I strolled for several hours along and around Hindu Street, one of the oldest areas in Old Dhaka (Puran Dhaka). Most Hindu people, who remained in the city, live around Hindu street and the Shankari Bazaar, the Hindu community’s heart. It was appealing to me to observe resemblances and distinctions between the Hindu and the Muslum cultures.
There were plenty of small workshops, with artisans working on Hindu sculptures and figurines in various sizes.
The residents (Shakhari people) are vegetarian and follow God Vishnu and Krishna. The Shakhari men are very protective of their women and also very religious.
However, I couldn’t help noticing how dirty around was. In the past, people living here bothered little cleaning the place, and therefore incurable and deadly diseases were widespread throughout the city.
The situation does not seem to be better today. Although Dhaka is a filthy city, the Hindu street looks even more rundown. As if dirt and stink crawl from every corner.
Despite rampant modifications and the poverty, many uniquely decorated brick buildings from the late Mughal and Colonial eras still bear the rich Hindu tradition’s testimony.
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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 me a line. I will provide more information, like dates, a program, and other details.
Bangladesh has introduced Visa On Arrival service, but you’d need to check whether it is available for your country of residence.
You can also use the VisaHQ world service. They will provide full assistance in applying and obtaining the needed visa. Check directly the requirements for the Bangladeshi visa here.
Bangladesh has a tropical-subtropical climate. Avoid the worst 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 kilometres from the city centre, in the northern part of the capital city Dhaka.
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!
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