Love it or loathe it, Dhaka is an essential
ingredient to the Bangladesh travel experience, a place that every
Bangladesh traveller will eventually see in a journey to Bangladesh.
Colourful pedal rickshaws decorate the city at every turn, while the
streets are constantly humming with human activity of trade and
construction. But, for those seeking brief escapes from the city-circus
that is the capital city, the Dhaka Division offers some accessible
highlights which can be reached reasonably cheaply and quickly with a
private vehicle and don’t require any lengthy ferry crossings to get
The most scenic part of the division is definitely its
northernmost areas, those that line the border with India. Here,
travellers will find the homes and villages of Garo people whose
villages lie just beneath the Garo hills of Meghalaya. With their
unique food, customs and drinks (soft or hard) this is a great place to
visit and could be done within a weekend although three days would be
better given the driving distances required (about six hours).
also a fair amount of potential for river tours in the region as well —
Contic’s river tours on the Jamuna are a very memorable way to spend a
few days although the tours will cost you a pretty penny and are
definitely not geared towards the budget crowd (which might be exactly
what you’re after in a crowded country like Bangladesh).
- Exploring Old Dhaka on a heritage walk with the Urban Study Group and then drinking coffee at Mango, a chic café in Dhanmondi.
- Having a drink with the Garo people of the Dhaka Division, in their home villages surrounding Durgapur or Haluaghat.
- Cruising on the wide rivers of the Jamuna or the Padma on a historic Bangladeshi sailboat.
- Hanging out on river beaches during the dry season or seeing the ocean-like river landscape during the wet.