Liberation War Museum
After lunch, head to the Liberation War Museum. An absolute must-see, the museum pays tribute to the nation's hard-won independence from Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. It also chronicles the events of the monumental Language Movement. Learning about the courage and resilience of the Bangladeshi people, having endured genocide and rape, will move and inspire you.Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM (Mar - Sep) & 10 AM - 5 PM (Oct - Feb), Sundays closed. Price: Tk 5.
Baitul Mukarram Mosque
Bangladesh being an Islamic country is home to a number of captivating mosques, and you'd be missing out if you didn't visit at least one. Once you've unloaded your bags and freshened up, kickstart your trip by heading to Baitul Mukarram, the national mosque, situated in the centre of Dhaka. It also happens to be the 10th biggest mosque in the world.Open daily. No entry fee.After the mosque, take a taxi/auto-rickshaw to the Armenian Church located in Old Dhaka. Built in the 18th century, the church offers a glimpse into a different world - the life of the Armenian community that thrived in the city a few centuries ago - and is architecturally fascinating.Contact the caretaker at +880 1711-049608 to arrange a visit.
The mosque has a good setting placed in a small garden and burials in front. In front of all this is a huge lake excavated during the time of the Nawabs and provides a great setting all throughout the year. Unfortunately this is yet to be taken over by ASI and not maintained well. The Motijheel Mosque and cemetery has a very important place in the history of Murshidabad. Mawazesh Md. Khan, son-in-law of Nawab Ali Vardi Khan and subedar of then Bengal, Bihar and Odisha, and Ekramoddulla, younger brother of Nawab Sirajuddullah, are buried here. Motijheel is a horse-shoe shaped lake. And in a palace adjoining it, which now lie in ruins, was the home of Warren Hastings when he became the political president at the Durbar of the Nawab Nazim. The tombs lie to the east of the mosque.
Feel the pulse of the city on the banks of the Buriganga River, just a few minutes away from the Armenian Church. Dhaka Sadarghat or the Sadarghat Port comprises one of the world's largest river ports, with over a hundred thousand people travelling to and fro everyday. It provides a gritty, lively view of life in Dhaka and, despite the commotion, can be an oddly poetic place to take in the sunset.If you fancy a boat ride, a one-hour river tour on one the larger wooden boats will cost around Tk 30 - 40, and a ride a small rowboat is about Tk 5 per person.
After a relaxing lunch, a trip to Aarong Handicrafts will be the perfect way to unwind following a long day of travel. Aarong is a retail outlet selling unique, good quality local artisanal crafts, including clothing, home goods, jewellery and accessories. What makes it stand out is the fact that it is operated by the NGO BRAC and employs poor rural and marginalised artisans, particularly women. Aarong will be a unique addition on your list of things to do in Bangladesh, so don't miss it. You'll definitely find a fitting souvenir and/or gifts here to take back home with you.Open daily, 10 AM - 8 PM.