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The Bangladesh Loop: From Dhaka to the Sundarbans

Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,900
Interests
Heritage
Destinations
Bangladesh
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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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Highlights

  • Somapura Vihara: Built in the 8th century, Somapura Vihara was a significant center for Jains, Hindus, and Buddhists in South Asia for over 500 years. Visit this holy site that was lost for centuries and only recently uncovered in the 1920's.
  • Dhaka: The cultural and commercial heart of the country, this metropolis is famous for its chaotic energy, a cacophony arising from streets packed with people and rickshaws that outnumber cars.
  • Sundarbans: One of the world's largest mangrove forests, the Sundarbans is an ecological wonder and home to a wide variety of wildlife including Ganges river dolphins and Bengal tigers. Take a private cruise in search of these rare animals.

Day-by-Day

Day 1 Dhaka

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 Dhaka

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.

Dhaka

Day 3 Bogra

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 Rajshahi

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 Khulna

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.

Khulna

Day 6 The Sundarbans

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 Dhaka

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.

Dhaka

Day 8 Departure

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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