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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.

Sonargaon Day Tour from Dhaka

2. 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.

Dhaka: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

3. 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.

Dhaka Day Tour: Sonargaon and Mainamati

4. Dhaka Day Tour: Sonargaon and Mainamati

You will be picked up from your hotel in Dhaka at 8:00 am and transferred to your first stop Taj Mahal Bangladesh is a scaled copy of the original Taj Mahal -a Mughal mausoleum located in Agra, India.  Proceed for Sonargaon which was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. Situated in the center of the Ganges delta, it was the seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of eastern Bengal. Sonargaon was described by numerous historic travelers, including Ibn Battuta, Ma Huan, Niccolo 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. Next, you’ll head to some other historic buildings such as The Folk Art Museum (Wednesday & Thursday closed), Panam Nagar, Goaldi Mosque. After lunch at Sonargaon local restaurant continue for archaeological sites Mainamati. Here you will visit some other historical and archaeological sites such as Salban Vihara which was established in 8th century by King Budda Dev. Salban Vihara, almost in the middle of the Mainarnati-Lalmai hill range consists of 115 cells, built around a spacious courtyard with cruciform temple in the centre facing its only gateway complex to the north resembling that of the Paharpur Monastery. Rupban Mura- Locally the site is known as Rupban Mura. But after excavation here brought to light remains of a shrine, a monastery and octagonal votive stupa.  Among the antiquities found here are on Gupta imitation gold coin, 4 coins of debased metal, 3 silver coins and a buikey sand Buddha image of post gupta period. On the basis of all the evidences found here the original monastery and shrine may be dated prior to the 8th century A.D. Itakhola Mura- Locally the site is known as Itakhola Mura. As a result excavation a ground plan of an east facing Buddhist temple has been exposed. Five building are rebuilding phases have been found in the temple besides this the remains of small vihara has been exposed on northern side of the temple. Among the discovered antiquities are 18 tola solid gold or silver coin and a copper plate is noteworthy. Besides these a bust of a large size stucco image which is still instu. In consideration of the antiquities and architectural features the temple may be dated in 7th to 12th century A.D. Mainamati Mound and the Mainamati museum (Closed on Sunday & Monday) and the Mainamati War Cemetery.

Rajshahi Highlights Day Tour

5. 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

6. 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.

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4.3 / 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.