HERITAGE; CULTURE & NATURE OF BANGLADESH

10 jan 13 ShibaTemple at Puthia

Day 1: ARRIVE DHAKA

Arrive Dhaka in the morning & transfer to your designated hotel for overnight.

Take a Dhaka city tour covering Central Shahid Minar – the symbol of sacrifice for mother language, historical Curzon Hall (British building) of Dhaka University, Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban is the headquarters of the National Assembly of Bangladesh, designed by architect Louis I. Kahn of USA and is one of the largest complexes of its kind in the world. Afternoon will explore old part of Dhaka visit Sadarghat river front, Pink Palace, the residence of Dhaka Kings, Also visit Dhakeswari Temple, the Central Hindu Temple & Lalbagh Fort (closed on SUN). Will drop you at your hotel in the evening.

 

Day 2: DHAKA-RANGPUR

In the morning, transfer to Rangpur via National monument at Savar & Jamuna Bridge. Visit Mohasthangarh is invariably, an ancient fortified city acclaimed to be the oldest settlement and the most prominent archaeological site of Bangladesh. The oldest layer dates back to 4 century B.C. The ancient Pundranagara, the capital of Emperor Chandragupta, the founder of Moyura dynasty. Proceed to Rangpur & visit Tajhat Palace, in 20th Century palace was constructed by the local Jamindar, and was used as residence until 1950s, when government acquisitioned the estate. In the 1980s, Bangladesh Government used it as the local sit for the high court division of the Supreme Court. Later in the 1990s, shifting the high court, it was given to the archaeological authority that established a small museum (closed on SUN) on the first floor of the building. With a wide green belt around the building, it makes a good pastime for the tourists. Also visit local Kali Temple, which attracts visitor by its unique design. Check in to your designated hotel in Rangpur.

Day 3: RANGPUR-BOGRA VIA DINAJPUR & JAIPURHAT

7 am check out for Bogra via Dinajpur (2 hrs.) to explore Kantanagar Temple is an eighteenth century brick temple, situated about 18 km north of Dinajpur town. It is the most ornamental temple in Bangladesh. It rises in three diminishing stages and originally shows a Navaratna (nine–towered) disposition. Most of the Ratnas are now lost. The wall surface of the entire temple lavishly decorated with terracotta plaques depicting Hindu mythological scenery. The local aristocrat family (landowner) built it in 1772 AD. It had lost the spires during the devastating earthquake of 1897. The whole temple covered with terracotta plaques that describe stories of ten incarnations of Lord Visnu especially from the epic poems Ramayana and Mahavarata. Also visit the Maharaja (King) palace at Dinajour town.

After lunch proceed (3½ hrs) to Paharpur under Badalgachi Thana of Naogaon district. UNESCO declared world Heritage Site in 1985. Visit to ruins of Paharpur Vihara, is a treasured heritage of the world. The remains of the most important & the single largest monastery south of Himalaya, built between the 7th century and the 3rd part of 8th century & world heritage site. Archeological Museum (Close on SUN). Transfer (2 hrs.) to your designated hotel for overnight at Bogra.

Day 4: BOGRA-TANGAIL VIA NATOR & PUTHIA

After breakfast proceed (2½ hrs.) to Nator & visit Puthia, the Temple city of Bangladesh. A charming little town of Puthia famous for its historic decorated Hindu temples and the imposing Zamindar’s Palace, a fine example of a Hindu Rajbari. These substantial country houses were built by the landowning Hindu elite during the Raj era and with their eclectic mix of architectural styles from Greek to Victorian, reflected the cosmopolitan ideas of their owners. Transfer (3½ hrs.) to Tangail for overnight. will enjoy a short boat cruise on the mighty river Jamuna.

Day 5: TANGAIL-DHAKA – Boating & Visit a rural Village at Tangail

Explore a traditional model village, where you will meet the local culture. On this trip will visit the multi-dimensional activities of Ubinig, starting with the the traditional seed keeping system. You will get a feel for a Bangladesh  village and will  experience how the people here Break rice with a husking-pedal [Dheki] with their feet;  Make puffed rice [Muri] by throwing grains of rice into a pot of heated sand; Compose fertilizer, etc. Muŗi, Khai and other products made from rice are traditionally very popular.  After enjoying cooking procedures & having traditional lunch transfer (3 hrs.) to Dhaka.

Day 6: DHAKA – CHITTAGONG VIA SONARGAON & MAINAMATI

7:30 am start for Chittagong. En-route visit Mainamati, the Buddhist archeological sites & museum. En-route visit Sonargaon, the old capital of Bengal. The  oldest capitals of Bengal, Situated near the eastern peripheral land of Dhaka at about 27 km distance from the zero Point, the site represents the substantial remains of an early medieval bygone city called Suvarnagram>Sonargaon. It now accommodates a mosque called Gowaldi Masjid built in stone – brick masonry ( 1519 AD), a tomb built entirely of carved stone called Sultan Giasuddin Azam shah Mazar, a bridge ( 17th cent AD), a tomb complex and some sparse structural vestiges. There is also a folk museum at one corner of the site. Another attraction of the site is an early modern settlement called Panam City. It lies on the close vicinity of Sonargaon.

Sonargaon was the seat of Dev Dynasty until the 13TH century. From then onward till the advent of the Mughals, Sonargaon was the subsidiary capital of the sultanate of Bengal. The ancient monuments, which are still intact over there includes, the tomb of sultan Ghiasuddin (1399-1409 AD). The shrines of Panch Pir and Shah Abdul Alla a beautiful mosque in Goaldi village.

Proceed to Shalban Vihara at Mainamati. It is a hilly terrain with an average height of 15m in the district of Comilla. It stands in a northsouth alignment with its length extending over 17km and average breath 2.5km. At different points of its slope there lie a number of older structural ruins pertaining to temple, Stupa and Vihara. Along with these ruins some tools made of fossilized wood (could be of pre-historic origin?), both Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, metallic coins ornaments, potteries, metallic utensils, seals and sealings, copper plates etc. Have  also      been salvaged. On stylistic ground they may be dated in the circa 7th – 13th century AD. Scholars are of opinion that there lie the ruins of a southeastern Bengali capital, Devaparvata’ by name, in a corner of the hill range. There was another capital called jaykarmantavaska in an adjoining corner of the Mainamati-Lalmai Hill Range. There has an archaeological museum and a rest house in Salvana village which occupies the mid-most point of Maiinamati – Lalmai Hill Range.

Proceed to Chittagong & check in to your designated hotel in the evening for overnight.

Day 7: EXCURSION  TO RANGAMATI       

After breakfast excursion to Rangamati hills situated in the far southeastern corner of Bangladesh, bordering Mizoram (India) the Rangamati hill district is 77 km from Chittagong. This is an unique place for holidays. Here you will visit Tribal Museum, Buddhist Temple, hanging bridge. The Chakma Kings palace and handicrafts shops. Afternoon take the most fascinating boat cruise in the Kaptai Lake with its splendid setting of lush landscape and scenic grandeur. The journey through the Suvolong point and entering into the widest part of lake will be an amazing experience which exciting like Kashmir Valley. The boat journey through the vast expanse of crystal dear water of Kaptai lake there are lots of attraction like the hill top tribal villages & the temples, the tribal market and the overwhelming natural scenery of setting sun in the blue water will completely absorb you in a speechless motion with nostalgic fillings. On the way will visit the mausoleum of Sultan Bayazzid Bostami. Overnight at Chittagong.

Day 8: CHITTAGONG- COX’S BAZAR

Transfer (4 hrs.) to Cox’s Bazar. En-route visit Ramu Buddhist capital of Arakan. Arrive Cox’s Bazar in the afternoon. Late in the afternoon visit Himchhari Eco park to enjoy sun set from the hill. In the evening you can visit Burmese Market, run by the local tribes. Overnight at your designated hotel in Cox’s Bazar.

 

Day 9: EXCURSION TO SAINT MARTIN CORAL ISLAND

 

In the early morning, drive (almost 3 hrs) to Teknaf. Take the ship at 9 am and cruise through the beautiful Naf River & Bay of Bengal. Reach Saint Martin Island at 12 noon. Afternoon for enjoying the island & the beach. Later on, return to Teknaf and drive to Cox’s Bazar for overnight.

Day 10:  COX’S BAZAR-DHAKA FOR DEPARTURE

After breakfast free, In time transfer to airport & fly back to Dhaka in the afternoon. Catch your connecting flight for onward destination.