Bangladesh Buddhism Culture Tour
Tour Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights
Bangladesh is the most potential destination for Buddhist culture since Buddhism was originally spread from here and enlightened the whole world. The most important literary sources about Buddhism in India and Bangladesh could be traced from the travel report of great Chinese pilgrims. The most prominent ones were Fa-hien who travelled overland between 399-414 AD, Huen Tsang travelled between 629-645 AD and I-Tsing travelled between 671-692 AD. From the account of the most prominent Chinese pilgrims Tahien and Hiuen Tsaug mentioned that Lord Buddha with his 500 disciples visited Pundravardhana which is presently Mahasthangarh (in Bangladesh) and preached his new Gospel at SAMATATA (South Eastern part of Bangladesh) including the Lalmai and Moinamoti range. According to Arakanese book Rajoang that Buddha visited BURMA (Mayanmar) with his disciple and from there in his return journey he visited Hastigram, Amragram and Chandranath which is very near to Chittagong hill district of Bangladesh. The holly hair relics and foot prints of Lord Buddha have been preserved in the Nandan Kanan Buddhist Temple, Chittagong. From this valuable reserves some portion were donated to Srilanka in 1957, to Japan in 1964, to Thailand in 1979 and again to Srilanka in 2007. The Chandrnath Buddhist temple also has the rare footprint of Lord Buddha.
- Mahasthangar Museum
- Sompura Vihara
- Halud Vihara
- Paharpur Museum
- Ramu Pagoda
- Aggameda Khyang
- Panam City
- Rajban Vihara
- Cruise on Kaptai Lake
- Shalban Vihara
- Zadi Temple
- Buddhist Culture & Life
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.
Day 02: 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 3rd century BC. Visit citadel, Govindo vita, and museum and surroundings archaeological site. Overnight Bogra.
Day 03: Paharpur Sightseeing, Scenic drive Dhaka
Morning 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 back to Dhaka.
Day 04: Excursion Drive to Chittagong, Sonargaon & Mainamati Sightseeing
Morning excursion drive to port city Chittagong (264 km, 7 hrs) En-route visit Sonargaon ancient capital of Bengal. Sonargaon formerly known as Suvarnagram was a part of Buddhist Empire of Pala dynasty at the 7th Century AD. The main attraction of Sonargaon of today the ruins of old Panam city, some monuments and beautiful mosque of Muslim Sultante period (1399-1409 AD can be visited. The attractive Folk-art museum, which has a rich collection of folkart, cultural and traditional works. Afterwards visit Mainamoti- Lalmai ridge where you can visit more than 50 ancient Buddhist relics of 7th-8th century A.D. These are mostly monasteries, temples and stupa. The most important findings from the excavations are Salban vihara, Kotila Mura, Vasu Vihara, Ananda vihara, Charapatra Mura, Itakhola Mura.The rich archaeological museum at Mainamoti is also very attractive for studies of Buddhism. Arrive Chittagong in the evening and overnight.
Day 05: Excursion Drive to Rangamatti, Cruise on Kaptai
Morning drive to Rangamati (77 km) the homeland of Buddhist tribal. The whole region is full of flavours of neighbouring Myanmar. After fresh up we will offer you the most fascinating boat cruise in the Kaptai Lake with its splendid setting of lush landscape and scenic grandeur. The journey through the Suvolong point and entering into the widest part of lake will be an amazing experience which is more exciting than that of Kashmir valley. The boat journey through the vast expanse (spreading over 680sq. km.) of crystal clear water flanked by hills and evergreen dense forest with rich tribal villages, Rajban Vihara Monastery and tribal markets. Overnight at Rangamati.
Day 06: Excursion Drive to Bandarban, Golden Temple Sightseeing
Morning excursion drive to Bandarban (3 hrs). En-route visit the most beautiful Buddhist temple in Bangladesh Zadi Temple (Golden Temple). Cruise on Sangu river, experience the Buddhist culture and life. Overnight Bandarban.
Day 07: Excursion Drive to Cox’sbazar, Ramu Sightseeing
Morning excursion drive to Cox’sbazar (127 km, 3.30 hrs). En-route sightseeing at Ramu Buddhist temples. Arrive Cox’sbazar in the afternoon. Enjoy the longest beach in the world. Overnight Cox’sbazar.
Day 08: Cox’sbazar Sightseeing
Morning visit Aggameda Khyang (Buddhist Monastery), Afterwards visit the unspoiled Himchari beach of golden sands, towering cliffs in the backdrop of panoramic chain of hills covered with evergreen forest. In the evening enjoy the most enchanting and colourful sunset and visit local Burmise shell market. Overnight Cox’sbazar.
Day 09: Fly back to Dhaka
Morning free time for beach activities. Avail the afternoon flight towards Dhaka. Transfer to hotel and Overnight at 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 to visit
Tour Available: You can avail this tour package all the year round