Exploring Rajshahi - Best archaeological sites of Bangladesh


Tour Duration: 4-Day, 3-Night
Location: Puthia, Gaur, Kusumba, Paharpur, Sariakandi
Tour Attractions: Best archaeological sites of Bangladesh
Best time to go: October – March
Tour Available: Year round except Saturday
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Exploring Rajshahi - Best archaeological sites of Bangladesh


Price: Starting from $460 US*/per pax

Experience life and sights of north-western Bangladesh where the best archaeological sights of the country are located. Start with visiting Puthia, a village full of bewitching temples ornate with beautiful terracotta describing epic Hindu stories. Then visit Gaur, the lost and historic capital of the ancient Bengal. After that, visit Kusumba Mosque, a beautiful stone-built mosque from the 16th century, and Somapura Mahavihara – the second largest Buddhist monastery south of Himalayas from 8th century and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Also, visit a Santhal tribal village and experience their lifestyle, and the largest bazaar in north-western Bangladesh, which is full of activities and a great place for photography. Afterward, ride a traditional boat and visit a char (sandbank island) of river Jamuna (Brahmaputra) at Sariakandi to experience how people live there struggling with the natural disasters. A tour to experience the very best that north-western Bangladesh has to offer.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the beautiful mosques of the ancient Bengal capital Gada located in the India and Bangladesh border.
  • Visit the largest mango market of the country if on season.
  • Visit the bewitching historical temples and the palaces of Puthia.
  • Visit a beautiful stone-built mosque from the 16th century.
  • Visit an 8th century Buddhist monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Experience the lifestyle of the Santhal tribe by visiting a village of them.
  • Visit the largest bazaar of north-western Bangladesh full of activities.
  • Visit a Char (sandbank island) of river Brahmaputra to experience how people live there struggling with natural disasters.

Itinerary of Exploring Rajshahi

Day-1: Dhaka - Rajshahi by Train, and Puthia

  • Pick up from hotel at 06.00 H, transfer to Airport Railway Station, and take 769 Dhumketue Express at 06.30 H to Rajshahi. Arrive Rajshahi around 11.50 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 (Hotel Chez Razzak)

Day-2: Ancient Bengal Capital Gaur

  • Drive to Sona Masjid (90 km, 3 hrs) and visit some of the remaining archaeological sights of Gaur, which was the ancient capital of greater Bengal in the medieval period with a rich history. This once rich city is located in the Bangladesh-India border and split between two countries. You will visit its beautiful mosques, palace, and shrine the whole day in the Bangladesh part of the city.
  • Visit the largest mango market of the country full of activities, if you visit during the mango season (June-August), and taste some delicious Bangladeshi mango.
  • Return to Rajshahi in the evening.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi (Hotel Chez Razzak)

Day-3: Kusumba Mosque, Somapura Mahavihara, Tribal Village

  • After breakfast, drive to Kusumba (50 km, 1.5 hrs). Visit Kusumba Mosque, a beautiful stone-built mosque from the medieval period. This is one of the six remaining stone-built mosques 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 the 8th century and a UNESCO world heritage site. This is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh.
  • Drive to Bogra (70 km, 02 hrs). Visit a Santal tribal village en route to experience their lifestyle; also visit a local bazaar.
  • Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden)

Day-4: Chars of Jamuna, Bogra - Dhaka by Train

  • After breakfast, drive to Sariakandi (42 km, 1 hr). Visit some chars (river islands) of river Jamuna and see how people live on those small islands struggling with the natural disasters.
  • Drive back to Bogra, have lunch. Depart for Dhaka at 13.33 H on 752 Lalmoni Express. Arrive Dhaka around 20.35 H, transfer to hotel. If it is Friday, drive to Dhaka (250 km, 8 hrs) instead of train, because Friday is off day for this train. We’ll stop for lunch on a highway restaurant on the way on that case.
  • Transfer to hotel upon arrival at Dhaka, say goodbye!
  • End of the tour.


Tour map of Exploring Rajshahi

Price of Exploring Rajshahi

Group SizeTour Price
-USD
Per Person
2 Pax$630
3 Pax$530
4 Pax$460
Single Supplement$45
$40 Off-Season Discount for everyone to join any scheduled tour anytime from April to September.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Tour includes:
  • Pick-up and drop-off from North Dhaka area (Uttara, Nikunja, Gulshan, Banani, and Baridhara area only).
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Rajshahi and Bogra as described in the itinerary on twin sharing basis, with complementary breakfast.
  • Dhaka – Rajshahi 1st class train ticket.
  • Air-conditioned car, driver, and English speaking guide.
  • All site entrance tickets.

Does not include:
  • Pick-up and drop-off from South Dhaka area (Hotel 71, FARS Hotel, Asia Hotel & Resort, Ambrosia Guest House, White House Hotel, Hotel Sky City, Suktara Hotel, and the nearby area).
  • Any food, drinks, or any personal item.

Notes on Exploring Rajshahi

  • Tour is not available to start on Saturday, as Saturday is the off day for 769 Dhumketue Express. However, it is possible to start the tour on Saturday, on which case we will drive you to Rajshahi instead of taking the train and visit Puthia on the way.
  • 1st class train tickets depending on availability. We’ll try our best to get first class tickets for you. But if that is not possible, you’ll have a reserved seat on 2nd class.
  • It is common for the trains in Bangladesh to be 1-2 hrs late.
  • Wearing shorts will not be allowed to enter the mosques. Women need to wear long sleeves while visiting mosques. In other places, wearing shorts will not be any problem.
  • Best time to travel:
    • June – August: Full mango season. You can taste delicious Bangladeshi mango in Gaur, which is the mango capital of Bangladesh.
    • October – March: Weather will be cool and comfortable, and less humid.
  • We’ll require the full payment in advance to book this tour. Details of our online payment system could be found here: Online payment FAQs.

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