Hotel Sarina

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Plot #27, Road #17 ,Banani C/A, Banani C/A, Dhaka City, 1213, Bangladesh

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    Dhaka Secret

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    Top notch hotel by all standards. Small, cozy with large western style rooms. Bar on the 19th floor and 24 hour room service with their best attempt at western foods - but very good local-regional food. Not much around the hotel - near the embassy area... some shopping about four blocks away.

    Unique Quality: Rich wood decor - it's a relaxing place to 'come home' to after a day running the streets of Dhaka!

    Directions: Just 15 minutes drive from Zia International Airport and minutes away from the Diplomatic Enclave of Gulshan and Baridhara.

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Taxi from Kolkata to Dhaka

by Barbies

Hi! I'm planning on travelling from Kolkata to Dhaka end of February. Could anyone tell me how much it would cost to hire a private taxi? I'm also considering taking a direct bus. Is there still a direct bus running? I've thought about the train, but I heard it only runs on Saturdays and Sundays. Is this still the case? Many thanks!

Re: Taxi from Kolkata to Dhaka

by Barbies

Hi there! Thank you so much for your replies. They are very helpful and I really appreciate it. I'm looking forward to visiting your country!

Re: Taxi from Kolkata to Dhaka

by khanDhaka

You better take Bus from "Korunamoyee International Bus Station", Saltlake, Kolkata. 1 bus everyday start for Dhaka. Bangladesh.
Service is good.

In the other hand, you can take Train which start from Kolkata everyday.

Train take much time than Bus.

Feel free to contact personally by "khan.masud@gmail.com"

Travel Tips for Dhaka

Dhaka -- unlike anything you've heard

by xzdf

Dhaka is a thriving, colorful and congested metropolis of some 12 million people, and growing steadily. Many people might take sometime to adjust in Dhaka at first sight - it has to be one of the most frenetic places on Earth. The streets are rivers of chaos filled mostly with very colorful rickshaws - around 400,000 to be exact, the highest number of any city in the world.

According to recorded history it was founded in 1608 A.D. as the seat of the imperial Mughal viceroy of Bengal. Dhaka has been developing fast as a modern city and is the country's center of industrial, commercial, cultural, educational and political activity. The gap between rich and poor is widening throughout the country but it's at its most glaringly obvious here. Depending on where you start from, a thirty minutes to even one hour rickshaw ride can take you from impossibly crowded shantytowns near Old Dhaka to the glitzy high-class neighborhoods of Gulshan and Banani where a meal costs more than most people make in a week.

Motijheel is the main commercial area of the city. Dhaka's main waterfront, Sadarghat, is on the banks of the river Buriganga in Old Dhaka and is crowded with various ferries, yachts, paddle steamers, fishermen's boats and floating dhabas all bustling with activity.

The weather is tropical - hot and very humid during the monsoon season (April-August) and drier and cooler in the winter (October-March). Visitors from colder countries might want to visit in the winter when temperatures are around 20C and humidity is low (around 60-70%).

Visa extensions are available at the Immigration and Passport Office on Agargaon Rd in Central Dhaka. Most drivers know it, an auto-rickshaw from Old Dhaka will run about Tk 50. Su-Th 10AM-1PM receiving applications, 3-5PM delivery.

Getting around once you're there--

Given the plethora of all forms of transport, if you're having trouble getting a decent fare with a driver walk a few feet to the next one. Not all are out to gouge you, so better to find the honest ones and give them your business. Occasionally a driver will demand more money on arrival - the best way to deal with this is to hand over the agreed fare/metered fare and walk away. Make certain from the start that the driver knows where you're headed (unless you can direct him yourself) - they often have limited local knowledge, but will always SAY that they know where somewhere is and take you round the whole city searching whilst the meter ticks.

Cycle-rickshaws are the most popular form of transport, and good for short distances -- mainly on side streets. They make up the bulk of the cities horrendous traffic, and charge around Tk 5 per kilometer. Negotiating a fare beforehand is essential as a foreigner. Cycle-rickshaws in wealthy areas such as Banani and Gulshan often must pay local mafia men for the privilege of servicing the high-price areas. Additionally, foreigners should also be warned that cycle-rickshaws will sometimes begin the ride with a pitch to sell drugs or prostitutes. One or two simple, but firm, declines will generally solve the situation. If you're a woman -- it's particularly inadvisable to ride around alone in cycle-rickshaws after dark -- you're a slow-moving target asking for trouble from thugs and muggers.
Auto-rickshaws (also known as 'CNG') are also abundant and have meters, which drivers can sometimes be persuaded to use. They're the cheapest way to cover longer distances - an 8km ride from Old Dhaka to Gulshan should cost around Tk 70. The meters start at Tk 13.50, but for shorter distances you'll likely have to negotiate a fare instead.
Taxis also ply the roads, some yellow and some black, all with meters. Black taxis start the meter at Tk 15 while yellow taxis are a little nicer and start at Tk 20. Black taxis are typically in notoriously poor condition and lack air conditioning. Yellow taxis are required to have air conditioning, (they consist of Toyota Corollas mostly, Mitsubishis or Hondas even). They are also considered far safer by the local Dhaka elite. (when compared to black taxis and auto-rickshaws).

Buses run routes on the main roads, but are horribly crowded and noisy, signed only in Bengali and aren't likely to be of much use to travelers. Save yourself a headache and take a rickshaw or if u go to far distance, take a comfortable, luxurious A/C bus or a train!!

Places to See

There is the stunning Parliament Building, designed by Louis Kahn, numerous bookshops, and art galleries around the city, Ramna Park, Lal Bagh Fort and museum, Old Dhaka, the Shahid Minar memorial, the Shadarghat port, Ahsan Manjil, the National Museum, Bangabandhu Memorial, the Mukti Juddha Museum, National Poet's Graveyard, Suhrawardy Uddyaan, National Leader Mausoleum, Banga-Bhaban, Shadhinota Stambha, the Charukola (Arts & Crafts) Institute, Curzon Hall, Old High Court and 1857 Memorial, the National Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, Baldha Garden, Sitara Mosque, Baitul Mukarram Mosque, Hindu and Christian churches and temples, New Market, Boshundhara City Mall, countless other bustling bazaars and shops, and many other places to visit.

Ahsan Manjil, the pink palace, has a 2 taka entrance fee and a small exhibition about the history of the palace and a garden. Star Mosque (Sitara Mosque) is a small mosque dating back three hundred years, inlaid with mosaic and tiles. 'Shishu Mela' is the children playground in Shyamoli.

Founded in 1608 as the seat of...

by Bangladeshee

Founded in 1608 as the seat of the Mughal viceroys of Bengal and known world over for centuries for its fine muslin, Dhaka has now grown into a bustling city of over 5 million people and serves as the nation's capital. Some of its outstanding ancient monuments are Lalbagh Fort (built in 1678 AD), Paribibi's Tomb (1678 AD), Bara Katra, Hussaini Dalan, Star Mosque, Satgambuz (seven-domed) Mosque (1680 AD) and Dhakeswari Temple. The Central Shaheed Minar commemorates the martyrs of the historic language movement of 1952. Bahadur Shah Park guards the memorial for the heroes of Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. The National Museum houses an excellent collection of archaeological finds, sculptures and paintings. Architectural trends, both traditional and contemporary, are reflected in Curzon Hall, old High Court and new Supreme Court buildings, Gano Bhavan and Banga Bhavan, Parliament House and Baitul Mukarram Mosque. The National. Memorial at Savar commemorating the martyrs of the liberation war of 1971, stands out with its own uniqueness.

The neighbourhood of Dhaka also claims attention for its rich heritage. The ruins of the old seats of power at Vikrampur (7th century AD) and Sonargaon (1 Oth century AD), only an hour's drive, are worth visiting. Shopping around can get you excellent bargains. And who can miss the famous pink pearls of Dhaka ?

Dhaka, formerly Dacca, is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. It is located in the geographic center of the country in the great deltaic region of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. The population, which is largely Muslim, is 3,300,000 (1989 est.). Dhaka is served by the port of Narayanganj, located 16 km (10 mi) to the southeast. The city is within the monsoon climate zone, with an annual average temperature of 25 deg C (77 deg F) and monthly means varying between 18 deg C (64 deg F) in January and 29 deg C (84 deg F) in August. Nearly 80% of the annual average rainfall of 1,854 mm (73 in) occurs between May and September.



Dhaka is located in one of the world's leading rice- and jute-growing regions. Its industries include textiles (jute, muslin, cotton) and food processing, especially rice milling. A variety of other consumer goods are also manufactured here. The Muslim influence is reflected in the more than 700 mosques and historic buildings found throughout the city. Dhaka is divided into an old city, a modern section called Ramne, and many residential and industrial communities. The University of Dhaka (1921) and several technical schools and museums are located here.


Dhaka was founded during the 10th century. It served as the Mogul capital of Bengal from 1608 to 1704 and was a trading center for British, French, and Dutch interests before coming under British rule in 1765. In 1905 it was again named the capital of Bengal, and in 1956 it became the capital of East Pakistan. The city suffered heavy damage during the Bangladesh war of independence (1971). The romanized spelling of the Bengali name was changed from Dacca to Dhaka in 1982.

Hand sanitizers, disenfectants (lysol/dettol)

by jcastrodoj

disenfectants (lysol/dettol), sleeping bags if you're traveling outside dhaka and are not sure which hotels you will be staying; some warm clothing if traveling in middle of december to february as it can get quite chilly

Chandpur

by travelife

Chandpur is a district near Dhaka which is easily and comfortably accessed by steamer and motor boats. Bangladesh is a riverine country and numerous rivers makes up the life-line for the majority of people. To experince how rives is playing its role in inner trade and commerce and to see the lives and living by the river, a trip to Chanpur is recommended. The trip takes around 4 and half hours from Dhaka to Chandpur. Near Chanpur merging of two large rivers of Asia, visibly muddy water of Meghna with relatively clear water of Ganges can be seen. Mouth of two large rivers also makes the water near Chandpur as much as a deep sea and causes ferry disaster in rainy and flood season (July-September). Traveling in winter (November- February) is relatively safe as the river has normal calm water during that season. At the end, stroll in Chandpur, another relatively old urban establishment in Bangladesh, now a district town could be nice experience. On the way back bus can be taken to Dhaka as the buses are much more frequent than stable and large steamer service.

Eid-Ul-Azha holiday

by Tersites

In January (might vary from year to year) there´s a celebration called Eid-Ul-Azha or Qurbani Eid. Muslims commemorate the sacrifice of Ismail by his father Ibrahim. Thousands of cattle are sacrificed on the street. The meat is divided among the relatives and the poor. Just take a stroll through the streets of Dhaka watching the bloody spectacle and receive lots of invitations for lunch!

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Address: Plot #27, Road #17 ,Banani C/A, Banani C/A, Dhaka City, 1213, Bangladesh