Location: Sonargaon, the old capital of Bengal
Tour Attractions: Panam Nagar, Folk-arts Museum, River Island, School
Best time to go: October-March
Tour Available: Year Round Except Sunday & Thursday
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Sonargaon & Panam City Tour to visit the old capital Sonargaon which flourished as the region’s major inland port and commerce center during the pre-Muslim period. See the remaining of Bangladesh’s old capital, the Folk Arts & Crafts Museum, abandoned city Panam Nagar, a school for the children of a lower caste Hindu community, and life at a sandbank island on mighty river Meghna in this day tour.
In the museum, many folklore items are displayed, where you’ll discover this country’s heritage. It is surrounded by gardens and pools, making it a very calm place. In Panam Nagar, you’ll wonder in an abandoned city of the Hindu cotton merchants from the early 19th century, while visiting Goaldi Mosque will take you back to the Sultanate period in Bengal. At the river island, you’ll see the simple life of farmers of this country. Sonargaon & Panam City Tour is a must-doing tour if you are visiting Bangladesh.
Highlights of Sonargaon & Panam City Tour
- Visit an entirely abandoned city of the Hindu cotton merchants from the early 19th century.
- Visit the tomb of an independent Sultan of Bengal in the 14th century whose capital was Sonargaon.
- Visit a pre-Mughal mosque from the 16th century.
- Visit the newly renovated Boro Sardar Bari, a massive mansion from the same Panam Nagar period.
- Visit the Folk-arts and Crafts Museum and know the country’s heritage.
- Visit a school for children of a lower caste Hindu community.
- Ride boat on mighty river Meghna.
- Experience village life on a sandbank island of river Meghna.
Itinerary of Sonargaon & Panam City Tour
- 08.00 – 08.00 AM: A guide and driver of us will meet you at your hotel lobby/residence, pick you up, and start driving immediately toward Sonargaon, which is located 50 km away from the North Dhaka area and might require about 1.5 to two hours to reach, depending on traffic.
- 09.30 – 09.50 AM: Visit Goaldi Mosque. Built in 1519, this graceful single-domed mosque is the most impressive of the original capital city’s few extant monuments and a fine example of pre-Mughal architecture in Bengal. We’ll also have a peaceful walk around the surrounding Goaldi village, which once was a suburb of the old capital Sonargaon, and see the villagers’ simple life.
- 10.00 – 10.40 AM: Visit Folk-arts and Crafts Foundation, which harbor the Boro Sadar Bari and the Folk-arts and Crafts Museum. Boro Sardar Bari is an abandoned mansion of a Hindu businessman with a massive area built in 1901. The foundation was founded on its property in 1975 after a simple renovation of the building. It has been completely renovated later and reopened in 2018. The Folk Arts and Crafts Museum is full of folk arts and handicrafts from the 17th century onwards, showcasing the rich textile culture in Sonargaon.
- 10.50 – 11.30 PM: Visit the abandoned city Panam Nagar. Built in the early 19th-century, this township consists of a single street, lined with 52 mansions built by wealthy Hindu cotton merchants, abandoned during the partition between India and Pakistan in 1947 when the owners fled to India. Bangladesh was a part of Pakistan back then. This is a highlight of the Sonargaon & Panam City Tour.
- 11.40 – 12.00 PM: Visit a school made of bamboo for the children of a lower caste Hindu community, who are not accepted in the mainstream Hindu society. Built and run by an NGO, this school brought education to a community that was difficult to get for them before.
- 12.20 – 01.00 PM: Lunch at a local restaurant with authentic Bangladeshi food.
- 01.00 – 01.40 PM: Visit the Tomb of Ghiyasuddin Azam Shah, the third independent Sultan of Bengal and the Ilyas Shahi dynasty (1390–1411). The tomb is built by curving one single piece of black basalt. Hidden in a remote village, this is one of the few remaining architectures from the pre-Mughal period in Sonargaon.
- 02.00 – 03.30 PM: Take a boat and visit a sandbank island (char) of mighty river Meghna, another highlight of the tour. Here you can experience the traditional life in the villages in Bangladesh. The decorated houses made of corrugated sheets will provide an opportunity to take some interesting photos.
- 03.30 – 03.30 PM: Back to the boat station and start our return journey toward Dhaka.
- 05.00 – 05.30 PM: Drop off at the hotel/residence—end of Sonargaon & Panam City Tour.
A map of full-day Sonargaon & Panam City Tour to Bangladesh Old Capital with Nijhoom Tours
Price of Sonargaon & Panam City Tour
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Inclusions and Exclusions
- Air-conditioned car and driver.
- English speaking guide.
- All site entrance tickets.
- Lunch at a local restaurant with authentic Bangladeshi food.
- Two 500ml bottles of drinking water.
- All rickshaw and boat rides.
- All tips except our guide and driver.
Does not include:
- Any food or drinks other than mentioned above.
- Any personal item.
- Sonargaon & Panam City Tour is available to book any day of the week except Sunday & Thursday, year-round.
- Panam Nagar will be closed on Sunday and will open after 02.00 pm on Monday. That is why we do not offer this tour on Sunday, as Panan Nagar is one of Sonargaon & Panam City Tour’s highlights.
- Sonargaon Folk-arts and Crafts Foundation, which contains the Boro Sardar Bari and the Folk-arts and Crafts Museum, will be closed on Thursday.
- There will be a heavy rush of local tourists at Panam Nagar and Sonargaon Folk-arts and Crafts Foundation on Friday, being the weekend.
- Panam Nagar will remain closed on any government holiday.
- The price of the tour mentioned in the price chart above is the starting price for the group tour, assuming you want to join with other people on the tour. This price will go down according to the price chart when more people join the tour later.
- We will try to include other people on the tour once you book a group tour and refund you in cash BDT accordingly during the tour if we find anyone. We take a maximum of 6 people on our tours.
- The price for an exclusive private tour will be different than what is provided on the chart above. We’ll not include anyone else on the tour in case of booking a private tour. Contact us for the price if you do not want to join with anyone else on the tour.
- We’ll require full payment in advance to book this tour. You can pay us online on a secured website with any Visa or MasterCard. Details of our online payment system could be found here: How to pay us.
- Although you’ll find many attractive street foods during the tour, they, in general, are prepared in a difficult hygiene condition. That is why we do not recommend tasting any street food during the tour. Do it at your own risk if you want to try some. However, the guide will be able to suggest any safe street food on a case-by-case basis.
- The specialty of Bengali food is they are spicy, which is the main difference with Indian food. Khichuri (made of rice, lentil, and meat) and Biryani (rice and meat cooked specially with added spice) are two of the most famous foods – especially Biryani.
- Options for vegetarian and vegan food on the tour are limited. Rice, lentil, and some fried vegetables are the options for vegans. Fish and egg curry can be added for vegetarians. Consider bringing some personal food with you if you are a vegan.
- The itinerary of the tour is just an outline and not fixed. We will adjust it during the tour based on the traffic.
- Dhaka is officially ranked as the second least livable city in the world. There could be incredible traffic in Dhaka sometimes when everything stops at every intersection. You could be stopped in the same place for a long time without even moving. Be patient while traveling in the car.
- Be prepared to walk a lot on the tour, and wear shoes accordingly.
- Ladies-friendly public toilets are difficult to find in Bangladesh. You’ll be able to find a suitable toilet only in the restaurant and in a couple of other places. Any time you need to use a toilet, tell your guide in advance. He will arrange a nearby place for you.
- Villagers on the river island we’ll be visiting are conservative. You should dress modestly on this tour. Wearing short pants/skirts, sleeveless t-shirts/blouses will not be appropriate for the ladies. Bare shoulders and midriffs should be covered with shawls.
Departures and Availability of Sonargaon & Panam City Tour
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FAQs on Sonargaon & Panam City Tour
Why book Sonargaon & Panam City Tour with Nijhoom Tours?
We are a multi-award-winning local tour operator in Bangladesh with vast local knowledge and the highest quality. We have 350+ reviews from our clients with an average rating of 5 on 5. We've been featured on International Travel News Magazine multiple times, published from California, USA. You'll have a great experience on our tours. By booking Sonargaon & Panam City Tour with us, you are also supporting a local small business instead of the big foreign corporations who are dominating the tourism industry with their large marketing budget.
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What are the Covid-19 measures on Sonargaon & Panam City Tour?
Wearing masks, cleaning hands frequently, disinfecting the vehicles are some of the Covid-19 measures we have taken on our Sonargaon & Panam City Tour. Hand Rubs are always available on our vehicles for the guests.