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The capital city is a bustling metropolis of old and new. For a historical preview, visit Lalbagh Fort (or Fort Aurangabad), an unfinished Mughal palace fortress on the river Buriganga in the old city. In the Shahbag area, there is the National Museum housing a large number of sculptures and paintings of the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim periods. Visit the Central Shahid Minar, symbol of Bangladesh Nationalism, built to commemorate the martyrs of the historic Language Movement of 1952. In striking contrast, check out the largest shopping mall in South Asia, Bashundhara City, to shop and catch a movie. For the real bargains though, take a rickshaw into one of many street markets. Browse the numerous bookshops in New Market, pick up some high quality, affordable china on Elephant Road and buy a souvenir at the Aarong stores at Gulshan,Moghbazar or Lalmatia, selling beautiful handicrafts.
There are numerous restaurants in Dhaka, including traditional Bengali, Thai, Chinese, Italian,Continental and fast food but be selective where you eat, as food bought from street vendors may cause an upset stomach.
Another significant attraction of Dhaka city, the National Parliament House. Local people use to call it “the second capital”. The number one attraction of Dhaka city. No one should miss it. Some other attractions are, Ahsan Manjil, Curjon Hall, Crescent lake, Baldha Garden, Baitul Mukarram Mosque, the seven Domed Mosque (17th century), Star Mosque (18th Century), Dhakeshwari Temple (11th Century), finally you should visit Dhaka Zoo to see the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. Another attraction is Sonargaon, the oldest capital of Bengal, its about 30 km from the city.
The best thing to buy from Dhaka is clothing and leather product. Good quality but cheap. These are the main export item of Bangladesh. If you are a food lover and you love spicy food then this is paradise city for you. Charcoal fried Shish kebab and other kebabs, “Biriany”, “singara”, “puri” and different kind of sweet water fish. You can find world’s most delicious fish, Hilsa (“ILISH”) in this city. One should try this fish before he dies. Another food attraction this city provides is hundreds of different types of sweets. There are few hundred or thousands of sweet shops in the city. If you can try some traditional cakes, that would be another food wonder! Yummy!The best shop for souvenir in Dhaka is Aarong store.