The Treasure of North Bengal
Tour Duration: 07 Nights, 08 Days
The vast alluvial floodplain of North Bengal were a cradle of ancient Buddhist and Hindu Kingdoms that held away over the region for centuries. Excavations at Mahasthangar have revealed cultural layers dating back to the third century BC. Descriptions of the area reached as far as Greece and China. Hiuen Tsiang, a Chinese traveller who visited Mahasthangar between 638 645 AD, described an earlier visit to the city by the Buddha. Ashoka, the great Mauryan emperor (250 BC), built a stupa in Mahasthangar to commemorate a relic left there by the Buddha. During the first several centuries after Christ many kingdoms- some Buddhist, others Hindu flourished, then decayed. In the mid- eighth century the people, tired of anarchy, raised to the throne an indigenous chief named Gopala. He began the famous Pala dynasty, whose kings ruled the lower Ganges and Brahmaputra valleys for more than three hundred years. The Pala kings were great patrons of art and learning. Eventually the Bangla school of Buddhism spread north through Nepal to Tibet and south through Myanmar to Java. This trip will give you the experience of the treasure of North Bengal that steals the attention of your camera
- Sompura Vihara
- Halud Vihara
- Paharpur Museum
- Govindo Vita Hindu Temple
- Dinajpur Rajbari
- Armenian Church
- National Museum
- Kantanagar Temple
- Tajhat Palace
- Cruise on Brahmaputra
- Varendra Research Museum
- Indigo Kuthis
- Choto Sona Mosque
- Tahakhana Palace
- Kali Temple
Day 01: Arrival & Transfer to hotel, PM Dhaka sightseeing
Our guide will meet and receive you at Dhaka airport. Transfer to hotel and if time permits we’ll offer Dhaka sightseeing including with the visit of National museum, Lalbagfort and Dhaka University area. Overnight Dhaka.
Day02: Full Day Dhaka City Tour
Morning after breakfasts enjoy fascinating Dhaka city tour. Visit the most interesting sites like Majestic Pink Palace, Sadarghat-one of the largest riverfront, Shakhari bazar, Armenian Church, Star Mosque, Dhakeshweri Mandir (Hindu Temple), Curzon Hall, Shahid Minar. On your return visit the National assembly building, the most distinctive building in Asia and the wonderful architectural accomplishment of famous architect Luis I Kahn of USA. Overnight Dhaka.
Day03: Dhaka-Bogra, Mahasthangar Sightseeing
Morning drive to Bogra –the base of the archaeological site of Bangladesh (200 km, 5 hrs), En- route visits the traditional weaving village at Sirajgong. Upon arrival Bogra visit Mahasthangarh- considered the oldest city of Bangladesh dates back to at least 3 rd century BC. Visit citadel, Govindo vita, and museum and surroundings archaeological site. Overnight Bogra.
Day 04: Scenic drive Dinajpur, Paharpur Sightseeing
Morning scenic drive to Dinajpur (165 km, 4 hrs), En-route visit the world heritage site Sompura vihara- the single largest monasteries south of Himalayas. Visit the surroundings archaeological site along with museum and Halud vihara. Afterwards drive to Dinajpur and on arrival visit the Dinajpur Rajbari, Durga temple, Krishna temple. Overnight Dinajpur.
Day 05: Excursion drive to Rangpur, Kantanagar Temple
Morning visit the Katnanagar Temple- stunning piece of religious art work and one of the most impressive Hindu monuments in Bangladesh built in 1752 by Raja Pran Nath. Afterwards drive to Rangpur (90 km, 2 hrs). Sightseeing at local village, markets, agricultural work. Overnight at Rangpur.
Day 06: Scenic drive to Bogra, Cruise on Brahmaputra River
Morning visit Tajhat Palace-one of the finest Rajbaris in Bangladesh, Kali Temple-used actively for worship. Afterwards drive (107 km, 2.30 hrs) to Bogra and visit mohammed Ali Palace along with the museum. After fresh up and lunch we’ll take you to Sariakandi Ghat and take a traditional wooden boat to cruise on Jamuna (Brahmaputra River) visit Char (large sandbank island) and have unique experience about their life style. Overnight Bogra.
Day 07: Bogra-Rajshahi, Puthia Sightseeing
Morning drive to (110 Km, 2.30 hrs), En-route visit the delightful little village Puthia- one of the shinning highlight’s of north Bengal with wonderful terracotta temple, Rajbari. Enjoy the panoramic sun set from the bank of the river Padma (Ganges River). Evening visit the silk emporium. Overnight hotel in Rajshahi.
Day 08: Rajshahi
Morning drive to Chapai Nawabganj and visit Choto Sona Mosque and Tahkhana palace Ruins. Return back to Rajshahi and visit Varendra Research museum- which has a fantastic and superbly curated collection of relics spanning the entire subcontinent from the earliest civilisation of Mohenjodaro. Afterwards visit river Ganges and Indigo Kuthis. Overnight Rajshahi.
Day 09: Scenic drive to Dhaka
Morning drive back to Dhaka. Arrive in the noon after fresh up Dhaka shopping trip according to your interest. Overnight Dhaka
Day 10: Departure Transfer
On time departure transfer to Dhaka airport for onward destination.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
Best Time to Travel
Oct-May: Best time visit north Bengal.
May-Jun: Mango season between Rajshahi & Choto Sona Mosque
Nov-Dec: Maha Rass Leela attracts pilgrims to Kantanagar Temple