An area in the north of Dhaka.

Though less highly regarded than neighbouring Gulshan with embassies and international clubs, Banani is nevertheless home for some of Dhaka’s richer residents. There are traditional markets on Kemal Ataturk Avenue and more modern shops on Road Eleven and elsewhere. There are also a number of hotels and guest houses.

The numbered road system doesn’t quite make sense and as in most other rich parts of Dhaka, poverty is on the doorstep. The large lake is usually polluted by sewage and nearby garment factories and has little opportunity to walk the shores but is the site of several plant sale enterprises.

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