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Dhaka - Saderghat & Buriganga River

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Ferrymen (sampan walas) ply across the Buriganga River in a timeless scene a far cry from the romance of Venetian goldoliers
Ferrymen (sampan walas) ply across the Buriganga River in a timeless scene a far cry from the romance of Venetian goldoliers
The Burigana, like most rivers in Bangladesh, is a branch of the mighty Ganges
The Burigana, like most rivers in Bangladesh, is a branch of the mighty Ganges
Sampans, the gondolas of Dhaka, Bangladesh - in front of the Pink Palace in Old Dhaka
Sampans, the gondolas of Dhaka, Bangladesh - in front of the Pink Palace in Old Dhaka
Men digging through the mud on the banks of the Buriganga River, Old Dhaka
Men digging through the mud on the banks of the Buriganga River, Old Dhaka
Is there a better name of these boats than sampan?
Is there a better name of these boats than "sampan"?
Small wooden sampans lined up waiting to ferry passengers across the Buriganga, Old Dkaha
Small wooden sampans lined up waiting to ferry passengers across the Buriganga, Old Dkaha
In Dubai, we'd call this the Abra Station
In Dubai, we'd call this the Abra Station
Large Bangladeshi river ferries...the type that make the news all-to-often when they wreck and kill hundreds...
Large Bangladeshi river ferries...the type that make the news all-to-often when they wreck and kill hundreds...
Future shipwrecks along the riverfront of Dhaka
Future shipwrecks along the riverfront of Dhaka
An old houseboat with what look like squatters shacks built on top of it
An old houseboat with what look like squatters shacks built on top of it
Young Hindu boy (guessing by the spot) by Sader Ghat
Young Hindu boy (guessing by the spot) by Sader Ghat
Working the river makes you fit
Working the river makes you fit
Bangladeshis hanging out at Sadar Ghat, Dhaka
Bangladeshis hanging out at Sadar Ghat, Dhaka
Even with the soap, I can't believe that filthy river water can clean anything
Even with the soap, I can't believe that filthy river water can clean anything
Bath time at Sadar Ghat, Dhaka
Bath time at Sadar Ghat, Dhaka
Barge filled with broken bricks pulled up on the riverbank
Barge filled with broken bricks pulled up on the riverbank
The cook on one of the big boats preparing a meal (with river water)
The cook on one of the big boats preparing a meal (with river water)
...and endless line of sampans ferrying across the Buriganga, Dhaka
...and endless line of sampans ferrying across the Buriganga, Dhaka
The oarsman uses a single long yuloh to row like a Venetian gondolier while facing forward, Dhaka
The oarsman uses a single long yuloh to row like a Venetian gondolier while facing forward, Dhaka
Sampan setting off from Old Dhaka
Sampan setting off from Old Dhaka
A pair of finely dressed women crossing the river
A pair of finely dressed women crossing the river
We wanted to find a boat leaving soon to go up or down the river for an hour or so
We wanted to find a boat leaving soon to go up or down the river for an hour or so
Dirty boy sleeping right in the middle of the gangplank
Dirty boy sleeping right in the middle of the gangplank
Sampans pulled up along the riverbank, Old Dhaka
Sampans pulled up along the riverbank, Old Dhaka
Sampans pulled up along the riverbank, Old Dhaka
Sampans pulled up along the riverbank, Old Dhaka
Sampans pulled up along the riverbank, Old Dhaka
Sampans pulled up along the riverbank, Old Dhaka
There's definitely a different dress code in Muslim Bangladesh than in Muslim Arabia
There's definitely a different dress code in Muslim Bangladesh than in Muslim Arabia
It's way to hot for that hat...
It's way to hot for that hat...
Market along the river, Old Dhaka
Market along the river, Old Dhaka
Hundreds of sampans and other little wooden boats plying the Buriganga River in the center of Dhaka
Hundreds of sampans and other little wooden boats plying the Buriganga River in the center of Dhaka
Bangladesh Inland Water Ways (Passenger Carriers) Association
Bangladesh Inland Water Ways (Passenger Carriers) Association
Naked boys along the river, Sader Ghat, Dhaka
Naked boys along the river, Sader Ghat, Dhaka
A boatload of ferry passengers waiting to depart...but no one knows when
A boatload of ferry passengers waiting to depart...but no one knows when
Bathing along the river, Sadar Ghat, Dhaka
Bathing along the river, Sadar Ghat, Dhaka
The big ferry Terminal at Sadar Ghat, Dhaka
The big ferry Terminal at Sadar Ghat, Dhaka
Supposedly these big boats can only operated at certain times of year when the river is high
Supposedly these big boats can only operated at certain times of year when the river is high
Big river boats at the Sadar Ghat Ferry Terminal, Dhaka
Big river boats at the Sadar Ghat Ferry Terminal, Dhaka
A fully loaded cargo boat carrying giant bundles of things I've seen lugged all over Dhaka by rickshaw and handcart
A fully loaded cargo boat carrying giant bundles of things I've seen lugged all over Dhaka by rickshaw and handcart
A friendly wave to the only tourist in town
A friendly wave to the only tourist in town
Large Bangladeshi river ferry, Sandar Ghat, Dhaka
Large Bangladeshi river ferry, Sandar Ghat, Dhaka
Pots of something on the quay at Sadar Ghat
Pots of something on the quay at Sadar Ghat
Sampan setting across the river off with five passengers while the other wallahs wait patiently
Sampan setting across the river off with five passengers while the other wallahs wait patiently
Rustic scene of life along the banks of the Buriganga River, Dhaka
Rustic scene of life along the banks of the Buriganga River, Dhaka
...but what about when it rains?
...but what about when it rains?
Dhaka sampan wallah...a fan of the St. Louis Rams, Bangladesh
Dhaka sampan wallah...a fan of the St. Louis Rams, Bangladesh
We finally found a medium-sized ferry heading downstream and we hoped aboard for a river cruise
We finally found a medium-sized ferry heading downstream and we hoped aboard for a "river cruise"
Some of the cargo on our boat - a giant bale of what looks like banana leaves
Some of the cargo on our boat - a giant bale of what looks like banana leaves
The boat-boy
The boat-boy
On the river...I can only picture what happens when the visibility drops...which is often in Dhaka
On the river...I can only picture what happens when the visibility drops...which is often in Dhaka
We're bigger so we have the right-of-way...
We're bigger so we have the right-of-way...
The ferry we ended up taking is about half the size of that one
The ferry we ended up taking is about half the size of that one
Medium sized freighter riding high
Medium sized freighter riding high
A small freighter riding low...very low
A small freighter riding low...very low
The left bank of the Buriganga River downstream from Sadar Ghat
The left bank of the Buriganga River downstream from Sadar Ghat
A riverside mosque in Dhaka-Sutrapur with the rotted remains of what were once very nice homes along the river
A riverside mosque in Dhaka-Sutrapur with the rotted remains of what were once very nice homes along the river
Link to the same scene in an historic photo from 1889
Link to the same scene in an historic photo from 1889
Life along the river, Dhaka
Life along the river, Dhaka
Along the river downstream from old Dhaka with what I believe is a textile factory
Along the river downstream from old Dhaka with what I believe is a textile factory
Bangladeshi men bathing along the ghat (the steps leading down to the river) Dhaka
Bangladeshi men bathing along the ghat (the steps leading down to the river) Dhaka
Laundry day along the Buriganga River, Dhaka-Faridabad
Laundry day along the Buriganga River, Dhaka-Faridabad
Textiles from the factory set out along the riverbank with the colors all nicely sorted
Textiles from the factory set out along the riverbank with the colors all nicely sorted
A small freighter fully loaded with gray sand surely praying the river stays smooth
A small freighter fully loaded with gray sand surely praying the river stays smooth
A boat fully laden with produced headed to market in Dhaka
A boat fully laden with produced headed to market in Dhaka
A respectable looking ferry of the Bengal Shipping Company - it's amazing what a coat of paint can do...
A respectable looking ferry of the Bengal Shipping Company - it's amazing what a coat of paint can do...
Ferry of the Bengal Shipping Company tied up riverside at Dhaka-Faridabad
Ferry of the Bengal Shipping Company tied up riverside at Dhaka-Faridabad
Riverside Dhaka-Faridabad, just prior to the Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge over the Buriganga
Riverside Dhaka-Faridabad, just prior to the Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge over the Buriganga
The Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge (1989) over the Buriganga, part of the Dhaka-Mawa Highway
The Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge (1989) over the Buriganga, part of the Dhaka-Mawa Highway
There are also Bangladesh-Burma, Bangladesh-Denmark, and Bangladesh-UK Friendship Bridges... but none for India or Pakistan...
There are also Bangladesh-Burma, Bangladesh-Denmark, and Bangladesh-UK Friendship Bridges... but none for India or Pakistan...
Medium-sized ferry headed to Dhaka
Medium-sized ferry headed to Dhaka
Mate fetching water...no wonder you want your tea piping hot
Mate fetching water...no wonder you want your tea "piping hot"
Auxiliary vessel of the Bangladeshi navy at the Shyampur dock just downstream of the Friendship Bridge on the left bank
Auxiliary vessel of the Bangladeshi navy at the Shyampur dock just downstream of the Friendship Bridge on the left bank
A small motorized dhow-type vessel, Bangladesh
A small motorized dhow-type vessel, Bangladesh
Large industrial buildings on R810 along the river in Dhaka-Shaympur
Large industrial buildings on R810 along the river in Dhaka-Shaympur
Minaret in Dhaka-Shyampur along the Buriganga River (N23 41.146/E090 26.012)
Minaret in Dhaka-Shyampur along the Buriganga River (N23 41.146/E090 26.012)
Another overloaded sand freighter coming up river riding as low in the water as the USS Monitor
Another overloaded sand freighter coming up river riding as low in the water as the USS Monitor
BIWTA (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority) Floating Dock, Dhaka-Shaympur
BIWTA (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority) Floating Dock, Dhaka-Shaympur
A pile of rubble in front of a pretty minaret, Dhaka-Shaympur (N23 40.859/E090 26.362)
A pile of rubble in front of a pretty minaret, Dhaka-Shaympur (N23 40.859/E090 26.362)
River boat painted with scenes of Transport in Bangladesh (rail, water, road)
River boat painted with scenes of Transport in Bangladesh (rail, water, road)
Sailor manning the pumps of an overloaded sand freighter on the Buriganga River, Bangladesh
Sailor manning the pumps of an overloaded sand freighter on the Buriganga River, Bangladesh
Bangladeshi Coast Guard CGS Tanveer (P614) on the left, a former Chinese vessel of the Shanghai II class
Bangladeshi Coast Guard CGS Tanveer (P614) on the left, a former Chinese vessel of the Shanghai II class
Bangladesh Coast Guard CGS Rangamati P114 near Dhaka-built in Bangladesh
Bangladesh Coast Guard CGS Rangamati P114 near Dhaka-built in Bangladesh
That's about the size of the boat I hopped on
That's about the size of the boat I hopped on
An ugly industrial area downstream from Dhaka with another boat hauling dirt around Bangladesh
An ugly industrial area downstream from Dhaka with another boat hauling dirt around Bangladesh
M.V. Prince of Kalam-7 and M.V. Prince of Shamol,
M.V. Prince of Kalam-7 and M.V. Prince of Shamol,
M.T. Madinah, a small tanker anchored in the Buriganga River downstream from Dhaka
M.T. Madinah, a small tanker anchored in the Buriganga River downstream from Dhaka
A pair of black wooden freighters in front of a belching smokestack on the outskirts of Dhaka
A pair of black wooden freighters in front of a belching smokestack on the outskirts of Dhaka
River transport, Bangladesh
River transport, Bangladesh
Riverside factory outside Dhaka
Riverside factory outside Dhaka
An English-speaking student who chatted with us on board
An English-speaking student who chatted with us on board
Leaving our ship at Fatulla after a short 45 minute cruise down the Buriganga River from Sandar Ghat
Leaving our ship at Fatulla after a short 45 minute cruise down the Buriganga River from Sandar Ghat
...not the most scenic cruise I'd been on but interesting...
...not the most scenic cruise I'd been on but interesting...
A salute from the Captain
A salute from the Captain
Naked boys playing on a loaded sand freighter, Fatulla
Naked boys playing on a loaded sand freighter, Fatulla
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