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The Bangladesh Loop: From Dhaka to the Sundarbans

Get a real sense of the centuries of culture and history that imbue the beautiful country of Bangladesh on this trip of a lifetime, exploring all of the highlights and treasures that will leave you utterly enchanted. From the museums and mosques of Dhaka to the ancient sites of Somapura Vihara at Paharpur and the city of temples at Puthia, you’ll get a glimpse of history. From crossing the Bangabandhu Bridge to taking a ferry across the River Ganges, you’ll get a feel for how everything is connected. And from leisurely drives through the countryside and a mangrove cruise in the Sundarbans, you’ll be spellbound by the scenery. 

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  • Tour Dhaka, discovering its treasures and learning about its history
  • Visit Somapura Vihara, the largest Buddhist Monastery in the world
  • Cruise the Sundarbans and perhaps catch a glimpse of a Bengal tiger
  • Cross the Ganges by ferry boat
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Upon arrival in Bangladesh, you'll be met by your driver who will whisk you through the modern capital of Dhaka to your comfortable city hotel. Here, you may freshen up, relax and get acclimated, ready for your journey of discoveries.

Day 2

Wake up for breakfast at your hotel before embarking on your comprehensive city tour. See the paddle steamer boats from Sadarghat Wharf on the River Buriganga, explore the museum at the former palace of Ahsan Manzil, tour the Bangladesh National Museum and visit the distinctively decorated Star Mosque. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a look at the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, before heading back to the hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 3

This morning you'll breakfast early, ready to hit the road bound for Bogra. On the way you'll cross the Yamuna River via Bangabandhu Bridge, one of Asia's longest bridges and a crucial link between the two sides of the country. Check in at your Bogra hotel and enjoy some lunch before heading to the ancient archeological capital of Mahasthangarh. Round the day off with a visit to the World Heritage Site of Somapura Vihara at Paharpur, the largest Buddhist Monastery in the world.

Day 4

After breakfast, begin the scenic drive to Rajshahi, stopping to see the government house which was once the palace of the Maharajas of Dighapatia. At Puthia, you'll see the ornate Shiva Temple and the terracotta carvings of Govinda Temple. On arrival in Rajshahi, check into your hotel then set out to explore the Varendra Research Museum and its rich collection of artifacts of Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim heritage.

Day 5

After breakfast, on the road to Khulna, visit Bagha Mosque with its impressive terracotta wall carvings. After a delicious local lunch, continue your journey, crossing Lalan Bridge, built by engineer Sir Robert Gailes in 1908. Once in Khulna, check in, enjoy some dinner and get a good night's rest at your hotel.

Day 6

After an early breakfast, hop aboard your boat for a full day cruise through the Sundarbans, the world's largest tidal halophytic mangrove forest. Cruise through the network of waterways on the look out for crocodiles, exoctic birds and, of course, Bengal tigers. After your exciting day, relax back at your hotel.

Day 7

After breakfast, it's time to make your way back to Dhaka, via Bagerhat. Tour its Sixty Dome Mosque, the largest mosque in Bangladesh, and the Tomb of Khan Jahan Ali, where marsh crocodiles soak in the large pool nearby. Further along your scenic journey, you'll cross the River Ganges by ferry boat before arriving at your city destination. This evening, pick up some last-minute souvenirs and enjoy your final dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8

After breakfast, say your goodbyes to beautiful Bangladesh as you head to the airport for your onward flight.


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. 

City Inn Ltd.

City Inn Ltd.

This modern facility, located at the heart of Khulna City, in southern Bangladesh offers all of the amenities, comforts and services of a modern hotel. City Inn prides itself on its warm, hospitable staff - whose mission it is to make sure your stay is as hassle free and enjoyable as possible. The traditional, inviting atmosphere is suited to business and leisure travel alike. The hotel offers European, Chinese and Indian cuisine and places high value on quality and freshness. A swimming pool and fully equipped gym are among the hotel’s amenities. In close proximity to the hotel are several fantastic tourist destinations. The Shatgombuz, one of the world’s largest sea beaches, a sprawlingseaport, the Sundarbans Mosque, among other fascinating sites are just minutes away.

The Sundarban National Park

The Sundarban National Park

Travel by boat through the Sundarban mangrove forest, the largest mangrove forest in the world, that lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. This naturally abundant territory is home to the Bengal tiger. On your basic boat you will cruise a network of rivers and creeks through dense evergreen forests. Nature lovers can enjoy spotting crocodiles basking in the sun, deer, wild boar, otters, river dolphins, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and of course the illustrious native tiger. There is basic accommodation available in this remote area; however Remote Lands does its utmost to ensure guests have the most pleasurable and comfortable stay as is possible.

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