Meet People Of The Hills

Duration: 8 Days

Highlights of the tour :

Meetings with eight different hill tribes
Cruise Kaptai lake
Cruise Sangu river
Buddhist temples
Tribal markets
Tribal dance
Ship breaking yard
Fishing boat yard & fish market
Ruins of the Buddhist monastery (7th Century)
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What To Expect
This tour is an opportunity for you to observe and understand the lifestyle of the Bangladeshi Hill Tribes. There are 36 individual Ethnic Communities living in Bangladesh. Twelve of these live in the Hill Districts of Rangamati , Bandarban , Khagrachori, and most of them are descendants of Arakan from Burma, who came here hundreds of years ago to start settlements. On this busy and interesting itinerary you will visit CHAKMA, MARMA, TRIPURA, BAWM, LUSAI and other communities. A lot can be learned from visiting the villages in this remote area, and it is very interesting to see the lifestyle of the people.

We will board a boat to see the Ship breaking yard from the sea, as this is technically legal and is safe. As these yards are privately owned, there is no permission to enter. We will go into a nearby 7th-century Buddhist monastery, which makes for another magnificent opportunity for learning about Buddhism in Bengal, and about the Pala Dynasty. You will also be visiting early morning river port and fish markets.

LOCATIONS Dhaka, Mainamati, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati, Bandarban
Best time to travel October to March
Tour Available All year Round.
Transportation Ac Car & Rickshaw, Passenger Ship.
WEAR
Men: Long trousers and T shirt or shirt, with comfortable shoes.
Ladies: Long Trousers, long sleeves & scarf.
Remove shoes whilst visiting Temples & Mosques.
INCLUDED
Ac car, Rickshaw, Passenger Ship An English speaking guide
Transport with Sedan car River cruise in Bandarban
Kaptai Lake Cruise Special permission for the hill districts
Cox’s Bazaar – Dhaka Flight Breakfast at the hotel
Accommodation on a twin sharing basis All entrance fees
All sightseeing according to the itinerary One 500 ml bottle of mineral water
NOT INCLUDED
Any lunch & dinner.
Items not included in the above list
Items of personal nature
Any beverage (hard & soft)

 

1

Dhaka

Meet and greet at Dhaka international airport and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, and if time permits (depending on your flight schedule), take a sightseeing tour of Dhaka. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight rest.

2

Mainamati

After breakfast we start on the adventure by driving 255 km to the South East corner of Bangladesh. On the way you stop at Comilla Mainamoti to visit Shalban Vihara Buddhist monastery from 7th century and visit the site museum. After lunch continue your journey, and after about three hours, if time permits, visit the ship-breaking yard. Upon arrival in Chittagong in late afternoon, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

3

Chittagong - Rangamati

Early in the morning we take a short drive to the local fish harbour & market. Then return to the hotel for breakfast. Next, we visit the only Ethnological Museum, the World War II Cemetery and the Shrine of Byzid Bostami. We then drive 58 km to Rangamati. On arrival check in to your hotel, and then enjoy cruising on Kaptai Lake. Here we can visit some remote tribal villages of various ethnic communities. Visit the Buddhist Temple Rajbon Vihara, also the tribal markets later we return to the hotel for overnight stay.

4

Bandarban

Today you will be visiting and driving through the most interesting scenic places of the Hilly Region. After breakfast, check out from your hotel and visit an ethnic community like the Chakma, or Marma. Observe the style of life in their villages, and don’t miss this chance to see them weaving. Later start driving for Bandarban. On the way, visit more tribal village and markets. Upon arrival at Bandarban, take a cruise on the Sangu River and enjoy these moments of beauty. Drive to your hotel for the overnight stay.

5

Bandarban

This is an exciting day. You will experience the lifestyle of the Hill People with different ethnic communities, and have the opportunity to exchange views with them. Also enjoy the Tribal Cultural Show, performed especially for you. At the end of this day-long expedition it is time to return to your hoteland rest overnight.

6

Cox's Bazar

Drive to Cox’s Bazaar. on the way visit Ramu where you will meet the Rakhin ethnic group and visit the 2,000 years old Buddhist Temple, which is still active. Continue driving to Cox’s bazaar at ‘The longest beach in the world’. Upon arrival check in to your hotel. Later enjoy the beautiful sunset before resting here overnight.

7

Cox's Bazar - Dhaka

In the morning hours there is free time enough to enjoy the beach area. In the afternoon we take the flight to Dhaka and on arrival transfer to your hotel to stay overnight.

8

Dhaka

According to your flight schedule transfer to the airport to catch the flight home.*

*Please note check out time from the hotel is 12.0 noon.

Muroung girl holding a basket
Murong Mother & Child
MurongsTribal girls
Murongs tribal children
A group of ethnic Muroung people taking tobacco

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