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5 Places to Visit in Puran Dhaka, the Old City of Bangladesh’s Capital

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If you have visited Puran Dhaka even once in your life, you’ll know how easy it is for someone to get lost in its streets connected like a maze. Even the locals residing there sometimes lose their sense of direction, leading them to search for their own homes in different lanes. Puran Dhaka is the oldest part of the capital of Bangladesh, and so its name refers.

The “Puran” from “Puran Dhaka” stands for Old. The streets there not only puzzles people but also carries a significant portion of the History of Bangladesh. The other parts of the city often get outshined by the glory of Puran Dhaka. If you’re currently visiting Bangladesh or planning your trip, then don’t forget to visit the following places in Puran Dhaka after landing in the country’s capital.

Ahsan Manzil

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Ahsan Manzil is one of the most beautiful architectural establishments in Bangladesh. The delicate pink color of the palace makes it stand out from the rest of the structures built around the city. It was the official residential palace of the Nawab of Dhaka, the role that is long gone. The “Nawab of Dhaka” was the title of the head of the family and the estate, given by the “British Raj” at the time of British Rule, who was responsible for a lot of things that took place inside the region. The construction of this Building started in 1859 and was completed in 1872. The glory of the Nawab didn’t last long and that led to the abundance of the Palace. The palace was all dusted and broken when the government of Bangladesh acquired it after independence. The government ran a renovation, and now using the palace as a museum.

Lalbagh Kella

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If you are looking for some ancient places in Bangladesh to visit, then the right place for you to start would be the Lalbagh Fort or commonly known as Lalbagh Kella. Like many other historical structures found in Bangladesh, the foundation of Lalbagh Fort can be traced back to the Mughal realm. The construction of the fort started in 1678 under the supervision of the Mughal prince Muhammad Azam but never ended. The fort remained incomplete and unoccupied ever since. Now it’s one of the most popular tourists attraction in Bangladesh.

Dhakeshwari Temple

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If you have ever wondered where the name Dhaka came from, then you’re in the right place. It is believed by many archeologists that the city was named after the Dhakeshwari Temple. The temple was built by a king of the Sena Dynasty named Ballal Sen in the 12th century. The name of Dhaka came from Dhakeshwari. This is the most important temple in Bangladesh for Hindus living there. It’s also considered to be the largest temple in the country.

Sadarghat Launch Terminal

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The existence of Sadarghat was recorded even in the time of the Mughal Empire. It’s an essential river port of Dhaka city. Even the Lalbagh fort was built by the port because of its importance in the 17th century. The port is used as a Launch terminal and also the busiest port in Bangladesh. You can travel to most of the districts of Bangladesh using this port. The nightlife here is a sight to see.

Armenian Church

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Bangladesh was ruled by many dynasties in the past centuries. That is probably the reason behind the diverse culture of the country. Many merchants from different parts of the world have come to do business and settled down here in Bangladesh. The Armenian Church is one of the examples. In current times the presence of Armenian in Dhaka isn’t that significant but in the 17th century, it was. Many Armenians came to Bangladesh at that time for different purposes and never left. The area where they settled down was named Armanitola. The famous Armenian Church was built in 1781 by the Armenians living there and is a magnificent sight to date.

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