Buddhist Heritage Tour

Dhaka-Comilla-Bikrampur-Bogra-Paharpur-Dhaka (6 Nights 7 Days)


Day 01:  Arrival

Arrive Dhaka airport and be received by our representative and transfer to designated hotel. Freshen up and (if time permits) we will provide a half day city tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02: Dhaka –Comila (100 km, 3 hrs drive approx.)

Morning drive to Comilla and visit the spectacular archaeological sites at Mainamoti. We will visit Salban Vihara the relics of old Buddhist Civilization. It is dotted with more than 50 Buddhist settlements of 7th -12th century AD. The attraction includes: Buddhist Vihara (monastery), Kutia Mura, Itakhola Mura, Rupban Mura, etc. The rich archaeological museum is also worth visiting. Transfer to hotel and overnight.

 

Day 03: Comilla –Bikrampur (110 km, 4 hrs drive approx.) –Dhaka (30 km, 1 hr drive approx.)

After breakfast drive to Bikrampur. The region is famous for its early Buddhist scholarships and in the later period for its cultural influences. It is known to be the oldest capital of Bengal since the Vedic Period until Bhawal and Sonargaon took over the title. Ashoka, the emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, ruled almost the entire Indian subcontinent from ca. 269-232 BC. Being a devotee of Gautama Buddha, he propagated Buddhism across his kingdom which included Bikrampur to the east. Following the high ideals of this religion, Pala Kings came to Bikrampur to rule the region. We will visit there Atisa Dipankar Srigyan’s birth place and Bikrampur Vihara. According to some archeologist and experts, the vihara is one of the thirty viharas built by Emperor Dharmapala (820 A.D.), the second emperor of the Pala Empire. It is connected to Atisa. During the time of Atisa, this region was the center of Buddhist education and some 8,000 students and professors came to study at Bikrampur from as far as China, Tibet, Nepal and Thailand. So far 5 Bhikkhu prayer rooms were found in the vihara. The exact size of the monestary however could not be assumed.

Back to Dhaka and overnight.

 

Day 04: Dhaka –Bogra (200 km, 6 hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast drive to Bogra. En-route you will enjoy the journey to cross through the worlds 11th longest Jamuna Bridge. Reach Bogra and transfer to hotel. After lunch visit the archeological sites of Mahastangarh and the Citadel. There are several mounds like Govinda vita, Khudie Patar vita, Mankalir Kundur, Porshuram’s vedi, Jiyat Kundu, the rich archeological museum will be very much entertaining.

Then drive 4 km to visit Basu Vihara. From the account of the most prominent Chinese pilgrims Tahien and Hiuen Tsaug mentioned that Lord Buddha with his 500 disciples visited Pundravardhana which is presently Mahasthangarh and preached his new Gospal. King Ashoka made a stupa on this site where Buddha explained his laws to the Devas.

Overnight stay Bogra.


Day 05: Bogra –Paharpur (55 km, 1.5 hrs) –Dhaka (250 km, 7 hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast drive to Paharpur and visit the impressive Paharpur monasteries and the spectacular Buddhist monuments. The historically Paharpur Vihara is the treasured heritage of the world which has got the huge monastery with 177 monastic cells including with courtyard. A site museum houses with the rich collections of recovered objects, black stone sculptures, images of gods and goddess of Hindu epics. After lunch drive to Dhaka and transfer to hotel and stay overnight.

 

Day 06: City Temples Tour

Today we will explore the city temples. Morning visit Dharmarajika Buddhist Temple at Kamlapur. This was established in 1960 at the initiative of bishuddhananda mahathera. It acts as the cultural and regional centre of Bangladeshi Buddhists. It has a large collection of Buddha statues.

Then visit Merul Badda Buddha Temple and Shakyamuni Temple in Mirpur.

Overnight stay Dhaka.

 

Day 07: Departure 

After breakfast free at your own and transfer to airport for onward destination.



Tour ends with thanks


Visiting Hours

Mainamati Museum: Summer Season (Apr-Sep): Tuesday –Saturday: 1000–1300 hrs & 1330–1800 hrs and Friday: 1000–1230 hrs & 1430–1800 hrs

Winter Season (Oct-Mar): Tuesday –Saturday: 0900–1300 hrs & 1330–1700 hrs and Friday: 0900–1230 hrs & 1430–1700 hrs

Month of Ramadan: Tuesday –Saturday: 1000–1600 hrs

Sunday: Weekly off day and remain closed on all Govt. holidays

 

Mahastangarh Museum: Tuesday –Saturday: 1000–1230 hrs and 1430–1700 hrs.

Month of Ramadan: Tuesday –Saturday: 1000–1600 hrs

Sunday and Monday: Weekly off day and remain closed on all Govt. holidays

 

Paharpur Museum: Tuesday –Saturday: 0930–1230 hrs and 1430–1700 hrs.

Month of Ramadan: Tuesday –Saturday: 1000–1600 hrs

Sunday and Monday: Weekly off day and remain closed on all Govt. holidays