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. The city itself is not
big, but because of the intense traffic and population density, it can
be extremely hard to navigate, and traffic jams will inevitably slow
you down as you try to cross the city.
But thankfully, Dhaka
is also a colourful city. While stuck in traffic there is absolutely no
shortage of things to spy on the streets. Colourful pedal rickshaws
decorate the city at every turn, while the streets are constantly
humming with human activity of trade and construction. Puran Dhaka
(Old Dhaka) is a steaming cultural melting pot, and contains a
tremendous amount of the city’s history squished into its oldest
quarters. A vibrant intellectual life pulses through the city’s
galleries and museums, showing that there is much more to the city than
its sullied façade, and that it has much more depth than can be seen on
the first glance.
Like a dose of some high-powered substance,
Dhaka takes you to the very extremes of all that Bangladesh has to
offer. And when you finally leave it behind you both breathe a sigh of
relief and a sigh of longing for that rollercoaster ride again.