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 starting with Sat, Wed, Thu, or Fri
Next Scheduled Tour: 04-19 Aug, 2017
Monsoon Photography & Nature Tour in Bangladesh


Price: Starting from $1,525 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 you to your hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka (Hotel 71)

Day-02: Street photography at Old Dhaka, and Ferry

  • 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 a traditional ferry at Sadarghat River Station at 18.00 H for an overnight journey to Barisal.
  • Overnight at Ferry (Sleeping Cabin)

Day-03: Experience life on Ganges Delta

  • Disembark at Barisal in the early morning around 5.30 am, and transfer to your hotel.
  • After check-in, and freshen up quickly, drive to a remote place in Barisal on a Tuk-Tuk (01 hour). Upon arrival you’ll embark at our waiting motorized country boat, and start cruising immediately toward a floating market or other interesting place depending on the day of the week. These floating markets starts around 7.00 am and finish within 8.30 am. That is the reason for us to start the days early in this tour.
  • Breakfast will be served on the boat bought from a local market. Being a very remote place where no descent restaurant is available, this will mainly be bread and some fruits.
  • You’ll cruise whole day in the rivers and small canals in Barisal and visit a floating market where they bring everything to sell by boat which is full of activities and perfect for photography. Goods on these markets are mainly sold on wholesale from farmers to vendors.
  • We’ll buy some seasonal local fruits from a local market for lunch e.g. jack-fruit, watermelon, lichee, mango, coconut, and continue cruising.
  • You’ll also visit bazaars on land, stop on villages and have tea while meeting it’s people and exchange culture with them, and visit a factory yard where they make fiber from coconut which is used as a raw material to make carpet and rope.
  • Return to our starting place around 3.00 pm, transfer to Barisal by tuk-tuk, and retire for the day. In the evening, we’ll take you to a descent restaurant at Barisal for dinner.
  • Overnight at Barisal (Hotel Arena)

Day-04: Experience life on Ganges Delta

  • Breakfast on a restaurant at Barisal at 7.00 am, and transfer to a remote place in Barisal by Tuk-Tuk (01 hour). Embark our waiting boat upon arrival, and start cruising immediately.
  • Today we’ll take you some other places to visit through the narrow canals and rivers. You’ll float through the backyards of people’s house and see their lifestyle while they welcome you and greet you from the land, visit numerous guava gardens where 80% of Bangladesh’s guavas are grown, see a floating guava market, visit kids and teachers on a school where you can talk with them and exchange culture.
  • Locally bought fruits will be served for lunch on boat as yesterday.
  • Continue cruising through the narrow canals and rivers. Next attraction for today will be visiting a timber market which is the largest market of this type in the southern part of the country. You’ll see logs dumped beside the river spread in miles long places, carried away on the river very slowly with the help of a boat, loading and unloading them manually with the help of tide. Also we’ll take you ashore to visit numerous saw mills where they saw the logs according to the needs of the customers without taking the least safety measure.
  • Return to our starting place around 3.00 pm, transfer to Barisal by Tuk-Tuk (01 hour).
  • Overnight at Barisal (Hotel Arena)

Day-05: Rocket, and Mosque City of Bagerhat

  • Transfer to Barisal River Station and catch Rocket paddle steamer at 5.30 am.
  • Enjoy the riverine beauty of Bangladesh from Rocket Steamer in the morning. Disembark from Rocket at Hularhat around 09.00 am.
  • Drive towards Bagerhat (01 hr) in an air-conditioned car, and visit 15th century Mosque 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 Khulna (01 hr).
  • Overnight at Khulna (City Inn Hotel)

Day-06: Khulna - Rajshahi by Train, and Padma River

  • 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, visit Varendra Research Museum, which is the oldest museum in the country rich in it’s collection of archaeological artifacts.
  • Boat ride at river Padma in the evening if time permits.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi (Parjatan Hotel / Hotel Nice)

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 (Parjatan Hotel / Hotel Nice)

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 (Hotel De Meridian)

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 (Hotel De Meridian)

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 (Nisorgo Eco Resort)

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 (Nisorgo Eco Resort)

Day-12: Bird Watching, Srimangal - Sylhet

  • Early morning visit Baikka Beal, an wetland sanctuary for the migratory birds and paradise for the bird lovers.
  • Return to the resort late morning. Drive to Sylhet after lunch (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 (Hotel Britania)

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 (Hotel Britania)

Day-14: Boat ride at Lalakhal - Dhaka

  • 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 airport.
  • Catch 14.00 H flight for Dhaka. Arrive Dhaka Airport around 14.40 H, and transfer you to your hotel.
  • Overnight at Dhaka (Hotel De Meridian)

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 natural lifestyle of farmers.
  • Overnight at Dhaka (Hotel De Meridian)

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 Pax142,000$1,845----
03 Pax130,500$1,695----
04 Pax117,500$1,525----

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Tour includes:
    • All airport transfers at Dhaka and Sylhet.
    • 15 Nights accommodation in hotels and boat cabins as mentioned in the itinerary, with complementary breakfast.
    • Lunch on Day-02 and Day-15 on a decent local restaurant (authentic local food).
    • Lunch with locally purchased fruits on the boat at Barisal on Day-03 and Day-04.
    • 1st class cabin on the passenger ferry to Barisal on twin sharing basis.
    • Sylhet-Dhaka flight ticket.
    • All train and boat rides.
    • All site entrance tickets.
    • Air-conditioned car, driver, and English speaking guide.
    • All tips except our guide, driver, and boat crew.
  • Does not includes:
    • Any food, drinks, or beverage other than mentioned above.
    • 1,200 BDT Fee for video camera (if any).
    • 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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      Important Notes

      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 Saturday, 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.
      • On Monday and Thursday, a traditional ferry comes in service instead of the paddle steam boats. 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, we’ll take you from Barisal to Bagerhat by an air-conditioned car.
      • In case of traveling on the 2nd class of train, you’ll have a reserved seat.

      Visa on Arrival

      • Citizens of EU, USA, Australia, Canada, Russia, and some Asian countries can get Visa on Arrival in Bangladesh, which is a pretty straight-forward process. Although there is a rule to take visa beforehand if you have a Bangladesh mission on the country where you are coming from, this rule is completely overlooked. They never check where you are coming from. They only check if you are a national of a country which are eligible for VOA, and directly issue the visa.

        Unless there is a long Que for VOA, it will take just 10 minutes of your time to get VOA. Fee for most of the country is $51 USD. You’ll not require any previous application or anything else to get the visa. However, they will ask you for your hotel reservation and a phone no of the hotel. Simply show our details itinerary which we will send you once you confirm your booking, where all the hotel information will be written. They will be happy enough to give you a VOA of maximum 30 days.

        Check here for more information on visa on arrival for Bangladesh.

      Foreign Exchange

      • ATM Availability: Although Bangladesh has many ATMs, some of these do not accept foreign cards – your guide can give advice on which ATM’s to use but we do not advise relying on ATM’s alone for money.
      • Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are generally only accepted in the more expensive shops and restaurants.
      • Local Currency: Taka.
      • Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollar.
      • Where to Exchange: There are a number of exchange houses in larger towns and cities.

      Eating and Drinking

      • All the breakfasts, and 04 lunches are included on the trip. You need to pay for rest of the lunches and dinners during your trip. A meal on a decent local restaurant will cost about $2-$7 USD.
      • Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. Mineral water is widely available.
      • Bangladesh is a secular Muslim country, and whilst the people are very liberal and friendly, alcohol is not widely available. There are only a couple of hotels on the trip which have a bar, and even at these establishments you cannot usually drink in the restaurant. Local beer, when available, costs approx. $3 USD for a 300ml can, and a measure of spirits is similarly priced. Wine is not available. It may sometimes be possible to purchase alcohol outside the hotels, but it is prohibited to consume in public places. There is a duty free on arrival in Dhaka airport (before immigration) and you are permitted two bottles of spirits per person.
      • In Dhaka, there are some wire houses from where you can buy alcohol showing your foreign passport. But they only sell whole cartons of usually 24 bottles/cans.

      Tipping / Bakshis

      • Tipping is common practice in Asia. In Bangladesh, most workers will expect a small tip, anything from 50 Taka upwards depending on the service provided. At the end of the tour, if your principle guide, together with the driver and the boat crews have been helpful then you could think about tipping them. The amount can obviously be left to you.

      Miscellencious

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

      FAQs on monsoon in Bangladesh

      Q. Does it rain continuously during monsoon?

      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 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?

      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?

      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?

      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?

      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

      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?

      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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