The Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) is the busiest airport in Bangladesh. Passengers will find that there aren’t a huge variety of amenities here, but you can access two executive lounges, WiFi, a restaurant, duty-free shopping, and ATMs just outside of the Departures area.
Trains, buses, an auto-rickshaw and taxis are the main modes of transport between the airport and Dhaka. If you take an auto-rickshaw, this will cost about 100BDT ($2), if you take a taxi, it will come to about 400 ($7).
Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Bangkok Airways, Dragonair, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, China Southern, and Biman run routes out to Dhaka.
Why visit Dhaka?
The Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, teems with life, and getting to grips with this fast-paced, eye-popping, colourful city is something that will live in your memory long after you’ve left its bustling streets. This is a historical city too, with important forts, palaces, museums, temples, mosques and monuments which will lure you back to this city a second time if you do not manage to see everything during the first.
Things to do in Dhaka
The heritage buildings in this city are astounding, start with the Mughal constructed Lalbagh Fort, built in the late 17th century, this beautiful fortress combines a mosque, a tomb, and the fortification walls. Recently more structures have been excavated showing that there were fountains, roof gardens, as well as sewerage and water supply infrastructure, making this a fascinating attraction for any budding historian.
Then see Ahsan Manzil, the official residence of the Nawab of Dhaka, the palace was constructed in 1872 and is also an excellent museum that you can tour six days a week.
Drop by the lovely Star Mosque in Armanitola, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, and the beautiful 11th century Dhakeshwari Temple, a Hindu house of worship, and the oldest in the city. Each building calls to a different side and influence on Bangladeshi culture, and is worth a visit.
Then learn about the history of the nation and the city by dropping by the Bangladesh National Museum and the Bangbandhu Memorial Museum. However, if you’re sick of being inside, then why not make a trip to the Botanical Gardens instead? You can enjoy over 50,000 species of plant life in these lovely gardens..
Best time to visit Dhaka
· October to March is the ‘cooler’ season in the country, which means it is about 21°C, ideal for sightseeing. If you prefer it a little warmer, visit between April and May, as the weather remains dry, and at about 30°C.
· Try and avoid the monsoon season, which runs from June to August.
Arriving in Dhaka by plane
· From Australia, a trip to Dhaka will mean one layover in cities like Kuala Lumpur, or Guangzhou (CAN).
· Bangladeshi Taka (BDT).
· You will have to apply for a visa if you are intending to travel to Bangladesh, and the best way to do this is to contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate. For more details on types of visas, fees, duration, you should use the Smart Traveller resource portal, and its page on Bangladesh.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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