Archaeology and culture of Rajshahi is a voyage into the past and present for five days. Rajshahi is the home of ancient archaeological heritage sites and architecture. Vibrant rural life, fascinating culture, rivers, chars, and beautiful landscapes make this trip a noble journey. Various historical monuments, including a number of mosques and mausoleums, madrasahs, Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, Rajbaris (land lord’s palaces), and British-era buildings are all around Rajshahi.
Rajshahi is famous for its fine silk, luscious mango, litchis, and magnificent architectural landmarks. The city’s clean streets and green surroundings have always welcomed discriminating tourists. There are 270 varieties of mangoes grown in the Rajshahi area during the season between May and September, but most of them are available in June and July. Some popular mangoes of this region are Govindobhog, GopalBhog, Gulabkhash, Brindabani, Himshagor or Khirshapat, Lengra, Haribhanga, Lakkhanbhog, Surjopuri, Fazli, Mohonbhog, Amrupoli, Ashini, etc. They differ from one another in size, shape, and taste. Rajshahi is also famous for some characteristic sweetmeats, including Roshkodom, Raghobshahi, Khaja, and Kachagolla, not to be found anywhere else in Bangladesh.
Rajshahi is adorned with the timeless charm of beautiful mud houses. These architectural marvels showcase a blend of traditional craftsmanship and practicality, constructed using locally sourced materials like clay, rice husk, wild grass, rice straw, bamboo, and wooden beams. The cool interiors offer respite from the warm climate, creating a soothing and peaceful atmosphere. Walking amidst these mud houses evokes a sense of nostalgia, connecting visitors to a bygone era steeped in simplicity and natural elegance.
Puthia Palace is one of the finest examples of old-style architectural magnificence. It has a number of temples that used to be the center of worship for the local Hindu community. Puthia is located about 32km to the east of Rajshahi City and one km from the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway.
Gaur or Gaud or Gauda or Gour was the ancient capital established by Hindu Senas, who called it Lakhnauti, which has turned into a site of great historical importance. Gaur has more mosques than any other area of the country after Dhaka and Bagerhaat. It is located about 100km west of Rajshahi City, on the Bangladesh-India border at Chapainawabgonj town. Archaeological heritage and artifacts of this area are Chhota Sona Mosque, Darashbari Mosque and Madrasa (1479), Dhanichak Mosque, Dakhil Darwaza, Khanjan Dighi Mosque, Kachari Bari of Shah Suja (Tahakhana), Tohakhana Mosque, and the Tomb of Shah Niamatullah, but none of the structures from the earlier Hindu Kingdoms remain.
This region opens its gates to those who are amazed by its archaeologically important sites as well as various tasty foods.
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Day 01: Flight to Rajshahi, Kusumba Archaeological site and Ganges River cruise
Your guide and driver will come to pick you up from your place and transfer you to the Dhaka domestic airport to avail of the morning flight to Rajshahi. Upon arrival at Rajshahi Airport, meet your driver and drive to the Kusumba mosque. This mosque is one of the last examples of the finest stonework in Bengal. Sulaiman built it in 966 A.H. (1558 A.D.) during the reign of Ghiyasud-din Bahadur Shah (Journal, Asiatic Society of Bengal; Vol. LXX, pt. I, 1904, p. 117). J.N. Sarkar, History of Bengal, Vol. II, p. 180. The mosque is built of brick faced with stone both inside and outside, except for the arches, domes, and roof. The interior of this mosque is divided into two aisles and three bays by stone pillars, which support six hemispherical domes on the roof. Octagonal corner towers, triple curved cornice and bands of horizontal moldings on the façade, a well-designed ladies' gallery at the northwest corner, and three ornamented mihrabs on the western wall make this mosque worth visiting. Drive back towards Rajshahi town. A country boat trip will be offered to enjoy the sunset over the Padma (Ganges) River and explore the char village life along the Bangladesh-India border. The mighty river Padma (Ganges) now looks meager during the dry season. The river, which used to have huge waves devouring moles after miles of land near the banks dried up, is now dry, and you can walk all the way to see the other side of it. But during the rainy season, the river fills to the brim, and you will be awed at the majestic sight of the river.
Dinner at a local restaurant in Rajshahi town and an overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 2: Temple city Puthia, cruise on Ganges River, local life and culture around Rajshahi
Leave the hotel after breakfast for Puthia, a charming town renowned for Bangladesh's many historically significant Hindu structures. The Shiva Temple in Puthia is the largest Hindu temple in Bangladesh. The Govinda Temple, decorated with intricate terracotta designs, is in one of the country's finest old Rajbari courtyards.
Continue driving towards the ancient Bagha mosque through a beautiful landscape. It is a richly decorated brick-built ten-domed mosque. The decoration of this mosque illustrates the delicate terracotta art of that period. In a mango garden by the river in Charghat, a local family will prepare and serve a lovely lunch. Drive back to Natore to visit Natore Rajbari and Uttara Gana Bhavan. Get back to the hotel before it is dark. Dinner at a local restaurant in Rajshahi town and an overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 3: Morning Bazar, flea markets, Varendra Research Museum and silk industry
Maybe we can take the morning walk through the daily Bazar area before breakfast, take a late breakfast around 8 AM at Parjatan Motel, and check out. A visit to the Varendra Research Museum, which is a more than a hundred-year-old museum-research center. Seven different galleries of the museum display different items like old Sanskrit, Arabic, and Persian scripts, outstanding black basalt sculptures of Hindus and Buddhists, and some items representing the ethnic culture of Rajshahi. Rajshahi is also known as the 'silk capital' of Bangladesh. Now we will invite you to visit a local silk production and watch the weaving, dyeing, block, and batik painting of this exclusive natural fibre. This will be a guided trip through the entire process of silk fibre turning into a nice piece of cloth. You may get some souvenirs from their showroom, and they have lovely collections of local-style clothes and plain silk fabrics for custom-tailoring. Enjoy a beautiful tribal cultural program in Godagari this afternoon. If you are interested, you may visit the pre-primary school built and run by the local tribal community in an effort to keep their language and culture alive. Unfortunately, some tribal communities have already lost their dialects, which they have no way of bringing back!
Dinner at a local restaurant in Rajshahi town and an overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 4: Trip to the capital of the Sena dynasty in Bengal
Gaur, or Gaud, or Gauda, or Gour, was the ancient capital established by Hindu Senas, who called it Lakhnauti, which has turned into a site of great historical importance. Gaur has more mosques than any other area of the country after Dhaka and Bagerhaat. It is located about 100km west of Rajshahi City, on Bangladesh-India border at Chapainawabgonj town. Archaeological heritage and artefacts of this area are Chhota Sona Mosque, Darashbari Mosque and Madrasa (1479), Dhanichak Mosque, Dakhil Darwaza, Khanjan Dighi Mosque, Kachari Bari of Shah Suja (Tahakhana), Tohakhana Mosque, and the Tomb of Shah Niamatullah. However, none of the structures from the earlier Hindu kingdoms remain.
We, Will, leave the hotel after breakfast for the Choto Shona mosque area, and it is about 3/4 hours of excursion through the sites and monuments. We will drive back to Chapai Nawabgonj town for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will visit Alpona Gram and brass artisan villages. Rajshahi region is famous for its unique style of (several stories) environment-friendly mud houses, scattered everywhere around this district. Alpana Gram is a village with (a special indigenous tradition of auspicious paint on the floor, walls, etc. with liquid pigment of rice powder) beautifully painted mud houses by the local tribal community. The brass metal craftsmanship of Chapai Nawabgonj is also very famous in the country for its quality. We will have an interesting walk through the artisan village. Drive back to Rajshahi town for dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 5: Rajshahi - Dhaka (Flight/ Train/ Bus/ Reserved Car)
You will be transferred to Rajshahi Airport according to your flight schedule to avail of a morning flight to Dhaka. Upon arrival at Dhaka Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel or residence.