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A Rickshaw Ride to Ahsan Manzil

January 7, 2019

I brought up in Dhaka city and been to many places for personal reasons. Like meeting friends, attending schools, university, shopping or things that demands by the city life! Unfortunately, I haven’t traveled Dhaka in a traveler’s perspective before I started writing my blog. So, I tried to explore a bit to let travelers know about the city in my perspective.

Urs, Mohammad and me reached Dhaka from Sylhet by train. Next day they both had flight to different countries in different times. Mohammad left early in the morning for airport and we both went to the main road to get him a CNG to go to airport.

Dhaka is a small city with lots of people and traffic! A city of busy people who work hard to survive. So, from any place the distance is not very long but for the traffic vehicles charge a lot. Better you bargain and fix the amount between 350 to 400 taka from anywhere inside Dhaka to the airport. Mohammad left and we started walking towards the Mirpur 10 circle. I live in Mirpur and that was a working day! Taking a bus could be a bad idea during that time. So keeping that in our mind, Urs and me taken a rickshaw from Mirpur circle 10 to Shamoli bus stand that costs 100 taka. The reason behind taking a rickshaw was to avoid traffic, reach early to the places and come back home by 5PM. Urs had his flight on 10 PM in the evening and we both can’t afford to miss that in anyway.

We reached to Shamoli bridge within 25-minute because the rickshaw puller took short cut to the destination. We crossed the bridge and take another rickshaw to Dhanmondi 27 that costs 60 taka. Though Urs is not a book lover but I wanted him to see Bengal Boi, a hub of creative people, writers and publishers. Also, I badly needed to use the washroom, so we stopped there for 10 minutes and then walked towards Meena Bazar.  Those who already knows Urs, they can understand that he needs to drink a lot of Cocacola and for that we went to meena bazar. After getting his coke we crossed the road and take another rickshaw to New Market that cost 60 taka again. On our way to the new market we found a lot of people, traffic, street shops that has given him a general impression about Dhaka city.

Thought Dhaka is not a big city but the areas are very different from each other. Specially because of the economical class division, university area, industrial area that make huge difference. Here you can find many things to see but don’t need a lot of time. You just need to have a plan to explore. Then I believe three days would be enough!

We got down in the New Market, crossed the bridge, walked towards Neelkhet and took another rickshaw to Shaeed Minar, a national monument inside Dhaka University. The distance was not that long and the university area looks perfect for a foreigner. We reached to the place and paid 30 taka to the rickshaw puller. The place has some historical value related to language movement in 1952. He did research before he arrived in Bangladesh, so it was easy for me to explain. Later we walked for a while and went to the Curzon Hall, The Curzon Hall is a British Raj-era building and home of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Dhaka. 

From the Curzon Hall we took a rickshaw and went to the national Museum which opens after 10 AM. Since we were early, we went to the public library area and sat on the wall and discussed about our small things that made us laugh at each other. We talked about curious people who can’t stop staring at us and laughed! However, we entered to the Museum and Urs had to pay 500 because he was a foreigner. I paid only 20 taka. Remember, if you belong to SAARC enlisted countries then you have to pay 300 BDT. We entered, explored and giggled a lot because he couldn’t find anything interesting apart from some silly things. He seemed disappointed but before we entered, I warned him about museum! So, people if you are a museum person, I would like to suggest you to avoid and google for information.

Usually the first thing that attracts the travellers is Old Dhaka because of their originality. You can actually feel the Dhakaiya tradition once you will visit that place. Dhaka University is close to old Dhaka and rickshaw rides are less tiring to the desired destinations. We took rickshaw (cost 80 taka) after exploring National Museum to Ahsan Manzil that was around 30 minutes road trip. The palace looks really pleasant from the outside because it’s totally pink! Ahsan Manzil was the official residential palace and seat of the Nawab of Dhaka. Again, Urs had to pay 500 and I paid 20 taka for the tickets. Funny part is, he couldn’t find that place interesting either. It was also a museum with lack of information and resources to see. But we left after 15 minutes and crossed the vegetable market to go to the Buriganga River. The river water was dirty and black but we took a 45 hours boat trip to see a different view of the city. When you will reach to the ghat you can find a lot of boat man waiting for the travellers. You just have to bargain and finalize 600 for an hour trip. Since we were running out of time, we fixed 500 for 45 minutes. The day was sunny and we ended up early because of the smell and dirt around.

Later took a rickshaw to the Azimpur that cost 100 taka, walk for a while and take another rickshaw from New Market to Jhigatola Bus Stand. Actually, we both were hungry and wanted to have Burger King! By that time, we realized that it was already 3:0 PM and we should start to the home after finishing French fires and burger. We took the same route by rickshaw and at one-point he seemed a bit tired of traveling but the decision was wise. We reached home around 4:30 PM and Urs left my home for the airport by 8:30 PM. Yes, he didn’t miss his flight!

We had a plenty more to cover but The Swiss Guy had to leave. You know, time with Mohammad and Urs were like flown away! We didn’t realise that we three spent almost 4 days together! Saying goodbye to Urs and Mohammad in the same day was very hard! But we promised that we will see each other again with a Trio Rambo Trip!





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