This Total Dhaka Tour will cover all the city sites, from historic landmarks to modern architecture — as well as a thrilling ride on a rickshaw, of course! It's a combo of our top Dhaka tours, Highlights of Old Dhaka and Culture Vulture Dhaka, giving you a total adventure all in one day.
We’ll start off leading you into the old city, where we’ll explore sites like the Kawran Bazar vegetable market, and along the Sadarghat waterfront. This bustling port is constantly buzzing with activity, as boats of all sizes ferry passengers and cargo along the Buriganga River. We’ll also pay a visit to Ahsan Manzil, also known as the Pink Palace, which was built in the 1800s as the residential palace of the Nawab family.
From there, we’ll go explore Shankhari Bazar, one of the oldest areas of Old Town, and the site of many historic Hindu temples — in fact, while Dhaka is primarily a Muslim city, this district has the highest concentrations of Hindus in all of Dhaka.
We’ll fuel up partway through our adventure with lunch at a local restaurant specialising in Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Bengali cuisines, before heading off to the Parliament building, also known as Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban and considered one of the world’s most significant examples of modern 20th-century architecture. The stunning building was designed by famed architect Louis Khan and is one of the largest legislative complexes in the world.
From there, we’ll then visit Lalbag, a 17th-century Mughal fort that’s said to be a monument to the unfulfilled dreams of a prince during that time. We’ll also see Dhakeshwari Temple, said to be the most important place of worship for Hindus in Bangladesh.
After all that exploring, you’ll then get to relax in none other than the national theatre. This theatre is known for its cultural performances of epic Bengali love stories, and we’re going to take in a traditional stage performance that shows off Bangladesh’s culture and heritage. Most of the shows here are performed by professional drama troupes, so you’re sure to see an excellent performance!
And of course, because you can’t experience the City of Rickshaws without riding on three wheels, we’ll ride a rickshaw through the city streets, giving you a true taste of local life in Dhaka!
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Bangladesh before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, lunch and mineral water, entrance fees, transportation, theatre ticket.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Dhaka a conservative Muslim city; therefore, it’s recommended you dress modestly (no tank tops or short shorts). As this trip includes a visit to a mosque, men and women should both have a shirt with long sleeves.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher. If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.