Old Dhaka

Old Dhaka is a term used to refer to the historic old city of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It is located on the banks of the Buriganga River (Old Ganges River). The Buriganga is economically very important to Dhaka. The Port of Dhaka is a major river port on the Buriganga River in Dhaka. Launches and country boats provide a connection to other parts of Bangladesh, a largely riverine country. When the Mughals made Dhaka their capital in 1610, the banks of the Buriganga were already a prime location for trade. The bustling old city (Dhaka) was known as the Venice of the East.

It was used for exports of cotton muslin, silk, jute, rice, and other goods. During British rule, the riverfront hosted the offices of the Magistrate and Collector; and became the center of the colonial city. The Port of Dhaka is located in the southern part of the city. It is Bangladesh's busiest port in terms of passenger traffic. The port has services to most of the districts of Bangladesh. The river was also the city's main source of drinking water. These photos were taken at Sadarghat - Gabtoli Rd, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24/08/2019

Story & images by Soumyabrata Roy
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