Dahka is city and capital of Bangladesh. With a population over 13 million in its metropolitan area, it is the largest urban area. It is located in the geographic center of the country in the great deltaic region of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. Its name is said to refer to the dhak tree, once common in the area, or to Dhakeshwari (“The Hidden Goddess”), whose shrine is located in the western part of the city. Although Dhaka’s history can be traced to the 1st millennium ce, the city did not rise to prominence until the 17th century, when it served as the capital of the Muslim Mughal dynasty of Bengal province (1608–39 and 1660–1704).
Dhaka District shares borders with Gazipur and Tangail to the north, Munshiganj and Rajbari to the south, Narayanganj to the east and Manikganj to the west. The municipal area of Dhaka city is under the jurisdiction of the Dhaka City Corporation; for administrative purposes, the municipal area is divided into 90 wards. Dhaka is served by the port of Narayanganj, located 10 mi to the southeast. The city is within the monsoon climate zone.
Dhaka is the commercial heart of Bangladesh. Its industries include textiles (jute, muslin, cotton) and food processing, especially rice milling. A variety of other consumer goods are also manufactured here.
The best place to begin would be the Lalbagh Fort, at the edge of Old Dhaka. Another interesting sight to visit in the old Dhaka, is the Armenian Church, in Armanitola, built in 1791 by the Armenian colony on Holy Church Road. Along Islampur Road, you will find the Tara Masjid, the Star Mosque. National Museum has opened up in Shahbag, and has a rich collection from Bangladesh's history.
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