Lalbagh Fort is an incomplete fort built in the 17th century of Mughal dynasty. Located before the Buringanga River, this fort building process had never been finished. The fort was first built by the king of Mughal, Muhammad Azam Shah. After Muhammad Azam was called away by his father, Shaista Khan continue to rule the kingdom. In one moment, the daughter of Shaista Khan passed away in this fort and after that the building process of Lalbagh Fort was not continued. There are plenty of things that you can do inside Lalbagh Fort.
A Historical Tour inside Lalbagh Fort
1. Tomb of Pari Bibi
The highlight of Lalbagh Fort is its story about Pari Bibi. Pari Bibi was the daughter of the Mughal's Subadar, Shaista Khan. One day she was found dead in Lalbagh Fort and her body was buried there. Nowadays, if you are visiting Lalbagh Fort, you can also see the the tomb of Pari Bibi. The tomb of Pari Bibi is located in the middle of the fort in between Diwani-i-Aam and The Mosque. The entire inner wall of Pari Bibi's tomb is covered with white marble. The tour inside the mausoleum will also bring you to one more small grave of her in the southeastern part of the building.
Since a long time ago, the fort is considered as a complex with three main buildings which are the Tomb of Pari Bibi, Diwani-i-Aam, and the Mosque. Diwani-i-Aam is a two story building that is believe as the main living place of the Subadar of Mughal as there has been studied that many Europeans were kept as custody there. The tour inside Diwani-i-Aam will also take you to a Hammamkhana (bathhouse) in the southern part of the building. After the recent excavations, the researcher also found a room below the Hammamkhana that was suspected as the place to heat the water in the Hammamkhana.
3. Lalbagh Fort Mosque
Lalbagh Fort Mosque was built in the time when Shaista Khan rule the kingdom. The mosque is located in the western part of Lalbagh Fort complex. The mosque's highlight is its three domes and the sheer pink color on its wall. The mosque is considered to be a small mosque inside a big complex. However, its existence is still the most important thing in the fort complex. The tour in the Lalbagh Fort Mosque will bring you into a very fascinating historical tour. If you are a muslim, one of the important things to do here is to pray inside the mosque.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to visit Lalbagh Fort, you can buy the ticket directly from the ticket booth there. The tickets are cost 20 TK for a local tourist, 100 TK for tourists come from the SAARC countries, and 200 TK fo other foreign tourists..
How To Get Around?
To get around Lalbagh Fort it is best to go by foot since you will be going around the complex and you might want to stop for a bit to take some pictures.
What Should I Wear?
If you are planning to visit Lalbagh Fort, there is no dress code that you need to follow. However, as Lalbagh Fort is located in Bangladesh where the citizens are mostly Muslim, it is best to wear something conservative or wear something that cover your arms and knees. It is also recommended to bring scarf for women just in case you need to cover your hair in some holy places.
Best Time to Visit
Lalbagh Fort has variety of opening times based on the season. On summer, the fort is open from 10 am to 1 pm and then close for thirty minutes, and it will open again in 1.30 pm to 6 pm. The previous schedule is applied on Tuesday to Saturday. On Monday, they are only open from 2.30 pm to 6 pm. On Friday, they extend the break for the Jummah prayer. During winter, their opening time is an hour earlier than the summer schedule. It is best to visit based on the time in the schedule. However, never plan to visit the fort on Sunday because the fort is close on that day.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it is very easy to go around Lalbagh Fort and you can also find signs in English there.
How To Get There?
Lalbagh Fort is located in the southern part of Dhaka city. It is recommended to go there by taxi or car. The tour to Lalbagh Fort from Dhaka will took around fifty minutes of driving via Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenues. If you are going to the fort from some nearby places, you can also ride a rickshaw. However, be careful with the prices that the driver offered to you.
Lalbagh Fort is located in Bangladesh where predominantly the citizens are Muslim. If you are planning to visit the fort, never go there after 4 pm on Ramadhan because the fort is only open until 4 pm in Ramadhan month. There is also a museum and cafe inside the complex. Make sure that you visit those places to find more about Mughal and taste the best Mughal's food there.