Archaeological Trip to Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country considerably rich in archaeological wealth, particularly of the primitive period both during the Muslim and pre-Muslim rules, though most of it is still unexplored and unknown. Many travelers express their impressions glorifying these places. At present, there are several sites in Bangladesh where you can still see some of those relics. Largest Buddhist monastery in Paharpur, Mosque city Gaur & Puthia in Rajshahi, Kantajee temple in Dinajpur, Mohasthangarh in Bogra, Sixty Dome Mosque in Bagerhat and Mainamati in Comilla, Sonargaon and the historical Mughal monuments in Dhaka city are most prominent places living with the history.

In this tour, we’ll cover all the historical sites of Bangladesh through a platonic journey. At last, spend 3 days inside the deep forest of the largest mangrove forest Sundarbans and make your trip a living memory.

Duration :
13 Nights / 14 Days
Locations :
Dhaka, Sonargaon, Mainamati, Rajshahi, Bogra, Rangpur, Bagerhat & Sundarban.
Attractions :

Dhaka & Around

⊕ New & Old Dhaka ⊕ Old capital Sonargaon & Panam Nagar ⊕ Mainamati Comilla ⊕ Baliati Palace Manikganj & Pottery-Brass village ⊕ Rocket Paddle Seamer cruise ⊕

North Bengal-Rajshahi, Rangpur & Bogra

⊕ Paharpur Buddhist Bihar ⊕ Mahasthangarh ⊕ Kantajee Temple ⊕ Puthia temple city ⊕ Natore Rajbari ⊕ Choto Sona Mosque ⊕ Tahkhana Complex ⊕ Darasbari Mosque ⊕ Khania Dighi Mosque ⊕ Kusumba Mosque ⊕ Tajhat Palace ⊕ Rangpur sugar mill ⊕ Navaratna Temple Hatikumrul

Bagerhat

⊕ Sixety Dome Mosque ⊕ Shrine of Khan Jahan Ali ⊕ Nine Dome Mosque ⊕ Kodla Math

Sundarbans

⊕ Kochikhlai wildlife sanctuary ⊕ Kotka wildlife sanctuary ⊕ Harberia Eco-tourism center ⊕ Jamtola Sea-beach ⊕ Karmajal Crocodile Breeding Centre ⊕ Fishing village & firms

Tour Available :
Round the year.
Best time to go:
October to March

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit all 3 UNESCO world heritage sites and all archaeological & historical sites in Bangladesh.
  • Enjoy the famous Rocket Paddle Steamer cruise and experience the riverain Bangladesh.
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage Sixty Dome Mosque in Bagerhat including 2 other places.
  • Visit famous Kantajee Temple in Dinajpur, Rangpur.
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage Sompura Mohavihara (Paharpur Buddhist Bihar) and Mahasthangarh in Bogra.
  • Visit temple city Puthia, Mosque city Chapai Nawabgonj (Gaur) and all the historic-archaeological places in Rajshahi, Rangpur, Bogra & Sirajganj districts.
  • Visit the largest mangrove forest in the world & UNESCO world heritage Sundarbans with an exploration of 3 days inside the deep forest.
  • Visit all the historical and popular places in New and Old Dhaka and experience the craziest city in the world.
  • Visit old capital Sonargaon, Museum, Panam city and archeological Mainamati a places covered by World War 2 cemetery, Shalban Vihara and Lalmai Hill range.
  • Visit Pottery & Brass villages and Baliati Zaminder palace in Manikganj.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Natore Rajbari, Puthia Temple City & Rajshahi.
  • Early in the morning, leave Dhaka from your hotel/airport for a scenic drive of 5.30 hrs through the picturesque rural landscape to Natore.
  • Visit Natore Rajbari, the oldest and largest among the two biggest Rajbari in the region.
  • Continue to drive toward Puthia and have lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Visit the temple city Puthia, renowned for the largest number of historically important Hindu structures in Bangladesh. The Shiva Temple in Puthia is the largest Hindu temple in Bangladesh. The Govinda Temple, decorated with intricate terracotta designs, is in one of the country’s finest old Rajbari courtyard.
  • After, drive to Rajshahi and check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy sunset at Ganges River besides Rajshahi City.
  • Dinner and overnight staying at Rajshahi.
Day 2 : Chapai Nawabganj & Rajshahi: Mosque City Gaur
  • After having breakfast, drive to Chapai Nawabganj to visit historical mosques. On the way find all the places covered by mango gardens, especially the Khirsa mango got GI recognition by UNESCO in 2019.
  • Visit Choto Sona Masjid in historical city Gaur, a remarkably fine architectural specimen of the Sultanate Period.
  • Visit Tahkhana (Persian), literally means a cold building or palace. A structure built on the west bank of a large tank situated in the Firozpur quarters of the city of Gaur-Lakhnauti.
  • Visit Darasbari Mosque, the largest mosque in the Bangladesh part of Gaur-Lakhnauti, now in ruins. The name Darasbari is derived from its being located within a Darasbari (place of lesson or learning).
  • Visit Khania Dighi Mosque, one of those precious edifices of Bangladesh. The mosque was built during the 15th century. The four domes mosque is also known as Chamachika Masjid, Rajbibi Masjid, etc.
  • Explore silk city Rajshahi. Visit a local silk production and watch the weaving, dyeing, block, and batik painting of this exclusive natural fiber.
  • Visit the Varendra Research Museum and sunset on the Ganges River.
  • Night stay at the hotel in Rajshahi.
Day 3 : North Bengal: Kusumba Mosque Paharpur Buddhist Bihar & Mahasthangarh.
  • After having breakfast, drive to Paharpur. Visit the famous Kusumba Mosque on the way, built during the Afgan ruling period in Bengal.
  • Visit Paharpur Buddhist Bihar, dating back to the 8th century AD. the Sompura Mohavihara in Paharpur is considered the most impressive and important archaeological site in Bangladesh and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was once the largest Buddhist monastery in the south of the Himalayas.
  • Have lunch in a local restaurant in Joypurhat and continue to drive towards Bogra.
  • Visit the oldest known city in Bangladesh, Mahasthangarh dating back to at least the 3rd century BC. The ruin of this place located only 14 km away from Bogra town. Today, the archaeological site consists mainly of foundations and hillocks hinting at past glory. In the Mahasthangarh Site Museum, an interesting collection of recovered pieces is on display.
  • Visiting this place, continue to drive to Bogra, check-in to the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay in Bogra.
Day 4 : North Bengal: Kantajee Temple & Rangpur.
  • After breakfast, drive for 2:30 hrs toward Dinajpur.
  • Visit the Dinajpur Rajbari, a Hindu zamindar house built in the 18th century, one of the most striking historic buildings in North Bengal.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant and start again the journey for Kantajee Temple.
  • Visit the famous Kantajee Temple, also known as Kantanagar Temple, the most spectacular Hindu temple and one of the most beautiful monuments in Bangladesh. Located at 25 km away from Dinajpur, this temple with infinite panels of intricately sculptured terra cotta plaques.
  • In the evening, drive back to Rangpur and check into the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at Rangpur.
Day 5 : North Bengal: Tajhat Palace & Rangpur.
  • After taking breakfast, visit a Sugar mill, 20km away from Rangpur city and experience the processing.
  • Walk into the village and explore vegetable fields & be free with the village people for a rural experience.
  • Have lunch & visit Tajhat Palace, Kali Temple, and Carmichael College in Rangpur city and go back to the hotel in the evening.
  • Dinner & overnight stay at Rangpur.
Day 6 : North Bengal & Dhaka: Navaratna Temple & Cruise on Jamuna River.
  • After taking breakfast, drive back to Dhaka. On the way, visit the beautiful Navratna Temple in Hatikumrul, Sirajganj. This is one of the finest Navratna style Temple.
  • Drive to the Jamuna River & cruise on the river by a reserved boat.
  • Have lunch in a roadside local restaurant in Sirajganj and start the journey again toward Dhaka.
  • After a long road journey, arrive at Dhaka after evening (depends on traffic) and check into the hotel for the night stay.
  • Dinner at a restaurant and the overnight stay in Dhaka.
Day 7 : Mainamati & Sonargaon
  • Around 7:00, Starting of the tour from your hotel or residence. Our responsible guide will pick you up with the car and start toward Mianamati, Comilla.
  • Upon arrival, we’ll visit War Cemetery of World War 2-the graveyard of soldiers died in Myanmar front.
  • Drive to Archaeological camp where the Salban Vihara and the museum are located.
  • Visit Lalmai Hill range and see the excavated Buddhist remains of the 8th/9th Century.
  • After having lunch at Miami Restaurant, We’ll drive back for Dhaka.
  • On the way, we’ll visit Old Capital Sonargaon- the center of commerce in the Muslim period of Bengal and the ruins of Panam City.
  • After, drive back to Dhaka and check into the hotel after evening.
  • Have your dinner at a restaurant and overnight stay in Dhaka.
Day 8 : Pottery Village & Manikganj
  • Around 8:00 am-8:30 am, start from your hotel or residence. Our responsible guide will pick you up with the car and start toward Dhamrai.
  • Visit a brass metal workshop and walk through the village.
  • Visit a pottery village and observe the processing, talk to the artists, and make yourself free to spend a good time.
  • We’ll drive for the Baliati Zamindar Palace in Shaturia, Manikganj. This is one of the finest specimens of 19th-century monuments of the Renaissance colonial style in Bangladesh, containing over 200 rooms of various shapes and dimensions.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant and after visit National Memorial (Martyrs Monuments) in Savar.
  • In the evening, driving back to your hotel in Dhaka.
  • Dinner at a restaurant and the overnight stay in Dhaka.
Day 9 : Dhaka City & Rocket Steamer Journey
  • Around 8:00 am, Starting of the tour from your hotel or residence. Our responsible guide will pick you up with the car and start toward for Kawranbazar Vegetable Market. spend some time in the biggest bazaar of Dhaka.
  • After, visit the outside view of the National Assembly (Parliament Building), the largest legislative complex in the world designed by famous American architect Louis Kahn.
  • Visit Karzan hall, a British era building named by Lord Karzan. At present, it’s a Science Faculty under the University of Dhaka.
  • Visit Dhakeswari Temple, the national Hindu temple of Bangladesh built by Ballal Sen in the 12th century.
  • Visit Star Mosque, a 19th-century monument built by a Muslim pious Mirza Golam Pir.
  • Before having lunch, visit the Armenian Church at Armanitola, a testimony to the significant Armenian Community in the region in the 18th & 19th centuries.
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to the local restaurant to have your lunch and after, go for the Lalbagh Fort, a key attraction for the tourist. It’s an incomplete construction of the Mughal period in the 17th century started by Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah.
  • Visit the famous Ahsan Manzil also known as Pink Palace in Sadarghat. It was the official residential palace of Nawab’s in Dacca in Nineteenth Century.
  • Go  Sadarghat launch terminal by walking 5 minutes (or by the car) on a busy street and enjoy the floating people, trading boats and the environment. Spend time before reporting at Rocket Steamer.
  • In the afternoon at 18:30 hrs. The famous paddle-wheel steamer will start the journey toward Hularhat under Bagerhat. Enjoy whole night journey by Rocket Paddle Steamer. Dinner & Night stay at Rocket Steamer with A/C 1stclass sharing cabin accommodation.
Day 10 : Bagerhat & Mongla
  • After a full night of cruising, Rocket will arrive Hularhat at 21:00-22:00 hrs. Enjoy breakfast at Rocket Steamer.
  • Upon arrival at Hularhat, drive to Bagerhat by A/C car to visit the historical Sixty Dome Mosque which is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Bangladesh.
  • Visit Shrine of Khan Jahan Ali, who built more than a dozen mosques in Bagerhat including Sixty dome mosque.
  • Visit Nine Dome Mosque, Kodla Math and transfer to hotel Pashur in Mongla.
  • Have lunch and rest for a while or visit nearby river ghat and the bazaars.
  • Dinner and the overnight stay at Mongla
Day 11 : Sundarbans: Harbaria Eco-tourism Center & Kochikhali
  • Early in the morning, boarding to our awaiting boat at Mongla. Our guide and responsible hands will pick you up from your hotel, and immediately our boat will start cruising toward Sundarbans and have your breakfast on the boat.
  • After the journey of a couple of hours, the boat will stop at Chadpai forest office to complete the formalities and pick up an armed forest guard for the security of our entire Sundarbans trip.
  • After a journey of hours, we’ll stop at Harbaria eco-center, an entry of Sundarbans where it takes 30 minutes of walking. Completing this point, we’ll start our journey again toward Kochikhali. Have lunch on the boat.
  • In the evening, we’ll anchor our boat near Kochikhali Forest office. Upon arrival, make a small boat trip to a creek and canal to spot the wildlife. (If we get time before sunset)
  • Back to the boat and stop for the day with the dinner and night staying at the boat.
Day 12 : Sundarbans: Kochikhali & Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Early in the morning having a pre-breakfast with biscuit and coffee/tea, we’ll go for a boat trip through the small canal. The best time for making a boat trip is very early morning. At a point, we’ll get off from the small boat for a long walk into the deep forest.
  • Coming back to the boat, have breakfast and boat will start for Kotka. It takes 2 hours to reach Kotka station.
  • In the journey, you’ll see wildlife including deers, crocodile, birds, otter and Bengal monitor.
  • Upon arrival, we’ll go for the Jamtola Sea beach by walking one and half an hour. Enjoy the view of Bay of Bengal and see the ruins of major Cyclone attack in Bangladesh in 2007.
  • Coming back to the boat, enjoy lunch and rest for a while.
  • Visit Kotka wildlife sanctuary, where is the major point to see the group of deers. Walking into the forest for 30 minutes. Enjoy the sunset at the Bay of Bengal or go for the watchtower to see the wildlife.
  • After, we’ll start the journey back toward Mongla. The boat will be anchored at the middle point of Sundarban in Chadpai/Jaimoni. On this day, enjoy B-B-Q Dinner on boat and make an enjoyable night.
Day 13 : Sundarbans: Fishing Village & Karamjal Crocodile Breeding Center
  • Early in the morning having a pre-breakfast with biscuit and coffee/tea, we’ll go for a small boat trip through the small canal.
  • After having breakfast, visit a fishing village by walking and know the fishermen’s lifestyle and their family.
  • Having lunch, make yourself ready to depart from the boat. The boat will stop at Mongla and transfer to the Jessore Airport by A/C car.
  • Fly Jessore to Dhaka by Air and go to your place or hotel by A/C car. (If you wanna fly directly to your place, go to international departure and end your tour with wonderful and a lifetime experience of Sundarbans)
  • Fly to your place and end the tour with a refreshment of the deep forest, the experience of wildlife and the memory of an enjoyable tour. (If you want to fly the next day, check into the hotel for staying this night after dinner.)

Price for the tour (Per Person)

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Includes:

  • Airport/hotel pickup and drop.
  • All Accommodation in the hotels or resorts on a twin share basis. (Accommodation in the 3-star quality hotel or resort. Change of accommodations and single supplement are available)
  • All transportation like air-conditioned car, Tuk-tuk, rocket steamer, and small boats as per itinerary.
  • All food (main meals) in a local restaurant with quality food and mineral water for drinking.
  • Jessore to Dhaka air tickets.
  • Rocket steamer 1st class cabin for Dhaka to Hularhat.
  • 24X7 Tea or coffee for the Sundarbans trip.
  • 5200 TK forest revenue & Forest Gaurd for the Sundarbans trip.
  • All permissions, entry fees and tax for the entire trip.
  • English-speaking guide for the entire trip.

Excludes:

  • Personal expenses.
  • Food not mentioned above.
  • Tips.

Notes:

  • Timing and assembling for the places are flexible; we could change it because of traffic or timing during the tour. But we will cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bengali local food is spicy. Plain rice, vegetables, fish & meat are available in restaurants. Biriyani & Khichuri made of Rice, lentil, meat, and special spices are the famous food of old Dhaka also available in other cities. (Non-spicy food is possible to order at most of the restaurant if you like.)
  • It requires modest clothes to visit any mosque. It does not allow shorts for the purpose, and especially, women have to cover the hair and arms with the clothes.
  • Ahsan Manzil is closed on Thursday and opens Fridays after 3:00 pm. Lalbagh Fort is closed on Sundays and open on Mondays after 2:00 pm. Ahsan Manzil and Lalbagh Fort are also closed on government holidays. But you can have the outside view of these places.
  • Rocket steamer is not available on Friday. It is closed for Friday for the regular holiday.
  • 1st Class cabin of Rocket depends on availability. Otherwise, choose 2nd class where basic difference is air condition in a room.
  • Friday and Saturday is a public holiday and very crowded in Cox’s Bazaar area. It’s better to pick another day to feel the ocean.

Sundarbans:

  • Itinerary could be changed because of tides, daylight hours, moon phase and weather. But we always try to cover all the mentioned places.
  • The dress of shorts is not a problem in Sundarbans area.
  • The small boats are best for the Sundarban cruise. We organize a private basis tour with the accommodation of 4-10 people by these boats. The room size is quite smaller, no running hot water, electricity is supplied by the battery, and the small generator to charge up the electrical devices. But it’s comfortable to spend days with the facilities.
  • We make the food on the boat by the experienced chef during the trip.
  • The quantity of mosquitoes is more sometimes. You must carry the mosquito repellent for the trip.
  • No phone signal works inside the deeper forest, but at some point, you will get a phone signal to call emergency. If you use Bangladeshi TeleTalk SIM, we’ll get better coverage in a remote area like Kotka.
  • The chance of seeing tigers is very rare in the Sundarbans. The lucky one gets the chance of it.
  • Make yourself silent for the boat trip or walking into the forest. The best way to explore Sundarban is to keep silence and look.