Glory of Bangladesh

Kodla Moth, A beautiful Hindu temple from 17th century in Bagerhat.


Tour Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights
Location: Bagerhat, Sundarbans, Paharpur, Srimangal, Sonargaon
Tour Attractions: Sundarbans, Sompur Mahabhihara, Srimangal
Best time to go: October – March
Tour Available: Round the year except Sun, Wed, and Thu
Next Scheduled Tour: 10-23 Mar, 06-19 Oct, 15-28 Dec, 2017
Glory of Bangladesh


Price: Starting from $1,420 USD*/per pax

Visit the most glorious sights of Bangladesh, including all three UNESCO World Heritage sights – Bagerhat, Sundarbans, and Sompur Mahabhihara, with spending three days at Srimangal – the tea capital of Bangladesh, and a day tour to Sonargaon – the old capital of Bengal. You’ll get a taste of green forest and wildlife at Sundarbans and Srimangal, combining with exploring some great archaeological sites and experiencing life of people in Bagerhat, Rajshahi, Sonargaon, and Dhaka, with a leisure trip at paddle steamer called Rocket.

Starting with visiting Old Dhaka and an overnight Rocket journey, you’ll visit the numerous mosques at Bagerhat, spend 03 days inside Sundarbans, visit Sompur Mahabhihara. Also visit Mahasthangarh – the oldest known civilizations in Bangladesh from 3rd century BC. Later spend 03 days enjoying the tea plantations and tribal villages in Srimangal, and spend a day to the old capital Sonargaon. This is an arrival to departure package with hotels, breakfast, western style toilet, and airport transfers.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit all 03 UNESCO world Heritage sites in Bangladesh.
  • Explore the largest mangrove forest on earth – Sundarbans, for full 03 days.
  • Overnight journey on a century old paddle wheel steamer called Rocket.
  • Visit historical sites at Bagerhat, a UNESCO world heritage city from 15th century, including 60 Dome Mosque.
  • Visit Sompur Mahabihara, a Buddhist monastery from 8th century, and another UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Spend three days at Srimangal, the tea capital of Bangladesh, in the middle of endless tea plantations.
  • Trekking inside Lawachhara National Park, and visiting tribal villages.
  • Cycling through the trails inside tea gardens.
  • Full day tour at Old Dhaka including rickshaw ride on narrow streets and boat ride on Dhaka’s busy Buriganga river.
  • Experience simple life of farmers on the islands of Meghna and Jamuna river.
  • Ride 04 Bangladeshi trains – a unique experience.

Itinerary of Glory of Bangladesh

Day-01: Arrival

  • A guide of us will meet you inside the airport, pick you up, and transfer to hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka

Day-02: Old Dhaka and Rocket

  • Pick-up from hotel lobby at 08.00 H, and head toward Old Dhaka. You’ll visit key tourist attractions in Old Dhaka the whole day, including Dhakeshwari Temple, Lalbagh Fort, Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque, Armenian Church, Star Mosque, Ahsan Manjil, and Sadarghat River Station.
  • Stop for lunch at a descent local restaurant in Old Dhaka, and continue sight seeing.
  • Return to hotel and have couple of hours for shower before heading back to Sadarghat River Station.
  • Enjoy a short boat ride at river Buriganga in the evening on a wooden boat to feel the ritham of the live and vibrant river and enjoy sunset.
  • Embark Rocket Steamer at Sadarghat River Station at 18.00 H. A memorable overnight journey in Rocket Steamer to Hularhat.
  • Overnight at Rocket (1st class sleeping cabin)

Day-03: UNESCO World Heritage City Bagerhat

  • Enjoy the riverine beauty of Bangladesh from Rocket Steamer in the morning. Disembark from Rocket at Hularhat around 09.00 H.
  • Drive toward Bagerhat (01 hr) in an air-conditioned car, and visit the 15th century Muslim city once called Khalifatabad, which is the present day Bagerhat, and is an UNESCO protected world heritage site.
  • You’ll visit most of the remaining mosques from the 15th century city Khalifatabad the whole day, including the 60 Dome Mosque, 09 Domed Mosque, Rono Bijoypur Mosque, Chunakhola Mosque, Bigi Beguni Mosque, and Singair Mosque. Also we’ll take you to visit the shrine of Khan Jahan Ali, the saint general from Turkey who came to spread Islam in this country and founded this great city, and Kodla Moth – a very beautiful Hindu temple from 17th century. Drive toward Mongla (01 hr).
  • Overnight at Mongla.

Day-04: Sundarbans: Kochikhali

  • Transfer to our waiting boat in the jetty at 06.00 H, and head immediately toward Sundarbans. Stop on a forest station on the way to complete formalities, and continue toward Kochikhali.
  • We’ll go through many small canals and rivers with our small boat where big boats can not go because of their size and the cannals being shallow. Taking you through these rewarding narrow canals is the main point of this private tour on a small boat, where is your best chance to spot a tiger and many wildlife. We’ve spotted a tiger on such a canal on 26th September, 2014, which was crossing the river just 200 miters ahead of us in broad day light. We were the only lucky tour operator to spot an wild Bengal tiger in last few years on a tour in Sundarbans.
  • We’ll reach Kochikhali in the evening, and explore a small canal on a small row boat in search of wild-life. They come to drink water in the evening and morning on the creeks and canals. You’ll seat on the boat quietly and float by on a breath-taking environment listening to many birds singing, and the calls of many animals.
  • Stay overnight on the boat in a sleeping cabin, anchoring in the middle of the river in front of Kochikhali forest station.

Day-05: Sundarbans: Kochikhali & Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Have breakfast at 07.00 H, and start hiking on the forest from Kochikhali forest station toward the Jamtola Beach (00 km, 00 hrs). Spend an hour on the beach (oo km walk) which is the quietest, nicest, and cleanest beach in Bangladesh, and hike toward Kotka forest station through the forest (00 km, 00 hrs). The total hiking will be about 00 hours. Reach Kotka station and transfer to our waiting boat which already arrived here from Kochikhali through an inside canal.
  • Lunch on the boat and have couple of hours rest.
  • Go to the watch tower at Kotka and seat there rest of the evening. This is a feeding ground of animals. Lots of deers and other wild animals come here in the evening to eat grass and drink water. You never know what surprises can be waiting for you here!
  • Stay overnight on the boat in a sleeping cabin, anchoring in the middle of the river in front of Kotka forest station.
  • The rout we'll take for hiking inside Sundarbans on our tour

Day-06: Sundarbans: Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Go for a boat ride on the small row boat at 06.00 H and explore a canal near Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary. Return to the main boat at 07.30 and have breakfast. We’ll start our return journey toward Mongla from here through other small rivers and canals.
  • Reach Mongla in the afternoon, and drive to Khulna (1.5 hrs)
  • Overnight at Khulna.

Day-07: Khulna - Rajshahi by Train, and Puthia

  • Transfer to Khulna Railway Station, and depart for Rajshahi on 06.30 H Kapotaksha Express. Arrive Rajshahi around 13.10 H, transfer to hotel.
  • After check-in, freshen up, and lunch, drive to Puthia (22 km, 30 mins) and visit its beautiful temples and palaces. Largest number of historical temples of Bangladesh are located in Puthia. Back to Rajshahi in the evening.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi.

Day-08: Kusumba Mosque, Somapura Mahavihara, and Mahasthangarh

  • After breakfast, drive to Kusumba (50 km, 1.5 hrs). Visit Kusumba Mosque, a beautiful stone-built mosque from medieval period. This is one of sixth remaining stone-built mosque from the Sultanate period in Bengal, which is very well preserved.
  • Drive to Paharpur (60 km, 1.5 hrs) and visit Somapura Mahavihara, a Buddhist monastery from 8th century and a UNESCO world heritage site. This is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh.
  • Drive to Mahasthangarh (60 km, 1.5 hrs), and visit the remaining of the oldest known city in Bangladesh from 3rd century BC. We will take you to visit most of the well known sites at Mahasthangarh including the Citadel, Vasu Bihar, Mahasthangarh Museum, and Gokul Medh. Drive to Bogra (22 km, 30 mins).
  • Overnight at Bogra.

Day-09: Chars of Jamuna, drive to Dhaka

  • After breakfast, drive to Sariakandi (50 km, 45 mins). Visit some chars (river islands) of river Jamuna and see how people live on those small islands struggling with the natural disasters.
  • Drive to Dhaka (250 km, 6.5 hrs). Lunch on a highway restaurant on the way. Drop at hotel upon arrival at Dhaka in the late evening.
  • Overnight at Dhaka.

Day-10: Tea Plantations, and Tribal Villages

  • Pick up from hotel at 06.30 H, transfer to Airport Railway Station, and take 07.12 H Parabat Express to Srimangal. Our guide at Dhaka will help you board the train and find your seats. Arrive Srimangal around 12.30 H. Upon arrival, our guide at Srimangal will meet you at the train station, and transfer you to the resort.
  • After check-in, freshen up, and lunch, visit tea gardens and a tribal village in Srimangal.
  • After dinner, we’ll take you to Nilkontho Tea cabin to taste the famous 7 layer tea of Srimangal.
  • Overnight at Srimangal.

Day-11: Lawachara National Park, and Cycling

  • Early morning, go for a rewarding wildlife trekking through the Lawachara National Park. We take the 03 hours trail for the maximum opportunity to see wildlife, specially the Hollock Gibbons for which this forest is famous for.
  • Return to the resort, have lunch, and take some rest.
  • Cycling through the trails of beautiful tea gardens rest of the day. People who love cycling, Srimangal could be a heaven for them. Trails through the tea gardens are scenic and also not very extreme. You’ll also be cycling through the rubber plantations, pineapple gardens, lemon orchards, and village roads. You’ll be cycling until the sun set. If you prefer not to do cycling, we’ll take you in sight seeing by car.
  • Overnight at Srimangal.

Day-12: Srimangal - Dhaka by train

  • Morning is free to do anything you like.
  • Transfer to railway station, and take 10.31 H Jayantika Express to Dhaka. Arrive Dhaka Airport Station around 16.20 H, transfer to hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka.

Day-13: Old Capital Sonargaon

  • Drive to the old capital of Bengal region – Sonargon (2 hrs) after breakfast.
  • Visit Folk-arts and Crafts Museum, Goaldi Mosque – a beautiful medieval period mosque, a school fully made of bamboo for disadvantaged children of the neglected Hindu society, and abandoned merchant city – Panam Nagar. Also you’ll visit a char (small river island) to see the lifestyle of farmers.
  • Overnight at Dhaka.

Day-14: Departure

  • Transfer to airport according to your flight, say good bye.
  • End of the tour.


14 Days tour package to visit all the glorious sites in Bangladesh you can't miss.

Price of Glory of Bangladesh

Group SizeClassic Package
Comfort PackageLuxury Package
-BDT
Per Person
USD
Per Person
BDT
Per Person
USD
Per Person
BDT
Per Person
USD
Per Person
02 Pax135,500$1,760143,500$1,865164,000$2,130
03 Pax123,000$1,595132,000$1,715159,500$2,070
04 Pax109,500$1,420118,000$1,530138,500$1,800
FacilitiesClassic PackageComfort PackageLuxury Package
Hotels at DhakaHotel 71 (01 Night, Late check-out for shower after Old Dhaka Tour and before embarking Rocket),
Hotel De Meridian (02 Night)
Hotel FARS (01 Night, Late check-out for shower after Old Dhaka Tour and before embarking Rocket),
Hotel Orchard Suites (02 Night)
Long Beach Suites (03 Nights),
Hotel 71 (Check-in for shower after Old Dhaka Tour and before embarking Rocket)
Dhaka - Hularhat Transfer1st class cabin on Rocket (Air-Conditioned, No Shower)Same as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Hotel at MonglaParjatan Hotel Posur (No Wi-Fi)Same as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Hotel at KhulnaCity Inn Hotel (Wi-Fi, Swimming Pool)Same as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Khulna - Rajshahi Transfer1st Class TrainSame as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Hotel at RajshahiParjatan Hotel / Hotel NiceSame as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Hotel at BograNaz Garden HotelSame as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Dhaka - Srimangal Transfer1st Class Train (5 hrs, non-ac)Same as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Hotel at SrimangalNisorgo Eco Resort (Basic bamboo cottage, Complementary breakfast, non-ac room, Western style toilet, Hot water, No Wi-Fi)Same as Classic PackageGrand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf (Luxurious 5* Resort, Complementary breakfast, air-conditioned room, Western style toilet, Hot water, Wi-Fi, Swimming Pool, Gym)

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Tour includes:
    • Return airport transfers at Dhaka.
    • 09 Nights accommodation in hotels and boat cabins as mentioned in the itinerary, with 08 complementary breakfast.
    • Lunch on Day-02 on a decent local restaurant (local food).
    • All meals, drinking water, tea, and coffee while on the boat at Sundarbans for 03 days.
    • 1st class cabin ticket of Rocket on twin sharing basis.
    • All site entrance tickets.
    • Air-conditioned car, driver, English speaking guide, all train tickets and boat rides.
    • 5,500 BDT per person forest permission fee.
    • All tips except our guide, driver, and boat crew.
  • Tour does not include breakfast at Rocket, any food, drinks, beverage other than mentioned above, or any personal item.
    • 14 Days tour package to visit all the glorious sites in Bangladesh you can't miss.
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      Important Notes on Glory of Bangladesh

      Availability

      • Minimum 02 person is required to book this tour outside the scheduled tours. Solo travelers can only join the scheduled tours.
      • This tour is available to start on any day except Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday – round the year.

      Rocket & Train

      • 1st class tickets of Rocket and train depends on availability. You might have to travel on the 2nd class if 1st class is not available. Only difference on 1st and 2nd class on the Rocket is, 2nd class is located in the back side, and have no air-conditioning. Other facilities are same. Passengers of 2nd class can use all the facilities of 1st class, e.g. dining area, sitting area on the front side.
      • Best Rockets leaves on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. You should plan this tour covering these days to have a better experience of Rocket. Considering the whole itinerary, Friday will be the best day to start this tour.
      • In Monday and Thursdays, a traditional ferry comes in service instead of the paddle steam boat. If you book for these days, you have to travel on the traditional ferry instead of a paddle wheel steamer.
      • If for some unexpected reason Rocket ticket is not available at all, we’ll take you up to Barisal by a traditional ferry (overnight part), and from Barisal to Hularhat on the Rocket (daytime journey part).
      • In case of traveling on the 2nd class of train, you’ll have a reserved seat.

      Sundarbans

      • Itinerary of Sundarbans Tour is just a general outline, and not fixed. It could be changed depending on the season, moon phase, tide, day light hours, and fog. But we’ll try to include all the places and activities mentioned in the itinerary as much as possible.
      • The boat for Sundarbans is a very basic boat without air-conditioning, electricity, and running hot water (we will supply them on bucket). It has accommodation facilities for 08 person in max, and one western style toilet. But we have a larger boat too to arrange tour for bigger groups.
      • The cabins in the boat at Sundarbans are lit by small lights running on battery. We’ll run the generator in the evening for couple of hours everyday to charge your devices.
      • You’ll get mobile phone signal of GrameenPhone on the first half of day-01. In Kotka, a new mobile phone tower of Teletalk opened recently, so you’ll get full network coverage of only Teletalk in Kotka with 2G internet facilities which is very slow. No other SIM card will work inside other parts of the forest.
      • For trekking in the forest on day-05, the land is flat and we will not go through very dense forest, so it will be easy for most of the people, as long as you can walk about 10 kilometers. The trail is dry, not muddy. Bring covered shoes which is suitable for trekking and can protect you from small grass and trees with spikes.
      • If you do not want to walk, you can remain on the boat which will be still enjoyable, as it will go from Kochikhali to Kotka through small canals, which will be a ride of about 03 hours.

      Miscellencious

      • Booking this tour at least 03 weeks in advance is advised.

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