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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 Day Tour: Sonargaon and Mainamati

2. 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.

Bogra Day Tour with Mahasthangarh and Paharpur

3. 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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4.8 / 5

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Excellent!!

This tour was magnificent.We were able to see the most important things in Old and New Dhaka.Every place we visited is outstanding.We specially enjoyed the boat ride on on the Buriganga river.It was awesome and you get to enjoy one aspect of Bangladish culture that is truly amazing.But what made this tour the best was the tour guide Moon and his driver.Moon was caring,very pleasant and a joy to be with.He is a good man and with him we felt like we were visiting the city with a good old friend.The driver was also responsible and corteous while driving thru tough traffic in the city.Truly an unforgetable experience with 2 magnificent persons.dont miss it!!

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.

all in all the tour was great! the only criticism would be that our guide didn't talk a lot and when he talked he would rather talk with the male group member instead of talking to everybody.

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.