2010-10-13 20:48
Lalbager Fort in Dhaka. (Wikipedia)


Dhaka, formerly known as Dacca and Jahangir Nagar under Mughal rule, is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka District. Dhaka is a megacity and one of the major cities of South Asia. Located on the banks of the Buriganga River, Dhaka, along with its metropolitan area, has a population of over 15 million, making it the largest city in Bangladesh. It is the 8th largest city in the world and also among the most densely populated cities in the world. Dhaka is known as the City of Mosques and renowned for producing the world's finest muslin. Dhaka is also known as the Rickshaw Capital of the World. Approximately 400,000 cycle rickshaws run each day. Today it serves as one of the prime centres for culture, education and business in the region.

Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium

Cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws  are the main mode of transport, with close to 400,000 rickshaws running each day – the largest number for any city in the world. However, only about 85,000 rickshaws are licensed by the city government. Relatively low-cost and non-polluting cycle rickshaws nevertheless cause traffic congestion and have been banned from many parts of the city. Public buses are operated by the state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation  (BRTC) and by private companies and operators. Scooters, taxis and privately owned automobiles are increasingly becoming popular with the city's growing middle class. The government has overseen the replacement of two-stroke engine taxis with "Green taxis" locally called CNG, which run on compressed natural gas.

Dhaka is home to many Moghul buildings and areas, including the Lalbagh Fort, built under Mughal general Shaista Khan. These, along with spectacular traditional shopping markets, with authentic hand made clothing of the hightest quality are a must see in Dhaka.


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