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|Dhaka city centre|
|Shahjalal International Airport (DAC): 10 mi from city centre|
Planning to spend your holidays in Dhaka? The capital of Bangladesh will charm with its buzzing markets, old world architecture, sights and sounds. Start planning your trip with cheap flights to Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal Airport (DAC). Air India, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways India and plenty of others fly from Heathrow and Gatwick.
The weather in Dhaka is pretty tropical. Summers are humid and very hot from April to September. Winters are dry and cool and this is the most comfortable time to visit for Western travellers. Book your flights to Dhaka at least 6 months in advance for the best fares.
Flights to Dhaka take at least 16 hours with stopovers.
Dhaka is the liveliest city in Bengal and while it's thriving and colourful it is also pretty congested. Dhaka has more rickshaws than any other city in the world. It's chaotic and overwhelming but a city that charms. Be careful, it can put a spell on you!
Dhakeshwari Temple: Dhaka has Buddhist roots that go back to the 9th century. This is Bangladesh's national temple and was built in the 12th century. It's a beautiful piece of architecture and a refuge when you want to escape the chaos and noise of the city.
Ahsan Manzil: This is a beautiful British Raj-era building that is famous for its pink stonework. It was once the home of the Nawab of Dhaka. Today it is a museum teeming with historical artefacts and a beautiful walled garden. A must see.
Lalbagh Fort: Located in Old Dhaka, this fort has seen many bloody battles and sieges. It was built in 1678 and today houses a museum in the Hammam of Nawab Shaista Khan.
Find more information on Bangladesh Tourism Board.
Dhaka has plenty to offer when it comes to accommodating its visitors. In the mid-range you'll find the Marriott Guesthouse in Gulshan. Most hostels will have air conditioning, which is essential when booking a hotel in Dhaka for the summertime.