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History of Ahsan Manzil: History, Visiting Hours, and Entry Fees etc

 Ahsan Manzil & Lalbagh fort: The brief of rich history and culture of Bangladesh:

picture: Ahsan Manzil

Bangladesh has a very rich historical background .From the very beginning,The country has been ruled by some of the most powerful king from ancient times.These rulers have built the most beautiful palaces of Fantastic design which can compete with any modern
artichitectural wonders.Your tour to Bangladesh will remain incomplete if you don't visit these wonderful castles.The Ahsan Manzil and lalbagh Fort are two such places. Following the lead of a local tour guide,you can enjoy your visit to the fullest.

Picture: Ahasan Manjil - with foreign tourist
The reason behind putting these two places in the same passage is because of their location.They are located very close to each other in old Dhaka,On the bank of the river Buriganga (the ganges).Ahsan Manzil stands on kumortoli,Ahsanullah road while the lalbagh fort is located in a place named Lalbagh. Roads to these wonderful places are extremely narrow and congested.Motorized and non motorized vehicles move on the same road.You'll require the assistance of a tour guide to reach your destination safely.

Ahsan Manjil

Built in the year 1872,this pink palace has one of the most beautiful architectural designs you'll ever see. The huge complex will give you a clear idea about the lifestyle of the then rulers of Dhaka city.It was basically the residence of nawab Abdul Gani,who reformed the original garden house of Landlord Sheikh Enayet Ullah and named it after his son Khaza Ahsanullah. The whole castle has been rebuilt in the late 1980's to save it from calamity and has now been turned into a national museum.

The Ahsan Manzil truly describes the rich cultural superiority of Bangladesh. It has established itself as one of the best architectural monuments in the world. Every year a large number of tourists come to Dhaka to have a glance at this majestic palace. The beauty and hugeness of the castle charm most of its visitors. The dome shaped design of the structure depicts the one pictured in the “Arabian Nights”. The huge structure directly faces the river Ganges. If you sit on the front staircase, gentle breeze of the river will cool the soul of your heart.

The main castle is formed of two parts; the eastern side with the dome is known as “Rong Mahal” and the western building is known as the “Ondor Mahal”. The tour guide will show you around the large state room, drawing rooms, library, card rooms and two guest rooms of the eastern building. The gorgeous dining hall, the ball room and few other smaller rooms are located in the western side. The drawing room is decorated with beautiful artificial wooden ceiling. The fabulous darbar hall or assembly room catches the eyes of most of the tourists. In the store room you will find all the valuables that the Nawabs used.

The tour guide will show you the portraits of all the Nawabs hanging on the wall with description of their supremacy. The architectural design of the stairs is of the very highest quality. The railings of the stairs are decorated with vine leaves. The floors and walls of the verandas and rooms are made of marbles and the doors are placed within circular curve. The multicolored doors and wooden beams add to the beauty of the structure. The dome is so fashionably designed that the Eight sided shape looks like the blossom of a lotus.

The whole place is flooded with visitors on weekends. People come with their family and friends to enjoy the scenic beauty of the palace. You can also enjoy boat trips on the river Ganges at a very minimal cost. Although photography is prohibited inside the buildings, you can take pictures of the places surrounding the castle. Your tour guide will help you manage the whole trip and make your stay there a memorable one

                                                                      Ahsan manjil

Ticket Price:

Adult Bangladeshi visitors = 5 taka per person, unmarried Bangladeshi child visitors (below 12 years) = 2 taka per person, SAARC country-wide visitors = 5 per person per person, other foreign visitors
75 per person per month, no ticket is required for disabled people.
Schedule of opening of Ahsan Manzil
October to March weekly closed on Thursday
Friday afternoon from 3.00 pm to 7.00pm
Saturday - Wednesday 9.00am to 4.30pm
April to September weekly closed Thursday
Friday afternoon from 3.00 pm to 7.00pm
Saturday - Wednesdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm
Phone: 7391122, 7393866

Government holidays are closed
How to go?
Gulistan will come from anywhere in Dhaka and go to North South Road, if it goes a bit, Nayabazar junction will fall. From here you will be going to Babubazar. If you fall down on the left side of Babubazar Bridge then another curve will fall. Islampur went to the left side. The road to Ahsan Manzil will show only when someone comes here and asks.

Or you have to go to Old Dhaka's Sadarghat first. From there you can walk away or go to a rickshaw, Ahsan Manzil.

Where to eat?

There are hotels near the Ahsan Manjil .After reaching Ahsan Manjil you can sit that hotel.

                                                                        Bismillah hotel

                                                            Caption: Lalbagh fort

Lalbagh Fort

Lalbagh fort was established in 1678 by Prince Muhammad Azam, the then governor general of Bengal. He was the son of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The castle is also known as the “Fort of Aurangbad”. Later, Muhammad Azam was invited back by his father and the next Subadhar of Dhaka Shaista Khan did not continue the Construction work of the fort. After the death of his daughter, Shaista Khan thought that the place is hateful for him and left the structure incomplete.

Pari Bibi still rests peacefully in her tomb, which is located in one of the three main structures of the fort. There is a beautiful fountain and gardens surrounding her tomb. Some of the historians believe that, she was engaged to Prince Muhammad Azam at the time of her death. The Diwan-i-aam or the office room and the bath of Nawab Shaista Khan have now been turned into a museum.

The fort has many secret passages and chambers. The puzzle like palace will give you a very thrilling experience. Only local tour guides know where these passages will lead you to. These were mainly built to get away safely during the time of war if required. You’ll also find a beautiful mosque within the main complex. In the main castle, weapons, clothes and other valuables of the 17th century are kept safely.

Your tour guide will show you three main gateways to enter into the castle. The Ganges can be seen from the southern gate, Like Ahsan Manzil, the Lalbagh fort is also very popular among local and foreign tourists. The place remains open from Sunday to Friday. Old Dhaka is very famous for its foods and you’ll see a queue of restaurants in front of the Fort serving fast foods and delicious cuisines. The visitors here are mostly students of different universities.

These two enchanting castles will make you feel like; somehow you have travelled through time and reached the medieval ages like the ones you have read about in the story books. These are two of the principal tourist attractions of Dhaka city. For an informative and convenient visit, you are advised to contact a local guide before arriving.

                                                            Picture:Lalbagh kella

How to go

This Lalbagh Kella is located in the Older part of Dhaka. It is very easy to access. You can ask any rickshaw puller from Gulistan to drop you there.

Where to eat

Near of the lalbagh kella,you will find voter bari restaurent..After reaching the Lalbagh Kella you can sit there. If the party is tied, then the hotel will have to talk about cooking.

                                                        Picture: voter bari restaurant

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