Dhaka (Bangla: ঢাকা, pronounced [ɖʱaka])- formerly Dacca and Jahangir Nagar, is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka District. Dhaka is a megacity and one of the major cities of South Asia. Located on the banks of the Buriganga River, Dhaka, along with its metropolitan area, has a population of over 12 million, making it the largest city in Bangladesh. Dhaka is known as the City of Mosques and renowned for producing the world’s finest muslin. As a cosmopolitan city, Dhaka has been the center of Persio-Arabic and Western cultural influences in eastern Indian Subcontinent. Today it serves as one of the prime centers for culture, education and business in the region.
Under Mughal rule in the 17th century, the city was known as Jahangir Nagar. It was a provincial capital and a centre of the worldwide muslin trade. The modern city, however, was developed chiefly under British rule in the 19th century, and became the second-largest city in Bengal after Calcutta (presently Kolkata). After the Partition of Bengal in 1905, Dhaka became the capital of the new province of Eastern Bengal and Assam but lost its status as a provincial capital again after the partition was annulled in 1911. After the partition of India in 1947, Dhaka became the administrative capital of East Pakistan, and later, in 1972, the capital of an independent Bangladesh. During the intervening period, the city witnessed widespread turmoil; this included many impositions of martial law, the declaration of Bangladesh’s independence, military suppression, devastation during war, and natural calamities.
Modern Dhaka is the center of political, cultural and economic life in Bangladesh. Although its urban infrastructure is the most developed in the country. Source: www.wikipedia.org
You people may or may not very aware of Dhaka city, some of you know Dhaka is Passing its 400 years of being a capital of various times. Dhaka was being declared as capital first time by the Mughal emperor, after that it has been declared as one of the major cities of the Indian subcontinent. After birth if Bangladesh, Dhaka was first declared as a fully functional modern capital of Bangladesh. This is the only city of Bangladesh, where you experienced almost every part of Bangladeshi people variations. Because of all the major offices and the other most important administrative works are done from our very own Dhaka city, but being a citizen of Dhaka city, we all have some responsibilities that we cannot skip. But we do. We can celebrate various festival of Bangladesh and the world’s festival but we don’t have much time to celebrate our own cities birthday. Maybe 400 year is a small age for a city. But it is our OWN CITY!.
You cannot see many variations like Dhaka. I do not want to consider other Cities social values and norms, but you will never find a city like Dhaka in Sub-continent or even in Asia. It is only mixed cultural economical city of the Asia. May be I love my city so much, that is why I am telling my statements like this, but consider some major cities of subcontinent Like Delhi, It is full of Mughal monuments and Mughal times structures, If you are talking about Kolkata, you found it is like the mostly the ancient city full of old Indian values with a British Emperor Touch in it, Consider Islamabad which is the Capital of Pakistan, That is also popular for Modern Islamic architects and a mixed of British culture.
I am not good at History, so my statements may be wrong, I visited some of the cities of the Indian Subcontinent and dont found so much variations like Dhaka, It is a Mixture of Old and the New Values, Consider the Old Dhaka, There you can enjoy the ancient dishes of old Dhaka, enjoy the monuments made by the British and Mughal Emperors, Now take a look at the new modified Dhaka, where we have one of the biggest shopping Mall in South Asia, full of New Architectural buildings and new fusion foods with the western influences. You can have a typical Indian dish in a very cheap rate as well as the all worlds expensive dishes in various areas of Dhaka city, The history is in the every part of the Old Dhaka, as well as the new history is also being writing in the New Dhaka. It is a deviation you will never get in any other city of the world.
Dhaka is Popular for Rickshaw, the modified version of Japanese vehicle you’ll never enjoy rather than Dhaka, You want to feel like a mughal emperor? Then enjoy the horse cart ride in Old Dhaka. There are so many things to re-discover you’ll never know if you do not visit Dhaka.
So if you are deciding to pack your backpack to heading towards somewhere, re-think and have a visit the Dhaka,
And for the citizens of Dhaka, re-think about your own city rather than visiting the floating markets of Thailand and the visit in Bali Island, Know your City First, You will never Regret Seriously!
DHAKA is FULL of MAGIC Come DISCOVER! ! ! !
Let us celebrate our very own cities Birth
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