masterpieces of architecture that are now protected under law.
Dhaka is a multicultural and diverse city. Even though the population of the city is predominantly Muslim, the Hindu community of Dhaka is also completely free to practice and celebrate their religious events. The Muslims celebrate the Eid ul Fitr after the sacred month of Ramadan and the Eid ul Adha after the completion of the Hajj in Mecca. Additionally, the Eid-e-Milad un Nabi is celebrated in the Islamic lunar month of Rabi-ul-Awal, which is the festival on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. The Hindu community in Dhaka follows the Bengali calendar and celebrates Durga Puja from the 2nd to the 7th day of the Kartik month. Different days are set for the worship of the many Hindu deities such as the day of Kali Puja, Saraswati Puja and the birth of Lord Krishna.
There are multiple ways of getting around Dhaka city. The cycle rickshaws are the cheapest and the fastest, although they don’t have any windscreens so the passengers are exposed to the elements. British travellers usually fall in love with the auto-rickshaw that runs on compressed petroleum gas. These rickshaws are low profile and keep the street vendors and beggars away. Moreover, they are super cheap. For only two hundred Takka you can travel from Old Dhaka to the outskirts of the city quickly. They are tiny and easily swim through the tightest traffic jams Dhaka is known for. Apart from that taxis and cars for hire are also available.
With a booming economy, Bangladesh is on a spending spree to build higher skyscrapers and luxurious hotels. Select the hotels below and be surprised by Bangladeshi hospitality.
- Amari Dhaka
The Westin Dhaka
- Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka
- Le Meridien Dhaka
- Hotel Sarina Dhaka