Lalbagh Fort Museum

P99Q+GFQ, Main Rd, Dhaka 1205, Bangladesh
Museum Tourist attraction
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Lalbagh Fort Museum is a museum and tourist attraction located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The average rating of this place is 4.50 out of 5 stars based on 451 reviews. The street address of this place is P99Q+GFQ, Main Rd, Dhaka 1205, Bangladesh. It is about 2.24 kilometers away from Bashundhara City Shopping Complex. Lalbagh Fort Museum is closed on Sunday, and other days it is open from 09:00am to 05:00pm.

Lalbagh Fort Museum's timetable
Sunday Day off
Monday 01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
User Reviews

5 Sajidul Islam - 7 months ago

Nice and beautiful Historic place.
Visited there during Rainy Season.
It was Very calm and Aesthetic.

4 Aminul Islam - a month ago

The museum is temporarily closed. Maintenance work is in progress.

5 Mosharraf Hosen Arif - a year ago

The Mughal prince Muhammad Azam, third son of Aurangzeb started the work of the fort in 1678 during his vice-royalty in Bengal. He stayed in Bengal for 15 months. The fort remained incomplete when he was called away by his father Aurangzeb.
Shaista Khan was the new subahdar of Dhaka in that time, and he did not complete the fort. In 1684, the daughter of Shaista Khan named Iran Dukht Pari Bibi died there. After her death, he started to think the fort as unlucky, and left the structure incomplete.

Among the three major parts of Lalbagh Fort, one is the tomb of Bibi Pari.
After Shaista Khan left Dhaka, it lost its popularity. The main cause was that the capital was moved from Dhaka to Murshidabad. After the end of the royal Mughal period, the fort became abandoned. In 1844, the area acquired its name as Lalbagh replacing Aurangabad, and the fort became Lalbagh Fort.

For long the fort was considered to be a combination of three buildings (the mosque, the tomb of Bibi Pari and the Diwan-i-Aam), with two gateways and a portion of the partly damaged fortification wall. Recent excavations carried out by the Department of Archaeology of Bangladesh have revealed the existence of other structures.
The southern fortification wall has a huge bastion in the southwestern corner. On the north of the south fortification wall were the utility buildings, stable, administration block, and its western part accommodated a beautiful roof-garden with arrangements for fountains and a water reservoir. The residential part was located on the east of the west fortification wall, mainly to the southwest of the mosque.
The fortification wall on the south had five bastions at regular intervals two stories in height, and the western wall had two bastions; the biggest one is near the main southern gate. The bastions had a tunnel.
The central area of the fort is occupied by three buildings – the Diwan-i-Aam and the hammam on its east, the Mosque on the west and the Tomb of Pari Bibi in between the two – in one line, but not at an equal distance. A water channel with fountains at regular intervals connects the three buildings from east to west and north to south.[1]

Diwan-i-Aam



The governor's residence, Diwan-i-Aam

Diwan-i-Aam is a two storied residence of the Mughal governor of Bengal located on the east side of the complex.[3] A single storied hammam is attached on its west. The hammam portion has an underground room for boiling water. A long partition wall runs along the western facade of the hammam.[1]
The building is situated about 39 meters (136') to the west of the tank, running from north to south. The external measurements of the building are 32.47m x 8.18m (107' x 29').[4]
There are living quarters on each level of two stories and a main central hallway connecting them. There is a Hammamkhana (Bathhouse) in the southern part of the building which is one of the seventh Hammamkhana still existing in ruins in the heritage of Bangladesh.[4]

Recent excavations (1994–2009) show that there was a special room below the room of Hammamkhana, where archaeologists found the arrangements for heating water, supplying the hot water as well as cool water to the Hammamkhana through the terracotta pipes which was specially manufactured for such purpose. The discovery of black spots in the underground room proof that fire had been used for the purpose of heating the water for the Hammamkhana. There was also a toilet room by the side of Hammamkhana.[4]
All the building along with the arrangements of Hammamkhana clearly shows that it was very much in use by the Subadar of Bengal and that Subadar was Shaista Khan. From the report of the Governor of English Factory it was learned that Shaista Khan used to live in this room and some Europeans were kept in custody here.[5]

Tomb of Bibi Pari



The Tomb of Pari Bibi

The tomb of Bibi Pari, the daughter of Shaista Khan, is in the middle of the complex. There is a central square room. It contains the remains of Pori Bibi covered by a false octagonal dome and wrapped by brass plate.[1] The entire inner wal

5 Amir - 2 years ago

The construction work of Lalbagh Fort was started in 1678 by The Mughal prince Muhammad Azam, third son of Aurangzeb. He could not completed the construction work as he returned to his father Aurangazeb. The new subadar Saista Khan also did not seek any interest to complete the construction work if Lalbagh Fort. After the death of his daughter Pari Bibi Saista Khan left it uncompleted thinking the fort was unlucky for him. One of the tomb of the fort was named Pari Bibi after his daughter. After the end of Mughal period the fort remained uncompleted. Now the fort stands beside the river Buriganga in Dhaka city. It is a great historical place.

3 Jahirul islam - 6 months ago

Good place to visit less place to roam

5 s_m_sojib_ Ahmed - 5 years ago

Diwan-i-Aam is a two storied residence of the Mughal governor of Bengal located on the east site of the complex.A single storied hammam is attached on its west. The hammam portion has an underground room for boiling water. A long partition wall runs along the western facade of the hammam.

The building is situated about 39 meters (136') to the west of the tank, running from north to south. The external measurements of the building are 32.47m x 8.18m (107' x 29').

There are living quarters on each level of two stories and a main central hallway connecting them. There is a Hammamkhana (Bathhouse) in the southern part of the building which is one of the seventh Hammamkhana still existing in ruins in the heritage of Bangladesh.

Recent excavations (1994–2009) show that there was a special room below the room of Hammamkhana, where archaeologists found the arrangements for heating water, supplying the hot water as well as cool water to the Hammamkhana through the terracotta pipes which was specially manufactured for such purpose. The discovery of black spots in the underground room proof that fire had been used for the purpose of heating the water for the Hammamkhana. There was also a toilet room by the side of Hammamkhana.

All the building along with the arrangements of Hammamkhana clearly shows that it was very much in use by the Subadar of Bengal and that Subadar was Shaista Khan. From the report of the Governor of English Factory it was learned that Shaista Khan used to live in this room and some Europeans were kept in custody here

5 Tanvirul Tuhin - 7 months ago

Such a nice place ????

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