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Bangladesh is one of the most crowded countries in the world, with millions of people crammed into a small area, and most of them seem to fill the streets of the pleasant capital city Dhaka, making even a short walk along the road an exercise in bumping into people and then apologising.
The city of Dhaka is about as developed as it gets in Bangladesh, and visitors are instantly surprised by the ceaseless flow of motorized traffic flooding, and infact saturating the streets.
The only place to really stock up on essentials if you're touring the rest of the country, as well as being a fascinating place in its own right, a visit to Bangladesh is almost like stepping into a time warp back to a simpler era, whereas the capital, Dhaka has clearly avoided that time warp, keeping well ahead of the rest of the country, so much so as to be nearly at par with cities like Mumbai.
You can get cheap deals on flights to Dhaka throughout the year, and once there, the cost of living is amongst the lowest in the world, making Dhaka, and Bangladesh as a whole amongst the best value destinations in the world.Dhaka is friendly and relatively clean in the posh areas, though it is nearly always oversaturated with people of all walks of life. Just be aware of the rickshaws in the Old City. There are many sights to attract visitors.
The most important sights are the Lalbagh Fort, the National
Assembly Building, the Baitul Mukkaram Mosque,National museum,Savar
smiti saudo,shahid minar, national gardens, zoo & many more
When you are staying a bit longer, the many markets in town are
absolutely worth a visit as well. From the 'miniature' shopping malls that have popped up prettymuch all over posh areas like Gulshan, Banani Baridhara, Dhanmondi etc. to the tourists favorite Bongobazar and New Market, where things are cheaper than your wildest imaginations.
And if you are to visit dhaka, make sure you find accomodation in mentioned areas (Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Dhanmondi), possibly at one of the many hotels there which provide pleasantly well service. Dining too is delightful there with an array of eateries all over Gulshan and Banani, with its famous road no. 11 literally lined up end to end with places to grab a bite and thoroughly enjoy it.
Though lacking a proper nightlife, places like the American Club, Dhaka Club, Uttara Club, Gulshan Club and a handfull of bars are always there with regular events. Alcohol too, contrary to popular belief, is readily available at any good hotel or resthouse, or at the bars(though there aren't many) like Kozmo. If you're not sure, just ask the locals. They are surprisingly helpful in these matters.
January 03, 2006 change by giorgio