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InterContinental Dhaka

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InterContinental Dhaka
Sheraton Hotel.JPG
The hotel seen in 2006, original 1966 wing on the left
Former names Hotel Inter-Continental Dacca
Dhaka Sheraton
Ruposhi Bangla
General information
Status Under renovation
Type Hotel
Location 1 Minto Road, Ramna, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Opening 1966

The InterContinental Dhaka is a prominent luxury hotel in Ramna in central Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It was the first international five star hotel in the country and opened in 1966, as the Inter-Continental Dacca when the city, (then known as Dacca) was the capital of East Pakistan. Its architect was William B. Tabler.[1]

The hotel played host to many important political events in the run up to the independence of Bangladesh, including negotiations on the transfer of power after the 1970 elections. During the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, it was declared a neutral zone by the International Red Cross.[2] Many buildings in its surrounding neighborhoods were targeted by the Pakistani military, including newspaper offices and university halls.[3]

InterContinental Hotels continued to operate the hotel until 1983, when it was taken over by Sheraton, becoming the Sheraton Dhaka Hotel. In 2011, Sheraton announced that it would end its contract with the Bangladeshi government to manage the hotel, which was renamed the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.[4] In 2013, it was announced that ICHG would return to Dhaka and undertake a major renovation of the hotel, which is scheduled to reopen as the InterContinental Dhaka[5] in September 13 2018.[6] The vicinity of the hotel includes the Shahbag roundabout, the Suhrawardy Udyan, Ramna Park, the Dhaka Club, the University of Dhaka, BSMMU, BIRDEM Hospital, the Bangladesh National Museum and official state guest houses.

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An Old House Chowdhury Bari, D C Roy Road Chowdhury Bari, D C Roy Road Chowdhury Bari, D C Roy Road Chowdhury Bari, D C Roy Road Chowdhury Bari, D C Roy Road Binat Bibi Masque: built in 1454 by Bakht Binat It was during the rule of the Sultan of Bengal, Nasiruddin Mahmud Shah (r.1435–1459) located beside the Hayat Bepari's Bridge in Narinda, the earliest surviving masque, the masque name after the daughter of Marhamat Bara Katra: built between 1644 and 1646 CE to be the official residence of Mughal prince Shah Shuja, the second son of Emperor Shah Jahan. Bara Katra Bara Katra Chhoto Katra: Built during Mughal's regime.constructed in 1663 by Subahdar Shaista Khan. It is on Hakim Habibur Rahman lane on the bank of the Buriganga River Chhoto Katra Chhoto Katra Chhoto Katra The Temple of Joy Kali: located between Thathari Bazar & Wari This temple is about 400 years old, established in the Bengali year 1001 During the reign of the Nawabs, Dewan of Nawabs Tulsi Narayan Ghosh and Nabh Narayan Ghosh established this temple with the inspection of Bancharam Saint. The Temple of Joy Kali The Temple of Joy Kali Becharam Dewri Mazar & Masque Becharam Dewri Mazar & Masque Kartob Khan Masque located at Begom bazar The Christian Cemetery: is situated at Wari, It was developed mainly for the European traders & their families The Christian Cemetery: most members of the East India Company lie buried here The Christian Cemetery: Briefing session The Christian Cemetery The Christian Cemetery The Christian Cemetery : The tomb of Columbo Sahib, history says he was a servant of the east India company (Company ka Naukar’) & died in whose identity is not known. Inside, the tomb there are several tombstones embedded in the walls, one being Ezekiel Beck’s. Beck was born in Barbados, and died in 1791 when he “fell a sacrifice to power through the conduct of an Asiatic oppressor in the 37th year of his age.” The oldest grave belongs to Reverend Joseph Paget, minister of Calcutta, who died there in 1774 at the age of 26 The Christian Cemetery The Christian Cemetery The Christian Cemetery The Christian Cemetery Sakti Aushadhalaya House: built in 1901 built by Jogesh Chandra Ghosh (1887-1971) located at Swamibagh. Sakti Aushadhalaya House: Sakti Aushadhalaya House: Sakti Aushadhalaya House: A mansion & garden at K.M Das Lane, Tikatuli, near Baldha Garden built by Zamindar Hrikesh Das in the late 19th century The Rose Garden Palace The Rose Garden Palace in past times jalsas (parties) held at Baldha Garden were an important part of the social life of the city's wealthier Hindu residents. The Rose Garden Palace The Rose Garden Palace The Rose Garden Palace Baldha Garden: A botanical garden which spans 3.15 acres (1.27 ha) of land located at Wari built by Narendra Narayan Roy Chaudhury, landlord of the Estate of Baldah, in 1909. Baldha Garden Baldha Garden Baldha Garden Baldha Garden Baldha Garden Baldha Garden Modba Moth Narinda: located at Narinda, Dhaka, built in 19th Century. Modba Moth Narinda Modba Moth Narinda Modba Moth Narinda An Old House built in 1821 near Shankhanidhi Dance House/Lodge Shankhanidhi Dance House/Lodge: located in Tipu Sultan Road, Dhaka built in 19th Century by the “Saho Banik” family. Shankhanidhi Dance House/Lodge Shankhanidhi Dance House/Lodge Begum Bazar Imambara: A house or an assembly hall at Farashganj in the premises of Bibi ka Rowza, built by Amir Khan in 1600 AD. RM Doshanji later renovated in 1861. Begum Bazar Imambara Begum Bazar Imambara Begum Bazar Imambara Star (Tara) Masque: Located in Armanitola Star (Tara) Masque Ornate designs & is decorated with motifs of blue stars. It was built in the first half of the 19th century by Mirza Golam Pir. Star (Tara) Masque Star (Tara) Masque Star (Tara) Masque Qaswabtuli Masque: located at Kosaituli Qaswabtuli Masque The inscriptions on the Masque express the name as "Qaswabtuli Jam-e Masjid (Hijri 1338) Most ornate was built by Qamaruddin Sardar, decorated by ‘Chini-tikri’ ie small chips of coloured Chinaware-plate, jar and cup etc. Ramakishna Math & Mission Founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1916 and the Math was founded by Swami Brakkhanananda Ramakishna Math & Mission Ramakishna Math & Mission Ramakishna Math & Mission Ramakishna Math & Mission ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Conciousness) The place of Saint Swami Tripuralinga after whom the name of Basu Bazar was transformed into Swamibagh built in 19th Century. Armanitola Govt. High School: Established in 1904 by the British government was an experimental school of the only Teachers Training College of East Bengal. An Old Desk with a hole as Ink reservoir of the nib pen Armanitola Govt. High School Pogose School: the first private school of the country by JG Nicholas Pogose, located at Chittaranjan Avenue. The school was managed as a proprietary institution in 1871. Pogose School Grave of JG Nicholas Pogose founder principal of Pogose Schoo Tasty "Bakharkhani": is almost biscuit-like in texture, with a hard crust The main ingredients are flour, semolina, sugar, molasses soaked in saffron, poppy ornigella seeds, salt & ghee. A Juice Bar Elephant at Old Dhaka This is only few part of the Heritage sites of Dhaka, there are hundreds of heritage sites remain elsewhere in Dhaka & most are in Old part. Some other Heritage sites in Dhaka: 1. Lalbagh Fort: is a Mughal Palace fortress at Dhaka on the Buriganga River in the south western part of the old city of Dhaka. Prince Muhammad Azam, son of Emperor Aurangzeb, began the construction while he was serving as the Viceroy of Bengal. Built in 17th Century dated 1678. Main attractions are - Tomb of Pari Bibi, Lalbagh masque, Audience hall and Hammam Khana (bathing place) of Nawab Shaista Khan, Gate way of the South East corner & Khan Mohammad Mridha's Masque. 2. The Hussaini Dalan : built during the later half of the Mughalrule (17th century) in Dhaka. It was built as the Imambara or house of the imam (religious leader). 3. Sat Gumbad Masque: is an old mosque in Mughal style. Located at Mohammadpur in Dhaka District. One of the archaeological site. - Tomb of Nawab Nusrat Jang - Tomb of Nawab Shamsud Daulah - Tomb of Nawab Quamarul Daulah - Tomb of Nawab Gaziuddin Haider 3. Nawab Bari (Ahsan Manzil): was the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family. This magnificent building is situated at Kumartoli along the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The construction of this palace was started in 1859 and was completed in 1872. 4.Tomb of Bibi Champa: Inside the Choto Katra there lies the Tomb of Champa Bibi (1663) 5. Nimtali Deury: or the Nimtoli palace gate is one of the most important Mughal historical buildings used by the Nawab-e-Nazim of Dhaka. Built in 1765-66. 6. Old Eidgah at Dhanmondi: or Mughal Eidgah built in 1640 CE, a 368-year-old structure, located at Dhanmondi. 7. Zamindar Bari at Sutrapur 8. Radha Krishna Temple 9. Ancient Portion of Beraid Bhuyanpara Jame Masque 10. Buruj of Raja Harish Chandra 11. North Brook Hall : or Lalkuthi was built (1879-1880) as a town hall during the British period. Situated at Farashgonj road in Old Dhaka. 12. Ruplal House: The late Renaissance European architecture introduced during the colonial period. Rooplal House was built by Armenian Jamindar Aratun in 1825. It was bought by Rooplal Das and his brother Roghunath Das in 1835. 13. Jamindar Bari at Sutrapur 14. Bhajahari Lodge: located on Tipu Sultan Road, Dhaka. 15. Rajashan Mound 16. Temple of Khelaram Data 178. Paugla Pool: built in 17th Century. Objective of the "Save the Heritages of Bangladesh" (A Facebook based Group) Architecture that enriches experience, strengthens cultural diversity, innovation and space, is to be conserved for stewardship and scholarship as a symbol of cultural identity and continuity. As a means of preserving heritage, it is significant to a society that values its roots, & wants to learn about its achievements at a point in history. Bangladesh, heir to rich architecture spanning over two millennia, possesses many settlements and buildings of cultural significance that are to be held in trust for the future generation catering for the emotional insecurity perpetuated by rapid changes. This entails a high degree of moral commitment and positive optimism in humanity and its future. While many nations are active in preserving built heritage, historic towns and cultural landscapes, institutional and socio-economic conditions have inhibited this in Bangladesh. Scrupulous forces of urbanisation and commercial interest have fostered an environment where the treasure and wisdom in traditional architecture is treated with disdain. Such lack of awareness has become the greatest threat to the survival of these treasure troves. This page aims to raise awareness among people from all strata of society about the rich architectural heritage of Bangladesh through various means. (Ref: Save the Heritages of Bangladesh) The End by Kaiser 2015


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  2. ^ H.D.S. Greenway. "The War Hotels: Bangladesh". GlobalPost.
  3. ^ Ahmed, Anis (3 October 2014). "Hotel InterContinental : Memories abound as Inter Continental returns to Bangladesh". The Daily Observer. Dhaka.
  4. ^ "InterContinental returning to Dhaka".
  5. ^ "Ruposhi Bangla ends operation". The Independent. Dhaka. 2 September 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Ruposhi Bangla set to reopen Sept 13 as InterContinental". The Daily Sun/. 30 August 2018.

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