Example Itinerary

The Buddhist Temples of Bangladesh

Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,800
Interests
Spirituality, Architecture
Destinations
Bangladesh
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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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Highlights

  • Somapura Mahavihara: One of the most famous Buddhist monasteries of ancient Bengal, Somapura Mahavihara went largely forgotten until it was unearthed again in the 1920's.
  • Puthia Temple City: This large cluster of old Hindu temples was created by the wealthy Puthia royal family and features grand and modest temples dedicated to various Hindu gods.
  • Buddha's Impressions: Experience the wonder of the hair relic at Nandan Kanan Chittagong temple, only displayed once a year. The temple also has preserved foot prints of Lord Buddha.

Day-by-Day

Day 1 Dhaka

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 Bogra

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.

Bogra

Day 3 Dhaka

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 Chittagong

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 Gautama Buddha is kept and displayed only once a year. After dinner in Chittagong, relax at your hotel.

Chittagong

Day 5 Rangamati

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 Cox's Bazar

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.

Cox's Bazar

Day 7 Cox's Bazar

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 Departure

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

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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