Rajshahi Archaeological Tour: Best archaeological sites of Bangladesh

Rajshahi Archaeological Tour

Tour Duration: 06 Days, 05 Nights
Location: Rajshahi, Kusumba, Paharpur, Bogra, Dinajpur, Rangpur
Tour Attractions: Archaeology of North-Bengal
Best time to go: October – March
Tour Available: Round the year except Saturday
Next Scheduled Tour: N/A
Rajshahi Archaeological Tour

Price: Starting from $625 USD*/per pax

Rajshahi division holds a treasure trove archaeological wealth. This corner of Bangladesh used to comprise the heart of Bengal, and once held court for powerful Buddhist kingdoms and neutered Hindu empires before falling easily to the embrace of Islam. Rajshahi and Rangpur contain some of Bangladesh’s finest rajbaris (palaces), its most exquisitely decorated temples and it’s largest and most impressive Buddhist ruins.

In Rajshahi Archaeological Tour, we will take you to explore the most impressive archaeological sites of the whole Rajshahi and Rangpur division. You’ll visit it’s Buddhist ruins from up to 3rd century B.C. including an world heritage site, gorgeous mosques from medieval period, and it’s finest temples and palaces from the more modern colonial period. If you love archaeology, this is the tour for you to explore the best archaeological sites in Bangladesh.

Itinerary of Rajshahi Archaeological Tour

Day-01: Dhaka - Rajshahi by Train

  • Pick up from hotel at 05.30 H, transfer to Airport Railway Station, and take 769 Dhumketue Express at 06.15 H to Rajshahi. Arrive Rajshahi around 11.50 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-02: Ancient Bengal Capital Gaur

  • Drive to Sonamasjid (90 km, 03 hrs) and visit some of the best 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 Bangladesh-India border and split between two countries. You will visit it’s beautiful mosques, palace, and shrine the whole day.
  • If the tour is in mango season (May-July), we will take you to visit some mango orchards and bazaars, and you’ll get a chance to taste some of the best quality mango in the world. This area is called the mango capital of Bangladesh where eighty percent of country’s mangoes are grown.
  • Return to Rajshahi in the evening.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi (Parjatan Hotel / Hotel Nice).

Day-03: Bagha Mosque, Temples and Palaces of Puthia and Natore

  • After breakfast, drive to Bagha (42 km, 1.5 hrs) and visit Bagha Mosque. This magnificent mosque was built in 1523 A.D. by the Sultan of Bengal Nasiruddin Nasrat Shah. Ornamented with beautiful terracotta, Bagha Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in current day’s Bangladesh.
  • Drive to Puthia (21 km, 45 mins) and visit its beautiful temples and palaces. Largest number of historical temples of Bangladesh are located in Puthia most of which were built in the 19th century.
  • Drive to Natore (20 km,30 mins) and visit the palace of Rani Bhabani which was built in the colonial period. The whole Rajshahi division and part of current day West Bengal was once ruled from here, and the queen was called ‘the lady of half of the whole greater Bengal’.
  • Drive back to Rajshahi (43 km, 01 hr) in the evening.
  • Overnight at Rajshahi (Parjatan Hotel / Hotel Nice).

Day-04: Kusumba Mosque, Somapura Mahavihara, and Mahasthangarh

  • Drive to Kusumba (50 km, 1.5 hrs) after breakfast and visit Kusumba Mosque. Built on 1558-59 AD during the Afghan rule in Bengal, this well preserved mosque is one of the two stone-built mosques in Bangladesh. This mosque has a raised gallery, which is the only surviving example in Bengal of an unscreened internal connecting staircase through the place of male worshiper.
  • Drive to Paharpur (60 km, 1.5 hrs) and visit Somapura Mahavihara, which was the largest Buddhist monastery south of Himalayas from 8th century. This is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh and a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Drive to Mahasthangarh (60 km, 1.5 hrs), which is the remaining of the most ancient civilization in Bangladesh from 3rd century. You’ll visit several well known sites in Mahasthangarh, e.g. the Citadel, Vasu Bihar, Gokul Medh, Bihar Dhap, and the Mahasthangarh museum.
  • Drive to Bogra (22 km, 30 mins) in the evening.
  • Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden).

Day-05: Kantajew Temple and Tajhat Palace

  • drive to Dinajpur (165 km, 03 hrs) and visit Kantajew Temple, which is the most beautiful Hindu temple in Bangladesh, every inches of which is decorated with beautiful terracotta plaques describing epic Hindu stories.
  • Drive to Rangpur (70 km, 1.5 hrs) and Visit Tajhat Palace, the most beautiful palace in Northern part of Bangladesh built in colonial period. Also visit a beautiful Shiva temple.
  • Drive back to Bogra (100 km, 1.5 hrs) in the evening.
  • Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden).

Day-06: 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, say good bye.
  • End of the tour.

Tour map of Rajshahi Archaeological Tour

Price of Rajshahi Archaeological Tour

Group SizeClassic Package
Comfort PackageLuxury Package
Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
02 Pax64,000$830----
03 Pax55,500$720----
04 Pax48,000$625----

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Tour includes:
    • 05 Nights accommodation at Rajshahi, Bogra, and Rangpur as described in the itinerary on twin sharing basis, with complementary breakfast.
    • Dhaka – Rajshahi 1st class return train tickets.
    • Air-conditioned car, driver, English speaking guide.
    • All site entrance tickets.
    • Train Station return transfer at Dhaka (Dhaka North only – Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Nikunja, Uttara area).
  • Does not includes:
    • Any food, drinks, beverage, or any personal item.
    • Pick-up and drop at Dhaka from the area other than mentioned above (Hotel 71, FARS Hotel, Hotel Pacicific, Hotel Ramna, Hotel Farmview, and the whole south Dhaka area).

Important Notes

  • Minimum 02 person is required to book this tour. Single travelers can join any scheduled tour announced in the website.
  • Tour is not available to start on Saturday, as Saturday is the off day for 769 Dhumketue Express.
  • 1st class train tickets depend 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.
  • If for some unexpected reason train ticket is not available at all, Dhaka – Rajshahi return transfer will be by car.
  • It is common for the train to arrive Rajshahi on 01-02 hrs late.
  • Tuk-Tuk will be used as local transport inside Rajshahi city.
  • Wearing shorts will not be allowed to enter the mosques of Gaur. Women need to wear long sleeves while visiting the mosques. In other places, wearing shorts will not be any problem.
  • Best time to travel:
    • October – March: Weather is cool 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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