The Hindu Street/Shankari Bazaar in old (Puran) Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Hindu Street/Shankari Bazaar in old (Puran) Dhaka, Bangladesh

adventure travel & photography

Destinations: Pakistan ◦◦ India ◦◦Turkey ◦◦ Egypt ◦◦ Bulgaria ◦◦ Mongolia ◦◦ Bangladesh ◦◦ Jordan ◦◦ Russia ◦◦ Turkmenistan ◦◦ Iran ◦◦ Kazakhstan ◦◦ Japan ◦◦ Hong Kong ◦◦ Greece ◦◦ Ukraine

Type: Photo stories ◦◦ Places ◦◦ Documentary ◦◦ Black and White ◦◦ Fine Art Prints ◦◦ Seascapes ◦◦ Urban

The story

I walked around Hindu Street/Shankhari Bazaar, one of the oldest areas in Old Dhaka (Puran Dhaka), for several hours. It was interesting to visually recognise the difference between the Hindu and the Muslim cultures. There were many small workshops in the area, filled with artisans working on Hindu statues of varying sizes. This area is at the heart of Hindu culture in Muslim Dhaka. I couldn't help noticing how filthy the place was. It is known that people living here in the past were notoriously unclean and the whole area extremely unhygienic. Therefore, there were many fatal and incurable diseases at that time.


A narrow strip of brick buildings dating back to the late Mughal or Colonial period line Hindu Street. Despite rampant alterations, accretion, extension, or even redevelopment over time, many still bear testimony to a rich tradition.

The Shakari people were vegetarian and used to follow God Vishnu and Krishna. The Shakhari men were very protective of their women and also very religious. This is a great place to stroll and learn more about Dhaka's Hindu culture.

A photo gallery

The Hindu Street/Shankari Bazaar

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Tours and expeditions

My program and itinerary in Bangladesh resulted from my month-long trip around the country. I have selected some of the most exciting places that will reveal to you the authentic beauty of this country. Bangladesh has almost no landmarks or monuments of global or even local scale. However, the whole country is one significant landmark. People travel to Bangladesh for the authenticity that still exists in most parts of the country. My tour in Bangladesh for a small group of 7/8 people