Day 01: Arrive Dhaka:
Upon arrival at Dhaka Airport, we are met and welcomed by our local guide and drive to National memorial at Savar. It was built to commemorate the martyrs of war of independence 1971. The natural setup of the surroundings of the site and the architectural design of the monument has got extra ordinary attraction. Then drive to Dhamrai to show you the famous brass artisans at work. This artistic brass works have been inherited by this particular section of people since the historical paladynasty or 7th century AD. Here you can visit interesting ‘Hindu Rath’ which is like the Roman Chariot. Return back to Dhaka. Evening, we will have taste of the famous Bangladeshi cuisine as we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.
Day 02: Dhaka –Jessore (Flight) –Mongla –Khulna (Drive):
Morning after breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Jessore where we are met and we start tracing the rich heritage of Bangladesh. We commence with a scenic rural Bangladesh landscape as we drive to Bagerhat via Khulna. Our explorations here includes the famous Mosque city, visiting the 60 domes Mosque – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tomb of Khan Jahan (Builder of the Mosque), the 9 dome mosque before continuing on to Khulna via Mongla. Overnight: Hotel City Inn, Khulna (B)
Day 03: Khulna –Mongla (Drive) –Sundarban (Wooden/ Glass Fiber Boat) –Mongla –Khulna (Drive):
A very interesting day ahead as we take an excursion to the world famous Sunarbans Forest - another UNESCO World heritage Site. Part of this excursion will be done by boat The Sundarbans mangrove forest, the single largest forest in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. The site is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes. We visit the world’s largest mangrove belt – a popular habitat of the Royal . The forest treasures 330 plant species, 35 reptiles, 400 fishes, birds and 42 mammals. An optional arrangement for fishing with the aid of otters during the Sundarban cruising can be arranged. (B, L)
Day 04: Khulna –Bogra (Drive):
Another day into the heritage of this unique country as we proceed to Bogra, visiting first the Putia Temple city known for housing the Temples of Shiva and Govinda. After visiting the temples and admiring its artistic designs and architecture, we will experience today seeing the rural and village life of Bangladesh. We stop at various villages and the local bazaars to get a feel of the lifestyle. Upon arrival at Bogra we are transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Naz Garden, Bogra (B)
Day 05: Bogra –Paharpur –Bogra (Drive):
Yet another day viewing another of Bangladesh’s heritage to the world –the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paharpur. At this Buddhist Monastery we see the Buddhist Vihara dating back to the 8th century – the largest monastery south of the Himalayas. Its layout perfectly adapted to its religious function, this monastery-city represents a unique artistic achievement. With its simple, harmonious lines and its profusion of carved decoration, it influenced Buddhist architecture as far away as Cambodia. From here we continue to Mahasthan – an old fortress dating back to the 3rd Century B.C. Evening, we visit the local market and have not only bargains but a cultural experience. (B)