Hindu Culture and Heritage Tour

Dhaka-Narayanganj-Bogra-Dinajpur-Rajshahi-Dhaka (8 Nights 9 Days)

 

Day 01:  Arrive Dhaka

Arrive Dhaka airport and be received by our representative and transfer to designated hotel for overnight. If time permits, we will visit Dhakeswari Temple, built in the 12th century by Ballal Sen, a king of the Sena dynasty. This is the national Hindu temple in Bangladesh. Many researchers say that the temple is also one of the Shakti Peethas, where the jewel from the crown of the Goddess Sati had fallen and many say Dhaka city was named after this temple.

Stay overnight Dhaka.

 

Day 02: Loknath Temple and Kali Temple Tour

Morning; drive to Sonargaon (35 km) to visit Loknath Temple. This is based on Baba Loknath Brahmachari, a saint and Hindu religion spiritual philosopher in Bengal. There is a guesthouse, Durga Mondop and pond in ashram area. It is holy place of Bengali Hindu pilgrims. Main festivals day (Tirodhan Dibos of Baba) is celebrated every year on June as per Tithi.

 

Drive back to Dhaka and visit Ramna Kali Mandir. Common lore holds that the temple was established by a Nepalese devotee of the Goddess Kali who had come to Bengal from the Himalayas. The major development of the temple occurred under the patronage of Rani Bilashmoni Debi of Bhawal estate. The temple was bulldozed by the Pakistan Army in 1971 during the Bangladesh Liberation War. In 2004, a semi-permanent makeshift place of worship was built, 35 years after it was demolished. There are now several temples in the boundary of Ramna Kali Mandir and Ma Anandamoyi Asram- Ramna Kali Mandir, Ma Durga Mandir, Radha Krisna Mandir are in almost full shape. There are some other ongoing Temples to be built e.g. Baba Loknath Temple, Ma Anandamoyi Temple, Shiva Temple and Temple of Sri Harichad Thakur.

Overnight stay Dhaka.

 

Day 03: Ramakrishna Math and other temples Tour

After breakfast transfer to old Dhaka. Walk through the Sakhari Bazaar Street. There are many temples on this narrow street. Over the ages Shankhari Bazaar has been elevated to the level of the most popular centre for religious festivities. As one of the most densely populated areas in the world Shankhari Bazaar also has the largest concentration of the Hindus in Dhaka. The temples are small in size but well decorated with ornamental motifs on the entrance and on the walls of the temples. The temples contain the statue of goddess Durga, Ganesha, Shiva etc.

 

Take a short drive to Ramkrisna Mission road and visit Ramakrishna Math. This is a historically significant architectural monument situated by the river buriganga in old Dhaka. The temple is an architecture which was founded by Swami Vivekananda in 13 February 1916 and the Ramakrishna Math was founded by Swami Brakkhanananda. The temple has a capacity of sitting for about 600 persons.

Stay overnight Dhaka.

 

Day 04: Dhaka –Bogra via Sirajganj (220 km, 6hrs drive approx.)

Early morning start for Bogra. En route, we will visit Navaratna Temple in Hatikumrul, Sirajganj. The temple is famous for its beautiful architectural terracotta style. There are three small temples at the huge courtyard of the Navaratna temple. They are known as the Shiva-Parvati temple, Chandi temple and another Shiva temple with terracotta design of red earth at the southern bank of the pond in this temple campus. The original temple is three storied. Legends narrate that each and every brick of the temple was inserted after getting purified in “ghee.” The temples were built by Ramnath Bhaduri, a Nayeb Dewan of Nawab Murshidkuli Khan during 1704-1720 AD.

 

Then continue drive to Bogra through the 11th world’s longest Jamuna Bridge, check into hotel. Afternoon, we will visit Mahasthangarh –the ancient archaeological site of 4th century BC. Here you can visit some isolated Maunds and ruins of both Hindu and Muslim era. A short drive to visit Gokul Medh –locally called Behula Lakshmindar’er Basar Ghar. Return back to hotel and overnight.

 

Day 05: Bogra –Dinajpur (150 km, 5 hrs drive approx.)

Morning; drive to Dinajpur and check into hotel. Afternoon; drive to Kantanagar (20 km north of the town) to visit the most famous Kantajee Hindu Temple. This spectacular and fabulous terracotta embellishment reflecting the Ramayana & Mohabarata epics has a rare example of its kind in the whole of the subcontinent. Stay overnight Dinajpur.

 

Day 06: Dinajpur –Rajshahi via Puthia (260 km, 6.5 hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast drive to Rajshahi via Puthia which is known as temple city. Temple complex consists of a cluster of notable old Hindu temples. The temples were built by Hindu Landlords & Kings of the Puthia Royal family. The temples have been built in terracotta in a variety of styles combining the typical Jor-Bangla architecture with other influences. The King Palace and the exquisite & unique Dol Mancha are parts of the complex.

Drive continues to Rajshahi and overnight.

 

Day 07: Rajshahi –Pabna (110 km, 3 hrs drive approx.)

Morning, visit Varendra Museum. This is one of the richest museums in the Sub-continent for Black Stone statues.

Then drive to Pabna and visit Jor Bangla Temple & Rajbari Taras. Overnight stay Pabna.

 

Day 08: Pabna –Dhaka (220 km, 6 hrs drive approx.)

Drive back to Dhaka and overnight.

 

Day 09: Departure

After breakfast start drive to the airport to avail flight towards your next destination.

 

Tour end with thanks

 

Visiting Hours

Most of the temples gates are been closed between 12 pm – 4 pm every day.

Varendra Museum: Sunday –Wednesday: 1000–1700 hrs

Month of Ramadan: Sunday –Wednesday: 1000–1600 hrs

Friday and Saturday: Weekly off day and museum is remain closed on all Govt. and Rajshahi University holidays, though this is a part of the University.