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Dhaka and around in a local way – 5 days

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Dhaka and around in a local way – 5 days

$585 per person

This five-day trip in and around Dhaka will allow you to explore the city’s new, old, and neighbourhood areas, as well as a day trip to Sonargaon, the brass artisan village in Dhamrai, and some ancient and contemporary architecture. You can spend a couple of days walking on the street, taking pictures, meeting friendly people, exploring local craftsmanship and recycling industry and trying delicious foods. Our expert tour leaders prefer to give you more cultural engagements rather than pointing out the touristic spots. This trip will drive you through the deeper perceptions of culture; the streets /places are not yet mentioned in any travel guide. Walking through the heritage and chaotic habitation would give you an experience that you have never thought of!

 

Dhaka; the of city life, and of course, our playground

The world considers today’s Dhaka as a chaotic and densely populated city; maybe the density is her strength, and chaos is the rhythm of life. Dhaka has an exciting history and rich cultural heritage. Dhaka city still has a name for its exotic culinary and cuisine. Royal Bengal Tours welcomes you to explore this chaotic town to earn a unique and unforgettable memory.

An excursion to the Liberation War Museum and National Museum will increase the understanding of the culture and history of this country.

The National Parliament building is the most notable modern building in Bangladesh. Bold geometrical patterns and monumental architecture is very typical of Louis I Kahn – the world-famous American architect. A visit inside of this building is a unique experience for general tourists as well as for architects. Bangladesh shows an enormous body of architecture from different periods, which the world has not discovered yet. Royal Bengal Tours is the pioneer in establishing some unique “Architecture tours of Bangladesh” in collaboration with the Swiss Architecture Museum (S AM) for the first time in the country.

A day excursion to the first capital Sonargaon is a great treat. For someone interested in local artisanship, a trip to the pottery village to see these local artisans of Bengal and also see the people working with brass metal- creating their beautiful artwork will surely uplift your spirit. A trip to Bangladesh is incomplete without a river cruise and seeing the primitive life around the delta.

You may leave the choices up to your guide & driver to unbox their secretes and decide best as per your main points of interest and considering the traffic.

  • Basic Plan
  • $ 585
    Per-person trip price for a group of 4+ PAX
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, closed shoes, hat. Warm jacket during the winter (November to February). Raincoat/ umbrella during the rainy season (May to August). Full sleeves are always necessary while visiting any religious place, mosque, temple, church or a trip during Ramadan.
  • Included
    AC vehicle with experienced chauffeur for sightseeing and transfers
    Accommodation in twin sharing basis as per itinerary
    All entrance fees and local permits
    All Museum Tickets
    All rickshaw/ cycle / boat / local transports
    Bottled water, soft drinks and seasonal fruits during the sightseeing
    Expert English-Speaking Guide
    Lunch
    Trip as per itinerary
    Typical Souvenir
  • Not Included
    All air, bus, train and launch tickets as per itinerary
    Any activity not mentioned in the itinerary.
    Dinner
    Gratuities
    Local guide/ escort/ experts/ academics
    Personal expenses
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Day 1: Dhaka arrival, pickup from the airport and transfer to the hotel
Upon arrival at Dhaka airport, you will be received by your guide & driver and transfer to the hotel. Depending on the remaining time of the day, we will offer you some activities around. Overnight stay at the hotel in the diplomatic zone.
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Day 2: Walking tour of Old Dhaka
Your guide and driver will come to pick you up from your hotel and drive to Kawran Bazar – the central marketplace for vegetables, fruits, fish, meats and many other products; comes from all over Bangladesh, even abroad. About an hour walk through this chaotic market is fascinating. Continue driving towards Dhaka art school and Curzon Hall of Dhaka University. And here we start our couple of hour walks through the heart of old Dhaka streets. This walk will include Kazi Alauddin Road and neighbourhood, Bongshal cycle street and residential area, carpenter street, Pakistan Math, Koshaituli old Mosque and residential area, Noya Bazar, Tanti Bazar and Shakhari Bazar Hindu Street, a local garments factory visits and ending up in Sadarghat riverfront. Your guide will offer you a short boat trip on the Burigonga River by country boat and continue walking along the shipbuilding yard on the other side of the river. The magic hands built all the giant ships without any modern automatic tools. It is also fascinating to walk around the spice market and visit the beautiful Ruplal house. Typical Bangla lunch will be offered at historical “<em>Beauty Boarding” </em>knowing the western sensitivity stomach, we have a selection of reputed local restaurants to try the delicious local cuisine without any worries. Continue walking through the Burigonga River bank till to Armenian Church and star Mosque, Pink Palace, and nawab bari pond will be visited on the way. If we are allowed by the time and still energetic to explore more, we will take you to various recycling hubs of the old town and then drive back to your hotel/ residence. A rickshaw ride is an option instead of walking. Our vehicle will drive us from place to place. You will be arriving home late in the afternoon or early in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel in the diplomatic zone.  
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Day 3: Excursion to first capital; Sonargaon, Cruise on Meghna River and primitive rural life of Char Village
Your guide will come to pick you up at 8:00 AM and leave Dhaka for Sonargaon; on the way; we shall take our first stop in Nawapara Jamdani village. This is where the magic fingers are weaving traditional Jamdani sari, which is an incredible artwork that unfortunately disappearing.  Continue drive to the old capital of Bengal – Sonargaon; Goaldi Mosque, Panam Nagar, beautiful Sadarbari, well-maintained Folk-Art Museum are well worth visiting. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Then, continue drive to Buiddyer Bazar. Here we take a country boat for couples of hours cruise on Meghna (One of the Major River in Bangladesh, came from India) River for couples of hours. This river trip will include an interesting walk to explore the primitive Char village life. Char is a temporary sandy shifting island formed by river erosion and sedimentation. There are thousands of chars in Bangladesh up from the northern part till to the south coast. This char can disappear by flooding, high tide, strong river current or by any natural disaster or so… Life in the char is minimal; access to the medical care centre and education is very tough, impossible in some areas. We'll return to Dhaka in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at the same hotel in the diplomatic zone.  
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Day 4: Past Glory, Present Development – trip to pottery and bras artisan villages
Leave Dhaka at 7:30 AM for Manikganj, located about 70 km from Dhaka. Drive all the way to Baliati palace Museum. A twenty-minute walk through the picturesque landscape brings you to some of the abandoned Hindu palaces in the nearby village; this walk lets you dipping into the local’s life and gives you an insightful picture of Bangladesh's rural and peaceful village life. On the way, stop at the Eshore Chandra High School, the first certified high school in East Bengal. Then, continue driving towards Dhamrai for famous brass artisans and pottery village excursion. During the Bengali month of Ashar (June-July), the colourful Hindu festival ‘Ratha Jatra’ take place here. The large ‘Rath’, similar to a Roman chariot, can be seen throughout the year. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the way. 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. After returning to the vehicle, we will head back towards Dhaka. If we are allowed by the time and traffic situation, we may 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 late afternoon. Overnight stay at the same hotel in the diplomatic zone.  
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Day 5: Mingling and bargaining
On your last day, we suggest a visit to the busy different market area, where everything from readymade garments to jewellery, saris, household items, books and art supplies are sold also nicest fair trade and women’s cooperative stores that sell a beautiful array of locally and sustainably produced handicrafts.  

Tour Location

New Dhaka, Old Dhaka, Dhamrai, Manikgonj, Baliati and Sonargaon.
 
 

Comments:

  • LUCYMCHA | LEAMINGTON SPA

    December 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    An amazing adventure
    Dec 2015 • Couples
    We cannot thank our wonderful guide Jewel enough for taking us into deepest, darkest downtown Dhaka to show us everyday life. We had seen things that would not have been possible without a knowledgeable guide. A charming place and people, it would have been nice to spend a few more days exploring the city as the traffic and congestion makes it very difficult to get around with any speed. An excuse to come back one day!

  • AstrapiDetail | Brussels, Belgium

    February 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Super knowledgeable guides for Dhaka and Bangladesh !
    Feb 2016 • Solo
    Whether you go on tour with Jewel or Tuhin, whether you visit Dhaka or elsewhere in the country, you can trust this company 100 %. Guides are knowledgeable and they will go a long way to satisfy you. Went on a full 3-day tour in Dhaka and around which gave me a great insight and understanding of the capital and the country. Museums, shopping, strolls in the countryside, craftsmen, monuments, boats, river, streets, bazars, church-mosque-temple, parks… nothing were amiss.
    I truly had the best of time and now feel completely in love with Dhaka, despite its negative aspects (i.e : traffic and pollution).
    If you have a specific querry or any particular need you can be sure Jewel and his team will answer it with grace and kindness. I will certainly use Royal Bengal Tours services when I go back to Bangladesh.

  • Roiss1

    April 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Fantastic Day in Dhaka
    Apr 2017 • Solo
    The full day Dhaka city tour offered by Jewel has been fantastic.

    – He was on time, speaks an excellent english & knows Dhaka like the back of his hand !

    I visited all the amazing places described on his website & I left the country filled with wonder.

    What an incredible city !

    What incredible people, so smily & genuine !

    I will be back for sure to explore more of Bangladesh with Jewel of course !

    Thank you for an AMAZING moment !

  • JAMESINTHAILAND | Udon Thani, Thailand

    October 7, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    A First Class Tour Operator!
    Oct 2018 • Solo
    I just returned from a brief trip to Dhaka, where I spent two full days touring the city with Mittu (sorry if I misspelled the name). It was a remarkable two days and I feel like I received an excellent introduction into Bangladesh with Royal Bengal Tours.

    Dealing with Jewel prior to my visit was extremely easy and straightforward. He answered all of my questions very quickly and thoroughly, and made great suggestions in terms of what I should see. It was one of the most efficient “planning operations” I have gone through with a tour company and Jewel fully understood what I was looking for in my tour, which was a focus on street life photography, and made a great plan for my two days.

    My guide was outstanding. He is a young, well-educated man with excellent communications skills and a very good grasp of English. He is quite sensitive both to my needs and to the people we were photographing during the tour, seemed to have a fantastic capability to sense what my interests were before I even communicated them to him, was extremely knowledgeable about all things Bangladeshi, and very flexible in terms of our itinerary and scheduled program. On top of all of this, he is a very pleasant guy and a pleasure to converse with.

    I will definitely book any future travel to Bangladesh with Royal Bengal Tours, and heartily recommend them to anyone visiting Bangladesh, a truly fascinating country.

  • Andy Mundenl

    December 5, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    3 Days in and around Dhaka by Andy & Gerry from Bristol England
    Dec 2018 • Couples
    My wife and I had 3 days for our trip to Bangladesh before moving on to Myanmar. We asked Jewel to organise everything for us from start to finish and he did a fantastic job.
    Our guide Shabbit was excellent and gave us a real insight into the everyday life in the capital city. Our drivers were also punctual and completely at home in the fearsome traffic. We hope to come back and do a longer trip and will tell all our friends what a great place Bangladesh is.

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