I walked for several hours around Hindu Street/Shankhari Bazaar, one of the oldest areas in Old Dhaka (Puran Dhaka). It was interesting to visually recognize the difference between the Hindu and the Muslum cultures. There were plenty of small workshops, with craftsmen inside working on Hindu statues in various sizes. This area is the heart of the Hindu culture in the center of the Muslim Dhaka. I couldn’t help noticing how remarkably dirty around was. It is known that people living here in the past were exceptionally unclean and the whole area extremely unhygienic hence the many incurable diseases, which were frequent and deadly at that time.
Hindu Street/Shankhari Bazaar is lined with thin slices of richly decorated brick buildings, made during the late Mughal or Colonial period. Despite rampant modifications, accretion, extension over time, even redevelopment, many still bear the testimony of a rich tradition.
The area has the largest concentration of the Hindus in Dhaka, a place belonging to the Hindu people. All along Hindu Street, small alleyways and stairways lead to courtyards and living spaces behind and above the shops.
The Shakhari people were basically vegetarian and used to follow God Vishnu and Krishna. The Shakhari men were very protective of their women and also very religious.
Shankhari Bazar is located near the intersection of Islampur Road and Nawabpur Road, a block north of the Buriganga River.
We usually have one or two small groups (max 7/8 participants) per year traveling to Bangladesh, including to this place. If you are interested in joining a group setting out from Europe, please drop a line. We will provide more information, like dates, a program, and other details.
Bangladesh has a tropical-subtropical climate. Avoid the worst of monsoon season by traveling between late November and early March, when temperatures are pleasantly warm and the thunderstorms are swapped for sunshine.
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is the largest and most prominent international airport in Bangladesh. It is located in Kurmitola 17 kilometers from the city center, in the northern part of the capital city Dhaka.
This place would be part of an itinerary/program in Bangladesh. Travel in Bangladesh could be combined with India, but I’d advise using all your time for the country itself. Bangladesh itself is a fascinating place!
Bangladesh has introduced Visa On Arrival service, but you’d need to check whether it is available for your country of residence.
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