Resting on the eastern bank of the Buriganga River, the sprawling city of Dhaka serves as the bustling capital of Bangladesh. Known as one of the largest and most populated cities in the world, this vibrant, colourful and restless city is home to a population of over 15 million. This fast-growing modern metropolis is the economic, political and cultural centre of Bangladesh. Dhaka is the heart of Bengali culture boasting a wide range of thriving restaurants serving up mouthwatering local cuisine, a bubbling art scene and numerous green spaces dotting the gloriously chaotic city blocks. Dhaka has its origins in the 17th century with many well-preserved mosques, temples, and palaces still intact. Visitors can explore the Old Town, which features architecture from the Mughal Empire and British Colonial era, or catch a lift in one of over 400 000 cycle-rickshaws, the highest number in any city in the world.