BANGALDESH with SUNDERBANS

BANGALDESH with SUNDERBANS

14 Days & 13 Nights

Day 01 (Sat): Arrival Dhaka

Meet and assist at Dhaka Airport and transfer to hotel. Check in at hotel.

 

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast transfer to Old City for sightseeing:

 

Shankhari Bazaar is one of the oldest areas in Old Dhaka (Purana Dhaka). It stretches along a narrow lane, lined with richly decorated brick buildings, and built during the late Mughal or Colonial period. The area belonged to the Shankhari Community, who borrowed their name from Shankha, a decorated bangle crafted from slices of Shankha or conch shells. Shankha is the symbol that indicates that a Hindu woman is married. In the 17th century the Shankhari people were brought by the Mughal emperor, who allotted this place to them for living which later known as Shankhar Bazaar. Due to heavy traffic of Dhaka city, it takes approximately 1.5-2 hrs to reach Shakhari Bazaar from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport; distance is 20 KM.

 

Ahsan Manzil was the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawab Family. This magnificent building is situated at Kumartali along the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The construction of this palace was started in 1859 and was completed in 1872. It was constructed in the Indo-Saracenic revival architecture. It has been designated as a museum (closed on Thursday full and Friday till 1430 hrs and also closed on all Govt. holidays). Travel time from Shankhari Bazaar is 10-15 minutes by walk, distance 0.5 KM.

 

The Shaheed Minar is a national language monument in Dhaka, Bangladesh, established to commemorate those killed during the Bengali Language Movement demonstrations of 1952 in the East Pakistan. Travel time from Ahsan Manzil is 30-40 minutes; distance 3-4 KM.

 

Lalbagh Fort (also Fort Aurangabad) is an incomplete 17th century Mughal Fort complex that stands proudly before the Buriganga River in the southwestern part of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The construction was started in 1678 AD by Mughal Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah who was son of Emperor Aurangzeb and later emperor himself. His successor, Shaista Khan did not continue the work, though he stayed in Dhaka up to 1688. For long the fort was considered to be a combination of three buildings (the mosque, the tomb of Bibi Pari and the Diwan-i-Aam) with two gateways and a portion of the partly damaged fortification wall (closed on Sunday full and Monday till 1430 hrs and also closed on all Govt. holidays). Travel time from Shaheed Minar is 20-30 minutes; distance 2 KM.

 

Dhakeshwari National Temple is a Hindu temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is state-owned, giving it the distinction of being Bangladesh’s ‘National Temple’. The name “Dhakeshwari” means “Goddess of Dhaka”. Since the destruction of Ramna Kali Mandir in 1971 by the Pakistan Army during the Bangladesh Liberation War, the Dhakeshwari Temple has assumed status as the most important Hindu place of worship in Bangladesh. Travel time from Lalbagh Fort is 5-10 minutes; distance 750 Meters.

 

Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban or National Parliament House is the house of the Parliament of Bangladesh, located at Sher-E Bangla Nagar in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The complex is one of the largest legislative complexes in the world, comprising 200 acres (800,000 m²), designed by architect Louis Kahn. The building was featured prominently in the 2003 film My Architect, detailing the career and familial legacy of its architect, Louis Kahn. Robert McCarter, author of Louis I. Kahn, described the National Parliament of Bangladesh as one of the twentieth century’s most significant buildings (visiting hours: Sunday –Thursday from 1000 -1700 hrs, if there is no running session and it is also being closed on all Govt. holidays). Travel time from Dhakeshwari Temple is 30-40 minutes; distance 7 KM.

 

Day 02 (Sun): Dhaka –Tangail –Bogura                                                                                                              (220 Kms / 06 Hrs)

After Breakfast, check-out from hotel and start for Bogura. On the way visit Bait-ur Rauf Mosque at Faidabad, Uttara, Dhaka or Atia Mosque in Tangail.

 

Bait-ur Rauf Mosque, newly built mosque at the outskirt of Dhaka. The mosque has being designed by a female architect Marina Tabassum where women rarely pray in public though there is no shortage of mosques. Moreover she won the prestigious Aga Khan Award in 2016 for architecting the mosque. Ventilation and the play of light make this neighbourhood mosque a refuge for spirituality. Funded and used by locals and inspired by Sultanate mosque architecture, it breathes through porous brick walls, keeping the prayer hall ventilated and cool. Natural light brought in through a skylight is ample for the daytime. The tale of the conception of the mosque is as fascinating as the architecture. In 2004-2005 after a difficult life and the loss of her husband and near relatives, Sufia Khatun donated a part of her land for a mosque to be built. A temporary structure was erected. After her death, her grand-daughter Marina Tabassum, an architect, acted on her behalf as fundraiser, designer, client and builder to bring the project to completion and she completed the job in 2012. Now thousands of foreign tourists and as well as local people come almost every day to visit the mosque because of its simple decoration but wonderful design. Travel time from Dhaka is more than 3 hrs; distance 20 KM.

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Atia Mosque, a historical four hundred years old mosque is under Delduar police station of Tangail district of Bangladesh. The name of the village where the historical mosque is located is Atia and the mosque is known as Atia Jame Moshjid. Travel time from Dhaka is more than 3 hrs; distance 88 KM.

 

Sirajganj, in 1762, a severe earthquake changed the flow of the Jamuna river and created a new river named Baral. On the west bank of this Baral River, a new bazaar (Gonj in Bengali) emerged and most of the land of this bazaar belonged to Jaminder Siraj Ali. So, after his name gradually this bazaar got its recognition as Sirajgonj. Currently it is famous for its hand-loom cottage industries and more than 50% people here are related with this business. Here we will visit a village to experience the handloom weavings of traditional male clothing known as “LUNGI” – a kind of skirt that males used to ware. Travel time from Atia Mosque is 2 hrs; distance 90 KM.

 

After visiting Sirajganj, we will continue our travel to Bogura. Travel time from Sirajganj is 2 hour; distance 50 KM.

Arrive Bogura and check in to hotel.

 

Day 03 (Mon): Bogura –Mahasthangarh –Paharpur –Rajshahi (Bhuddist Temple)                                        (170 Kms / 5 hrs)

After Breakfast drive to Mahasthangarh, is one of the earliest urban archaeological sites so far discovered in Bangladesh. The village Mahasthangarh in Shibganj Thana of Bogra District contains the remains of an ancient city which was called Pundranagara or Paundravardhanapura in the territory of Pundravardhana. A limestone slab bearing six lines in Prakrit in Brahmi script, discovered in 1931, dates Mahasthangarh to at least the 3rd century BC. The fortified area was in use till the 18th century AD. Together with the ancient and medieval ruins, the mazhar (holy tomb) of Shah Sultan Balkhi Mahisawar built at the site of a Hindu temple is located at Mahasthangarh. He was a dervish (holy person devoted to Islam) of royal lineage who came to the Mahasthangarh area, with the objective of spreading Islam among non-Muslims. He converted the people of the area to Islam and settled there. Travel time from Bogra hotel is 20 minutes, distance 7 KM.

(Museum closed on Sunday full and Monday till 1430 hrs and also closed on all Govt. holidays).

 

Paharpur, geographically located to the north-west of Bangladesh in the district of Naogaon, the heart-land of ancient “Varendra”, close to the village of Paharpur the extensive ruins of the Buddhist monastic complex are the most spectacular and important pre-Islamic monument in Bangladesh. The first builder of the monastery was Dharmapala Vikramshila (770-810AD), the king of Varendri-Magadha, as inscribed on a clay seal discovered in the monastery compound. The plan of the monastery can be described as a large square quadrangle measuring approximately 920 feet, with the main entrance, an elaborate structure, on the northern side. Travel time from Mahasthangarh is 1.5 hours, distance 50 KM.

(Museum closed on Sunday full and Monday till 1430 hrs and also closed on all Govt. holidays).

 

After visiting Paharpur, we will start our journey for Rajshahi, through Naogaon District. Travel time from Paharpur is 4 hours; distance 130 KM.

Arrive Rajshahi and check in to hotel.

 

Day 04 (Tue): Rajshahi –Puthia –Bagha –Kusthia –Jashore                                                                          (235 Kms / 7.5 hrs)

After breakfast drive towards Khulna. On the way visit Puthia, Bagha Mosque, Tagore Museum & Fakir Lalon Shah Shrine.

 

The Puthia Temple Complex consists of a cluster of notable old Hindu temples in Puthia Upazila, Rajshahi District, Bangladesh. Located 23 km to the east of Rajshahi city, it has the largest number of historic temples in Bangladesh. The temples were built by Hindu Zaminders Rajas of the Puthia Raj family who were noted philanthropists of Rajshahi. The temples have been built in terracotta in a variety of styles combining the typical Jor-bangla architecture with other influences. Travel time from Rajshahi is 40-50 minutes; distance 28 KM.

 

Bagha Mosque situated at Bagha, about 40km southeast of Rajshahi town, survives in a fairly good state of preservation. The mosque was built on the western bank of a fairly large tank within a brick-walled compound, 48.77m square. The mosque compound could be entered by two old arched gateways – one on the north and the main one on the south comprising a simple oblong curved structure with a turret on either side. This brick-built mosque is now a protected monument of the Department of Archaeology, Bangladesh. Travel time from Puthia is 50 minutes; distance 20 KM.

 

Lalon, also known as Lalon Sain, Lalon Shah, Lalon Fakir or Mahatma Lalon was a Bengali Baul saint, mystic songwriter, social reformer and thinker. In Bengali culture, he is considered as an icon of religious tolerance whose songs inspired and influenced many poets, social and religious thinkers including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Allen Ginsberg though he “rejected all distinctions of caste and creed”. He was both praised and criticized in his lifetime and after his death. Travel time from Bagha Mosque is 2 hours; distance 65 KM.

 

Shilaidaha Kuthi Bari is a place in Kumarkhali Upazila of Kushtia District in Bangladesh. The place is famous for Kuthi Bari (closed on Sunday full and Monday till 1430 hrs and also closed on all Govt. holidays); a country house made by Dwarkanath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore lived a part of life here and created some of his memorable poems while living here. Travel time from Fakir Lalon Shah Shrine is 30 minutes; distance 12 KM.

 

After visit Shilaidaha Kuthi Bari, we will start tour to Jashore District. Travel time from Shilaidaha Kuthibari is 3 hours; distance 110 KM.

Arrive Jashore and check in to Hotel.

 

Day 05 (Wed): Jashore –Bagherat –Mongla      (depart with boat for Sudarbans)                                      (67 Kms/ 2.5 Hours)

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and start tour for Bagerhat. Here we will visit the Sixty Dome Mosque (more commonly known as Shait Gambuj Mosque or Shait Gambuj Masjid), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a mosque in Bangladesh, the largest in that country from the Sultanate period. It has been described as “the most impressive Muslim monuments in the whole of the Indian subcontinent. Travel time from Khulna hotel is 3 hours; distance 100 KM.

 

After visiting Sixty Dome Mosque, we will continue our travel to Mongla. After reaching Mongla we will board on Boat for Sundarban Tour. Travel time from Sixty Dome Mosque is 1.5 hour; distance 40 KM.

The cruise starts immediately towards Sundarban –Kotka forest station. En-route, we will visit a local village under the forest range. Experience the village culture and lifestyle attached with forest.

 

Day 06 (Thu): Sudarbans National Park

The Sudarbans mangrove forest one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. It is adjacent to the border of India’s Sudarbans World Heritage site inscribed in 1987. The site is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes. The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the Bengal tiger and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.

The name Sudarbans can be literally translated as “beautiful forest” in the Bengali language (Shundor, “beautiful” and bon, “forest”). The name may have been derived from the Sundari trees (the mangrove species Heritierafomes) that are found in Sundarbans in large numbers. Alternatively, it has been proposed that the name is a corruption of Samudraban, Shomudrobôn (“Sea Forest”), or Chandra-bandhe (name of a primitive tribe). However, the generally accepted view is the one associated with Sundari trees.

The history of the area can be traced back to 200–300 AD. A ruin of a city built by Chand Sadagar has been found in the Baghmara Forest Block. During the Mughal period, the Mughal Kings leased the forests of the Sundarbans to nearby residents. Many criminals took refuge in the Sundarbans from the advancing armies of Emperor Akbar. Many have been known to be attacked by tigers. Many of the buildings which were built by them later fell to hands of Portuguese pirates, salt smugglers and dacoits in the 17th century. Evidence of the fact can be traced from the ruins at Netidhopani and other places scattered all over Sundarbans.

 

After full night journey we will reach Kotka –the southernmost tip of Sundarbans around 0800 hrs depends on tide & weather. After breakfast, walk on the back yard of the Forest station and watch the wild life and visit the tigers area. After lunch, forest walk through the meadows and reach the beach, spend some time and return to boat. Then sail for Kochikhali (tiger point).

 

Day 07 (Fri): Sundarbans National Park

Early morning, canal cruise by country boat and feel the nature and watch birds. After breakfast walk in the forest of Kochi Khali range. Afternoon; explore another nearest point named Dimer Char and enjoy the canal cruise. Then return journey towards Mongla. Stop at a Forest station and have BBQ, this night.

 

Day 08 (Sat): Mongla –Jessore                                                                                                                           (120 Kms / 3.5 Hrs)

Jessore –Dhaka by flight                                                                                                                    (VQ-994 JSR DAC 1220 1300)

Dhaka –Chattogram by flight                                                                                                           (VQ-911 DAC CGP 1510 1605)

After breakfast, disembark from Boat (around 0700 hrs). Then drive to Jessore and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Airport to board flight to Dhaka and then connecting flight to Chattogram. Arrive Chattogram and transfer to Hotel.

 

 

Day 09 (Sun): Chattogram –Bandarban (Ethnic groups Adivasi)                                                                     (85 Kms / 03 Hrs)

At morning check-out from hotel and transfer to Bandarban.

Bandarban is a district in South-Eastern Bangladesh, and a part of the Chittagong Division. It is one of the three districts that make up the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the others being Rangamati District and Khagrachhari District. Bandarban is regarded as one of the most attractive travel destinations in Bangladesh. Bandarban (meaning the dam of monkeys), or in Marma or Arakanese language as “Rwa-daw Mro” is also known as Arvumi or the Bohmong Circle (of the rest of the three hill districts Rangamati is the Chakma Circle, Raja Devasish Roy and Khagrachari is the Mong Circle, Raja Sachingprue Marma). Bandarban town is the home town of the Bohmong Chief (currently King, or Raja, U Cho Prue Marma) who is the head of the Marma population. It also is the administrative headquarters of Bandarban district, which has turned into one of the most exotic tourist attractions in Bangladesh.

Chittagong to Bandarban: Distance: 85 KM. Travel Time: 3 Hours.

 

After complete entry procedure of Bandarban Hill District, we will visit Mru and Bawm tribal villages.

 

Day 10 (Mon): Bandarban –Ruma –Boga Lake –Bandarban                                                      (70 Kms – 3.5 Hrs – ONE WAY)

Morning after breakfast excursion to Ruma Upazila.

 

Rangamati district and sub-district in 1917 under the current Ruma Upazila in Bandarban police station, as well as changes. In 1983, as a result of administrative decentralization in Ruma upazila haya banladesera transformed over the mountains and the diverse combination of immense natural beauty, rich Ruma upazila. Depth communication and housing facilities for the general population of the country due to the limitations of Ruma is still difficult to walk everywhere. Bangladesh’s highest mountain and the highest mountain peak Tajingdong Keukradam, sea three thousand feet high and naturally caused huge jaladhararjuka Boga Lake and waterfalls located in the district. There are 11 ethnic groups in the district.

 

Boga Lake:  Approximately 15.00 acres and 700 feet high mountain water imposing curaya naturally sadar upazila 15 km away from headquarters is in the village of Ruma. There are a variety of local people about the legend of the lake. Structure and style at the crater are thought to be dead.
Distance from Bandarban – Ruma: 45 KM, travel time: 2 Hours each way

Distance from Ruma Bazaar –Boga Lake: 20 KM, travel time: 1 Hour each way

 

Day 11 (Tue): Bandarban –Bangahalia –Rangamati                                                                                           (83 Kms / 3.5 Hrs)

Morning after breakfast, transfer to Rangamati. En-route visit tribal weekly bazaar at Bangalhalia. After complete entry procedure of Rangamati Hill District, transfer to hotel. On arrival, check-in at hotel.

After lunch city tour including: Tribal museum, , handicraft centre, Rajban Vihara, Sun set 1h main shore side cruising back to Motel jetty, with the same good covered boat to be used for the full day cruise.

 

 

Day 12 (Wed): Rangamati –Chattogram                                                                                                                    (80 kms/ 3 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, enjoy the lake ride by very good, covered, private boat, visiting Chakma villages, temples and tribal market including: Shuvalong Para, living island villages. Have lunch at a tribal restaurant. After lunch, back to land and transfer to hotel (hold room for freshen up). Get fresh and departure to Chattogram. Check-in at hotel.

 

Day 13 (Thu): Chittagong –Dhaka by flight                                                                                   (VQ-912 CGP DAC 1635 1730)

After an early breakfast visit fish market and then drive to ship breaking yard to see it in limited scope. (Ship breaking yard is a very restricted area not permitted to visit and photography is completely forbidden). Or visit fish market at other side of the river by locally hired boat.

 

Later in time transfer to Airport in time to board the afternoon flight to Dhaka. On arrival in Dhaka, transfer hotel.

 

Day 14 (Fri): Departure Dhaka by EK

In time transfer to Dhaka Airport to board flight for onward destination.