Bangladesh Discovery Tour

Bangladesh Discovery Tour a 15 day Small Group Tour.

Bangladesh is a young country, independent since 1971, and a place that generally only makes the headlines through an apparent affinity for natural disaster.

That said, behind the easy preconceptions lies a fascinating south Asian state whose people, landscapes and wildlife provide a perhaps unexpectedly rich experience for visitors.



Certainly, it’s intense, and there’s no doubt that sights, sounds and smells… can be overpowering. If Center Parcs was your last trip, you’ll be in for a shock. However, as visitor numbers remain low, Bangladesh maintains an honest authenticity that’s often hard to find.

It’s incredible. Go now.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track
  • Culture 
  • History 
  • Wildlife 

Tour pace


Tour style


Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.


On arrival in Dhaka, transfer to hotel accommodation. Time permitting, attempt to get to grips with this seething, populous south Asian capital. It’s a tall order. Overnight at Asia Hotel or similar.

Today we spend time in the city. Dhaka doesn’t have the obvious headline sights found in other regional capitals. However, the country’s low level of tourism adds an unaffected aspect to any sightseeing exploration, and indeed you may end up becoming ‘the sight’ yourself. Highlights include the Ahsan Manzil (the Pink Palace), the intestinal alleys of 400-year-old Shakhari Bazar (Hindu Street), Dhakeshwari Temple, the historic Armenian church and the Star Mosque. Overnight at Asia Hotel or similar. (BL)

(Approximate driving time: six-hours)

Early this morning we travel out of Dhaka, through rural Bangladesh, to the Bogra district. We expect to arrive in the afternoon, and will visit the archaeological site of Mahastangarh, a significant Buddhist monastery dating from the 3rd century BC. Overnight at Hotel Naz Garden or similar. (BL)

(Approximate driving time: one-and-a-half-hours)

After breakfast we drive to Sariakandi and visit the chars (low-lying islands) of the Jamuna River. We take a boat along the river to see how 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)

(Approximate driving time: two-and-three-quarter-hours)

After breakfast we drive to Paharpur and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Somapura Mahavihara. This famous Buddhist complex, dating from the 8th century AD, is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh. Later, we visit the Hindu terracotta temples in Rajshahi. Overnight at Hotel Nice or similar. (BL)

(Approximate journey time:  Train – six-hours, approximate driving time: one-and-a-half-hours)

Train travel makes a welcome change from Bangladesh’s unpredictable road conditions, and generally offers a comfortable and relaxed way to travel, and to interact with other passengers. The early morning express to Khulna arrives mid-afternoon, allowing time to transfer by road the remaining few kilometres to Mongla where you’ll meet your Sundarban boat. Overnight on board. (BLD)

Please note: Accommodation on the boat is very basic. Facilities are shared and cabins are small. However, the boat is clean, safe and functional, and local crew to prepare meals delicious meals on an open area of the deck.

The Sundarbans are the planet’s largest mangrove forest, home to Royal Bengal tigers, many other mammals and a rich birdlife. You’ll explore both larger rivers and enter smaller canals for maximum wildlife viewing opportunities. The Sundarbans are very difficult to negotiate on land. However, there are some areas where you’ll tie up and walk through the mangroves to experience the forest first-hand. Overnight on board. (BLD)

(Approximate driving time: one-and-a-half-hours)

This morning is spent in the Sundarbans as you proceed north to the Pashur river, arriving back at the port in Mongla. After lunch we will disembark and drive to Khulna, stopping off to visit Shat Gombuj Masjid, the famous ‘60 dome mosque’ (which actually has 77 domes) forming part of  Bagerhat’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at the City Inn, Khulna. (BL)

(Approximate driving time: three-and-a-half-hours – Approximate flight time: one hour)

In the morning we aim to witness the remarkable practice of otter fishing. At a nearby village we meet the local otter fishermen. This is one of the last places in Bangladesh where otters are trained to round-up fish, much as shepherds use dogs to round-up sheep. We’ll talk with the fishermen, learn about the challenges they face, and observe the otters in action. In the afternoon we’ll continue by road to Jessore, later catching a short domestic flight to Dhaka. Overnight at Afford Inn or similar. (BL)

(Approximate driving time: six-hours)

Early this morning we drive to Sylhet, north east of Dhaka, and endowed with a much more relaxed atmosphere than the capital. We’ll take a short tour of the city in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel Metro International or similar. (BL)

(Approximate driving time: one-and-a-half-hours)

Today we drive to Jaflong, close to the Indian border and one of the most scenic areas in Bangladesh. Here we see how local people collect stone, a rare commodity in Bangladesh. We visit a village on the river’s far shore and meet Khasia tribal people, observing their daily lives. It’s a great chance to see a different side of Bangladeshi life, and a superb opportunity for photography. Later, we return to Sylhet and visit the shrine of the revered Sufi Muslim saint, Hazrat Shah Jalal. Overnight at Hotel Metro International or similar. (BL)

(Approximate driving time: two-and-a-half-hours)

After a morning drive to Srimongal we spend two days exploring the surrounding are, perhaps the country’s most beautiful region. We hike in the Lawachara Forest Reserve where wildlife highlights include the extremely rare Hoolock gibbon, and a rich avian population. Later we take a boat trip in Hail Haor wetland sanctuary, renowned for its water birds. Other visits include nearby tea plantations, and the villages of the Monipuri tribal people. Overnight at Nishorgo Eco Resort or similar. (BL)

Please note: Walking in the Lawachara Forest Reserve requires sturdy footwear and it’s advisable to wear long socks and long trousers.

Nishorgo Eco Resort is locally owned and managed accommodation on the edge of the Lawachara Forest. The rooms are simple, either bamboo huts on stilts or mud-walled rooms, with bathrooms and a fan but no air-conditioning. The accommodation is basic but full of character. However, if you wish to upgrade, nearby The Grand Sultan Tea Resort provides 4-star international standard hotel rooms. Upgrades start from £170 per room, per night.  Contact us for details.

(Approximate driving time: four-and-a-half-hours)

Today we drive to Dhaka, stopping at the small market town of Dhamrai, famous for fine pottery, brass casting and other traditional crafts still practiced today. We visit a family involved in casting brass, through several generations, for over 200 years. Finally, we return to Dhaka and check-in to our hotel. Overnight at Rosewood Hotel or similar. (B)

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for onward flights. (B)

Dates & Price.

Tour Notes

Please note that the dates for 2022 and 2023 tours are still provisional and many vary by a day or two, depending on national rail and flight schedules.

This group tour operates subject to a minimum group size of 2 travellers.

Return flights from London to Dhaka start at £550. Contact us for a quotation.

Single Supplement from £340 in 2021 and from £360 in 2022 and 2023. Please note that single cabins cannot be guaranteed on the boat trip in the Sundarbans, even with the single supplement payment.

If you do not wish to be part of a group tour then you can do the same tour on a private basis.

Kindly note that we can also tailor a similar or totally different itinerary to meet your requirements.

Please contact us for a quote.

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Bangladesh Discovery Tour

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+44(0) 191 296 2674 from THE UK
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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Services of English speaking guide / tour leader
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Tips (Discretionary)
  • Items of personal nature

I want to say thanks for a really great trip. Given Bangladesh gets so few tourists it is a measure of your expertise that you can put together such a wide ranging itinerary. From World heritage sites through to natural mangrove swamps. The charming people we met throughout our journey only served to enhance the experience.


Steve Nolan, UK