Land Of Smile
Highlights of the tour :
Visit beautiful Terracotta Temples, Raj Palaces, and historic mosques of Rajshahi.
Spend three days at Srimangal, the tea capital.
Trekking through Lawachhara National Park, and visiting tribal villages.
Cycling through tea gardens.
Full-day tour at Old Dhaka including a rickshaw ride on narrow ally streets and a boat ride on Dhaka’s busy Buriganga River.
Experience the simple life of farmers on the islands of Meghna and Jamuna River.
Ride 03 Bangladeshi trains – a unique experience.
Hills and tribal villages in Chittagong Hill-Tracts area.
Boat ride on beautiful Kaptai Lake at Rangamati.
Visit Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard by boat and photograph their activities.
What To Expect
This tour is designed to take you to the best places in Bangladesh, recommended in popular travel guides books like BRADT and Lonely Planet. Starts with a full day sightseeing tour to Old and new Dhaka, and in the evening boarding Legendry Rocket Paddle Steamer for a memorable experience of lifetime an overnight cruise, you’ll be visiting 15th-century Mosque city of Bagerhat, and spend 3 days in Sundarbans to explore it’s wilderness. Thereafter we’ll take you to visit the most extraordinary archaeological sites including 7th century Buddhist monestry UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Second phase of the tour starts after coming back to Dhaka, you will start your journey with the tea capital of Bangladesh – Sreemangal to visit its numerous tea states, national parks, and tribal villages. From there you will be visiting to the hill-tracts area in Chittagong Division. Starting with full day boat riding at beautiful Kaptai Lake, and explore the beautiful hills in Bandarban and meet with 12 different indigenous community If you want to see the best places of Bangladesh on a single tour, this tour is for you.
|LOCATIONS||Rajshahi, Bogra, Khulna, Sundarbans, Paharpur, Srimangal, Banderban , Rangamati , Chittagong Sonargaon|
|Tour Attractions||Best attractions of Bangladesh|
|Best time to travel||October – March|
|Tour Available||Round the year starting with Sat, Mon, Tue, or Fri|
|Transportation||Ac Car, Rickshaw & Boat.|
USD $ Per Person
An appointed guide will meet you inside the airport, pick you up, and transfer you to your hotel. Stay the night in hotel at Dhaka.
Old Dhaka and Rocket
Guide will pick-up from hotel lobby at 08.00 H, and visit must see tourist attractions in Old Dhaka the whole day, including Dhakeshwari Temple, Lalbagh Fort, Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque, Armenian Church, Star Mosque, AhsanManjil, and Sadarghat River Station.
Lunch at a descent local restaurant in Old Dhaka, and continue with sightseeing.
Late afternoon return to hotel and have few hours for shower before heading to Sadarghat River Station. Enjoy a short boat ride at river Buriganga in the evening on a wooden boat to feel the rhythm of the live and vibrant river and enjoy sunset.
Embark legendry Rocket Steamer at Sadarghat River Station at 18.00 H. And enjoy the life time experience with an overnight cruise in Legendry Rocket Steamer to Hularhat.
Overnight on Rocket Sleeping in a First class AC Cabin.
Huularhat – Baggerhat - Mongla (UNESCO World Heritage City Bagerhat)
Enjoy the riverside beauty of Bangladesh from Rocket Steamer in the morning hours. Disembark from Rocket at Hularhat around 11.00 Am and drive towards Bagerhat (01 hr) in an air-conditioned car, and visit 15th century Mosque city once called Khalifatabad, nowadays known as Bagerhat, and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit most of the remaining mosques from the 15th century including the 60 Dome Mosque, 09 Domed Mosque, Rono Bijoypur Mosque, Chunakhola Mosque, BigiBeguni Mosque, and Singair Mosque. Also visit the shrine of Khan Jahan Ali, the saint General from Turkey who came here to spread Islam and founded this great city, later visit Kodla Moth – a very beautiful Hindu temple from 17th century. Drive toward Mongla (01 hr).
Overnight at Mongla.
Sundarbans: Kochikhali Wildlife Sanctuary
Transfer to our waiting boat in the jetty at 06.00 H, and head immediately toward Sundarbans. Stop on a forest station on the way to complete formalities, and continue toward Kochikhali. You will be cruising through many small canals and rivers . Taking you through these rewarding narrow canals is the main point of this private tour on a small boat, where is your best chance to spot a tiger and many others wildlife you will reach Kochikhali in the evening, and explore a narrow canals and creeks on a wooden row boat in search of wild-life and to feel the forest from very close .You’ll seat on the boat quietly and float by on a breath-taking environment listening to bird’s singing, and the calls of many animals.
Stay overnight on the boat in a sleeping cabin, anchoring in the middle of the river in front of Kochikhali forest station.
Sundarbans: Kochikhali & Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary
After sunrise have some tea coffee and ride on a country wooden rowboat and float on the canals and narrow creeks in search of wildlife.
Back to the main boat, and have breakfast. Later start hiking on the forest from Kochikhali forest station toward the Jamtola Beach (10 km, 04 hrs). Spend an hour on the beach which is the quietest, beautiful, and cleanest beach in Bangladesh, and hike toward Kotka forest station through the forest. Reach Kotka station and transfer to our waiting boat which already arrived here from Kochikhali through a canal. When you don’t want to go for hiking then cruise with the boat to Kochikhali.
Lunch on the boat and take couple of hours rest. Later go to the watch tower at Kotka and seat there rest there for a while and keep your eyes wide open. Lots of deer and other wild animals come here in the late afternoon to eat grass and drink water. You never know what surprises can be waiting for you here. Stay overnight on the boat in front of Kotka forest station.
Sundarbans: Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary
Early morning just after sunrise have some tea /coffee and head out for a boat ride on the small country wooden row boat and explore narrow canals and creeks to spot wild life near Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary. Return to the main boat and have breakfast then start your return journey toward Mongla through different small rivers and canals.
Also visit a fishing village on the way, reach Mongla in the afternoon, and drive to Khulna (1Hrs.).
Overnight at Khulna.
Khulna - Rajshahi by Train, and Puthia Temple City
Early morning transfer to Khulna Railway Station, and depart for Rajshahi on 06.30 AM Kapotaksha Express and travel with locals. Arrive Rajshahi around 13.10 H, transfer to hotel. After check-in, freshen up, and lunch, drive to Puthia Temple city (23 km, 30 mins) and visit its beautiful terracotta temples and palaces. Drive back to Rajshahi in the evening.
Overnight at Rajshahi.
Rajshahi To Bogra ( Kusumba Mosque, Somapura Mahavihara, and Mahasthangarh)
After breakfast, drive to Kusumba (50 km, 1.5 hrs). Upon arrival visit Kusumba Mosque, a beautiful stone-built mosque from Sultanate period. This is one of sixth remaining stone-built mosque from the Sultanate period in Bengal, and it is very well preserved. Continue driving towards Paharpur (60 km, 1.5 hrs) and visit Somapura Mahavihara, a Buddhist monastery from 8th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh.
After lunch drive to Mahasthangarh (60 km, 1.5 hrs), and visit the remaining of the oldest known citadel in Bangladesh from 3rd century BC. You will also visit most of the well known sites at Mahasthangarh including, Vasu Bihar, Mahasthangarh Museum, and GokulMedh. Drive to Bogra (22 km, 30 mins).
Overnight at Bogra
Bogra- Dhaka ( Chars of Jamuna)
After breakfast, take a drive to Sariakandi (42 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. This will give you a good opportunity for good photography of rural village activities.
Start drive towards Dhaka (250 km, 6.5 hrs). Make a quick stop at a highway restaurant for lunch. Upon arrival at Dhaka in the late evening check in to your hotel.
Overnight at Dhaka.
Dhaka – Sreemangal by Train ( Tea Plantations and Tribal Villages)
Pick up from hotel at 06.30 AM and transfer to Railway Station, and take 07.12 AM Train Parabat Express to Srimangal, arrive around 12.30 PM and transfer to the resort / hotel.
After freshen up and lunch, visit tea gardens and a tribal village in Srimangal.
Also have a cup of the famous 7 layer tea of Srimangal.
Overnight at Srimangal.
Sreemangal ( Lawacherra National Park and Cycling)
Early morning, start for a wildlife trekking through the Lawacherra National Park. You will be taking the 03 hours trail for the maximum opportunity to see wildlife, specially the Hollock Gibbons for which this forest is famous.
Return to the resort/ hotel, have lunch, and take some rest.
Later start with bicycle ride through the trails of beautiful scenic tea gardens and also it is not very extreme. You’ll also be cycling through the rubber plantations, pineapple gardens, lemon gardens, and village roads. If you prefer not to do cycling, we’ll take you for sightseeing by local Tuk Tuk.
Overnight at Srimangal.
Srimangal - Dhaka ( Train Ride)
Morning is leisure to do anything you like. Transfer to railway station, to take 10.50 AM 718 Jayantika Express (Thu Off) / 09.10 AM 774 Kalani Express (Fri Off).Enjoy this ride with locals and a good opportunity to click some photo. Arrive Dhaka Airport Station around 16.20 H / 14.10 H, and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Dhaka.
Dhaka – Sonargoan - Dhaka (Old Capital Sonargaon – River Cruise – Rural Villages)
After breakfast, drive to the old capital of Bengal region – Sonargon (2 hrs).
Upon arrival visit Folk-arts and Crafts Museum, Goaldi Mosque which is a beautiful Sultanate period mosque, a school fully made of bamboo for children, and abandoned merchant city – Panam Nagar walk through the ruins that once stood strong. After lunch take a local motor boat to visit a char (River Island) to see the lifestyle of farmers.
Overnight at Dhaka.
Dhaka – Rangamati ( Flight – Island Tribal Villages – Lake Cruise – Buddhist Temple)
Early morning transfer to airport, to catch the flight to Chittagong at 7.30 am. Arrive at Chittagong at 8.15 am, and drive to Hilly region of Rangamati (03 Hrs).
Upon arrival at Rangamati check in to your hotel and refresh yourself. Later enjoy boat ride at Kaptai Lake and visit some tribal villages also have lunch on an island restaurant, and visit a Buddhist temple. Visit tribal handicraft market in the evening.
Overnight at Rangamati
Rangamati - Bandarban( Tribal markets – Golden Temple – Tribal Villages)
After breakfast drive through the hilly road to Bandarban (03 Hrs). En route visit tribal villages and markets also visit Golden Temple, Nilachal hill top, and other popular tourist sites in Bandarban rest of the day.
Overnight at Bandarban .
Bandarban (Tribal markets – Tribal Villages – Boat Ride)
After breakfast start your day by visiting Tripura tribal village to reach there you need to hike for 40 minutes through hilly trails and waterfall, upon arrival meet with the locals and spent few hours with them. Then visit few more tribes as Bawm, Marma and Murong , have lunch at their house with a wonderful cultural show.
Late afternoon take a boat ride on beautiful Sanguriver and see lifestyle of the people on riverside.
Overnight at Bandarban.
Bandarban - Ship Breaking Yard - Dhaka
After breakfast drive to Chittagong and visit ship breaking yard from a boat and later if time permits visit Ethnological museum. Early evening transfer to airport to take the flight for Dhaka. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Dhaka.
As per flight schedule you will be transfer to airport to take the flight for next destination.
End of the tour.