With 15 million souls, 400,000 brightly decorated rickshaws and seven-hour long traffic jams, Dhaka is not for wallflowers. But those with a taste for adventure – and hot milky tea – may find it pushes all the right buttons.
Dhaka will host the ICC World Twenty20 international cricket championship in 2014.
First there is cricket. Dhaka is home to Bangladesh’s National Stadium. But the ball doesn’t stop there – cricket is played in alleyways, parks, rooftops and everywhere else deemed relatively safe. Then there is the Buriganga River, Bangladesh’s mighty, muddy Ganges if you like. It is the river that never sleeps – and the porters, passengers, mystics and boat owners that throng its banks will always make room for more, or at least invite you for a slow saunter upriver. Almost as colourful as the city’s defining rickshaws is the Ahsan Manzil, a grand palace rendered in a cotton candy hue and a great place to take a breather from Dhaka’s frenetic rhythm.