Dhaka! A foreign city that I visited more than any other city in the world!
First time about 5 years ago! It was all about being curious of one of our closest neighbourhood.
And today after three visits, you realise it’s so much like India and Sri Lanka! People here are Warm, Hospitable, and Kind.
Some of the things Dhaka beats us in is the traffic, it’s faster to walk and travel than to use a public transport or vehicle.
The Mosquitoes, Gosh! No amount of fumigation, odomos repelient, Odomos scent sticks, Odomos Roll on would stop the mosquitoes from sucking your blood!
And the language barrier- Bengali! If you know the language, you would not be lost in translation!
But, if you don’t know the language.
You would struggle to get things right!
The food it’s a non-vegetarians paradise!
And a vegetarian’s walk to hell!
You would need to keep looking until you find options!
Some of the chaat items too have egg in them!
And an eggless cake is a mystery to them.
The roads are wide, but everyone has taken the sides. You can’t turn, you can’t run you are stuck.
Most of the best designer clothes are manufactured here! But, you won’t find a single store selling them. Rather you would need to just visit one store for all the original’s first copies Astorian!
A lot of African, Australian, Malaysian chains of restaurant are there!
Surprisingly Coffee is big here too! A lot of small interesting coffee shops there!
With one or two coffee roasters selling homegrown coffee that’s grown in Bangladesh!
They enjoy a lot of Music and Movies! One of the reasons Bollywood is a big craze here!
Bollywood movies don’t release as often and as much since they believe they loose money from local cultural entertainment.
And if they are Die-Hard Bollywood fans they travel to Kolkata. a 40 minute journey by Air or about 7 Hrs by road.
No! Bangladesh isn’t cheap!
In fact it’s one of the most expensive cities in the world for expats living there!
Facts about Dhaka:
The world’s least livable city.
Longest female-led government.
There are a lot of Bangladeshis who live out of the country.
Currently only the below flights go to Dhaka directly.
Mumbai: Indigo – Tue, Thurs, Saturday, Sunday, ( 30 Kg allowance)
Mumbai: Vistara – Tue, Thurs(30 Kg allowance)
Delhi : Indigo – Mon- Saturday
Delhi : Vistara – Daily
Hotels to stay:
- Amari : Is Centrally located
- Sheraton : Is also in the heart of the city
- Westin : Westin & Amari are very close by.
- Intercontinental: The hotel is a little far away from the main city.
Places to Eat:
Premium Sweets: Misthi Doi, Chaat and local bengali food.
Sajna: Indian food restaurant, that’s neatly done with indian food options for all specially vegetrains.
O’Play: Italian Food Restaurant
SOI 71 : Thai Food Restaurant.
Galitos: For Wraps and Salad
North End Roasters: Coffee Roasters which you would find across all over Dhaka City.
Tabaaq Coffee: A cafe chain again from Bangladesh that you would find in select locations.
Arabika Coffee: A coffee shop that serves coffee from beans that come from coffee regions.
Butlers: Irish chocolate brand cafe that serves good milk shakes & Waffles
The Reading Room: Here you will find a range of international books and interesting coffee table books. They also have a small cafe setup inside here.
Here you will find books that are more in Bengali and a few bestsellers from around the world.
Currency: 1 Taka = 0.80 INR
Visa: You need to apply for a visa before you visit. It’s not on arrival for indians yet.