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Sonargaon Day Tour from Dhaka

1. 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.

Rajshahi Highlights Day Tour

2. 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

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.

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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Memorable tour

First of all I thank Mr. Kashem to arrange all Tourist Attractions in Sonargaon to fulfill all our needs and wishes with absolute excellence in the day we traveled with zero mistakes. The drivers and guides were all professional, on time and very helpful. All what we hear from the globe is absolutely untrue! See for yourself to find out the truth of Bangladesh. We booked this tour via getyourguide.com and MAM Holidays Bangladesh has organized this trip to our needs. It has been fantastic. We highly recommend this tour to everyone. On the other hand, I wish to say u will be in good hands if you seek a tour to visit Roghunarchar village. For all those who have interest in visiting a village in Bangladesh..... pls pls get some packets of candy or any other sort of food stuffs as a gift to the children and senior citizen who live in villages. There are no medical facilities in the village. You may not be able to help all but at least some of them......Recommended to get them before u boar

Tour was lots of fun

Tour was lots of fun. We really enjoyed the tour to the River Meghna boat trip, walking over the village Raghunarchar and also loved life style of villagers. The village people are very poor but friendly. The day was good and well organized. We also enjoyed historical Goaldi Mosque, Panam Nagar, Sonargaon Museum. The guide Maksud was excellent very patience and understanding, first time visitors in a new country he made us feel very welcome. Everything went smoothly. We also travelled throughout the day in a car with air conditioning. Thank you very much.

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.