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Dhaka, Bangladesh, is called the City of Mosques, and its hundreds of mosques include a number that qualify as architectural and historical monuments. This bustling city is a great place to experience authentic South Asian culture. Begin your trip by using Orbitz.com to reserve cheap flights to Dhaka as well as low-cost hotel deals.
Your flight to Dhaka will land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, located 13 miles from central Dhaka. A taxi ride to the city costs about 400 taka, and you should use the prepaid taxi service booth in the arrivals hall to avoid overcharges. The Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation also operates official transfer services and hotel shuttles from the airport. Buses and rickshaws are available, but they stop a short distance from the airport rather than at the airport itself. A bus ticket costs 5 taka, and a rickshaw ride costs between 70 and 100 taka. Buses are not air-conditioned, and they do not operate frequently after 8:00 p.m.
The Baitull Mukaram-National Mosque, the Seven-Domed Mosque and the Star Mosque are among the city's most distinguished historical mosques. Other religious architectural monuments include the 11th-century Dhakeshwari Temple, which is a Hindu shrine, and the 18th-century Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection. Make sure to visit the Ahsan Manzil Palace, and take a relaxing stroll through the Baldha Gardens.
Dhaka is hot throughout the year, with highs of 79 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 54 to 57 degrees in December and January, which are the coldest months. High temperatures reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit in April, and in the rainy season from May to September, temperatures range from the high 80s to the low 90s. Rainfall during the rainy season is torrential, so be prepared with a strong umbrella if you visit Dhaka during this time of year. Rainfall is also heavy in April and October, and it is moderate during the rest of the year.
Dhaka offers a unique culture and plenty of local dishes to taste and local handicrafts to buy throughout the city. Save time and money by booking cheap flights to Dhaka and finding low-cost hotel deals on Orbitz.com.
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