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The Buddhist Temples of Bangladesh

This fabulous tour of sacred treasures offers a window into modern and ancient Buddhism in Bangladesh. Explore standing and ruined complexes and marvel at the architecture, carvings and craftsmanship, and visit temples housing relics of various Buddhas. Plunge into the countryside to see local tribal villages and their places of worship and take time to enjoy the scenery with a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Kaptai. Your trip culminates with a visit to the lengthy stretches of beach at Cox’s Bazaar, where you’ll visit a Buddhist village and enjoy some time by the ocean. 

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  • Visit Somapura Mahavihara to explore the best-known viharas in the subcontinent
  • Discover the exquisite craftsmanship at Puthia Temple City in Rajshahi
  • Experience the wonder of the hair relic at Nandan Kanon temple, only displayed once a year
  • Enjoy an incredible sunrise and sunset on the beach at Cox’s Bazaar
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

At Bangladesh’s international airport, meet and greet your friendly driver who will bring you to your hotel in Dhaka. After freshening up, head out on the town to sample some local food before a good night’s sleep.

Day 2

After breakfast in Dhaka, it’s time to start the tour as you make your way to Paharpur. Enjoy the views as you drive nearly 200 miles - with a stop for lunch - to see Somapura Mahavihara and the most famous Buddhist viharas in southern Asia. Later, check in at your hotel in Bogra, where you can relax with dinner.

Day 3

After breakfast, pay a visit to Mahasthangarh, the capital of Pala dynasty. Next, you’ll head to Rajshahi to see Puthia Temple City. Here, you’ll discover the authentic craftsmanship in the temples of Govinda, Shiva, Pancharatna and Jagaddhatri. After a local lunch, begin the journey back to Dhaka for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4

More wonders await today as after breakfast you pay a visit to the Buddhist temple of Kamalapur, which houses the ashes of Atish Dipankar. Back on the road, stop at Shalban Vihara and the other ancient, sacred ruins in Comilla. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll head for Chittagong and the Nandan Kanon temple, where the hair of the Gautam Buddha is kept and displayed only once a year. After dinner in Chittagong, relax at your hotel.

Day 5

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel before beginning your journey to Rangamati, stopping along the way to visit the Buddhist temple in the surrounding countryside. Then, after lunch, climb aboard and set sail for a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Kaptai, surrounded by gorgeous hillside scenery. Arrive in Rangamati for dinner and check in to your hotel.

Day 6

Rise early for breakfast before another day of adventure. Set your course for Cox’s Bazaar, with fascinating stops at the Golden Temple and the tribal villages in picturesque Bandarban. Grab a bite of lunch before you continue your journey. On arrival at the coastal town of Cox’s Bazaar, check in at your hotel before a hearty dinner.

Day 7

Another early morning is well worth the effort for the sunrise on the beach. After you’ve breakfasted, visit the local Buddhist temple in Cox’s Bazaar and the Ramu Buddhist Village. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then spend the afternoon at your leisure. Catch the sunset on the beach to round off the day before dinner and your final night in Bangladesh.

Day 8

After breakfast at your hotel, catch your domestic flight to Dhaka to coincide with your onward flight to your next exciting destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Le Meridien Dhaka, Westin Dhaka

Le Meridien Dhaka

Located just over a mile from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the clean modern lines of the Le Méridien Dhaka make perfect accommodations for discerning travelers wishing to discover the numerous attractions of Bangladesh’s capital city. All 304 of the exquisitely appointed rooms feature grand, yet restrained, contemporary interiors set off by a striking achromatic color scheme, with floor-to-ceiling windows, plush bathrooms and rainfall showers. The suites feature separate bedrooms, with options for dining rooms and butler service to add an extra layer of luxury. Along with a 24-hour business center, the hotel also provides a choice of six different restaurants and bars, fully-equipped gym and the ultra-exclusive Le Méridien Club Lounge for suite and Club Room guests. The 14th-floor spa offers guests a place to relax against a soothing back drop of soft hues and inspiring views of the city, a combination guaranteed to bring solace to any traveler.


Westin Dhaka

Centrally located in the business district of Gulshan, the 241-room Westin Dhaka is steps away from shopping malls, restaurants, museums, and foreign embassies. Like most Westins, the accommodations have an agreeable, though ultimately forgettable, design. Rooms feature signature Westin comforts like the Heavenly Bed and the Heavenly Shower (a double-headed shower), and modern amenities like an LCD flat-screen TV and high-speed Internet access (for a fee). A 24-hour business center provides a full range of business services. Leisure facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a full-service spa. Six restaurants and bars make up the dining scene. These include Prego, an Italian restaurant on the 23rd floor, and Seasonal Tastes, serving Pan-Asian cuisine. The hotel is just five miles away from the Zia International Airport.

Hotel Naz Garden

Hotel Naz Garden

Hotel Naz Garden is the largest and only international standard4 star hotel and resort in the northern region of Bangladesh. The sprawling facility occupies 15 acres of land and boasts a beautiful setting. Located on the outskirts of Bogra town, Naz Garden offers innovative services, amenities and products to its valued guests. Perhaps most impressive is the selection of delicious dining options. Guests may chose from continental, Bangladeshi, Indian, Thai and Chinese cuisine. Eight restaurants, a fully equipped gym, bar, swimming pools and the scenic lake at the center of the resort grounds are just some of the impressive features the Naz Garden has to offer. The Hotel Naz Garden commitmentto the broader community of Bogra add to its appeal. 

Agrabad Hotel, Peninsula Chittagong

Agrabad Hotel

The modern Agrabad Hotel is located just outside the city centre of Chittagong. All rooms and suites are well equipped with internet, a fridge/minibar, internet, cable TV and bathrobes, and the hotel also offers a gym, pool, sauna, beauty salon, nightclub and snooker/billiards room. The hotel restaurant offers French and Indian menus as well as 24-hour room service, and breakfast can be taken in the restaurant or room. All of Chittagong’s main attractions are within a short drive of the hotel, and Shah Amanat International Airport (CGP) is just 30 minutes away.


Peninsula Chittagong

The Peninsula Chittagong is a property in the city’s upscale GEC Circle, a short 5-minute walk from Central Plaza shopping area. Feel soothed by the outdoor pool, pampering spa treatments and well-equipped fitness center. The air-conditioned guestrooms all come with a flat-screen TV, minibar and personal safe.

The Peninsula Chittagong Limited is a 20-minute drive from Chittagong Railway Station, while Chittagong International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.

Laguna Multi-Cuisine Restaurant offers dishes from Bangladesh, India, Thailand and China. Other dining options include Continental and Korean food at Flamingo Cafe, pastries at Orchid Patisserie and cocktails at Isles Bar. At the spa, guests can relax with a massage, or in the sauna and hot tub. The hotel also provides a business centre and a tour desk.  

Long Beach Hotel, Seagull Hotel

Long Beach Hotel

Located just a 5 minutes’ walk from the world’s longest beach, the Long Beach Hotel offers all the comforts required by today’s travelers. All rooms and suites have an en-suite bathroom, cable TV and minibar. The hotel also boasts a restaurant, beauty salon, shop and DVD rental, as well as a gym, sauna and a 1500-foot swimming pool accompanied by a large Jacuzzi and a special swimming pool for children.

Seagull Hotel

Beautifully located near Cox’s Bazaar beach, the Seagull Hotel offers a range of comfortable rooms and suites. All accommodation has a private bathroom, fridge/minibar, internet and cable TV, and the suites have balconies offering magnificent views overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Other facilities include a gym, pool, beauty salon, hairdresser, shopping arcade and complimentary newspapers. For your convenience, the hotel also offers 24-hour room service. For dining, the hotel has 4 restaurants and a café/bar serving a range of cuisines including Indian, Thai, Chinese and Bangladeshi.
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