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Things to Do In Dhaka - Top Activities to Enjoy in Dhaka

Tipped to be the country's most diverse cultural landscape, Dhaka is more than the capital of Bangladesh. Here are some of the top activities every tourist can enjoy during a holiday in the city.

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Shop at the Basundhara Mall

Regarded as one of the best ways to spend one's time in Dhaka, a few hours will not suffice to explore the retail possibilities of the larger than life Basundhara Mall. Hailed as the biggest shopping complex in all of South Asia, the state-of-the-art mall is one of a kind retail hotspot for the masses. Home to its very own Cineplex, the mall is not only for shopaholics in search of clothing, accessories, gifts and souvenirs but also for film and food lovers looking for a vibrant locale to spend the day. Electronics and homeware items are also available at this mega mall which also houses countless restaurants and snack hubs.

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Enjoy Wild Adventure at Shishu Park

Often described as Dhaka's answer to Disneyland, Shishu Park remains one of the country's most popular amusement parks for families and especially children. Occupying pride of place in the Shahbag region, the sprawling parkland is the brainchild of the Bangladesh tourism agency which also manages the attraction. Home to countless rides including Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds and trains, Shishu Park is especially crowded during the Eid Festival holidays. A fighter jet donated by the Bangladesh Air Force is also part of the landscape.

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Sign Up for a Cultural Tour of Sonargaon

Home to some of Dhaka's most prized ruins and cultural landmarks, a tour of the historic area of Sonargaon is a must for all visitors. With its name literally translating to the City of Gold, the venue offers tourists a look back at the country's resplendent legacy and Islamic heritage. Ruins of spectacular places of worship as well as palaces and towering mansions are all contained within this region of the Bangladeshi capital. Visitors should also take the time to tour the small museum located in the area while a guided tour of this ancient precinct is recommended for those based at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka or any other similar 5 star luxury hotel in Sonargaon Dhaka.

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Explore Lalbagh Fort

Considered one of the best-preserved examples of Mughal architecture in Dhaka, a tour of the iconic Lalbagh Fort is a rite of passage for all first-time visitors. Surrounded by breathtaking gardens, the towering defence mechanism was first built by Aurangzeb, a Mughal emperor and subsequently by Shaista Khan who added various elements to the structure. Home to a mosque and an auditorium, the museum which is found within the fortress displays a host of relics unearthed during excavations. This includes ancient coins, miniaturized paintings and carpets while weapons and firearms are also on show. The bathhouse inside the fort is one of its most curious elements as it resembles Queens Baths in European forts.

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Discover the Pink Palace

Uncover the rich cultural heritage of the wealthy Nawabs with a tour of Dhaka's famed Pink Palace. Having served as the official residence of the country's rulers, the palace which has withstood many an attack has now been beautifully restored and converted into a living museum.

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