Buriganga River

Type: River
Contributed By: Nayeem
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Brief

The Buriganga River (বুড়িগঙ্গা), previously known as “Old Ganges”, flows past the southwest outskirts of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh. Its average depth is 7.6 meters (25 ft.) and its maximum depth is 18 meters (58 ft.). In the distant past, a course of the Ganges River used to reach the Bay of Bengal through the Dhaleswari River.

When this course gradually shifted and ultimately lost its link with the main channel of the Ganges it was renamed the Buriganga. It is said that the water levels during high and very high tides in this river astonished the Mughals. In the 20th century the water table and river became polluted by polythene and other hazardous substances from demolished buildings near the river banks.

Photograph of Dacca (Dhaka) taken in the 1880s, from an album ‘Architectural Views of Dacca’, containing 13 prints by Johnston and Hoffman. View looking along the river Buriganga towards the city of Dhaka situated on the left bank. A Hindu temple tower stands at the water’s edge.

How to go

You can take local buses to go Gabtoli or Aminbazar to have a boat tour at river Buriganga.

How To Reach: Dhaka District

Most popular transport system in Dhaka city is Rickshaw. You can find available buses (Local or direct service) in coming inside or move outside Dhaka city. There are other transport systems like Trains, Rivers and Air.

Where to Stay

There are more than 71 quality hotel in Dhaka. Some are listed below…

1. Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka
107 , Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tel: +880 2 811 1005
Website : Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka

2. Ruposhi Bangla Hotel
1 Minto Road, Shahbagh, Dhaka,
Bangladesh.
Phone : 88-02-8330001
Fax : 88-02-8312975
Email : [email protected]
Website : Ruposhi Bangla Hotel

3. Radisson Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka
Airport Road, Dhaka Cantonment,
Dhaka 1206 Bangladesh.
Telephone: + 88 02 8754555
Fax: + 88 02 8754554 , + 88 02 8754504
Email : reservations.dhaka[at]radisson.com
Website : Radisson Water Garden Hotel
Dhaka Bangladesh

4. Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort
Airport Road, Nikunja 2
Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh.
Phone : +88-02-8913912, +880 2 8900250-9
Fax : +88-02-8911479
Email : [email protected]
Website : www.dhakaregency.com

5. Best Western La Vinci Hotel, Dhaka
54, Kawran Bazar,
Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh
Phone No : 880-2-9119352
Fax No : 880-2-9131218
E-mail : lavinci[at]bol-online.com ,
reservation[at]lavincihotel.com
Web : www.lavincihotel.com

Eating Facilities

Referred to where to eat in Dhaka city, click here

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  • Our capital city dhaka is situated by the bank of the river Buriganga. My previous experience about buriganga was really horrible. I first saw buriganga from the proximity of "Ahsan Manjil". The water was so black, and the smell was so pungent that I never thought I'll come to see the river once again.

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  • The Buriganga is economically very important to Dhaka. Launches and country boats provide 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 river was also the city's main source of drinking water.

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