Tuesday 11th August 2015, Colombo: Dhaka is the economic hub and capital city of Bangladesh and is also fondly known as the rikshaw capital of the world. The plethora of colourful cycle rickshaws that adorn the city streets are the most popular form of transport in Dhaka, and are patronized by locals and visitors alike. Offering an exciting blend of culture, art and history as well as many religious and tourist attractions, Dhaka is a rapidly growing megacity in the region that serves as the ideal holiday destination for the whole family.
Mihin Lanka, in its effort to provide connectivity throughout the region, offers convenient direct flights from Colombo to Dhaka. The short three hour flight operates on a daily basis, and provides travellers with a comfortable and enjoyable journey to the exciting destination of Dhaka. The airline has been operational from 2007, and has grown in leaps and bounds, to become one of the most reputed travel brands in the region that is renowned for truly understanding and caring for its passengers. Mihin Lanka commenced flight operations to Dhaka in 2010, and due to demand, flight frequencies have increased over the years.
A great place to experience cultural and religious heritage: The people of Dhaka celebrate many festivals and cultural events that offer travellers a glimpse into the richness of traditional life. The Bengali New Year is celebrated in Bangladesh on April 14 and is known as ‘Pohela Baishkak’. The colourful festivities bring together people from all walks of life, to celebrate with loud and colourful parades. Usually on this day, everything is washed and cleaned; people bathe early in the morning and dress up in their best attire, before visiting family and friends. Bangladesh has a large Muslim community and religious occasions such as Eid-ul-Fitr, and Eid-ul-Azha, the month of Ramadan, Shab-e-Qadr, and Shab-e-Barat are widely commemorated. Hindus living in Bangladesh celebrate Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Janmastami, whilst Buddhists celebrate Buddho Purnima and Christians come together to celebrate Christmas.
The majority of the important religious sites in Bangladesh are related to Islam and visitors may want to include a visit to Baitul Mukarram, the national mosque of the country. Additionally, the 16th century Bagha Mosque located southeast of Rajshahi is considered to be of great historical, religious and cultural value, even being depicted on the 50 Taka currency note of Bangladesh. Located just west of the historic Lalbagh Fort, the Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque was completed in 1705 and is considered to be one of the cities most revered historical and architectural monuments, it is also a main centre for worship. The Dhakeshwari National Temple located in Dhaka is considered to be the most important place of worship for Hindus in Bangladesh. There are also several churches in Dhaka for the Christian community including the Archdiocese of Dhaka, Mary Queen of the Apostles and St. Christina.
A great destination for food and shopping: Dhaka is renowned for an array of delicious dishes that cater to a variety of tastes, preferences and budgets. Parts of Dhaka are overflowing with affordable Bangladeshi dining options; however you can also enjoy an array of cuisine in the ad Gulshan and Banani areas which offer visitors a range of Chinese, India, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek and Mexican dishes. Local sweets such as rasogollah and golap jam/pantuya/ledikeni are also a must-try and bite-sized soft milk curd balls drenched in syrup are also a popular treat. Dhaka also has some of the largest shopping malls in the region with Basundhara City and Jamuna Future Park being the most prominent ones. There are also numerous mid-size malls in every neighbourhood within the city. Visitors can also visit the street bazaars and local markets, to search for a variety of trinkets and goods at a discounted price. Bashundhara City on Pantha Path is one of the more modern shopping centres that ensure a hassle-free experience across 10 floors
A variety of attractions and historical highlights: There is no shortage of interesting things to do in Dhaka, with the city featuring an array of impressive attractions, monuments and parks. The 1857 Memorial was built to commemorate the martyrs of the first Liberation war during British rule and today stands as one of the city’s more prominent monuments, along with other historical buildings such as the Mausoleum of National Leaders, the National Poet's Graveyard and the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
The Dhaka Zoo is another popular attraction which is home to a colourful array of different species including the majestic and endangered Bengal Tiger as well as a variety of birds and mammals. For those seeking a window into the city’s artistic heritage, the Institute of Arts and Crafts houses a collection of folk-art, modern and paintings by numerous Bangladeshi artists. The Sadarghat River Front is located on the banks of the Buriganga River and visitors can catch a boat ride or river cruise to soak in their surroundings at leisure and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the vibrant capital of Bangladesh.
Consistently thriving to deliver the highest standards of service to its passengers, Mihin Lanka remains one of the most reputed airlines in the region. In 2015, Mihin Lanka was ranked by Skytrax as the third best low-cost airline in Central Asia and India. The Skytrax Awards programme established in 1999, surveys 18.9 million airline passengers in 110 countries and bases its rankings on product quality and staff service standards. Mihin Lanka together with its code share partner Sri Lankan Airlines play a crucial role in supporting regional connectivity, and recently enhanced its offering by introducing its new Business Class service. Mihin Lanka services corporate, business, pilgrim, and leisure travellers, by providing convenient direct flights to key destinations across the Indian Subcontinent, Asia and the Middle East. These destinations include Dhaka in Bangladesh, Jakarta and Medan in Indonesia as well as Madurai, Kolkata, Gaya and Varanasi in India. The airline also flies to Sharjah and Bahrain in the Middle East, as well as Lahore in Pakistan and the Seychelles. For more information visit mihinlanka.com.