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                                          Spicy 27 days in Bangladesh.


Day 1 - Dhaka arrival and orientation trip as per your time availability in the city.

Whether you’re already in Dhaka or arriving at the airport, you’ll be picked up. If arriving at Shahjalal International Airport, a tour representative will greet you as you exit the arrivals terminal and transfer to your hotel immediately. After a bit of rest we will offer you a short sightseeing through the neighborhood area if we are allowed by the daylight. Overnight at a hotel in Dhaka. Activity of this day will depends on your flight schedule.


Day 2 - Orientation to Old Dhaka

The bustling capital of Bangladesh never rests but has much to offer - Let us show you! Places we will visit in this trip- Sadarghat (River front), Armenian Church, Shankharia Bazar and Tanti Bazar (Hindu street), Ahsan Manzil (Pink Palace), Star Mosque, Dhakeswari Hindu Temple, Lalbagh Fort, Curzon Hall (Dhaka University campus), Bongshal bicycle and residential road, Liberation war Museum and if we are allowed by the time then we would take a chance to visit Korail Slum otherwise we do this by following morning. Overnight Stay at a hotel in Dhaka.


Day 3 -Excursion to the First Capital of East Bengal- Sonargaon

Sonargaon was the countries first capital. In its prime time the ‘Golden City’ was also an important river port and the trading center for the world-famous muslin cloth. The remains of a number of mosques, tombs, stupas and a bridge in Panam Nagar and the well-maintained Folk Art Museum are well worth visiting. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. On the way to Sonargaon we will take a first visit to unique Jamdani sari weaving village, which is disappearing by the time being.Continue drive towards Sonargaon and after visiting Sonargaon will drive to Buiddyer Bazar and here we will take a country boat for couples of hour cruise through one of the main river of the country Meghna. In some point during this cruise if you want, we may get off in a Char (Temporary sand island, made from river sedimentation and erosion) village for exploring rural life. Drive back to Dhaka for overnight stay.


Day 4 - Artisans of Bengal –Excursion to Pottery village & Brass artisans.

The trip starts with the first visit to the National Martyr’s Monument in Savar (35 km from Dhaka) which was built to commemorate the martyrs in the liberation war in 1971. In the nearby place Dhamrai, famous for its brass artisans, you can observe the making of various traditional utensils and religious objects. During the Bengali month of Ashar (June-July) the colorful Hindu festival ‘Ratha Jatra’ takes place here. The large ‘Rath’, similar to a Roman chariot, can be seen throughout the year.

The tour will continue to Nayarhat, where you will leave the vehicle and take a short boat journey to Kakran. Here most villagers are engaged in the pottery trade. The use of clay pots and utensils is slowly disappearing, posing a threat to the traditional livelihood of these skilled artisans.

After returning to the vehicle and a light lunch at a local restaurant you will head back towards Dhaka. On the way you will stop at the beautiful Jahangir Nagar University campus, famous for the flocks of migratory birds visiting the many lakes in winter. This tour returns to Dhaka in the early afternoon.


Day 5 - Drive Through beautiful landscape to Kurigram

Very early in the morning around 6:30am starts for Kurigram (7 hours’ drive) district (the northwest of Bangladesh) by reserved vehicle. This is a very nice journey that lets you experience the different geography of Bangladesh. Arrive Kurigram in the late afternoon and transfer to the best available local guest house (very Basic Facilities) run by NGO. Free time in the late afternoon to take some rest or walking around would be an option. Overnight and dinner at either RDRS or Chinnamukul NGO Guest house in Kurigram.


Day 6 – Rural life on the bank of Brahmaputra River, Kurigram-Rangpur

After breakfast drive to Chilmari to visit the Chars of the Brahmaputra River. We take boat from Chilmari to visit some chars of Kurigram district along the Brahmaputra river near the Indian border and see how the river erosion, flood affect local people's life. Chars are large sandbank islands that isolated from mainland created from river erosion or sedimentation. In the late afternoon we drive to Rangpur. Overnight at RDRS Guest House, Rangpur.


Day 7 – Explore Northern Bangladesh, Rangpur-Dinajpur

Today we explore the highlights of Rangpur & Dinajpur distriet, visit the Tajhat palace, one of the finest Rajbaris in Bangladesh, also the delightful Kali Mandir. Later visit Kantanagar temple, one of the most spectacular Terracotta Hindu temples in Bangladesh, built in 1752 by the famous Maharaja of Dinajpur. Discover its fine and extensive terra-cotta (Holly Ramayana and Mohavarota has been visualized on the temple wall’s by very fine terracotta) work and the adjacent villages. Overnight at RDRS Guest House.


Day 8 – Paharpur, Jogoddol Moha Bihara and Mahasthangarh Archaeological Sites

After breakfast drive to Somapuri bihara at Paharpur; the highest Buddhist stupa south of Himalaya, dated from 8th Century AD. Worth visiting the site museum and continue drive to Jogoddol MohaBihara, was also a Buddhist monastery founded by the later kings of the Pala dynasty, possibly Rampala (1077-1120), After having lunch at a local restaurant drive to Oldest Hindu Capital; name Mahasthangarh, dating back from 3rd Century BC. There isn’t a lot to see, but the scale is impressive and the countryside is interesting to wonder in. Although quite a small, the site museum has some interesting Hindu and Buddhist pieces dating from the 6th to 13th Century AD. Nearby local market place is quite interesting to discover. Overnight at a Hotel in Bogra.


Day 9 – Medieval Bengal, Explore Rajshahi.

Leave the hotel after breakfast and drive to Rajshahi, on the way visit the Hindu Terracotta temples in Puthia, countries largest Shiva Temple, Govinda Temple, decorated with intricate terracotta designs, is in one of the country’s finest old Rajbari’s courtyard Reminds you the Hindu Jamindar’s rolling period of this area. Other places to visit in Rajshahi; the famous Varendra Research Museum, the Sapura Silk producing centers. In the late afternoon a relaxing walk along the bank of the Padma River (maybe a sunset river cruise), the widest In Bangladesh. Overnight at Parjatan.


Day 10 – Hustling, bustling bazar and Tribal Cultural Program

Maybe a sunrise walk through the Padma river bank will be nice before breakfast and continue journey by rickshaw to the morning Market place in the town centre. You will be welcome to try the local simple breakfast here or get back to Parjatan for quick breakfast. Soon after we leave the hotel for Chapai-Nawabgonj, there are some nice archeological remainings here by the india- Bangladesh border checkpoint, such as: Choto Shona Mashjid (Mosque), Chamachikka Mosque, Dorash Bari Mosque, Taha Khana. It’s not only the sites are interesting things, but also the peoples, landscape and local’s life & culture.

There are also some indigenous community residing in this area; such as Orao, Mahale, Shantal and Shaotal. Today we spend this afternoon with these communities, visiting their village, Pre-primary school- to know how they are trying to keep their own language and culture alive, dispute some community has lost their own language already. In the afternoon enjoy a cultural program performed by the indigenous community in a village. Drive to Rajshahi for overnight stay at Parjatan.


Day 11 – Otter fishing & Rabindra Kuthibari (This will be a big day)

Very early in the morning around 6:30am starts for Jessore, stop for breakfast at a road-side restaurant. On the way we may visit Shelaidaho Rabindra Kuthibari, where Rabindranath Tagore stayed for quite a long time and observed the local life from his house boat. The holy shrine of Baul Shomrat (folk and spiritual song research center) in Kustia always welcome travelers for a short break and enjoy their folk song. Continue drive to Jessore, soon after having lunch at a local restaurant we drive to Norail to experience the unique otter fishing. There are some Hindu fisherman community in a village still using trained otter’s for fishing at night in the sundarban area, they will arrange it whenever we are there. This is a unique technique practicing in this area. Drive to Jessore/ Narail for overnight stay.


Day 12 – Mosque, Temple and Mausoleum, different geography and landscape.

After breakfast continue drive to Mongla via Khulna, here we shall visit the historical sixty domed mosque (UNESCO world heritage site), one domed & nine domed mosque and the mausoleum of Khan Jahan Ali. Overnight in hotel Pashur in Mongla. NB- Pashur Motel is the only best option for overnight stay in this area but the facilities are very basic even they have air-conditioner. Hope you can manage.


Day 13 – Explore Sundarban, the magical mangrove forest- daylong cruise.

Early in the morning board the waiting boat at Mongla Ghat. After completion of the boarding the boat will begin its cruise towards southern direction. After few hours of cruising the boat will stop at a forest station to complete formalities and also pick up armed forest guards to stay on board. After that the boat will resume the cruise and arrive at Kotka forest station late in the afternoon and anchor for overnight stay. If time permits we will offer some activities in the forest. Overnight and all meals on board.


Day 14 – Return journey from the forest.

Depending on the tide schedule, the boat will begin its return journey with the high tide and cruising the whole day, arrive Mongla late in the afternoon. On the way you will enjoy the peaceful cruise through the creeks of the mangrove forest. There will also be an early morning bird watching trip this morning. Up on arrival in Mongla enjoy the Sunset from the boat and may watch some dolphins joining the show.

Disembark from the boat and avail the reserved transport for Khulna. Overnight at a hotel in Khulna.


Day 15 - Khulna to borisal

Today we may start our day bit slowly for (6hrs drive) Barisal. Up on arrival check in at the hotel and sight-seeing around the old part of the town in the afternoon. Definitely we will stop for any ongoing road side interesting things. Overnight in Barisal.


Day 16 - Back water trip, channel cruise, floating market visiting and overnight rocket to Dhaka

We will checkout from the hotel and leave all the luggage’s in the reception, after breakfast at a local restaurant drive to Banoripara, here you will board at a country boat and start back water channel cruise, on route you will enjoy visiting of floating wooden boat market, local ship building yard by the riverside, sinking timber hub of southern Bengal, floating seasonal fruit/Vegetable market etc. Lunch will be served at a typical Bengali local restaurant by the riverside market run by a Hindu women then take the boat for return journey. Drive back to Borisal town to take the overnight Paddle boat (Rocket ETD 6pm) or traditional launch (ETD 8pm) to Dhaka. Arrive Dhaka by very early in the following morning (6/7am) if the weather situation is good, due to the heavy fog boats are often delayed to arrives Dhaka till to mid-day.

[NB: first class A/C cabins of Rocket is mostly reserved for the government high officials and opens 5 days earlier for public sale. Therefore it’s always uncertain to get a cabin on this antic boat, promise that we will try our best to get one].


Day 17 - Arrive Dhaka from Barisal and avail last flight to Chittagong.

Arrive Dhaka early in the morning from Barisal and transfer to the hotel for freshen up, on the way breakfast will be served at a typical old Dhaka restaurant. Depending on your time availability we will offer you some activity around the city, maybe a visit to Brass artisan’s village will be interesting. Dhamrai, famous for its brass artisans, you can observe the making of various traditional things, religious and non-religious objects following a unique technique name ‘Lost-Wax method’. During the Bengali month of Ashar (June-July) the colorful Hindu festival ‘Ratha Jatra’ takes place here. The large ‘Rath’, similar to a Roman chariot, can be seen throughout the year. The tour will continue to Nayarhat, where you will leave the vehicle and take a short boat journey to Kakran. Here most villagers are engaged in the pottery trade. The use of clay pots and utensils is slowly disappearing, posing a threat to the traditional livelihood of these skilled artisans. Continue drive to the airport to avail last flight to Chittagong. Soon after arrival in Chittagong airport you will be transferred to a hotel for overnight stay.

[We may try the train for this journey to Chittagong instead of flight, if you want. Also if the train schedule remain under regular schedule, last few years schedule has been delayed by 20 to 20 hours. Let’s count on the flight now, and we will see the situation on the spot].


Day 18 - Largest Ship breaking yard, fish market, Karnafuli River Cruise & some Islamic Architecture.

After an early breakfast at your hotel visit the largest sea fish market in the country, also interesting to walk around the marketplace through the wooden sea fishing boat manufacturing area and the unloading fish from the boat or preparing the boat for couples of week fishing in the Bay of Bengal. Drive to Madam Bibirhat where the world largest ship breakingyary is situated. Hopefully you are aware about the visitor’s entry restriction at the yards, but we have a different way of visiting. We will hire a fishing trawler and cruise around the yards, we can closely observes how the Pacific explorer become into small pieces by human hand and a gas burner that’s all they are using. This visit require the high tide of the river, so that we can get closer to the boat and can get off in some ships for making pictures and talk to the workers. After trip if we are allowed by the time then we will also visit some modern and old Islamic architects in the town. Overnight in Chittagong.


Day 19 - Chittagong to Rangamati, meet the indigenous peoples and culture.

After having breakfast and complete the checkout formalities with the hotel we will start a beautiful journey towards Rangamati, whcih is part of Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT). On the way we will take some small stopover by the local markets, visiting villages and bamboo raft. Upon arrival in Rangamati town we may take a visit to the wonderful Tribal Cultural Museum at the entrance of the city and continue drive to the hotel after taking lunch at a local restaurant in the town. After having some rest this afternoon visit will include a walking trip to one of the chakma tribal Village and Rajbon Bihara, which is the largest Buddhist temple in the country. It is also interesting to visit the weekly indigenous market in the town. Overnight in Rangamati.


Day 20- Beautiful cruise in Kaptai Lake.

After breakfast this morning we will take a boat to cruise over the Kaptailake for few hours. Kaptai Lake is a man-made lake, was made to generate hydro powered electricity to supply all over the country, unfortunately the peoples who has sacrificed their agricultural lands, downhill houses of this area are still out of the electricity coverage. We will stop in different island in the lake in order to meet the tribal families and their local textile weaving or so. Lunch in a restaurant in the town and visit the Township in the afternoon. Overnightat a hotel in Rangamati Town.


Day 21 - Rangamati to Bandarban.

After breakfast we will starts for Bandarban, it will take us around 4 hours. Up on arrival check inn at the Hill side Eco Resort. Relax the whole afternoon in the resort and enjoy reading with the music of nature. Overnight in the eco resort.


Day 22- Cruise in Shangu River and tribal village visit.

Drive till Ruma Bazar by 4X4 jeep, and after taking lunch at a local restaurant we will take a boat from Ruma bazar till to Bandarban town. On the way to Ruma Bazar we will stop in Shoilopropat (Tribal Handicraft market place by the waterfall), Farukpara (Bwam Trib’s Village. It will be a really beautiful cruise through the downhill and the tribal village, you can enjoy different daily activities of local's form the boat and the scenery is beautiful. In some point we will also get off to visit some tribal villages. Dinner and overnight in Eco cottage.


Day 23 - Welcome to Cox’s bazar – largest continuous sea beach in the world.

Slowly after breakfast drive to Cox’s Bazar by reserved car. Immediately after completing check-inn formalities go to the beach, enjoy swimming as long you like. In the afternoon we will visit nearby tourist’s spots Inani and Himchori beach area. Overnight in Cox’s Bazar.


Day 24 - Cox’s Bazar to St. Martin’s Island.

7:00 am we have to leave the hotel for Teaknaf by A/C public bus or reserved car (2hours), here we will take the public ferry (ETD 9:30AM) for another 2:15hrs to Saint Martin’s Island. Upon arrival in the Island we will be transferred to the hotel. Rest time of the day we will enjoy the way we want, relaxing/ walking around the village/ swimming or so.


Day 25 - St. Martin to Cox’s Bazar

Relax in St. Martin’s island till to the lunch time, and get on board for return journey at 3PM same way to Teaknaf and then to Cox’s Bazar. We will reach our hotel in cox’s bazar by 8:30pm. Overnight in Cox’s Bazar.


Day 26 - Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka journey.

Take the first flight to Dhaka, up on arrival in Dhaka airport transferred to the hotel. We may keep rest time of the day for Shopping or something according to your wish or visit Dhaka New Market area.


Day 27 - Have a safe return to Home.

Transfer to the international airport, we say good bye for now and take your flight for home.


End of tour.


Trip price shall include;


• All accommodation in twin sharing basis room


• Breakfast from Day-1 to Day-21 and bottled water for drinking at any time needed


• Transport including fuel and driver


• Expert English speaking Tour guide all the way


• Day trip to Sundarban with private boat


• Forest armed guard in Sundarban forest


• All transfers and boating as per itinerary


• All sightseeing entry fees, local permits


• Borisal – Dhaka ferry ticket (A/C Cabin)


• Air/ Train tickets; Dhaka – Chittagong (One Way)


• Cox’s Bazar-DAC Flight tickets (one way)


Some tips to keep in mind;


• While visiting any religious places mosque, temple or church in Bangladesh, we advise to wear long trousers and sleeves. Covering the head by a scarf of any women guests will be appreciated, and must take off the shows during entering into the religious place. Shorts dress are not acceptable in any holly place.


• Drinking, eating and smoking during the Ramadan (fasting month) in public places is not appreciated, better to follow the local custom.


Museum visiting hour:


Ahsan Manjil (Pink Palace)


Summer (Apr- Sept)


Sat – Wednesday: 10.30 AM – 05.30 PM


Friday: 03:00PM – 08:00PM


Thursday: Weekly Holiday


Winter (Oct – Mar)


Sat – Wednesday: 09.30 AM – 04.30 PM


Friday:02:00PM – 07:30PM


Thursday: Weekly Holiday


Lalbagh Fort

Sunday & Monday: Weekly Holiday and rest days of the week 10.00 AM – 05.00 PM remain open.


Paharpur, Tajhat, Mohastan, Sixty Domed Mosque, Rabindra Kuti Bari-

Summer (Apr- Sept)


Tues – Saturday: 10.00 AM – 06.00 PM


Mondya: 02:30PM – 08:00PM


Daily Lunch break: 1pm – 1:30 PM


Sunday: Weekly Holiday


Thurs & Friday all museum closed during Ramadan and public holidays.


• We’ll require minimum 50% payment in advance in order to confirm booking of this tour.


NOTICE: Lunch and dinner / hard drinks, laundry service, fax/telephone, tips, donation and other expenses of personal nature are not included in the trip price.


REMARKS: CHECK IN/OUT OF HOTELS AT 12.00 noon except if other specified above


This itinerary is just a guide to what is planned. We remain open to your input and plans be adjusted to make your tour more interesting, relevant and exciting. It may also be modified due to circumstance-s beyond our control,on the other-hand you can customize your trip based on your interests and time.


NOTE: Noise sensitiveness is relative! Bangladesh is not a quiet country! Even in the remotest places there might be a temple or mosque or church festival, or a dog howling at the moon, or just a normal conversation being conducted in top volume ... We recommend you bring earplugs should you be sensitive to noise. If using electronic devices pleases be aware that electricity (A/C 220 voltage) in Bangladesh is a temperamental and power fluctuation.


 




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