Meet the People of Bengal Rivers – 8 day trip
$1225 per person
Meet the People of Bengal Rivers is a great opportunity to experience life, culture, and nature, besides the famous tourist places, within seven days. This trip will bring you in contact with people, chaos, the bazaar, markets, rivers, char, and nature. You will be surfing through a deeper part of Old Dhaka, Sonargaon, traditional Jamdani saree weaving, an overnight launch journey to Barisal, fabulous Backwater and floating markets, the typical pottery industry, unique otter fishing in Narail, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bagerhat, and the traditional and old lost wax method in a brass artisan’s village in Dhamrai.
This is a special trip to understand how strong bondings between the river and people. You will daily visit a river and meet the people living on the shore. They have interesting stories and characteristics to share with the world. Geography and the effects of climate change are very much visible in life here. Questing is whether will they gain adaptability to the consequences or lose the battle!
Rivers are the lifelines of the land of rivers. A huge percentage of the population directly depends on them for their livelihood. The rivers also incredibly influence the lifestyle, culture and emotional outlook of the people of Bangladesh. Countless tales and tragedies are associated with the river.
Bangladesh takes pride in its rivers as one of the largest networks in the world. The country is crisscrossed by a total of about 700 rivers, including tributaries and distributaries. The total length of the rivers of Bangladesh is about 24,140 kilometers consisting of tiny hilly streams, winding seasonal creeks, muddy canals, and a number of truly magnificent rivers and their tributaries and distributaries. Predominantly, four major river systems can be located in Bangladesh: (a) the Jamuna – Brahmaputra, (b) the Padma – Ganges, (c) the Meghna – Surma, and (d) the Chittagong region river system.
The people of Bangladesh entwine their joys and sorrows with the ever-changing moods and motions of their rivers. Rivers in Bangladesh change their color and look every season. That’s why the rivers of Bangladesh occupy an important place in the creation of all legendary literature of the land.
- Basic Plan
- $ 1225
Per-person trip price for a group of 4+ PAX
Departure TimeApproximately 8:30 AM or according to your arrival flight time.
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
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: Dhaka arrival, pickup from the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Excursion to first capital; Sonargaon Cruise on Meghna River & primitive life of rural Char Village.
Our guide will come to pick you up at 8:00AM, 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 at weaving traditional Jamdani sari, which is an incredible artwork. Due to available cheaper commercial fabrics, posing a threat to these skilled weaver’s traditional livelihood. Continue drive to old capital of Bengal – Sonargaon; Panam Nagar, beautiful Sadarbari, well-maintained Folk-Art Museum are well worth visiting. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. 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 the river erosion and sedimentation. There are thousands of chars in Bangladesh up from 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 very limited; access to medical care center and education is very tough, impossible in some areas.
Will return to Dhaka in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at the same hotel in the diplomatic zone.
Day 3: Full Day Sightseeing to Old Dhaka, meeting people, life and culture experience and overnight launch journey to Barisal.
This is an elaborate trip to Old Dhaka; Old Dhaka is a place where you can spend couples of days walking on the street, taking picture, meeting incredible friendly people and exploring heritage sites and culture. Our guide will come to pick you up with a reserved vehicle from your designated or our nominated place by 8am. This tour takes you to the heart of Dhaka. Our guide will lead you to some of its treasures. Places to visit; Sadarghat (River front), ship building yard, Armenian Church, Pink Palace, Star Mosque, Dhakeswari Temple, Lalbagh Fort, National Parliament Building (from Outside), Curzon Hall and a local garments factory. Walk through Shankharia & Tanti Bazar (Hindu Street), Bicycle Street. Rickshaw ride is an option instead of walking. We would offer you a short cruise on Burigonga River by country boat, which is incredible experience, love or hate. Our vehicle will drive us from place to place and we will walk around the mentioned and some interesting residential areas of old town to explore local life. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant (simple but clean, we bring our entire western guest, never had any issue). You will be transferred to Sadarghat river terminal again to avail either Paddle steamer (Rocket) or a modern launch for an overnight journey to Barishal. Check out from the hotel and bring all your belongings along in the car before you start Old Dhaka trip. Overnight onboard.
Departure and arrival information: Usually Rocket (paddle Steamer leaves Sadarghat at 6PM (Sharp) and the other launches leaves between 7pm to 8:30PM. Experience the beautiful & calm cruise and travel life on board which is very interesting and you are welcome to walk around and take pictures. In normal situation (of weather and tide) the Paddle steamer arrives In Barishal between 4 AM -5:30 AM and the regular Launch between 3 AM to 6 AM (time may vary due to unavoidable circumstances). While travelling without guide, please ask any of the crew on board to be sure about your approximate arrival time. Traditional Bangla food is served at the dining area of the respective boat, and the require pre order to get the food on time.
[NB: we always try our best to get A/C cabin(s) in the paddle steamer, which is mostly reserved for government high officials and has a very limited slot for public sale/tourists. In a situation of A/C cabin(s) unavailable, we would recommend to avail a VIP cabin(s) on a regular Modern ship which is cozy. Regular ships are modern with quite a variety of cabins with and without A/C. Among all, the VIP cabins are always offers best facilities, including a big bed for two Adults, European bathroom attached, private balcony and some seating spaces. The paddle steamer travels even few stations farther till Morrelgonj, please be aware and disembark on time to avoid any additional inconvenience].
Day 4: Full day Back Water Trip by local boat- endless impression about the nature and rural life
Upon arrival your accompanying guide/local guide will arrange a local transport for a short distance transferred to Hotel/ restaurant. We would request you to leave the hotel after refreshment/quick available breakfast for Back water trip.
We will drive (40Km) to Banaripara by reserved transport. Here we embark on a country boat for life experiencing back water trip. Exploring life, people and their daily activities, watching along the shore from the boat is charming. We will get off in some interesting village marketplaces and Schools in rural areas. There are some weekly floating vegetables, fruits, and timber markets on our route. Spectacular to see how the manual labors load and unload all the giants’ logs just by hands. The cruise is for 5/6 hours but the impression is endless. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant or you may take late lunch/ early dinner after returning at the town, which is even better option. In this case you should bring some fruits and dry food items on the boat for the day, there will be plenty of bottled drinking water and tea on the boat, we always try even some unknown delicious fruits from the village/markets. Drive back to Barisal same way by reserved car for overnight stay at a hotel.