Southern Dhaka Tour (Self Guided), Dhaka

Southern Dhaka has several great attractions for visiting. The Lalbagh Fort has many interesting spots to discover. A popular attraction is Ahsan Mazil, a beautiful pink palace on the banks of the Buriganga River. The world-famous Chawk Bazar offers much to see and taste. Take this tour to discover the magnificent cultural, historic, religious and architectural spots of southern Dhaka.
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Southern Dhaka Tour Map

Guide Name: Southern Dhaka Tour
Guide Location: Bangladesh » Dhaka (See other walking tours in Dhaka)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Lalbagh Fort
  • Lalbagh Shahi Mosque
  • Water Works at Chandnighat
  • Churihatta Mosque
  • Chawk Mosque
  • Chawk Bazar
  • Armenian Church and Graveyard
  • Ahsan Manzil
Lalbagh Fort

1) Lalbagh Fort (must see)

Lalbagh Fort (also known as "Fort Aurangabad") is an incomplete Mughal palace fortress at the Buriganga River in the southwestern part of Dhaka. Construction was commenced in 1678 by Prince Muhammad Azam during his 15-month long vice-royalty of Bengal, but before the work could complete, he was recalled by Aurangzeb. His successor, Shaista Khan, did not complete the work, though he stayed in Dhaka up to 1688. His daughter Iran Dukht nicknamed Pari Bibi (Fairy Lady) died here in 1684 and this led him to consider the fort to be ominous.

Lalbagh Fort is also the witness of the revolt of the native soldiers against the British during the Great Rebellion of 1857. As in the Red Fort in India, they were defeated by the force led by the East India Company. They and the soldiers who fled from Meerat were hanged to death at the Victoria Park. In 1858 the declaration of Queen Victoria of taking over the administrative control of India from the Company was read out at the Victoria park, latter renamed Bahadur Shah Park after the name of the last Mughal Emperor who led that greatest rebellion against then British empire.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lalbagh Shahi Mosque

2) Lalbagh Shahi Mosque

The Mosque is located in proximity to the southeastern gateway of the Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka. It is the biggest Mughal mosque in Bangladesh with space for 1500 people. The mosque was erected by Prince Farrukh Siyar between 1703 and 1706. Of course, modifications have been made since then. A minaret was added during the Pakistani period. The mosque has a modern look now, and each side has an impressive octagonal tower. It is the only mosque in Bangladesh that displays a three-aisled deep prayer chamber.
Water Works at Chandnighat

3) Water Works at Chandnighat

Water Works at Chandnighat were established with the financial support of Nawab Khawaja Abdul Ghani in 1874. It was the first plant to supply the city with potable water. In 1878, the city began receiving the first processed, filtrated water from Buriganga River. After some improvements, the plant now provides 1.8% of the city's potable water. Because a good deal of toxic liquid waste is thrown into the river, its water is very difficult to process to make it good enough for human consumption. That is why 82% of potable water of Dhaka is drawn from underground sources.
Churihatta Mosque

4) Churihatta Mosque

The Churihatta Mosque is placed between the Water Works at Chandnighat and The Chawk Mosque in Dhaka. A Persian inscription says that the mosque was erected by Muhammad Beg in 1650 during the rule of Shah Shuja. The mosque has been renovated and modified since that time, so it looks much like a modern building now. It is completely covered with a chau-chala vault which is why it serves as an example of Bungalow building type from the Mughal period. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover this historic spot.
Chawk Mosque

5) Chawk Mosque

The Chawk Mosque in Dhaka is located in the Chowk Bazaar area of the old town of Dhaka, south of the current city centre. It was originally built mostly likely during the rule of the Mughals in the 17th century and may be the earliest dated mosque in Bengal built on a high vaulted foundation. Today the original building design has been lost through multiple renovations and extensions. The original roof with three domed mosques has been demolished.

Its construction has been dated to 1676, as noted by an inscription in the Persian language over a doorway. The inscription attributes the project to Subahdar Shaista Khan.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chawk Bazar

6) Chawk Bazar

Chawk Bazaar is a well known bazaar in Lalbagh, Old Dhaka. It dates back to the Mughal period. Chowk Bazaar was one of the most famous business and social meeting centers of Dhaka in the Mughal period. Even after 400 years it is still famous as before. It is one of Dhaka's old town market and it formed in the place where other old markets once were. King Maan Singh protested for the country on behalf of Mugal kingdom. In 1602 he transferred the head office in Bawal to the present Central Prison and also the Mughal Durgo, that’s how Chowk Bazaar formed.

It is a very good place for shopping as variety of goods is available and they are sold at the cheapest rates. Moulavi Bazaar is well known spice shop. During Ramadan Chowk Bazaar is famous for its Iftar items which include Moglai and other traditional items.It is a very crowded place and the roads are mostly jam-packed.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Armenian Church and Graveyard

7) Armenian Church and Graveyard (must see)

The Armenian Church is a historically significant architectural monument situated in the Armanitola area of old Dhaka. The church bears testimony to the former existence of a significant Armenian community in the region. In 1781 the now-famous Armnenian Church was built on Armenian St in Armanitola, a once thriving business area. The site was an Armenian graveyard before the church was built and the tombstone area that continues to exist serves as a chronicle for the history of Armenians in the area. Agaminus Catachik, an Armenian, gave away the land to build the church and it has been alleged that "Michel Cerkess, Okotavata Setoor Sevorg, Aga Amnius and Merkers Poges helped to build the church."

Over fifty years following the construction of the Armenian Church, a clock tower was built on the western side of the structure. A rumour subsequently circulated regarding the clock, stating that the clock sounded four miles away and that people sychronised their watches in accordance with the sound of the tower's bell. In 1880 the clock stopped and the tower was destroyed in 1897 as the result of an earthquake. In the old Armenian graveyard, amongst the 350 people buried there, the grave of Armenian Catachik Avatik Thomas continues to be adorned with a statue of his wife. The statue was bought for this specific purpose from Kolkata and the grave was inscribed with the words "Best Of Husband".
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ahsan Manzil

8) Ahsan Manzil (must see)

Ahsan Manzil was the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family. This magnificent building is situated at Kumartoli along the banks of the Buriganga River in Bangladesh. The construction of this palace was started in the year 1859 and was completed in 1869. It is constructed in the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture. To preserve the cultural and history of the area, the palace became the Bangladesh National Museum on 20 September 1992.

Ahsan Manzil is one of the most significant architectural monuments of Bangladesh. The building structure was established on a raised platform of 1 meter, the two-storied palace measures 125.4m by 28.75m. The height of the ground floor is 5 meters and the height of the first floor 5.8 meters. The thickness of the walls of the palace is about 0.78 meters. There are porticos of 5 meters height on the northern and southern sides of the palace. The building has a broad front-facing the Buriganga River. On the river side, an open spacious stairway leads right up to the second portal and on their stands the grand triple- arched portals. There was once a fountain in the garden in front of the stairs which does not exist today. All along the north and the south side of the building run spacious verandahs with an open terrace projected in the middle.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Create Your Own Walk in Dhaka

Create Your Own Walk in Dhaka

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dhaka is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Dhaka Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Dhaka Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Dhaka boasts great museums and art galleries in which you can learn more about the history and culture of Bangladesh. The impressive art galleries display beautiful and valuable works of the local and international artists. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover what the local museums and art galleries have to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Dhaka Shopping Tour

Dhaka Shopping Tour

Dhaka is a great shopping destination. Wonderful silk, traditional Bangladeshi clothes such as Jamdani sarees, brass, leather, bamboo products, ceramics, jewelry, and the famous pink pearls can be found here. The choices are vast, and whatever you choose as a gift will be memorable. Discover the Bangladeshi shopping experience in Dhaka by taking this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Government District Area Tour

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Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

Bangladesh is a country whose main religion is Islam. Muslims constitute about 80 percent of the population. Hindus follow them with 16 percent. Dhaka boasts many magnificent mosques and Hindu temples as well. One of the most beautiful and famous temples is Dhakeshwari Temple. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful places of worship Dhaka has to offer.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 Km or 6 Miles