Capital City and Buddhist Heritage

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

03 Night 04 Days

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377

Maximum Seats

10

Places of Attraction: Salban Vihara, Rupban Mura, Kutila Mura, Archeological Museum, Boro Sardar Bari, Folk-Art Museum, Panam Nagar, Curzon Hall, Dhakeswari Temple, Ahsan Manzil, Old Hindu Streets, Armenian Church, Star Mosque, Lalbagh Fort, Khann Mohammad Mridha Mosque and National Parliament Complex.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Dhaka

The guide will welcome you at Harat Shahjalal International Airport’s arrival hall after immigration and then transfer to your designated hotel. Depending on time, the guide will offer you a short city tour. Stay overnight Dhaka.
Day 2

Mainamati, Salban Vihara, Kutila Mura and Rupban Mura, Buddhist temple, Sonargaon, Panam Nagar, Boro Sardar Bari , Folk-Art Museum

Early morning around 0700 hrs drive to Mainamati Kumilla located 115 hrs away from the capital city Dhaka. Mainamati is an isolated low, dimpled range of hills, dotted with more than 50 ancient Buddhist settlements dating to between the 7th-12th centuries AD. It was part of the ancient Samatata division of Bengal. It is the home of one of the most important Buddhist archaeological sites in the region. Visit Salban Vihara (monastery), Kutila Mura and Rupban Mura which are very important to study Buddhism. The recent excavation made the archaeological museum more attractive. A new Buddhist temple has been built there by the Thai Government, with a Lotus Bud on top is worth visiting. Afternoon the driver will take you to Sonargaon (90 km/ approx 3 hrs). Sonargaon –the ancient capital of Bengal on Turkish Sultanate period during 1280 AD. It was the seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of Eastern Bengal. The city was described by numerous historic travelers, including Ibn Battuta, Ma Huan, Niccolò de' Conti and Ralph Fitch as a thriving center of trade and commerce. It served as the capital of Sultan Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah, Isa Khan and the Baro-Bhuyan Confederacy. Visit Panam Nagar, one of the most endangered historic sites in the world and is a subject of significant archaeological and artistic interest. Most of buildings suffer from rising damp while biological and insect damage has affected the architectural woodwork. At present there are more than 50 buildings in both sides of a road established in the late of the 19th century. Today this area is protected under the department of archaeology of Bangladesh. The New York-based World Monument Fund in 2006 included Panam Nagar in its World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. Further visit Boro Sardar Bari and Folk-Art Museum. Boro Sardar Bari is one of the old houses at Sonargaon, was built by a rich man Gopinath in Bengali year 1330. The Bangladesh Folk-Arts and Crafts Foundation converted the house to a museum. You will feel the Bengali rural culture while visiting the Folk-Art Museum. The museum was established by Bangladeshi famous painter Joynul Abedin on March 12, 1975. In the evening drive back to Dhaka and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 3

Curzon Hall, Shahid Minar, Dhakeswari, Lalbagh Fort, Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque, Star Mosque, Armenian Church, Sadarghat, Ahsan Manzil, Hindu streets, National Parliament Complex

Today we will explore old part of the present capital city in the morning and an ancient capital in the afternoon. After breakfast, drive to Old City through Dhaka University area and visit Curzon Hall meant to be a town hall, was named after Lord Curzon –a Viceroy of India (1899-1905) who laid its foundation stone in 1904. A year later Bengal was partitioned and Dhaka became the capital of the newly created province of East Bengal and Assam. After the establishment of Dhaka University in 1921 it become part of the university's science section and continues as such. Shahid Minar –the symbol of sacrifice for mother language in 1952 and Dhakeswari, the state temple of Bangladesh for Hindu Community, built by King Ballal Sen in 12th century. Some people believe the city named after the temple. Then take a short drive to Lalbagh Fort –an incomplete but beautiful Mughal fort. Then walk 10 minutes visiting Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque –a beautiful mosque of Mughal period. Take a rickshaw ride to Star Mosque –most ornamented mosque of Mughal period. The mosque is decorated with motifs of blue stars, was built in the first half of the 19th century by Mirza Golam Pir. Take again another rickshaw to Armenian Church. This church bears testimony to the existence of a significant Armenian community in the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Following the domination of their homeland by Persian powers of the time, Armenians were sent by their new rulers to the Bengal region for both political and economic reasons. The church was built in 1781. Mother Teresa stayed in the church compound during a 1996 visit to Dhaka. Then drive to Sadarghat and walk through the bank of Buriganga River crowded with many vendors and crafts. Every day hundreds & thousands of passengers are transported by motor launches to & from far off places through this river port. Visit the most beautiful Nawab’s Palace Ahsan Manzil which is also known as “Pink Palace”. The construction started in 1856 and finished in 1872. It was constructed in the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture. Now it has been designated as a museum. After visiting the wonderful palace, walk through the old Hindu streets and taste the color, smell, sound and activities of the old town. In the afternoon drive around the National Parliament Complex –master piece of world famous Architect Louis I Kahn, is our Assembly House surrounded by beautiful lake and gardens.
Day 4

Dhaka Airport

After breakfast, transfer to airport for onward destination.

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