Life and Culture around Ganges Delta 4 Days
$657 per person
On this four-day trip, you will experience a great treat to Sonargaon – the first capital of Bengal, an in-depth excursion through Old Dhaka‘s life and architecture, a unique river journey by overnight paddle steamer through one of the world’s largest deltas of the planet. Exploring the UNESCO heritage site and historic mosque city of Bagerhat, this town contains some of the most significant structures of the primary period of the development of the Muslim architecture of Bengal. And a unique experience of fishing technic by trained otters.
Bangladesh is proud of her vast river network and shimmering green expanse. Therefore, it is warmly called the land of rivers by its people. Many rivers have deposited very thick layers of fertile silt, forming one of the most extensive river deltas on earth. Every year, over a billion metric tons of silts are delivered to the Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean), building up the world’s largest underwater delta, the Bengal Fan. Rich silt has always allowed luxuriant natural vegetation and made early and successful agriculture possible.
Three forms of water – river, rain and sea – give Bangladesh a natural Janus face. The rivers shrink in their beds in the winter, the skies are quietly blue, and saline water gently trickles in. Nature appears to be benign and nurturing. On the other hand, nature is out of control, floods are a way of life in summer, and Bangladesh has turned into an amphibious land. The river widens, rains pour down, and storms at sea sometimes hamper the discharge of all this water. Bangladesh lives in an environment where land and water meet and where the boundaries between these elements are in constant flux.
Still, Bangladesh is a sanctuary of art and culture, and there is beauty and harmony amidst chaos and frenzied traffic. You have to be here to feel its inner meaning. This trip will drive you through the fascinating civilization around the rivers.
Important note about the overnight Paddle Steamer/ Launch Journey:
All paddle steamers have been out of operation for a long time, Only a modern ship, M V Modhumoti is routing the trip between Dhaka – Morrelgonj once a week. Still, this journey is fabulous and highly recommended to river explorers.
|Dhaka to Morrelgonj|
|Thursday||Modhumoti (Launch/ Modern Ship)|
|Morrelgonj – Dhaka|
- Basic Plan
Per-person trip price for a group of 4+ PAX
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
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
Ememem88 | Portsmouth, UK
Above and beyond
Jan 2017 • Couples
Due to the fantastic reviews on here, I emailed Jewel to arrange an itinerary for our visit to Bangladesh. Our absolute priority was to visit the Sundarbans which he kindly arranged for us through an associated company.
We met up in Dhaka to discuss other potential trips that could be arranged. We were very grateful he took the time to talk to us in person, and the discussion was extremely useful.
Through him, we also booked a day boat excursion in Banaripara which was extremely interesting and insightful into village life along the rivers. The Sundarbans tour was also excellent.
We were extremely grateful for all the advice and help that Jewel gave us in terms of helping us plan an itinerary. He certainly went above and beyond in terms of organising contacts and phoning us to ensure we had reached our various destinations. He is obviously passionate about his job and what his country has to offer.
We normally travel very independently, but Bangladesh can be a tricky country to navigate without insider help. I would not hesitate in recommending Jewel as a first port of contact if you are visiting Bangladesh.
Thank you, Jewel, for a wonderful trip. It is only a shame we did not see more of you.
Emma & Connor