Monsoon Tour: Nature & Photography of River Life

Trade going on at a floating market in Bangladesh during monsoon


Tour Duration: 16 Days, 15 Nights
Location: Dhaka, Barisal, Bagerhat, Sonamasjid, Srimangal, and Sylhet
Tour Attractions: Life & beauty of Bangladesh during monsoon
Best time to go: July – September
Tour Available: Round the year except Sunday & Thursday
Next Scheduled Tour: 04-19 Aug, 2017
Monsoon Photography & Nature Tour in Bangladesh


Price: Starting from $1,475 USD*/per pax

Bangladesh become most beautiful and photogenic during monsoon, when all of it’s rivers and canals become full of water, and nature become the greenest everywhere. Monsoon presents some unique photo opportunities in some parts of the country, which will be available in no other time. Also some beautiful parts of the country become accessible only during monsoon. Although it become harder to travel during monsoon, it could be most rewarding for the photographers and nature lovers to travel Bangladesh during monsoon to enjoy and capture some unique beauty of the country, which you can find in no other time.

This tour will take you to photograph life on the heart of Ganges Delta at Barisal, where you’ll visit it’s numerous floating markets of different kind and see general village life of people which is fully based on river. Also visit the mango capital of Bangladesh in Rajshahi when it is full season, and capture the activities in numerous mango orchards and bazaars while tasting some of the best quality mango fresh from the garden.

Next you’ll capture the beauty of Sylhet and Srimangal, which is the tea region of Bangladesh. Here you’ll photograph tea activities while it will be full season, stone collecting activities in Jaflong, and enjoy boat ride on naturally beautiful rivers. You’ll also get a chance to photograph the street life of mega city Dhaka exploring it’s crowded back streets and bazaars. This is a very rewarding tour for the adventurous people, who like to travel offbeat destinations.

Itinerary of Monsoon Photography & Nature Tour

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: Street photography at Old Dhaka, and Rocket

  • Explore some unique streets and bazaars of the eastern part of Old Dhaka the whole day, in search of perfect subjects to shoot.
  • 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 Barisal.
  • Overnight at Rocket (Sleeping Cabin)

Enjoying tea on Rocket during monsoon in Bangladesh

Day-03: Backwaters of Barisal

  • Disembark at Barisal in the early morning around 5.30 am, and transfer to your hotel.
  • After check-in, and freshen up, drive to a remote place in Barisal on a Tuk-Tuk (01 hour), embark our waiting motorized country boat, and start immediately.
  • You’ll explore the rivers and small canals whole day, and visit some interesting floating markets, bazaars, schools, and villages, to experience and photograph the natural life on Ganges Delta, which is fully based on river.
  • Breakfast and Lunch on boat with locally purchased bread and fruits. Return to Barisal in the afternoon.
  • Overnight at Barisal.

Exploring Barisal backwater during monsoon in Bangladesh

Day-04: Backwaters of Barisal

  • Boat cruise whole day on rivers and canals on different parts of Barisal to photograph different bazaars, floating markets, and activities.
  • Breakfast and lunch on the boat same as yesterday.
  • Overnight at Barisal.

Exploring backwaters of Barisal during monsoon in Bangladesh

Day-05: UNESCO World heritage city Bagerhat

  • Drive toward Bagerhat (03 hrs), 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 the whole day, including the great 60 Dome Mosque and a very beautiful Hindu temple from 17th century. Drive toward Khulna (01 hr).
  • Overnight at Khulna.

Visiting world heritage city Bagerhat during monsoon in Bangladesh

Day-06: Khulna - Rajshahi by train

  • Depart for Rajshahi on 6.30 H Kapotakha Express. Arrive Rajshahi around 13.30 H, transfer to hotel.
  • After check-in, freshen up, and lunch, visit Varendra Research Museum, which is the oldest museum in the country rich in it’s collection of archaeological artifacts.
  • Ride boat at river Padma in the evening if time permits.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi.

Day-07: Nawabganj Mango Orchards, and Gauda

  • Drive to Kansat in Nawabpur (75 km, 2 hrs) after breakfast. Visit the numerous mango orchards and bazaars to photograph mango activities. This region is the mango capital of Bangladesh with numerous mango orchards and bazaars, where most of mangoes of the country are produced. We will take you to the orchards and bazaars to photograph mango activities. You’ll also get a chance to taste some of the best quality mango fresh from the garden.
  • Drive to Sonamasjid (20 mins) and visit some great archaeological sights of ancient capital Gauda as long as time permits. Drive back to Rajshahi in the evening (90 km, 2.5 hrs).
  • Overnight at Rajshahi.

Day-08: Temples and Palaces of Puthia and Natore

  • Drive to Natore (45 km, 01 hr). Visit the beautiful palace of Rani Bhabani which was built in the colonial period.
  • 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. Drive to hotel at Rajshahi (45 mins), freshen up, have lunch, check-out, and transfer to the train station.
  • Return to Dhaka on 760 Padma Express leaving at 16.00 H. Arrive Dhaka around 21.50 H, transfer to hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka.

Day-09: Dhaka West Photography Tour

  • Explore some other unique streets of the western part of Old Dhaka the whole day. We will take you to the backstreets of Old Dhaka where you can capture the activities of some interesting streets and Bazaars.
  • Overnight at Dhaka.

Day-10: Tea Plantations, and Trtibal 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 - Sylhet transfer, Sylhet City

  • Morning is free to do anything. Drive to Sylhet around 10 am (02 hrs).
  • After check-in, freshen up, and lunch, visit Sylhet city rest of the day. We’ll take you to visit the century old Kin Bridge built on colonial period and one of the main entrance to the city, Surma river, and the shrines of Shah Jalal and Shah Paran where you’ll see many interesting people.
  • Overnight at Sylhet.

Day-13: Picturesque Jaflong

  • Pick-up at 9.00 H from hotel, and a scenic drive toward Jaflong (02 hrs). Here you enjoy your time idly enjoying the beauty of Jaflong. You’ll get an opportunity to photograph the stone collection activities on the river where they collect stones manually and take into crushers, which is highly photogenic. We will take you to the river on a local boat to photograph the stone collecting activities.
  • Lunch on a decent restaurant run by Nazimgarh Resort overlooking the river.
  • Visit the village of Khashia tribe and see their lifestyle. You can visit their gardens and see how they grow betel leaves, and visit some tea plantations for which this area is very famous.
  • Return to Sylhet in the evening.
  • Overnight at Sylhet.

Day-14: Boat riding at Lalakhal

  • Pick-up from hotel at 8.00 H, and drive to Sarighat (01 hrs). Upon arrival, transfer to the boat.
  • Enjoy boat ride on the blue-water canal Lalakhal. We’ll take you to the end of the canal close to Indian border and back, which will be about 2.5 hrs ride in total. Also you’ll visit a tea garden on the way. We’ll use a motorized local wooden boat for the journey.
  • Back to Sylhet, have lunch, and transfer to railway station / airport.
  • Board 15.00 H Parabat Express / catch 14.00 H flight for Dhaka. Our Sylhet guide will help you board the train, find your seats, and say good bye. Arrive Dhaka Airport Railway Station around 22.00 H / 14.40 H for flight, and transfer to hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka.

A memorable boat ride on green-water canal Lalakhal

Day-15: 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-16: Departure

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


16 Days tour package to photograph some rare beauty and activities in Bangladesh, only available during monsoon and no other time.

Price of Monsoon Photography & Nature Tour

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 Pax138,000$1,790158,000$2,050185,500$2,410
03 Pax126,500$1,645149,500$1,940185,500$2,410
04 Pax113,500$1,475133,000$1,725161,000$2,090
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 (04 Nights)
Hotel FARS (01 Night, Late check-out for shower after Old Dhaka Tour and before embarking Rocket),
Hotel Orchard Suites (04 Nights)
Long Beach Suites (05 Nights),
Hotel 71 (Check-in for shower after Old Dhaka Tour and before embarking Rocket)
Hotel at BarisalHotel Arena (Air-Conditioned Room, Hot water, western style toilet, Wi-Fi on lobby, No complementary breakfast)Hotel Grand Park (3* Hotel, Hot water, western style toilet, Wi-Fi on room, Complementary breakfast, Swimming pool)Same as Comfort Package
Hotel at KhulnaCity Inn Hotel (Wi-Fi on room, Swimming Pool, Complementary Breakfast)Same as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Hotel at RajshahiParjatan Hotel / Hotel Nice (02 Nights, Standard Hotel, Air-Conditioned Room, Complementary Breakfast)Same as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Hotel at BograHotel Naz Garden (4* Hotel, Wi-Fi on room, Swimming Pool, Complementary Breakfast)Same as Classic PackageSame as Classic Package
Hotel at SrimangalNisorgo Eco Resort (02 Nights, Basic bamboo cottage, Complementary breakfast, non-ac room, Western style toilet, Hot water, No Wi-Fi. AC Room on building also possible.)Same as Classic PackageGrand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf (02 Nights, Luxurious 4* Resort, Complementary breakfast, air-conditioned room, Western style toilet, Hot water, Wi-Fi, Swimming Pool, Gym)
Hotel at SylhetHotel Britania (02 Nights, Standard Hotel, Air-Conditioned Room, Complementary Breakfast)Hotel Star Pacific (02 Nights, 3* Hotel, Swimming Pool, Complementary Breakfast, Wi-Fi on room)Razimgarh Wilderness Resort (02 Nights, Luxurious 4* Resort, Complementary breakfast, air-conditioned room, Western style toilet, Hot water, Wi-Fi, Swimming Pool, Gym)
Sylhet - Dhaka Transfer1st Class Train (7 Hrs)Flight (01 Hour)Flight (01 Hour)

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Tour includes:
    • Return airport transfers at Dhaka.
    • 15 Nights accommodation in hotels as mentioned above, with complementary breakfast.
    • Lunch on Day-02, Day-09, and Day-15 on a decent local restaurant (local food).
    • Lunch on Day-03 and Day-04 on the boat at Barisal with locally purchased food, as there will be no decent restaurant there.
    • 1st class cabin ticket of Rocket on twin sharing basis.
    • Air-conditioned car, driver, English speaking guide, all train tickets, boat rides, and flights.
    • 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.
    • 16 Days tour package to photograph some rare beauty and activities in Bangladesh, only available during monsoon and no other time.
      16 Days tour package to photograph some rare beauty and activities in Bangladesh, only available during monsoon and no other time.

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      Remarks on Monsoon Photography & Nature Tour

      • Availability:

        • Minimum 02 person is required to book this tour.
        • This tour is not available to start on Thursday, because Friday is the weekly holiday for Rocket departing from Dhaka.
        • In Thursdays, a traditional ferry comes in service instead of the paddle boat. If you book for Wednesday, you have to travel on the traditional ferry instead of a paddle steamer on Thursday.
      • 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.
        • 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.
      • Miscellencious:

        • Tuesday is weekly holiday for the Kapotaksha Express train from Khulna – Rajshahi. We’ll use bus on this day.
        • As getting a 1st class cabin on Rocket is very difficult, booking this tour at least 3 weeks in advance is advised.

      FAQs on monsoon in Bangladesh

      Q. Does it rain continuously during monsoon?

      A. It never rains continuously for several days except in some rare occasion when there is a depression on the sea.

      Q. Does it flood everywhere during monsoon?

      A. A common misconception about Bangladesh. Flood is not any big issue in Bangladesh any more. Recent big flood in Bangladesh was in 1988 and 1998. Water becomes high during monsson, sometimes which get leveled with people’s yards. There are occasional floods in the hill-tracts region during monsoon, which area in not included on the tour.

      Q. How is the temperature during monsoon?

      A. In general, maximum summer temperatures range between 30°C and 40°C. But during monsoon (Jun-Sep), there is frequent rainfall which cools it down.

      Q. People say it is not possible to travel Bangladesh during monsoon?

      A. That is because very few people have any clear idea about the country except some myths. Bangladesh is most beautiful during monsoon. It could be very much rewarding for the adventurous people to travel Bangladesh during monsoon, and have an unique experience of the country, which is not possible in other time.

      Q. What preparation is required to travel during monsoon?

      A. You need to be very well prepared to protect your belongings from rain during monsoon. You’ll require to have raincoat, strong umbrella, rain cover for the backpack and camera, waterproof shoes, zip-lock bags to protect your phone and other gears, waterproof bag to protect small things. If you are well prepared, you’ll be fine from rain.

      Q. Will there any risk while on boat?

      A. While on boat, we will be remaining on the rivers where the water is still and no wave. We will not go near the coastal area anywhere on the tour.

      Q. How safe are the boats which we'll take

      A. Pretty safe. We will travel on the big river on Rocket, which has a very good safety record. We will never use other traditional ferry. On Barisal and Sylhet, we will ride boat only on the small canals, which has no risk at all.

      Q. Any other question?

      A. Please ask us in email if you have any other question on monsoon. We will add the answer here. Happy monsoon holiday in Bangladesh! 🙂

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