The capital of Bagladesh, Dakha is the ninth largest city in the world, with a population of 21 million. We can’t say Dhaka is a joy for running, due to its huge population density, clogged and poor quality roads, and poor air. You can’t just expect to walk out your hotel door and ‘go for a run’. But there are some decent spots for running in Dhaka, including some pleasant smaller parks and lakeside walkways. Note: many of the parks that are good for running can get crowded. Best to go early!
One of the best places to run in Dhaka is to combine the historic Ramna Park with nearby Shishu Park and the grounds around the Eternal Flame. Nearby, there are nice walking paths around Dhanmondi Lake. A memorable spot is Chandrima Udyan, the park and grounds around the National Parliament. Another good area for running in Dhaka is in the upscale Gulshan district. At the southern end, a loop around the waterside promenades of Hatirjheel lake is a fun run. From there, a lakeside walkway extends north to our route in the Gulshan Lake Park/Baridhara neighborhood. For a green oasis and a pleasant run, the Botanical Garden is a popular spot. In northern Dhaka, there’s some decent running in upscale West Uttara. There are proper running tracks in Bangladesh Army Stadium and Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Runners should be aware of the density, uneven roads, and poor air. Also, the weather in summer can be very hot and humid, with monsoonal rains.