At the edge of the Buriganga River lies Ahsan Manzil, or The Pink Palace, one of Dhaka’s most iconic buildings. In fact, the first electric lights in the city were installed here! Built in the mid-1700s by Sheikh Enayetulla, a wealthy landowner, it was the residential palace of the Nawabs of Dhaka. However, Ahsan Manzil was deserted by the 1950s after suffering bouts of misfortune. In 1986 reconstruction began and Ahsan Manzil was inaugurated as a museum in 1992.The pink neo-classical structure offers a fascinating look back into high society Dhaka. Gallery rooms are spread over two floors. Of prominence are the Dining Room, Ball Room and the Drawing Room with their original and reproduction furnishings. All of the building’s iron – railings, lamp stands, pipes – were shipped from England! At the second floor veranda you can admire the flotilla of sampans and passenger boats shuttling in and out of the river port.