Old Dhaka is a place where time seems to stand still. Despite being located in the bustling capital city of Bangladesh, this historic district is a world apart, offering a unique and authentic experience that is steeped in tradition and culture.
As you make your way through the narrow lanes of Old Dhaka, you’ll be transported back in time to a world of hustle and bustle. The streets are congested with old buildings and packed with the liveliness of a deeply connected community. Here, the pace of life is slow and deliberate, and the people are always on the go, conducting their everyday business in small, family-run shops.
Religious and cultural activities are the lifeblood of Old Dhaka, and its streets are never empty. Whether it’s a religious festival or a community event, there is always something happening in this vibrant corner of the city. And during these special times, it’s fascinating to observe how private and public spaces merge, and how the whole community comes together, despite their differences.
The journey through Old Dhaka is both a sensory and spiritual experience. The narrow lanes are filled with the sounds of street vendors and the smell of spices, while the bustling bazaars are a feast for the eyes, offering an array of colorful textiles and intricate handcrafted goods. In this world, life is not just about the hustle and bustle of everyday business, but also about the connections between people and the preservation of traditions and cultural practices.
Despite the challenges of modernity and the complexity of life, the people of Old Dhaka have rejected the mechanization of life in favor of staying true to their roots. They’ve embraced the essence of tradition, preserving the same sensory and spiritual experience that was found in old novels, and inviting travelers to join them on their journey.
2009 – 2011