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Fisherman on the Tongi River
We had finished our meetings at 4pm and so had a couple of hours before dusk to get out and explore a bit further afield. Out past Uttara, a northern district of Dhaka, the Tongi river can be accessed from where it's possible to hire a small boat for a short while. There is also a bigger pleasure boat moored on the riverside. There was a small entry fee to get onto the quayside and then the boat hire was about £2 for half an hour which is almost certainly an inflated 'foreigners rate' but still worth it.
We chugged along the ink black river for a short while looking out for birds and waving to the other boats with their merry making passengers. As always in Dhaka human activity was very evident. In the distance we could see the tall chimneys and smoke of the brick factories but on the river side there were men perched on ancient style fishing nets interspersed between flat bottomed pumping boats used to propel water to the neighbouring rice fields. Sadly we didn't see the fisherman haul up the nets. I'd have been interested to see how many fish they catch - surely not much could survive in that water, it looked too dark and murky although it didn't smell.
I enjoyed seeing the short herons which were numerous along the river bank. Their camouflage was amazingly effective - one only noticed them when they took flight because their white wings instantly revealed their whereabouts.
Colourful rickshaws in Dhaka
The rickshaws are everywhere in Dhaka. I bet there are more rickshaw drivers than any other type of occupation in the city.
The proud drivers decorate the back panel and some fantastic designs can be seen. I expect there is an annual contest for the most attractive rickshaw. There would certainly be amazing competition.
I saw Rickshaws with 3 people on the back seat; rickshaws loaded up with large tins of paint and very occasionally people who didn't appear to be of Bangladeshi origin. I used the rickshaw when I'd been out exploring the city by night but had become slightly lost. I think the driver couldn't believe his luck when I gave him a 100 Taka note - about £1 for a ride of about 5 minutes. It was the smallest amount I had.
Do not expect your rickshaw driver to speak much English - they will probably have a basic minimum of greetings but are unlikely to be able to engage in lengthy conversation - unless it's in Bangla.
Gulshan Park, Dhaka
During the early morning and around dusk you will find many people out for their power walks round the small lake. In places groups of 15 - 20 men will be working out in group exercises lead by a trainer. Joggers do the circuit around the park once or twice.
Gulshan is the upmarket area of Dhaka where there are many of the embassies and consulates. Consequently the folk working out tend to be fairly cosmopolitan but the place still has a Bangladeshi feel to it with rickshaws parked outside the park gates and street traders on the boundary.
Entry is free and there are one or two guards to be seen - not that it is in any way a dangerous place. In fact during the afternoon the guards seemed to be pre-occupied in blowing their whistles at courting couples who may be spotted getting a bit too friendly in holding hands or other shows of affection.
In December I noticed the fruit bats coming in to roost at dusk in the tree top near to the bridge. They're noisy, argumentative creatures but impressively chubby and with surprisingly big wingspans.
Address: Gulshan 2, district of Dhaka
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