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Dhaka – a cultural capital

Fly to Dhaka to experience a city in a constant flurry of activity – from its bustling street markets to boat-filled waterways.

If you’re keen to soak up authentic Bangladeshi culture and meet some of the nation’s welcoming locals, there are few places better than enthralling Dhaka.

lalbagh fort dhaka bangladesh

Spend time roaming between the city’s ancient Hindu temples, exploring its busy streets in a rickshaw or sampling delicious biryani in local restaurants.

Once you’ve experienced the capital, it’s time to dive into wider Bangladesh.

See tigers at the serene Sundarbans National Park, or chase the sun and sea when you journey to beach resorts such as Cox’s Bazar.

Discover a land of wonder when you book Dhaka flight tickets with Etihad Airways.

What's the weather like in Dhaka?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

19°C

1cm

FEB

22°C

3cm

MAR

27°C

7cm

APR

29°C

16cm

MAY

29°C

34cm

JUN

29°C

34cm

JUL

29°C

37cm

AUG

29°C

31cm

SEP

29°C

30cm

OCT

28°C

17cm

NOV

24°C

3cm

DEC

20°C

1cm

Winter – November to January – is the driest and coolest period in bustling Dhaka – with average temperatures around 20°C.

The warmest months coincide with the wet season, which arrives in May. In these summer months, temperatures typically average around 29°C.

Reasons to visit Dhaka

ahsan manzil museum in dhaka bangladesh

Uncover historic architecture

Dhaka’s skyline is awash with eye-catching buildings. You can marvel at the minarets of resplendent mosques – but check before you visit, as some religious sites can only be accessed for worship.

Vibrant Hindu temples also grace the skyline, including the 12th century Dhakeshwari National Temple. When visiting any religious site, remember to be respectful and dress modestly, covering your arms, legs and head. There are also forts and palaces, including Ahsan Manzil – a former palace of the Nawab Family that’s painted bright pink. It is now home to a fascinating museum.

women fishing on boat in dhaka bangladesh

Incredible rivers and lakes

Buriganga River is the soul of Old Dhaka. There’s a constant hum of activity from passenger ferries, fishing boats and cargo. Stroll down to Sadarghat to hire a boat and discover this river’s major sights. In the wet season, you might see a traditional Nouka Baich boat race on the water – always a competitive and fun watch.

bangladesh fruit market

Sample authentic Bangladeshi cuisine

Book Dhaka flight tickets to savour the country’s sensational cuisine. From street food markets filled with crispy parathas stuffed with spicy potatoes to upscale restaurants in Gulshan, there’s plenty to tantalise the taste buds.

New Market is a top destination for shopping where you’ll find incredible bargains on clothing, homeware and street food, too.

Things to know before you fly to Dhaka

bus Getting around

Dhaka is a large city with multiple transport options – from buses to auto rickshaws known as CNGs. There are also traditional wooden ferries on the city’s waterways, and taxis, usually found around popular hotels.

plane Airport transfers

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) is around 11 miles (18km) from the centre. Arrange an airport transfer in advance through Etihad, hail a driver or walk to the nearby Biman Bandar railway station for trains to downtown Dhaka.

charities Cultural considerations

The main religion in Bangladesh is Islam, so it is important to wear appropriate dress at mosques. Holidays such as Eid can affect opening times in Dhaka. Buying alcohol is restricted to government-approved outlets.

socket Plugs

You’ll find many power socket types in Dhaka, including Types C, D, G and K. It’s advised to bring multiple adapters when visiting.

Flying to Dhaka: FAQs

What can I do in Dhaka?

Visit major monuments like Lalbagh Fort and Ahsan Manzil, or head down to the lively riverside to watch life go by along the water. Explore the country’s fascinating history at the Bangladesh National Museum or relax in the lush greenery of Shishu Park.

How many days should I spend in Dhaka?

Depending on what you want to see, a week is usually enough time to see the city’s main attractions. You can then travel further afar to other areas of Bangladesh such as the tea plantations near Sylhet.

Where should I stay in Dhaka?

Stay in the heart of the action in Old Dhaka or in the northern Uttara district near the airport. You’ll find a wide choice of hotels in Dhaka, ranging from local guesthouses to global hotel chains.

Where should I eat in Dhaka?

You’ll find dozens of restaurants around the Gulshan and Banani neighbourhoods, as well as food stalls serving fragrant biriyani down side streets. Visit New Market for a wide range of culinary options.

Why we love Dhaka

“Fans of flavour will love Bangladesh’s street food scene. Try New Market – it’s buzzing with activity and you could spend days trying new foods.”

Weather in Dhaka

28 °C
Friday28 Feb 2020
31 °C
Saturday29 Feb 2020
31 °C
Sunday1 Mar 2020
31 °C
Monday2 Mar 2020
32 °C
Tuesday3 Mar 2020
27 °C
Wednesday4 Mar 2020
29 °C
Thursday5 Mar 2020
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