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Trip to Sonargaon – the first capital

Price $63 Day Trip
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Trip to Sonargaon – the first capital

$63 per person

Excursion to first capital, Sonargaon, afternoon cruise on Meghna River and a rural char village.

A trip to Sonargaon, the old capital of Bengal, is a great treat. Sonargaon was the country’s first capital from the 13th to 17th century, located about 30km southeast by the Dhaka Chittagong highway. In its prime time, the ‘Golden City’ was also an important river port and the trading centre for the world-famous muslin cloth. The remains of several mosques, tombs, stupas and a bridge in Panam Nagar, the Shiv Mandir (Hindu Temple) and the well-maintained Folk-Art Museum are well worth visiting. A boat trip on the Meghna river for some hours and visiting a primitive char village are the activities of this trip.

At its origin, a visit to the Jamdani saree weaving factory is a must; here, the scholar artist has been weaving their dreams on sarees. With Muslin as its root, the Jamdani Saree is a very old tradition known as Dhakai Jamdani Saree. Jamdani has started its journey from the Mughal era as Muslin. This saree represents one of the finest and most ancient forms of weaving that originated in Bengal. Narayangonj is the central place for Jamdani sari in this sub-continent. Outstanding beautiful artworks of handmade traditional Jamdani sari by the magic fingers of the weaver. Recently this unique technique has got UNESCO award for its ultra-fine fabric, transparency and design. It is always a dream for Bangali women to have one pure cotton & silk hand-loomed Jamdani saree in their collection.

  • Basic Plan
  • $ 63
    Per-person trip price starts from
    • 1 PAX – $143
    • 2 PAX – $90
    • 4 PAX – $75
    • 6+ PAX – $63
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Your hotel/ residence (anywhere in Dhaka city)
  • Departure Time
    8:00 AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 6:00 PM or later; depending on your interests and the traffic situation
  • 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
    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
    Trip as per itinerary
    Typical Souvenir
  • Not Included
    Accommodation in twin sharing basis as per itinerary
    All air, bus, train and launch tickets as per itinerary
    Any activity not mentioned in the itinerary.
    Local guide/ escort/ experts/ academics
    Personal expenses
Tour Itinerary:
Our 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 at weaving traditional Jamdani sari, which is an incredible artwork with a narrow future due to the cheaper productions of modern technology. Continue drive to the 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 to Buiddyer Bazar for a refreshing country boat cruise on the Meghna (One of the major rivers in Bangladesh) River for a couple 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 on the char is very limited; access to the medical care centre and education is very tough, impossible in some areas. You will return to your hotel by late in the afternoon.    

Tour Location

Jamdani saree weaving village, Sonargaon folk art and craft museum, Panam nagar, boating on Meghna river and walk through a char village.


  • mikelboe | minneapolis

    April 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    2 days in Dhaka
    Apr 2016 • Friends
    Jewel was fantastic. He designed a perfect day trip for me and when my flight got cancelled, he was fortunately available and planned another fantastic day for me. He is knowledgeable, speaks perfect English, is hard working and knows how to create a good time. My day in Dhaka was kind of dipping my foot in the water to see what it was like. Thanks to Jewel, I will certainly be back. I highly recommend him to anyone travelling to Bangladesh.

  • SmokingGnu Singapore, Singapore

    May 16, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Wonderful Tour and Guide
    May 2016 • Friends
    We took a full day (8.30-7pm) tour with tour guide Jewel around old Dhaka in the morning and out to Sonargaon in the afternoon. Dhaka isn’t an easy place for tourists at all, but Jewel looked after us brilliantly. He was really knowledgeable and adapted the day to us and also to the weather conditions (we got hit hard by the monsoon on the morning walking tour, but it wasn’t a problem). Overall, an amazing experience and great value for money – we saw a huge amount in a single day – backstreets, museums, churches, palaces, countryside. Highly recommended. P.S Fans of the kitsch – don’t miss the “new Taj Mahal”. Mindboggling!

  • Robert

    September 22, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Fantastic trip on the river and Dhaka surroundings!
    Sep 2019
    I booked a trip with Jewel, the owner of Royal Bengal Tours. Easy communication, fast and correct, and the trip was well planned and full of different experiences throughout the day. Jewel is very knowledgeable and answers every question with both knowledge and happiness. Strongly recommend Jewel and would go for the same agency again. We took a trip to the old capital, sewing village, and a trip on the river to remote villages. Very nice trip!

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