How to Spend 1 Day in Dhaka
Bangladesh’s busy capital, Dhaka, has centuries of history on display, from Mughal to colonial to modern times. With just one day, you can get a taste of this fascinating history and experience some of Dhaka’s contemporary charms. Here’s how to spend one day in Dhaka.
Morning: Walking Tour of Old Dhaka
Start the day on a walking tour of Dhaka’s Old Town, one of the most historically and culturally interesting parts of the city. You can take a general tour to see such highlights as Lalbagh Fort, Dhakeshwari Temple, and the National Museum; opt for a more specialized tour, such as one that focuses on photography, shopping, or street food; or choose a full-day tour that includes city highlights, lunch, and an evening cultural performance.
Afternoon: Relax on a River Cruise
Take some time out of the crowded city this afternoon and get a different view of Dhaka from the Buriganga River. You can opt for a comfortable cruise boat or, for a more local experience, take a water taxi. Dhaka is also surrounded by several other rivers—the Turag, Dhaleshwari, Shitalakshya, and Meghna—all of which offer different kinds of cruise experiences if you’re willing to explore farther afield.
Night: Watch a Show at the National Theatre
If you’ve opted for a full-day tour, this evening you’ll experience the Bengali culture that’s prominent in Bangladesh and India when you watch a show at Dhaka’s National Theatre. Cultural performances often employ a combination of drama and music and include elaborate costumes and staging to offer deeper insight into Bangladeshi culture and society.