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Trip to the past glory of North Bengal – Archaeological sites

Trip to the past glory of North Bengal – Archaeological sites

Bengal ancient civilization and historical sites was glory of Bangladesh describes by many valued travel writers

Bangladesh has much ancient treasure and has some evidence of the earliest urban human settlement in the pundra, Vanga and Samatata kingdom. In the territory of North Bengal was consisting of Pundra, Varendra and Gaur have had ancient historic importance.  There were some of the Buddhist educational and cultural centers while many other parts of the world was unknown historically, At once this was a rich and developed region economically too. Many travelers express their impressions glorifying these places. Rajshahi is the famous City of Silk and sultanate time built Mosques and World renowned Buddhist Mahavihara which is the listed best Archaeological World heritage of Bangladesh.

We are offering for an expedition to the earliest ruins, historical palaces, Mosque’s Temples and Stupa

Bangladesh Expeditions organize private tour for interesting group, family and official corporate tour –

  • Dhaka – Mahasthangarh – Paharpur by car based 5 star hotel ( 2 D / 1 N )
  • Dhaka – Rajshahi – Paharpur – Puthia – Dhaka by air ( 2 D / 1 N)
  • Rajshahi – Paharpur – Puthia – Mahathangarh by car ( 3 D / 1 N)
  • Rajshahi – Gaur – Puthia – Natore – Paharpur – Mahasthangarh by car ( 4 D / 3 N)
  • Buddhist sites and archaeological trip by car ( 9 Days / 8 Nights )
  • Dhaka – Rocket steamer cruise – Bagerhat Archaeological World heritage site – Mahasthangarh ( countries historical ruins city ) – Rajshahi silk city and Mosque – Gaur – Puthia ( Temples town ) – Paharpur ( Single largest Monastery ) World heritage archaeological Buddhist sites – The Sundarbans wildlife sanctuaries ( 10 days )

Trip to North Bengal – The ancient region of Pundra, Varendra and Gaur

Day-01: Dhaka- Dinajpur  – Kantajew Navaratna Temple by car ( 420km)

Kantanjir Temple – Dinajpur

Early in the morning started car drive to Dinajpur for visiting the Bengal finest terracotta arts of artisans were seized in extreme value and their services appreciated by wealthy kings and landlords those grab rich terracotta arts at their palaces and the elite houses.

Maharaja Pran Nath were dream to built a Navaratna Temple on behalf of Hindu God Krishna and his beloved wife Rukmini and commissioned at around 1704 AD and later it was completed at 1752 during the reign of Magaraja Ramnath but all Nine tower were cracked in the earthquake of 1897.

The Kantanagar or Kantajew Temple is the greatest icon of terracotta architecture in Bangladesh till stands on a sandstone platform with its intricate17,000 terra-cotta plaque of the epics tale of the Krishna, Ramayana, Mahabarata and represented of the interesting social existing prospect with symbolic and floral motifs.

Overnight stay – Dinajpur Parjatan motel

Day 02: Dinajpur  – Bogra – Mahasthangarh ( Pundravardhana ) by car

Mahathangarh – the earliest fortified wall ruins city

Early in the morning car drive to Bogra at Mahasthangarh – used to be the Capital of the Pundra kingdom once known as Pundranagara date back to 500 BC. Consequently is inhabited by the Maurya, Gupta, Emperor Ashoka fame and great Pala dynasties. There are also marks of Afghan settlement in the 12th century. The museum traces the different settlement of Mahasthan along with artifacts found there. We will discover the Govindha vita, tomb of shah sultan, Vasu vihara or narapatir dhap, Jiyat kunda also called the well of life and Gokul meth or Behula’s Nuptial house.

Overnight stay – Momo inn ( 5 star hotel & Resort )

Day 03: Bogra – Naogaon- Rajshahi by car

Paharpur single largest monastery of the Indian subcontinent

2 hours car drive for the significant visit to an ancient Buddhist destroyed monastery in Paharpur Buddhist Bihar or somapur Mahavihara built by Sri Dharmapaldev, the second king of the Pala dynasty of late 7th century. In 1985 UNESCO gave it the status of the World archaeological Heritage Site.

Car drive another 2 hours to Rajshahi city of silk and university, on arrival visit the Varendra research Museum where preserved excavated findings of the Paharpur Maha vihara, before sunset enjoy the Padma river bank, check in hotel.

Overnight stay in Nice International / hotel garishan

Day-04: Rajshahi to Gaur – The city of Medieval Mosque’s by car

Ancient city of Mosques at Gaur or Lakhnauti

Gaur was once an ancient Capital of the rulers of Bengal, first came to prominence during the Pala dynasty ( 8th Century) then developed to be an affluent town under the Hindu sena dynasty from the 12th Century and stirring the power while captured by Muslim rulers and served as the Capital for the Independent sultan of Bengal from the Mid 14th Century till the 16th Century.

The Islamic structures that remain between the India – Bangladesh border in Chapainawabganj of Rajshahi were mostly built at the end of the 15th Century and Persian cultural heritage found mainly in the administrative areas throughout the country. Several remarkable ruins scattered will be discovered in this trip including the Khania Dighi or Rajbibi Mosque of 14th Century, mud brick floral motif terracotta’s Daroshbari Mosque and Madrasa, Chamchika Mosque and the most outstanding Choto Sona Mosque ( Golden gilded stone built Mosque). We also visit Tahkhana palace complex built by Shah Suja in 1655 along with the shrine dome of Hazrat Shah Niyamatullah ( Ra )

Overnight in Rajshahi hotel Garishan or hotel Nice International

Day 05: Rajshahi -Puthia Temple town – Dhaka by car

Drive to Dhaka at 0800Hrs. On the way, you will visit one of the rich palace architecture and dominant ancient Hindu’s Temple at Puthia (Rajshahi District). The most significant are Shiva Temple, Jagannath Temple and Guvindha Temple, continue on to Dhaka.

Overnight in Dhaka airport beyond hotel air inn

Price will be quote as per group size

Cultural heritage and historical sites expeditions in Bangladesh

Tour Duration: 8  Days / 8 Nights

Historical tour itinerary:

Day 01:  Dhaka airport pick up and visit Historic Dhaka city by car

Our guide met and greets at Dhaka airport & transfer to hotel, If time permits for half day city tour around the heritage buildings of old Dhaka, Sadarghat River front, shakhari bazaar and old Hindu temples, Lalbag Fort of Mughal Empire and Curzon Hall (Dhaka University), overnight in hotel victory or hotel ornate.

Overnight stay – hotel ornate or hotel Victory

Day 02: Sonargaon old Capital and Moinamoti Buddhist archaeological sites by car

Sonargaon ( Golden village ) – Moinamoti – ( Devaparvata ) – Chittagong

Depart Dhaka at 07:30 AM for Chittagong, On the way, we will stop at Sonargaon which was the sultanate regime administrative center and Capital of the Bengal independent rulers and Mint town ( 13th to 17th Century) where ruins panam city still standing of remaining hindu merchants dilapidated British influential and Bengal iconic structure and renovated boro sarder terracotta palace with site museum of Bangladesh folk, arts and crafts,  Moinamaoti, which is about 114 km southeast of Dhaka and well connected by road the journey will take 3 hours, on arrival you will visit the “War cemetery” where you can see the graveyard of the soldiers died in the Myanmar front during the World War-2. Drive to the Buddhist archeological site where 2000 monks belonging to Sthavira Sangha lived in the 30 monastery were growth and development of Mainamati site of Bangladesh as similar to Nalanda !

The most remarkable was the Salbon Vihar and the Ananda vihara, the site Museum are located.

Excavated Buddhist remnants of 8th to 12th century are dotted all the way along the north – south running Lalmai – Moinamoti – hill range.

From here the following adjacent sites you may also visit: Ananda Vihar, Charpatra Mura, Itakhola Mura, Rupban Mura, Kutila Mura and Triratna Stupa. Among these, the Ananda Vihara, the Charpatra Mura and the Kutila Mura are situated within the Moinamoti Cantonment are therefore, prior permission of the cantonment authorities is necessary for the visit. Late in the afternoon another few hours drive Chittagong, check in hotel and have dinner.

Overnight stay – Hotel Alina & suites

Day-03: Cruise to Kaptai lake valley and isolated tribal villages and bazaar

Rangamati

Today we shall show you as much of this beautiful place as possible: the day’s activities include a boat-cruise on Kaptai Lake up to shuvolong waterfall, a visit to tribal village, bazaar and hanging bridge. In the afternoon we will take you out for a short sightseeing tour of the local tribal museum (if open), a Buddhist temple and Monk, handicraft centers, souvenir shops and a nearby tribal village, Back to the hotel after sunset.

Overnight stay in Rangamati Parjatan Motel or Needs hill view hotel

Day-o4: Rangamati – Chittagong – Dhaka by car

In this morning visit Rangamati town and then started return car drive to Dhaka via Chittagong, we stop the car at the fascinating scenery and Chittagong war cemetery.

Overnight stay – Dhaka hotel victory / hotel ornate

Day-05: Dhaka- Dinajpur  – Kantajew Navaratna Temple by car ( 420km)

Kantanjir Temple – Dinajpur

Early in the morning started car drive to Dinajpur for visiting the Bengal finest terracotta arts of artisans were seized in extreme value and their services appreciated by wealthy kings and landlords those grab rich terracotta arts at their palaces and the elite houses.

Maharaja Pran Nath were dream to built a Navaratna Temple on behalf of Hindu God Krishna and his beloved wife Rukmini and commissioned at around 1704 AD and later it was completed at 1752 during the reign of Magaraja Ramnath but all Nine tower were cracked in the earthquake of 1897.

The Kantanagar or Kantajew Temple is the greatest icon of terracotta architecture in Bangladesh till stands on a sandstone platform with its intricate17,000 terra-cotta plaque of the epics tale of the Krishna, Ramayana, Mahabarata and represented of the interesting social existing prospect with symbolic and floral motifs.

Overnight stay – Dinajpur Parjatan motel

Day 06: Dinajpur  – Bogra – Mahasthangarh ( Pundravardhana ) by car

Mahathangarh – the earliest fortified wall ruins city

Early in the morning car drive to Bogra at Mahasthangarh – used to be the Capital of the Pundra kingdom once known as Pundranagara date back to 500 BC. Consequently is inhabited by the Maurya, Gupta, Emperor Ashoka fame and great Pala dynasties. There are also marks of Afghan settlement in the 12th century. The museum traces the different settlement of Mahasthan along with artifacts found there. We will discover the Govindha vita, tomb of shah sultan, Vasu vihara or narapatir dhap, Jiyat kunda also called the well of life and Gokul meth or Behula’s Nuptial house.

Overnight stay – Momo inn ( 5 star hotel & Resort )

Day 07: Bogra – Naogaon- Rajshahi by car

Paharpur single largest monastery of the Indian subcontinent

2 hours car drive for the significant visit to an ancient Buddhist destroyed monastery in Paharpur Buddhist Bihar or somapur Mahavihara built by Sri Dharmapaldev, the second king of the Pala dynasty of late 7th century. In 1985 UNESCO gave it the status of the World archaeological Heritage Site.

Car drive another 2 hours to Rajshahi city of silk and university, on arrival visit the Varendra research Museum where preserved excavated findings of the Paharpur Maha vihara, before sunset enjoy the Padma river bank, check in hotel.

Overnight stay in Nice International / hotel garishan

Day 08: Rajshahi-Puthia – Dhaka by car

Drive to Dhaka at 0800Hrs. On the way, you will visit one of the rich palace architecture and dominant ancient Hindu’s Temple at Puthia (Rajshahi District). The most significant are Shiva Temple, Jagannath Temple and Guvindha Temple, continue on to Dhaka.

Overnight in Dhaka airport beyond hotel air inn

Day 09: Dhaka airport transfer and ends the tour by God grace.

Price will be quote according to group size

Travel Notes: we have regular tour package covering World heritage sites –

DHAKA – PADDLE WHEEL ROCKET STEAMER – BAGERHAT – THE SUNDARBANS – BOGRA & RAJSHAHI

All inclusive weekend private tour packages price in US$

Tour Name Duration 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5person 6 person
31. Archaeological trip – Mahasthangarh & Paharpur 2 D / 1 N US$ 490 US$ 290 US$ 260 US$ 190 US$ 175 US$ 160
32. Archaeological trip-  Natore + Puthia + Paharpur + Mahasthangarh by car / van 3 D / 2 N US$ 750 US$ 450 US$ 380 US$ 290 US$ 280 US$ 250
33. Archaeological trip-  Gaur + Dinajpur + Rajshahi + Bogra 5 D / 4 N  US$ 990 US$ 740 US$ 630 US$ 490 US$ 460 US$ 390