Dhaka Gate

University of Dhaka, Beside the landmark, Secretariate Rd, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Historical landmark Tourist attraction

Dhaka Gate is a historical landmark and tourist attraction located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The average rating of this place is 4.40 out of 5 stars based on 326 reviews. The street address of this place is University of Dhaka, Beside the landmark, Secretariate Rd, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. It is about 1.69 kilometers away from Bashundhara City Shopping Complex. Dhaka Gate is open seven days a week 24 hours a day.

Dhaka Gate's timetable
Monday 24hr open
Tuesday 24hr open
Wednesday 24hr open
Thursday 24hr open
Friday 24hr open
Saturday 24hr open
Sunday 24hr open
User Reviews

5 Ramim Hasan - a month ago

Dhaka Gate also known as Mir Jumla's Gate or Ramna Gate is a monument believed to be built by Mir Jumla II and enlisted as one of the oldest Mughal architectures in Dhaka. This gate is considered as one of the integral parts of the history of Dhaka.
According to the popular belief during the reign of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Dhaka was getting bigger. Mir Jumla constructed the gate as the north entrance of Dhaka ascertaining the northern border of Dhaka with it.
Islam Khan was appointed as the Subahdar of Bengal by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1606 AD. Islam led a successful campaign against the Baro Bhuiyans and shifted the capital of Bengal to Dhaka and gave it the name Jahangirnagar in 1610 AD. Dhaka emerged as the twelfth largest city of the world in 17th century.

Dhaka gate was among the structures erected by Mir Jumla II in Dhaka according to some popular belief. It was built in Suhrawardy Udyan area which was known as the Bagh-e-Badshahi or the royal garden that time. Bagh-e-Badshahi was a large garden area built by Mughals.

After the reestablishment of Dhaka as the capital of Bengal in 1660 AD, the land area of the new city expanded rapidly. The city was expanded during the period of Mir Jumla II, stretching up to Jafarabad in the west, Postagola in the east and Tongi Bridge in the north.

A residential area was established around the gate that time. It was known as Shujatpur and Chishtia. During those days, Dhaka was frequently attacked by Magh and Portuguese pirates. It is generally believed that the gate was apparently a border of Dhaka and was built to counter the pirates.

On the other hand, many express their doubt whether the gate was actually built by Mughals or not. Renowned archaeologist Ahmad Hasan Dani examined the gate and opined that the gate we see now was built in European manner and does not match the Mughal architecture. According to Professor Dani the gate was erected in 1820s, probably on 1825 AD by Charles Dawes.

Professor Ayesha Begum of the University of Dhaka remarked that the original gate built by Mir Jumla II was probably severely damaged and magistrate Charles Dawes who was renovating the Ramna rebuilt the gate as Ramna Gate.

This gate was partly demolished when the British rulers started to build various buildings adjacent to the Suhrawardy Udyan area from 1905. The current one was erected by Lieutenant General Muhammad Azam Khan, a Martial Law Governor of East Pakistan, which too may have been relocated to its present position while widening the road.

5 Ahamed Sakib Antor - 5 months ago

Once upon a time, it used to mark the terminus of the largest city of undivided Bengal; currently it lies uncared for, surrounded by bushes, covered by posters, in a shadowy corner of Dhaka University campus. It is the Dhaka gate, popularly known as the gate of Mir Jumla, the Mughal governor of Bengal, renowned for securing Dhaka and its inhabitants from the raids of pirates and slave traders. From 17th to the beginning of the 19th century, this gate was the main entrance to Dhaka city which, at that time.

It is very hard to believe that such a significant heritage site of our city is being ruined at Dhaka University campus, the city's intellectual heart. Without any further delay, the government must take measures to preserve the structure, paying special attention to the possibility of irreparable damage during construction work around this heritage site.

Metro rail goes over this gate, which diminish the beauty of this heritage. Now it is just two pillar under metro rail.

5 Mashuk Arman - 2 months ago

An important landmark of Dhaka City. Now a days, bit shattered with Metro rail construction work, but the good news is, they have well preserved the gate. Appreciated.

3 Nandan Bhowmick - a month ago

The place had a glorious histroy, but now it's almost completely ruined! Hope the authorities renovate the structure soon.

5 Jahid Hasan - a year ago

This was the 'Dhaka Gate', now it is known as 'Old Dhaka Gate', which was built by Mir Jumla ii. There is a huge history of Dhaka Gate, but today I am going to point out something that is worth sharing. In the Mughal period, Dhaka gate was the capital of Bengal and also the entrance of Dhaka beside the Buriganga River. In particular, there was a garden called 'Bagh-e-Badshahi' beside Mir Jumla Gate. At the time of British colonial period, it became 'Rece Course' field. Afterwards, it was renamed as 'Suhrawardy Udyan' after the liberation war of 1971. Sadly, the Dhaka gate got ruined without any maintenance. Undeniably, this gate was the most important historical landmark in Dhaka city but none took care of it. Now the historic gate is being devastated by the Metro rail, nonetheless the authorities concerned do not pay any heed over this issue.

Most importantly, the gate symbolises the architectural existence of British. Even if the gate belonged to Mughal architecture, it was constructed in European manner. Magistrate Charles Dawes renovated the gate probably on 1825 AD and was marked as 'Ramna gate'. The second picture shown below was taken by an unknown photographer from the British library back in 1875.

To sum up, we wish the gate last long and hopefully every landmark will carry its own historic image clearly. Thanks a lot for reading my article and pardon me if any mistakes appeared.

5 Voyager Patrol - 4 months ago

It's an historical gate built by Mir Jumla now Known as Dhaka Gate. In 2022 Dhaka Metrorail route passes through this gate.

3 Noushin Sharmili Suzana - 4 months ago

Very much or traffic and crowded place. Student are roaming around and having food at the food stalls on the side of the road. The place is not clean. Now as the work for the metro rail is going on, nothing special lies here anymore.

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