Rocket Steamer

Rocket Paddle Steamer Cruise Bangladesh

Rocket is a gentile name was given to the Paddle Steamer in the British Colonial period in Bengal because of its speed comparing with the man pulling boats.  The history carrier Paddle steamer is running over 100 years in the same route between Dhaka and Khulna division. The white wooden cabin with an oval shed outlook will take you back to 150 years ago, although it’s converted to diesel engine now. There is only two old Rocket Paddle steamer running on the route and having the same looking new-made Steamers. It’s better to check the schedule of old steamers to feel the antiquity.

This tour starts and ends at the Dhaka Sadarghat launch terminal. Including New & Old Dhaka city tour and Rocket Steamer journey, we’ll cover the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sixty Dome Mosque and the Shrine of Khan Jahan Ali and the Nine dome mosque in Bagerhat.

Duration :
2 Nights/ 2 Days
Locations :
Dhaka, Hularhat & Bagerhat
Attractions :
  • New & Old Dhaka
  • Cruise by Rocket Peddle Steamer
  • Sixty Dome Mosque
  • Shrine of Khan Jahan Ali
  • Nine Domes Mosque
Tour Available :
Round the year.
Best time to go:
Round the year.

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy the journey by over 100 years old Rocket Paddle Steamer.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Sixty Dome Mosque’ at Bagerhat.
  • Visit the Shrine of Khan Jahan Ali, the builder of the Sixty Dome Mosque and Nine Dome Mosque.
  • Visit historical and popular places in Dhaka.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Dhaka City Tour
  • Around 8:00 am, start from your hotel or residence for good timing. Our responsible guide will pick you up with the car and start toward for Kawranbazar Vegetable Market. Have 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 halla 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 to 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 residence palace of Nawab’s in Dacca in the nineteenth century.
  • Go Sadarghat River Port by walking 5 min (or by the car) on the busy street and enjoying 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 Barisal. Enjoy whole night journey by Rocket Steamer. Dinner & night stay at Rocket Steamer with A/C 1stclass sharing cabin accommodation.
Day 2 : Bagerhat & Hularhat
  • After a full night of cruising, Rocket will arrive at Hularhat at 9hrs-10 hrs in the morning. Have your breakfast and enjoy the river cruise by Rocket Steamer before arrival at Hularhat.
  • Upon arrival, drive to Bagerhat by A/C reserved car for less than an hour.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage Sixty Dome Mosque in Bagerhat, the largest Sultanate monument in the country and the most impressive Muslim monuments in the subcontinent.
  • Visit the Shrine of Khan Jahan Ali, the builder of Sixty Dome Mosque and other dozen mosques in Bagerhat range.
  • Drive to Hularhat by A/C car and get into Rocket steamer for the journey back to Dhaka. The steamer will start from Hularhat at 14:00 hrs. Have lunch & Dinner at Rocket Steamer and enjoy the whole night cruising.
Day 3 : Back to Dhaka
  • Early in the morning, Rocket will arrive at Sadarghat Launch Terminal and drop to your hotel or airport.

Price for the tour (Per Person)

Starting Price
USD 180.00

Includes:

  • Airport/hotel pickup and drops.
  • Cruise by Rocket Paddle steamer.
  • Rocket accommodation on twin sharing basis on A/C 1st Class cabin.
  • Air-conditioned car transfer.
  • All meals during the trip.
  • All entry fees during the trip.
  • English-speaking guide.

Excludes:

  • Drinks both hard and soft.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.

Notes:

  • Old Rocket steamer is available on Saturday and Wednesday only.
  • Timing and assembling for the places are flexible; We could change it because of traffic and the changes of market days. Market days change in different locations in a week.
  • There could be incredible traffic in Dhaka. Sometimes you have to wait for a long time without even moving in every block of the road.
  • Food mentioned in the itinerary at local restaurants.
  • Bengali local food is spicy. Biriyani & Khichuri made of rice, lentil, meat and special spices are the famous food of old Dhaka and available at other cities. (Non-spicy food also possible to order at most of the restaurants).
  • It requires modest clothes to visit any mosque. They do not allow shorts for the purpose, and especially, women have to cover the hair and arms with the clothes.
  • Rickshaw ride is possible for the small groups between 6 persons.
  • 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.