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Explore the heritage sites around Rajshahi in 5 Days

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Explore the heritage sites around Rajshahi in 5 Days

$643 per person

On this trip, you will explore the architecture, archaeological heritage and culture of Rajshahi area. The North-Western region of Bangladesh is a popular destination for various historical monuments, including the number of mosques, Temples, Stupas, Rajbaris (Land lord’s palaces), British-era buildings, beautiful landscapes, 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.

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 grows in Rajshahi area during the season between May to 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, Roshkodom, Raghobshahi, Khaja and Kachagolla, not to be found anywhere else in Bangladesh.

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 for worship by the local Hindu community. Puthia is located about 32km to the east of Rajshahi city and one km from Dhaka – Rajshahi highway.

Gaur or Gaud or Gauda or Gour was the ancient capital established by Hindu Senas and called it Lakhnauti, which has turned into a site of great historical importance. Gaur has more mosques than any 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, Tomb of Shah Niamatullah, but none of the structures from the earlier Hindu Kingdoms remains.

This region opens its gates for those who are amazed by its archaeologically important sites as well as various tasty foods.

  • Basic Plan
  • $ 643
    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 air, bus, train and launch tickets 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
    Any activity not mentioned in the itinerary.
    Dinner
    Gratuities
    Local guide/ escort/ experts/ academics
    Personal expenses
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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 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 stone works 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 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 mouldings on the façade, a well-designed ladies gallery at the north-west corner, and three ornamented mihrabs on the western wall makes 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 by Bangladesh – India border. Once the mighty river Padma (Ganges) now looks meagre during the dry season. The river, which used to have huge waves devouring moles after miles of land near the banks is dried up, 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 would be awed at the majestic sight of the river.   Dinner at a local restaurant in Rajshahi town and overnight stay in Parjatan Motel.
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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's 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.  A lovely lunch will be prepared and served by a local family in Charghat inside a mango garden by the river. 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 and overnight stay in Parjatan Motel Rajshahi.
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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 and 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 years old museum-cum- research centre. Seven different galleries of the museum display different items like old Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian scripts, outstanding black basalt sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist, 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 effort to keep their language and culture alive. Unfortunately, some tribal community has already lost their dialects, which has no way of bringing back! Dinner and overnight in Rajshahi.
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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 and called it Lakhnauti, which has turned into a site of great historical importance. Gaur has more mosques than any 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, Tomb of Shah Niamatullah. However, none of the structures from the earlier Hindu Kingdoms remains. 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 (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 an overnight stay at Parjatan motel.
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Day 5: Rajshahi - Dhaka (Flight/ Train/ Bus/ Reserved Car)
You will be transferred to Rajshahi airport according to your flight schedule to avail a morning flight to Dhaka.  Upon arrival at Dhaka airport, you will be transferred to your hotel/ residence.  

Tour Location

Natore, Puthia, Rajshahi, Chapai Nawabganj, Gour
 
 

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