Ava decided to spend today in the hotel, still feeling rough. I decided to go it alone and try and tick off some of the city's main sights while I could. After visiting the local Post Office for the second time (still closed, this time for "Krishna Festival"!?) I took a rickshaw to Lalbagh Fort. Right in the middle of the old city, it nevertheless was something of a haven of peace and quiet, with the various palace buildings surrounded by well-kept gardens and an absence of beggars! It reminded me a little of Walmer Castle and gardens, where Ava and I had our honeymoon a year ago.
I then walked for 2-3km down small roads and alleys, squeezing past rickshaw jams and puddles of mud. The sights, sounds and smells were overpowering at times. Down at the port, I found a small boat to take me out for half an hour, and savoured a little of the river life for which Bangladesh is famous. Then, a short walk to the Pink Palace (shut) and a long rickshaw journey back to my hotel. Overall, a tiring afternoon, and I think I got ripped off 3-4 times, but at least I felt like I'd seen Dhaka properly.
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