Discovering Dhaka, the vibrant and bustling capital city of Bangladesh. In this travel blog, we’ll embark on an exciting adventure as we explore the city’s shipyard, a hidden gem that showcases the country’s rich maritime heritage. Get ready to sail along the Buriganga River and witness the skilled craftsmanship and bustling activity that takes place within the shipyard.
Day 1: Arriving in Dhaka As our plane touches down at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, we are greeted by the warm hospitality of Bangladesh. After checking into our accommodation in the heart of the city, we spend the day acclimating to the local culture, enjoying delicious Bengali cuisine, and preparing for our boat trip to the shipyard.
Day 2: Discovering Dakha Setting Sail on the Buriganga River Rising early, we make our way to the Sadarghat Launch Terminal, the bustling hub of river transportation in Dhaka. Here, we secure a traditional wooden boat, known as a “Shampan,” for our journey. As we glide along the Buriganga River, the panoramic view of Dhaka’s skyline unfolds before us. The river, teeming with boats of all shapes and sizes, creates a vibrant tapestry of colors and sounds.
Day 3 Discovering Dakha: Exploring the Shipyard Our boat finally arrives at the entrance of the shipyard, and we step ashore, eager to immerse ourselves in this fascinating world. The shipyard is a labyrinth of activity, where skilled workers toil away, constructing and repairing vessels. We witness the impressive craftsmanship as workers hammer, weld, and paint with precision and expertise. The sheer size of the ships being built leaves us in awe, and we marvel at the dedication and skill required for such a monumental task.
Day 4: Interacting with the Shipbuilders Today, we have the privilege of engaging with the shipbuilders themselves. We strike up conversations and learn about their experiences, their techniques, and their passion for their craft. They share stories of their ancestors who have passed down these skills through generations, preserving the legacy of shipbuilding in Dhaka. It’s an enriching experience that gives us a deeper appreciation for their artistry and the significance of this shipyard to the local community.
Day 5 Discovering Dakha Shipyard: Cultural Delights of Dhaka Having explored the shipyard to our heart’s content, we dedicate this day to immerse ourselves in Dhaka’s vibrant cultural scene. We visit the historic Lalbagh Fort, a 17th-century Mughal architectural masterpiece, and the nearby Ahsan Manzil, the stunning Pink Palace. We also wander through the bustling streets of Old Dhaka, sampling local street food and marveling at the grandeur of centuries-old mosques and temples.
Day 6: Farewell to Dhaka Our time in Dhaka comes to an end, but the memories we’ve made will last a lifetime. We bid farewell to this dynamic city, with its mix of modernity and rich heritage, knowing that we’ve witnessed something extraordinary at the shipyard. As our boat carries us back to the Sadarghat Launch Terminal, we can’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to have experienced Dhaka’s shipyard, an essential part of Bangladesh’s cultural fabric.
Visiting Dhaka’s shipyard by boat was an adventure like no other. We were captivated by the skill, dedication, and craftsmanship on display at the shipyard, and the experience left an indelible mark on our hearts. Dhaka, with its vibrant culture and warm people, provided the perfect backdrop for this exploration. As we leave this captivating city, we take with us not only the memories of the shipyard and thank you for free international people search for helping us make this possible!