Buddhist Living Culture Tour

Dhaka-Comilla-Cox’s Bazaar-Bandarban-Rangamati-Chittagong-Dhaka (9 Nights 10 Days)

 

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Dhaka
Our representative will welcome guests at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka and transfer to Hotel. If time permits, we will go for a half day city tour. Overnight in Dhaka.

 

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

Morning visit Dharmarajika Buddhist Temple. 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 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, Charpatra Mura, etc. The rich archaeological museum is also worth visiting. Transfer to hotel and overnight.

 

Day 03: Comilla –Cox’s Bazaar (300 km, 8 hrs drive approx.)

Early morning start for Cox’s Bazaar. Drive through the highway and enjoy the nature around. If you like to take photograph, we can stop the car at local bazaar or natural view point. Arrive Cox’s Bazaar at evening. Transfer to hotel and overnight.

 

Day 04: Cox’s Bazaar

Morning, visit Aggameda Khyang. It has a big Buddhist monastery and a residence admired by around 400,000 Buddhist people of Cox’s Bazar and the Chittagong hill tracts. The major sanctuary-cum-monastery is carried on a sequence of round timber columns, which apart from accommodating the prayer hall and an assembly hall, also is the repository of a large of small bronze Buddha images-mostly of Burmese origin and some old manuscripts.

Afternoon; drive to Inani beach. It is about 32 km south of Cox’s Bazaar town. The journey through the attractive marine drive in the back drops of forested chain of hills will be very much fascinating. Enjoy swimming and the sunset at the beautiful coral beach of Inani. Back to hotel and overnight.

 

Day 05: Cox’s Bazaar –Bandarban (130 km, 3.5 hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast drive to Bandarban through the panoramic hill slopes covered with creeper jungles. En- route visit Ramu, the ancient capital of Rakhain tribal community.  Here you would find various Buddhist relics and Burmese handicrafts. The best attraction is however, the huge bronze statue of Buddha which is thirteen feet high set over a 6 feet high pedestal. It is the biggest among the Buddha statues that are found in whole of Bangladesh. You may find weavers busy in their trades that are taking place in open workshops and craftsmen engaged in making hand-made cigars at their houses which look like pagodas. Drive continues to Bandarban. Take a short entry procedure for Bandarban hill district. Then transfer to designated hotel and overnight.

 

Day 06: Bandarban

Bandarban is the attractive place to visit and to get a touch of different tribal communities with their own cultural entity. There is not less that 12 to 13 indigenous tribal groups generated from the Sino-Tibetan origin that migrated mainly from Arakan and found safe shelter to this hill plateau just 250-300 years back. Among them prominent groups are Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Mru, Tangchaya, Khumi, Lushai, Pankhu, Bawm, Kuki, etc. Each tribal group has their own distinctive cultural entity. After breakfast take local 4 wheel jeep (Chander gari) to undertake a panoramic drive to a remote village of Mru. Visit the tribal King’s Palace & way side tribal market, if it is on date (bazaar sits on Monday & Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm). Afternoon; walk through the Tripura tribal village.

Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 07: Bandarban –Rangamati (90 km, 3.5 hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast, visit Zadi Golden temple –the most ornamented temple in Bangladesh. Then drive to luminous hill district Rangamati through the forested hills and tribal villages. Upon arrival, complete entry procedure to Rangamati hill tracts. Then check into hotel. After freshen up; visit the famous Rajban Vihara Buddhist Complex and traditional tribal handloom factory. You may collect some tribal made products from this factory as souvenirs for your family & friends. Stay overnight at hotel.

 

Day 08: Rangamati –Chittagong (80 km, 3 hrs drive approx.)

Morning, we will take cruise on Kaptai Lake –the largest man-made lake of the Asia. The boat journey through the crystal clear water will be an amazing experience and you will enjoy the nature around. Visit tribal village beside the lake. Enjoy the lunch at the tribal restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Chittagong and stay overnight.

 

Day 09: Chittagong –Dhaka (265 km, 8 hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast, visit Nandan Kanan Buddha Vihara. The holly hair relics and foot prints of Lord Buddha have been preserved in the temple. Then drive to Dhaka for stay overnight.

 

Day 10: Departure

Free till transfer to airport for next 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

 

Rajban Vihara: Every day 1000–1300 hrs and 1600–1900 hrs