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How to Spend 1 Day in Dhaka

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.

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Dhaka in One Day: Highlights of Dhaka Tour

Dhaka in One Day: Highlights of Dhaka Tour

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This full-day tour of Dhaka is ideal for first-time visitors or travelers staying in Dhaka for a short time, as it covers many of the must-see sights. Your guide will tell you all about Bangladeshi culture, and the history and present of the vibrant capital city. You have the option of customizing the itinerary to suit your individual interests and needs. Plus, enjoy a rickshaw ride, just like the locals do.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.18
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$87.18

Explore Dhaka City in a Local Way !!

Explore Dhaka City in a Local Way !!

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Immerse yourself in the local culture of Dhaka without worrying about getting lost in the company of a private guide. Embark on a full-day tour that focuses on off-the-tourist-path attractions, such as the bustling produce and seafood wholesale markets. Hop a rickshaw, the traditional method of travel, through Old Dhaka to explore the textile and crafts market. Make a stop for tea and a local snack of bakarkhani (a traditional spice cookie) and tea.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.94
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$59.94
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Fascinating Old Dhaka and Ship Breaking Yard Day Trip

Fascinating Old Dhaka and Ship Breaking Yard Day Trip

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Combine visits to Old Dhaka and the ship breaking yard on a single day tour. Immerse yourself in the life of the old city, traveling down the narrow winding streets in the company of a guide who knows all the hidden gems in the nooks and crannies. Visit the ship breaking yard to learn about the process and the history of the practice through guided commentary.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.77
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$95.77
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Private Day Tour: Old Dhaka Photography

Private Day Tour: Old Dhaka Photography

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Get the best possible chance of snapping amazing photos on this private photography-focused tour in Dhaka. This full-day tour takes you all around the city to multiple photogenic stops, where you'll spend time shooting and getting photography tips from your guide. Visit highlights such as the Karwan Bazaar, Farmgate, the New Market, Baitul Mukarram Mosque, and others.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.75
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$89.75

Food Tour In Old Dhaka : Private Food Walking Tour

Food Tour In Old Dhaka : Private Food Walking Tour

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Food of Old Dhaka is very popular among the people . If anyone ask about Old Dhaka,the first thing they will talk about the food. This tour will gives you the chance to taste Street & restaurant food of Old Dhaka like a local. This is a private tour and Starting time is adjustable. We are available from 9:00 to 22:00 for this food tour. Here are some of the foods that will make this tour memorable are: - Biriyani - Tehari - Lacchi - Chotpoti - Fuchka(Panipuri) - Bakorkhani - Jilapi (jalebi) -Borhani etc
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
Price varies by group size