Cultural heritage sites of north-western Bengal in 4 Days
$657 per person
North-Western region of Bangladesh is a popular destination for a variety of historical monuments, including numbers of mosques, Temples, Stupas, Rajbaris (Land lord’s palaces), British era buildings, beautiful landscapes, delicious Mango & Litchi, Silk, rivers, Chars and vibrant local and tribal culture. There are many Islamic architectural relics in the country in the form of Mosques, Madrashas, Palaces and Mausoleums.
- Basic Plan
Per-person trip price for a group of 4+ PAX
DeparturePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
Departure TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeCasual, 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.
IncludedAC vehicle with experienced chauffeur for sightseeing and transfersAccommodation in twin sharing basis as per itineraryAll air, bus, train and launch tickets as per itineraryAll entrance fees and local permitsAll Museum TicketsAll rickshaw/ cycle / boat / local transportsBottled water, soft drinks and seasonal fruits during the sightseeingExpert English-Speaking GuideLunchTrip as per itineraryTypical Souvenir
Not IncludedAny activity not mentioned in the itinerary.DinnerGratuitiesLocal guide/ escort/ experts/ academicsPersonal expenses
Day 1: Morning flight to Saidpur and visit the Kantaji Temple and Rudrapur rural-architecture
After an early breakfast from your hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic airport to avail a flight (50 minutes flight) to Saidpur (North-West). Upon arrival, meet your driver and drive (40 Minutes) to the Kantaji temple in Birgonj, the most beautiful terracotta temple and the finest example of terracotta bricks architecture in ancient style. Continue drive (1.5 hours) to Rudrapur to visit a local vocational school and training centre. The entire school is built from mud and bamboo. This school plays a very important role in social development in many ways. Few mud structures of this lively campus, and Architect Anna Herringer has earned AGA Khan award for sustainable Architecture by using locally found elements (mud, bamboo and hey). We may arrange our lunch by the school, prepared and served by a local tribal family, otherwise continue drive to Dinajpur town for lunch at a local restaurant and visit the old abandoned Raj Bari (Landlords Palace). Drive (3 hours) to Rangpur town for an overnight stay; on the way, we will visit a local rice processing factory (CHATAL), as we know Dinajpur is famous for various rice. If we are allowed by daylight, we may visit the Tajhat Palace museum and local Bazar and market places. Dinner and night stay at RDRS Guesthouse; they have a selection of lovely cuisines. You may visit the RDRS Bangladesh website if you are interested to learn about their activities around the rural areas of Bangladesh.
Day 2: Paharpur, the highest Buddhist Stupa and first Hindu capital city
Leave the hotel at 8 AM for Paharpur by reserved vehicle (2.5 hours drive), visit of highest Buddhist Stupa south of Himalaya, a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Continue driving towards Bogra to visit Vasu Bihar, Mohasthangarh Hindu capital, citadel archaeological sites. Overnight stay at hotel Naz Garden in Bogra.A local family will serve a freshly prepared lunch by the monument. Continue drive (3 hours) to Saidpur airport to avail an afternoon flight to Dhaka. Upon arrival in Dhaka, you will be transferred to a nearby hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Morning cruise on Brahmaputra river, Lunch in Bogra, afternoon, Bazar/ Market places
Leave the hotel after breakfast by reserved vehicle for Shariakandi boat station on the Brahmaputra River. Avail the awaiting country boat for a few hours cruise and visiting the char village, local school, primitive agriculture.'Chars' are the temporary/shifting river islands formed out of river erosion and sedimentation, which may disappear any time in the same way. And the primitive village on those chars is called 'Char Village. Even from a nearby city town, life in the Char area is absolutely different (simple but hard). Living in a char is equal to accepting many different challenges, including natural disasters, effects of climate change, being away from health care and education and many more. These people have been sacrificing their life producing crops and supplying them all over the country, but the consumer barely knows its producer's life story! We are going to listen to many stories of life from these people and share ours.Drive back to Bogra for lunch. Bogra city walks, flea markets visit in the afternoon. Overnight stay at Hotel Naz Garden.
Day 4: Natore Rajbari, Puthia temple complex and flight to Dhaka
Leave the hotel after breakfast at 8 AM for Natore; visit the finest Rajbari and Uttara Gano Bhavan. Continue to visit Puthia – the temple city. After lunch at a local restaurant in Rajshahi, avail of the afternoon flight to Dhaka. Upon arrival at Dhaka airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
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