Extremely Rural Area and Archeology Tour

Some images of extremely rural area in north Bengal of Bangladesh!

  • Start: Dhaka
  • Destination: North Bengal, Greater Rangpur Division
  • Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights
  • Attractions: Extremely rural life, Archaeological sites, People, Rural custom and culture
  • Availability: Everyday
  • Best Time: October to March
  • Transport: Air-conditioned car, Tuk-tuk, Boat, Rickshaw
  • Activity: Walking
  • Guide Language: English
  • End: Dhaka

Price: From $600 USD (৳48,000 BDT) per person BOOK NOW

This tour is specially designed for those travelers or photographers who are keenly interested in exploring the extremely rural area along with their tradition, culture and daily life activities. There are many ways to know a country with its indigenous custom, land and livelihood. Particularly north Bengal region of Bangladesh is one of the poorest parts of our country, here you can notice some visible effects of poverty: malnutrition, ill health, poor housing conditions, illiteracy, and the effects of natural disaster - mainly flood and drought. Spending couple of days in this area and interacting with local people will surely refresh your views and mind about Bangladesh. This could be the 1st aspect.

Secondly, explore north Bengal of Bangladesh to experience some great archaeological sites that are rich in ancient heritage. Once upon a time this region was a rich and developed area. Many tourists express their glorious view about this territory. Mahasthangarh, Somapura Mahavihara, Kantajew Temple (Kantanagar Temple) are especially notable.

So if you wish to see the real overview of Bangladesh along with some great archeological sites while experiencing local culture and tradition then this could be the best tour for you.

    Visit extremely rural area close to the Indian boarder
    Visit some Chars (sandbank islands that isolated from mainland created from river sedimentation)
    Visit a village market (Bazaar)
    Boat rides on Brahmaputra and Jamuna river
    Visit very first mosque built in Bangladesh
    Visit most beautiful terracotta Kantajew Temple
    Visit the biggest man-made water tank of Bangladesh
    Visit most stunning Tajhat Landlord Palace
    Visit ruin ancient city Mahasthangarh
    Visit Somapura Mahavihara, a UNESCO world heritage site
    Interacting with local people.
    Enjoy a unique experience beyond your expectation.
2 Pax $800 USD (৳64,000 BDT) per person
3 Pax $750 USD (৳60,000 BDT) per person
4 Pax $700 USD (৳56,000 BDT) per person
5 Pax $650 USD (৳52,000 BDT) per person
6 Pax $600 USD (৳48,000 BDT) per person

Students, Tourists on a budget, Backpackers and Groups, Promotional pricing – please ask for me for a price!

Day One (Dhaka-Kurigram, Roaming around in Downtown)

Pick up from your Hotel is around 06:30 AM! Drive through the beautiful landscape to Kurigram and see the different geography of Bangladesh. You will have lunch in a highway restaurant on the way.
On the way we could stop at interesting places and have a look around. You also can have a cup of tea and stretch your legs, shoulders and neck.
After 7/8 hours long drive you will arrive in Kurigram in the late afternoon and transfer to the best available local guest house either RDRS guest house or Chinnamukul guest house (both have very basic facilities), freshen up and take rest.
In the evening we will walk around in downtown and interact with local people. Dinner in a local restaurant or in your guest house
Overnight at Kurigram

Day Two (Explore Extremely Rural Area and Their Daily Life)

Kurigram is the place which is defined more by its rivers than its land so boat journeys here reveal a shifting landscape of sandbars and river channels. This is a fascinating exploration to experience the stunning natural scenery and extremely rural villages.
We take wooden motorized boat from Chilmari to visit some Chars (sandbank islands that isolated from mainland created from river sedimentation) and isolated area in Kurigram district along the Brahmaputra river very close to the Indian border and see how the river erosion, floods and other natural disaster affects local people's life.
Overnight at Kurigram

Day Three (Taste Local Hospitality and Meet Some Great People)

Our expedition continues to discover some archeological sites including Chandamari mosque (built in 16th century), Rajarhat Shahi Mosque (built in 18th century), Nidariya mosque (built in AH 1176, 1755 AD), Harano Masjid (Lost Mosque) built in 69 Hijri of Arabic calendar (690 AD) during the presidency of "Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan", who was the 5th caliph of Umayyad Caliphate. Many historians and Islamic scholars believe this mosque is the first mosque built in Bangladesh and one of the oldest mosques in South Asia. During the excavation archeologists found one floral motif that clearly mentioned this mosque was built in AH 69. Many Islamic Scholars says this mosque could have built by Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas (R), who was the seventeenth person to embrace Islam when he accepted Islam at only seventeen years old.
Visit Sindurmoti Dighi (A legendary pond dug in ancient time)
Visit at least one local Bazaar (village market) drive to Rangpur in the evening
Overnight at Rangpur (Hotel North View or CASPIA the Home)

Day Four (Tajhat Place, Kantajew Temple, Ramsagar)

Visit Tajhat Palace (Tajhat Rajbari), this is a historic place and one of the finest Rajbaris in Bangladesh situated built in the 19th century by the feudal landlord Manna Lal Ray and located in the northern part of our country. Manna Lal Ray was a jeweler who was forced to emigrate from Punjab. Local peoples believe there is ample treasure hidden in the palace walls. Now the palace is Rangpur Museum, where you can see terracotta artifacts, Sanskrit and Arabic manuscripts, black basalt stone carvings that depict the story of Hinduism.
Visit Kantajew Temple, the most beautiful and stunning terracotta Hindu temple in Bangladesh. It gained distinction as an outstanding monument in Bangladesh for its fabulous terracotta embellishment. The Maharaja Pran Nath of Dinajpur began its construction around 1722. This temple is called Nava-Ratna or (nine-spired) Hindu temple, but unfortunately all nine spires were destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1897. Every inch of the temple is decorated with beautiful plaques describing the epic story of Hinduism.
Ramsagar is considered to be the biggest man-made tank of Bangladesh. The tank was excavated to supply drinking water to the people living in the surrounding villages. After a massive famine and drought in 1750 Maharaja Pran Nath dug the pond on a program of ‘food for work’ to help the starving people survive.
Drive to Bogra in the evening. Check into the Hotel Naz Garden
Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden)

Day Five (Somapura Mahavihara and Ancient City Mahasthangar)

Somapura Mahavihara was the most famous Buddhist monastery in ancient Bengal. This is most significant and best known Buddhist monastery among all Buddhist monasteries in the Indian subcontinent. Built in 8th century AD by the second Pala Ruler Dharmapala (c 781-821 AD) it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
Explore Mahasthangarh (Mohasthangor), which is the earliest and the largest archaeological site in Bangladesh, consisting of the ruins of the ancient city of Pundranagara. The city was probably founded by the Maurya Empire at 3rd century BC. Many travelers, archeologist and scholars, including Francis Buchanan Hamilton (Scottish geographer), O'Donnell, Westmacott, William Beveridge and Sir Alexander Cunningham visited this site and mentioned it in their reports. Various monasteries are scattered throughout the vast area outside of the main citadel. Among them Govinda Bhita, Bairagir Bhita, Khodar Pathar Bhita, Parasuram Palace, Godaibari Dhap, Noropotir Dhap, Gokul Medh (Lokhindorer Bashor Ghor), Bhasu Bihara (Narapatir Dhap) are the most significant and remarkable sites.
Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden)

Day Six (Explore Sariakandi and Back to Dhaka)

After having breakfast drive to Sariakandi for Kalitola Ghat (35 kilometers) and visit some Chars (river island) to see the how the isolated people struggle against natural disaster - specially floods and drought.
Drive back to Dhaka, Lunch at a highway restaurant
Arrive in Dhaka in the evening, transfer you to your hotel and say good bye. End the Extremely Rural Area and Archeological Tour.

Includes:
Accommodation for 05 nights on twin sharing basis
Transports (AC Car/Train, Tuk-tuk, Rickshaw, Boat)
Professional English Speaking Guide
All entrance fees
Boat ride
Complimentary breakfast at hotel
Lunch & Dinner
Flight back to Dhaka
All tips except our guide and driver

Excludes:
Personal items
Items not mentioned in the inclusion box

Ladies please wear long dresses with comfortable shoes or long trousers and long sleeves.
Before entering mosque and temple please remove your shoes and ladies please wear scarf.
Since local people don’t see many foreign tourists they might be a bit curious but are very friendly and cooperative peoples. Please be polite to the local people.
Women, please wear long dresses with comfortable shoes.
Since local people do not experience many foreign tourists, they may be a bit curious; don’t worry, they are very friendly.
Please be respectful of Bangladeshi culture and tradition because you may encounter situations different from your own tradition and culture.
The itinerary is flexible and can be changed according to your reasonable request.
Be prepared to face some traffic congestion on the highway.
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