Also known by the name of Aurangabad, the Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka is one of the best historical sites that you can explore if you have an affinity towards ancient history and past architecture. This can be best defined as 17th century Mughal Fort that is yet to be completed and is located right in front of the Buriganga River. The creation of this site took place 1678 AD by none other than Mughal Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb. After you’ve booked your flights from the USA to Dhaka, you can know a couple of facts about this site prior to making a visit.
The fort structures to explore:
It was for a long while that this fort was thought to be a blend of 3 buildings, which is the mosque, the Diwan-i-Aam and the tomb of Bibi Pari along with 2 gateways as a section of the dilapidated fortification as well. There have been excavations in the recent times that have been conducted by the Department of Archaeology of Bangladesh that has also discovered the presence of many other structures that can be counted as tourist interest.
There’s the southern fortification wall which is a vast bastion in the south-western corner! Also in the north of the south fortification wall, there used to be the stable, utility buildings, administration block and also the westerns section that has lodged a scenic roof-garden that also has a water reservoir and fountains. There is an also a residential part that was situated in the eastern part of the west fortification, that is mostly towards the southwest side of the mosque.
Simply put the ancient Diwan-i-Aam can be best described as a two-storied residence that was the abode of the Mughal governor of Bengal situated on the eastern side of this complex. There is a single storied hammam which is attached to the west. This hammam section comprises of an underground room that was kept for boiling water. There’s also a long dividing wall that runs alongside the west facade of this hammam. Furthermore, this building is located approximately 39 meters towards the west of this tank that runs from north to south. The external evaluations of this building are 32.47m x 8.18m (107′ x 29′).
In addition to that, there are living quarters on every level of these 2 stories along with a prominent central hallway that links them both. You will also come across a Hammamkhana (Bathhouse) on the building’s south that was considered to the seventh Hammamkhana and still has the ancient remnants and reflects the rich heritage of Bangladesh. In the recent excavations that took place between 1994 and 2009, reflect that there was a lavish room of Hammamkhana, a place where the expert archaeologists had come across a heating tower that used to supply hot and cold water to the bathing house through the terracotta pipes. There also has been the discovery of the black spots at an underground room which reflects that fire got used to the heat the water in this bathing house.
The Lalbagh Fort Mosque:
This is a mosque with 3 domes and catches the tourist’s attention. This is also considered to be an old mosque in Dhaka and reflects the history of the city in a huge way.
The Tomb of Pari Bibi:
This tomb is dedicated Bibi Pari, who was the daughter of Shaista Khan and is located in the middle of the fort. This tomb comprises of the remnants of Bibi Pari layered in an artificial octagonal dome that has further wrapped in a brass plate. The complete inner wall is also covered with white marble. You will come across 8 rooms that envelop the central room and there is a small grave towards the south-east side.
A water tank:
This is yet another site to observe! It’s a square shaped water tank that is located on the eastern side of the Diwan-i-Aam. Here you will find four corner stairs to get down from the tank.
One of the ancient sites to explore in Dhaka, the Lalbagh Fort is a visual delight! So all you need to do is get your cheap flights from the USA to Dhaka and get started with your travel plan.