Bangladesh Discovery


Bangladesh Discovery

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 - Dhaka

On arrival in Dhaka, transfer to the hotel. Time permitting, explore Dhaka and get to grips with this vibrant city. Overnight Rosewood Hotel or similar.

Day 2 - Dhamrai

Today we visit Dhamrai (40km), a small market town once famous for its fine pottery, brass casting and other traditional arts. Some are still being practiced today. We'll be hosted by a family that has been casting brass for over 200 years. This afternoon we have a Dhaka city sightseeing tour. Places of interest include the Ahsan Manzil (the pink palace), Shakari Bazar (Hindu street), Dhakeshwari Temple, Armenian church and the Star Mosque. Overnight Rosewood Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Dhaka - Bogra

Early this morning we travel to Bogra district (210km), enjoying the rural countryside & stopping en route at anything of interest that we may see. On arrival in the afternoon, we will visit Mahastangarh, the world heritage site and famous Buddhist monastery dating back to the 3rd century BC. Overnight at Hotel Naz Garden or similar (BL)

Day 4 – The Chars of the Jamuna River

After breakfast we will drive to Sariakandi (45km) to visit the Chars of the Jamuna river. We take a boat along the Jamuna river and see how river erosion and flooding affect the lives of local people. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Bogra. Overnight at Hotel Naz Garden or similar (BL)

Day 5 - Paharpur

Today we will drive to Paharpur to visit this famous Buddhist world heritage site. This is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh and it dates from the 8th century AD. Later in the day we will visit the Hindu Terracotta temples in Overnight at Hotel Nice or similar, Rajshahi (120km) (BL)

Day 6 – Khulna – Mongla

Early morning train journey to Khulna (approx. 6hrs). Arrive Khulna in the afternoon and then transfer to Mongla to embark on the Sundarban cruise boat. Enjoy the riverside life of Bangladesh. Overnight onboard. (BLD)

Day 7 - Sundarbans

Spend a full day exploring the Sundarbans by boat. This is the planet's largest mangrove forest, the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and many other mammals and birds. You cruise both the larger rivers and are able to enter smaller canals for maximum opportunities to see wildlife. You will also be able to go ashore to walk through and experience the forest first-hand. Overnight onboard. (BLD)

Day 8 – Sundarbans & Khulna

A morning in the Sundarbans and in the afternoon we proceed north to the Pashur river and arrive at Mongla/Khulna in the late afternoon. After dinner we disembark our boat and overnight at the City Inn, Khulna (BLD)

Day 9 – Dhaka - Sylhet

Drive to Jessore (65km) and fly back to Dhaka. From here we travel to Sylhet (100km), in the north east of the country, stopping en route at anything of interest that we may see. Overnight Hotel Metro International or similar (BL)

Day 10 - Jaflong

Today drive to Jaflong (160km), one of the most scenic areas in Bangladesh, close to the Indian border. Here we can see how the local people are collecting stone, with great opportunities to see a different side of Bangladeshi life and superb chances for photography. Visit the village across the river to meet Khasia tribal people and see their daily lifestyle. Return to Sylhet and visit the shrine of the great saint Hazrat Shah Jalal. Overnight Hotel Metro International or similar. (BL)

Days 11-12 - Srimongal

A morning drive to Srimongal (100km). We spend two days exploring the area around Srimongal, perhaps the most beautiful region of the country. We hike in the Lowacheera Forest Reserve, with its numerous species of birds and primates including the extremely rare Hoolock gibbon, which we hope to spot. We also take a boat trip in the Hail Haor wetland sanctuary, locally renowned for its waterbirds. Other visits include the charming tea plantations and villages of the Monipuri tribal people for an insight into their daily lives. Overnight at Nishorgo Eco Resort or similar. (BL)

Please note that the walk in the Lowacheera Forest Reserve requires strong sturdy walking shoes/boots and it is advisable to also wear long socks and long trousers for this walk.

Day 13 - Dhaka

Return to Dhaka (210km). After arrival visit the National Assembly Building of the Bangladesh Parliament, time and traffic permitting. Overnight Rosewood Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 14 - Dhaka

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)