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Dhaka: Full-Day City Tour of Old & New Dhaka

1. Dhaka: Full-Day City Tour of Old & New Dhaka

The tour starts at 8:00 am. You will be picked up from your Dhaka Hotel and start the city tour. During this city tour of old and new Dhaka you will get to see the Baitul Mukarram Mosque and the Nawab (King's) Palace which is also known as Ahsan Manzil or Pink Palace (Thursday: Closed).You can then enjoy a 1-hour boat ride on Buriganga River Sadarghat. See the Lalbagh Fort as well as the Star Mosque and the Armenian Church. Before the tour ends you will see the Dhakeshwari Temple, Curzon Hall, Shahid Minar and the National Parliament Building. By evening you will be dropped off at your Dhaka Hotel.

Dhaka: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

2. Dhaka: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/ her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once your booking is received, the local tour operator will get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour such as the meeting place and time, language and your contact information and also to ask you some questions to get to know you better. Then, the right local will be handpicked for you based on your interests. Each tour will be completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2-hours). During the walking tour, you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travelers and share what they love about their city. They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city. Through conversations with your local guide, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in the city, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Sonargaon Day Tour from Dhaka

3. Sonargaon Day Tour from Dhaka

Take a private full-day tour of Sonargaon to get to know the city’s incredible historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. The popular 8-hour tour includes all transportation, the services of a personal driver and tour guide throughout the day. Following a hotel pick-up, your first stop will be Banglar Tajmahal which is a scaled copy of the original Taj Mahal (a Mughal mausoleum located in Agra, India) located 10 miles east of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka in Sonargaon. Explore one of the most historic cities in Bangladesh namely Sonargaon, The Old Capital of Bengal. With its magnificent ancient buildings and monuments, it is only fitting that this wonderful capital would become home to a museum that captures and preserves the traditions and culture of the people of Bangladesh. Next, head to The Folk Art Museum, or Folk Art and Crafts Museum is located on a picturesque fifty hectare piece of land that consists of breathtaking landscapes, peaceful artificial lakes and ponds, and of course the structures that make up the Folk Art Museum complex (Wednesday, Thursday & Government holiday is closed). Later on proceed to Panam City (Panam Nagar) to see the beautifully decorated buildings constructed around the end of 18th century and Goaldi Mosque that was built in 1519. Continue to board on a wooden boat (Engine Driven) to join Cruises on Meghna River adventure. Explore the remote island villages of the widest river of Bangladesh that are only accessible by boat. Discover lifestyle of island people. Stop at any island in the middle of river and have more fun. Enjoy the Hilsa fishing and the activities of villagers.

Sylhet: Ratargul Swamp Forest and Bisnakhandi Day Tour

4. Sylhet: Ratargul Swamp Forest and Bisnakhandi Day Tour

Start your day early in the morning as you meet your private tour guide in your hotel lobby. Departing from Sylhet, your journey begins with a leisurely drive by picturesque rice paddies fields. After arriving at Ratargul Swamp Forest, you will board a boat to explore one of the few freshwater swamp forests in the world. The forest is naturally conserved under the Department of Forestry (Govt. of Bangladesh). The evergreen forest is situated by the River Goain and linked with the Chengir Khal canal. Most of the trees that grow here are Koroch trees. The forest goes under 20-30 feet of water during the rainy season. For the rest of the year, the water level is about 10 feet deep variously. Continue to Bisnakhandi where many layers of the Khasi Mountain meet at a single point from both sides. Flowing from above is a high waterfall. Adding to its charm are dark clouds hugging the mountains during the rainy season. Flowing underneath towards Bholaganj is a branch of the Piyain. Along the stream, flowing from high up in the mountains, come huge boulders that are deposited and mined in Bisnakhandi. The absence of such nuisances make the rainy season the perfect time to visit the beautiful Bisnakhandi that coalesces the charms of high mountains, sinuous rivers, graceful waterfalls and dancing clouds. At approximately 5.00 pm, you'll arrive back at your hotel in Sylhet where the tour will end.

Bandarban Day Tour from Chittagong

5. Bandarban Day Tour from Chittagong

Depart Chittagong in the morning and travel by private air-conditioned car to the hill district of Bandarban. Enjoy the leisurely drive through the picturesque countryside and visit Chimbuk Hill on arrival to feel like you are floating on clouds. Continue to a tribal village of the Murang people and delve deeper into their lifestyle. Explore the interior of the village on the slopes of the mountains, and then make your way to the Shoilo Propat waterfall. Stop for lunch before visiting the ornate golden temple of Buddha Dhatu Jadi on top of Zadi hill. Stroll through the Meghla Eco-Park before the drive back to Chittagong.

Srimangal Day Tour: Tea Capital of Bangladesh

6. Srimangal Day Tour: Tea Capital of Bangladesh

Prepare for a day of observing beautiful landscapes and creatures.  At 8.00 am your guide will pick you up from your Srimangal Hotel, then head onwards to Lawachara National Park and Khashia village. After a few hours, you'll have some lunch and, then visit the beautiful Madhabpur Lake. Madhabpur tea estate is another prime spot in the  Kamalganj area. The estate offers great natural sceneries with all the tea plants standing in line on the hillocks. The lake is huge and it has small hills all around it. The water here is awesomely cool and refreshing. Rare blue lotus and water lilies decorate the banks of the lake from time to time, adding to the lake's charm and elegance Then it's on to Baikka Beel Wetland bird sanctuary, another area of great natural beauty on the eastern part of the Hail haor - a large wetland encompassing about 100 hectares, and about 20 km from Sreemangal town. You can see the blue horizon meeting the blue haor (wetland bowl shaped ecosystem) water here. Baikka Beel was declared to be a sanctuary for fish in 2003. The widespread empty wetland nearby is simply amazing, and this beautiful scenario stretching over miles creates an unbelievable feeling, and is the living place of numerous birds and fishes. As soon as you enter this haor area, you'll be engrossed by the sweet chirping of various birds. In the evening you'll head back to Srimanga, and after enjoying a cup of seven layer tea at Nilkantha Tea Cabin, you will return to your Srimangal hotel.

Half-Day George Town History Private Tour

7. Half-Day George Town History Private Tour

Our Tour Guide picks you up from your hotel in the George Town area to start your George Town half-day tour that takes in the main attractions and picturesque sights. You will visit the Clan Jetties along the waterfront of George Town. Get a first-hand view of a house stilt by the coast of the living heritage of the Chew Clan to go about their daily life. Continue to visit the former house of the Chinese Captain, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and marvel at their collections not found elsewhere. This elite house featured many memories of when the Chinese immigrants inter-marriage with the locals and created a fusion of east meets locals; hence a new tradition was borne. Take a tour to Khoo Kongsi, one of the grandest temples or clan houses of the Khoo family, and marvel at the splendid architecture, one of the best outside China. Learn about the history, rituals, Fengshui, and trivia stuff in Khoo Kongsi. Next, We round up the tour with a visit to Pulau Tikus and visit Reclining Buddha Temple. Be amazed at the world's 3rd longest Reclining Buddha statue and see the differences between Chinese and Siamese dragons in the Reclining Buddha temple. See the standing Buddha and check out the Guardian of the World (Panca Rupa). Throw a few coins for luck in the Fountain of Life and learn about the journey of Buddha in the Burmese temple. After finish this tour you will be transferred back to your hotel safely.

Rajshahi Highlights Day Tour

8. Rajshahi Highlights Day Tour

Following hotel pick-up from Rajshahi at 8:00, your first stop will be Bagha Mosque, built within a brick-walled compound. Next, you’ll head to the Puthia Temple Complex. This consists of a cluster of notable old Hindu temples in Puthia. It has the largest number of historic temples in Bangladesh. After a local restaurant lunch, continue to the Natore Royal Palace. Also known as Natore Rajbari, this was the residence and seat of the Rajshahi Raj family of Zamindars. Queen Rani Bhabani lived here and after the death of her husband expanded both the estate and the palace. At approximately 18:00, you'll arrive back at your hotel in Rajshahi where the tour will end.

Bogra Day Tour with Mahasthangarh and Paharpur

9. Bogra Day Tour with Mahasthangarh and Paharpur

Take a private full-day tour of Bogra to get to know the Mahasthangarh and Paharpur incredible history in more intimate detail. The popular 10-hour tour includes all transportation, a personal driver and an English speaking guide throughout the day. Following a hotel pick-up from Bogra at 8 am, your first stop will be Mahasthangarh. Mahasthangarh is one of the earliest urban archaeological sites so far discovered in Bangladesh. The village Mahasthan of Bogra District contains the remains of an ancient city which was called Pundranagara or Paundravardhanapura in the territory of Pundravardhana. A limestone slab bearing six lines in Prakrit in Brahmi script, discovered in 1931, dates Mahasthangarh to at least the 3rd century BC. The fortified area was in use till the 18th century AD. Next, head to explore a large number of monuments, mounds and water reservoirs. A few of them namely Govinda Bhita Hindu Temple, Gokul Medh- Behula Lakshindar Basor Ghor, Vasu Bihar have been excavated in last few decades. There is a small site museum near the northeast corner of the fort. After lunch at Joypurhat local restaurant Continue to Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur, the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur village was once the biggest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalayas. It is also one of only two historic sites in Bangladesh with UNESCO World Heritage status and one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. The Somapura Mahavihara, as the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur was known, was once a renowned intellectual centre until its demise in the 12th Century AD. The monastery is unique in that its design was influenced by cultures as far away as Java (Indonesia). Somapura Mahavihara was the largest of the great monasteries of the Pala Empire. Architecturally, it is unusual as it resembles Buddhist temples found in Java, Burma and Cambodia, rather than those typically found in the Indian Sub-Continent. The quadrangular structure has a cross shaped floor plan. In the centre of the main courtyard of the complex archaeological excavation has evidence of some type of central temple or super-structure. The exact purpose of this building is unresolved, although there is a proposition that it was some kind of Stupa or Buddhist relic shrine. After visiting Paharpur Museum approximately 6:00 pm, you'll arrive back at your hotel in Bogra where the tour will end.

From Srimangal: Adventure Tour Trekking to Hum Hum Waterfall

10. From Srimangal: Adventure Tour Trekking to Hum Hum Waterfall

The team (an experienced driver and legitimate tour guide) will pick you up at your hotel around 6.00 am, then drive you to Madhabpur. From there you have to walk at least 4 hours through hills and rivers to reach the fascinating Hum Hum Waterfall, discovered in 2009, where you'll feel delightfully entrenched in nature. The height of the fall is about 135-160 feet. Bamboo sticks will be used as support when you  start walking through here for about 30 minutes, when you'll reach a natural fountain (locally called chara or nala), where you'll have to walk through water. The water level height can vary from ankle to thigh level. Then, to reach Hum Hum Waterfall, it's a 3-4 hour trek through muddy paths and jungle. In the jungle, you'll see unlimited wondrous and breathtaking sights. Remember though, leeches are waiting there eagerly for you, so be sure to wear a good repellant. While trekking, you will find areas full of water and stones, so tread carefully. Trek up to the Waterfall and feel spectacularly re-juvenated in its cold fresh water, before trekking back and driving back to the hotel. Note: Srimangal Adventure Tour is for people who love adventures and challenges. It is packed with different high level endurance activities. Only people who are physically fit are advised to take this tour.

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What people are saying about Bangladesh

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Not for the faint hearted

In the mist of all the pollution, MAM tour still able to show me the best of Dhaka and the countries side. To give me change to say I love the food and the people. They would go all the way to help me and ensure my comfort.

We had a very good time, our guide Mr Rejvi was very informative and pleasant, our responsible person Md Minzanur Rahman was also on hand with information, and we would like to thank our driver also.

Really great tour! I am a solo female traveler so was a bit nervous, the guide and driver were so friendly and nice. I would recommend to a friend :)

This trip was really good the things you see are amazing. Guide was really nice. Def recommend to anyone visiting Bangladesh.

Great experience and felt I literally seen the full entire city. Would highly recommend.