Suhrawardy Udyan is located in Shahbag, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. This historic city park has been a silent witness to many important events. Formerly Suhrawardy Udyan was known as ‘Ramna Racecourse Maidan’. After 1947, this ground was sometimes called ‘Dhaka Racecourse’. Legal horse races were held here every Sunday. One of the most important events of the liberation war of Bangladesh was the historic speech of Bangabandhu on March 7, which was held here and on December 16, 1971, the Pakistan Army surrendered here. The Suhrawardy Udyan has also been a silent witness to various important events. Here on March 21, 1947, Muhammad Ali Jinnah declared Urdu to be the state language of Pakistan. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was given the title of Bangabandhu here in 1969. Shikha Chirantan was set up here in 1999 to commemorate all the historical events that have taken place in connection with the independence of Bangladesh and the Independence Tower was built next to it. A mural at 283 feet is the main attraction here. There are 6 entrances to Suhrawardy Udyan which are located next to all the important installations surrounding the Udyan. Such as- 1. Gate adjacent to Engineering Institute Children’s Park, II. Gate on the opposite side of the Institute of Fine Arts, 3. Gate adjacent to Shishu Park, 4. Gate adjacent to TSC, 5. Gate and 6 adjacent to Sri Sri Kali Anandamoyee Ashram. Opposite the Bangla Academy and the gate adjacent to the shrine of the three leaders.
How to go:
Suhrawardy Udyan is located in the heart of Dhaka, so you have to come to Dhaka University area from any part of Dhaka first and then you can go to Suhrawardy Udyan by rickshaw.
Where to stay:
There are several good quality hotels near Suhrawardy Udyan. These hotels have excellent arrangements for overnight stays. E.g.
1. Hotel Intercontinental Dhaka
Address: Mintu Road, Dhaka-1000
2. Hotel Ornet
Address: Vijayanagar Road, Dhaka-1000
3. Asia Hotels & Resorts
Address: Topkhana Road, Dhaka-1000
Where to eat:
There is no permanent food hotel or shop in Suhrawardy Udyan. However, you will find numerous floating shops where you can eat from these shops.
Advice to do that!
Avoid all sorts of embarrassing situations here as Suhrawardy Udyan is open to the public. It is forbidden to enter the Suhrawardy Udyan after ten o’clock at night, so leave the Udyan before that. Always beware of pickpockets and snatchers inside Suhrawardy Udyan.
Advice not to do those things!
Anti-social activities are completely prohibited in Suhrawardy Udyan. Don’t smoke. Do not throw dirt in the lake water. Do not tear the leaves and flowers of the tree.