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How to Spend 2 Days in Dhaka

How to Spend 2 Days in Dhaka

Two days in Dhaka gives you enough time to tour the city’s highlights, get out on its rivers, and venture a bit farther afield to explore Bangladesh’s cultural and religious history from ancient times to the Raj. Here’s how to make the most of two days in the Bangladeshi capital.

Day 1: Get to Know Dhaka

**Morning:**Get your bearings with a walking tour of Old Dhaka. Touring with a local guide is an ideal way to get a close-up look at life in Bangladesh’s capital and check off historic and cultural attractions such as Lalbagh Fort and Dhakeshwari Temple, plus you won’t have to worry about getting lost in the busy city. 

**Afternoon:**Enjoy some city sightseeing from a different perspective this afternoon onboard a Buriganga River cruise. This river runs through central Dhaka, so it offers a front-row seat to daily life and commerce in the capital. Choose a more upmarket cruise boat on a guided tour, or ride a water taxi independently with the locals.

**Evening:**Dip into Bengali culture this evening with a show at the top-notch National Theatre. Performances often include a mixture of drama and music that’s accessible to non-Bengali speakers, with elegant traditional costumes and elaborate sets.

Day 2: Day Trip to Sonargaon

**Morning:**Start your day early and travel to Sonargaon, southeast of Dhaka, on a full-day tour. A city of great historic importance, Sonargaon was the capital of a Hindu dynasty and later a British city during the Raj. Visit a 12th-century mosque, then perhaps stop at a former palace that’s now a folk-art museum. 

**Afternoon:**After lunch, continue your tour of the Sonargaon ruins, learning about the various periods of Bangladesh’s history as you go. Many tours from Dhaka also include a boat ride on the Meghna River, and some stop at fishing villages along the way for a glimpse of daily life in the Bangladeshi countryside. 

**Night:**After a full day in Sonargaon, arrive back in Dhaka in the evening. If you’re not feeling too tired, wrap up your visit with some local food, either at a sit-down restaurant or on the go from street-food stalls.

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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
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$87.18
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Private Tour: Sonargaon Day Tour including Country Boat Trip

Private Tour: Sonargaon Day Tour including Country Boat Trip

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Enjoy visiting some of the most historically and culturally important sites in Bangladesh on this day tour to Sonargaon. Taking a tour is the easy way to see many sights in one day. Go on a boat ride on the Meghna River to witness traditional rural farming life. Your local guide will share a wealth of information with you, so your knowledge and understanding of Bangladesh will grow.
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  • 1 day
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$141.03
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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
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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
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