"A fusion of two worlds; a tourist's paradise" Dhaka Division by shivleo
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Reading the world's press you could be forgiven for thinking that Bangladesh is a disaster zone rather than a travel destination. But hiding behind these images of cyclones and floods is a strikingly lush and beautiful land with a rich history and a variety of attractions unusual for a country this size. Gifted with the longest beach and the largest littoral mangrove forest in the world and criss-crossed by waterways, Bangladesh is a tourist's paradise.
Dhaka's history is a reflection of the Indian sub-continent as a whole. Established by Buddhists in the 4th century and later dominated by the Hindu rulers, the golden era of Dhaka began with the Muslim Mughal rule in the 13th century. It became a great trading port and capital of Bengal in 1608. The Mughals built Dhaka into a magnificient city, with a sultan's palace, dozens of ornate mosques, covered markets and gardens.
Old city - with its maze of narrow streets and alleys, giving you an insight of life in the subcontinent a hundred years back;
Ahsan Manzil - the palace of the last Nawab of Dhaka, just behind the waterfront, now home to a museum displaying portraits, furniture and household articles used by the Nawab;
Ramna Park - the old British part of Dhaka with a vast stretch of green surrounded by a serpentine lake;
Lalbagh Fort - built in 1678 AD by Emperor Aurangzeb's son Prince Azam;
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