Teeming with history and prestige, the Mohammadpur area has held a place of significance in urban Dhaka since the middle of the last century. As the first planned residential area of Dhaka which was established in 1954, Mohammadpur has been, and continues to be, home to people from all walks of life. The area is meticulously planned, ensuring maximum comfort and convenience for its residents. As a result, it is one of the only areas in Dhaka city that is free from waterlogging that many other areas regularly experience. Mohammadpur’s roads are also named after significant figures and objects such as the Tajmahal Road, Humayun Road and Babar Road – providing an unparalleled charm to the area. To accompany as well as boost that charm, the area has a number of prestigious schools, colleges, healthcare facilities and historical places within its bounds. Thanks to all this, Mohammadpur continues to be a greatly-desired place, for both residents and businesses, in Dhaka.
The Mohammadpur area has been an ideal place to settle down for middle-income families as well as upper-middle-income families, which is why people are always on the lookout to buy apartments in Mohammadpur. As an area with much history, there are a number of generations of residents and homes found here. While many of the older buildings have been transformed into modern apartment buildings, the “old charm” is still present among the properties there. The communal bond among the residents of Mohammadpur is also quite strong as many of them, such as Mohammadia Housing Society, have banded together for the welfare of the community. Mohammadpur also has some gated communities for those seeking it. In recent decades, Mohammadpur has expanded to Bosila and a few other areas that have since become popular places for people looking for more affordable housing.
Properties in Mohammadpur
Mohammadpur has been a bustling community for ages but the rise of apartments gave a new life and look to the urban landscape of the area. The turn of the century saw the onset of several major residential apartment projects as people began to invest in apartment-style homes which resulted in the creation of one of the largest apartment blocks of Bangladesh, Japan Garden City. Baitul Aman Housing Society, Kaderabad Housing, Chad Miah Housing – all of them have tremendous housing options and are amazing destinations for apartments in Mohammadpur. The area has also seen a recent boom in commercial and residential-commercial properties. It has especially become popular among startups due to property availability, proximity to Dhanmondi, a great communication network, and comparatively affordable options. However, Mohammadpur still continues to be a predominantly residential location within the city. And to make finding real estate easier in Mohammadpur, Bproperty also has a marketplace in the area.
Mohammadpur residents enjoy a tremendous network of roads and transportation thanks to impeccable planning of infrastructure and a massive number of public and private vehicles. The Mohammadpur Bus Stop sees dozens of public buses come and go that travel to almost all corners of Dhaka as well as outside. There are also smaller vehicles and rickshaws that can quickly traverse the Mohammadpur area to reach the traveler’s intended destinations. The Tajmahal Road, in particular, sees a lot of traffic throughout the day as it serves as a major junction within the area. The historical Asad Gate, which has a bus stop, is also another hub for public transportation as well as a historical site. Inhabitants of Mohammadpur also have the Gabtoli Bus Terminal in close proximation for intercity travel.
Mohammadpur hosts some of the oldest and most prestigious schools and colleges in Dhaka. Parents concerned with their children’s education clamor to get them admitted into educational institutions such as Mohammadpur Government High School, Mohammadpur Government College, St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, and Dhaka Residential Model College. The area also has a number of Madrasa or religious schools and educational centers for special needs children. All of these institutions throughout the Mohammadpur area offer tremendous education and a great future for the children, not to mention a plethora of others located in nearby Dhanmondi that can be easily accessed.
Although mostly residential, Mohammadpur has a number of good to great healthcare facilities within the area. These facilities can handle general to specialized conditions as well as psychological conditions and fertility-related issues. Among the medical institutions, the Care Medical College & Hospital, Dhaka General & Orthopedic Hospital, and Trauma Center stand out for their top of the line healthcare services. The Al-Markazul Islami Hospital is also popular with the locals. The hospital is particularly popular for cleaning and preparing individuals after death according to the Islamic procession. Close proximity to Dhanmondi also allows for easy access to all the great hospitals and medical institutions in that area.
Even though the integral Sat Masjid Road is located in the Dhanmondi area, the famous Seven Domed Mosque (Sat Gombuj Masjid) itself can be found on the historic streets of Mohammadpur. Erected by Shaista Khan in the 17th century in the Mughal architectural style, the mosque hosts daily prayers even today. Along with mosques in the area, Mohammadpur also has a number of temples within its vicinity – not to mention several more in nearby locations. Mohammadpur can be a great place for pious residents as they won’t have to travel far to pray.
While the Seven-Domed Mosque is the oldest historical site in Mohammadpur, it is not the only such place in the area. One of the most important and unfortunate events during the birth of our nation occurred in Rayer Bazar of Mohammadpur where many of the brightest intellectuals were martyred. On the site of that horrific event now stands the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial (Badhya Bhumi Smriti Soudha) in remembrance. Within Mohammadpur is another historical place, the Geneva Camp, which is a remnant of our war for liberation. It is where Urdu-speaking Muslims or ‘Biharis’ have been living since the end of the war in 1971.
Lalmatia, Dhanmondi, Shyamoli and Adabor border the Mohammadpur area in the North and South with the Sher-E-Bangla Nagar on the East. All of them are major locations in Dhaka and have hundreds of offices and business centers as well as the National Parliament. The Mirpur and Farmgate areas are also close in proximity and can be easily reached in just half an hour. Furthermore, thanks to the Sadarghat-Gabtoli bypass road, residents of Mohammadpur can quickly travel both to Old Dhaka and out of Dhaka when necessary.
Food & Restaurants
“Mostakim’r Chaap”, “Boba’r Biriyani” and dozens of other kebab & biriyani places adorn the restaurant scene of Mohammadpur. These places attract hundreds of people every day from all over the city. Many of these famous places can be found within the Bihari Camp. However, there are also many other great eateries across Mohammadpur that serve all kinds of dishes, from traditional kebabs to intercontinental and oriental. The restaurant scene of Mohammadpur is thriving thanks to the variety and affordability of the food there. As a result, new places are always opening up in the area.
Even though there aren’t that many large-scale shopping destinations in the Mohammadpur area, the Tokyo Square shopping mall sits at the center of all major shopping needs. It is the crown jewel for brand outlets and shoppers in Mohammadpur. All sorts of required items can be found in this modern and tremendous mall, eliminating the need to leave the area for any purchase. For daily needs and groceries, the Mohammadpur Krishi Market is a favorite of all. Fresh produce and all sorts of meat are sold at the market throughout the day. But when it comes to small-scale shopping, Mohammadpur is unrivalled in its supply of stores and outlets.