Lalon Folk Festival Tour

Lalon shrine and festival photos!

  • Start: Dhaka
  • Destination: Kushtia
  • Duration: 4 Days and 3 Nights
  • Attractions: Local culture and Tradition, Folk Music, Scenic countryside, Cultural Programs
  • Availability: Twice a year
  • Best Time:  During festival
  • Transport: Air-conditioned car, Tuk-tuk, Rickshaw
  • Activity: Walking
  • Guide Language: English
  • End: Dhaka

Price: From $400 USD (৳32,000 BDT) per person BOOK NOW

Lalon Shah (1774-1890) was a prominent Bengali philosopher and mystic. As a composer and singer of Baul songs, his music is rich in mystic thought and full of artistic skill. Composed in simple language, his songs are significant and impressive and represent the ideals of human life. His works influenced many poets, social and religious thinkers including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Allen Ginsberg. He was both praised and criticized in his lifetime, as well as after his death. His disciples mostly live in Bangladesh and West Bengal of India. Lalon died on October 17, 1890 at the age of 116. According to the Bengali calendar, his death fell on the 1st Kartik of Bangla month. Launched by Lalon, the festival known as ‘Dol Purnima’ became a tradition following his passing. It features Lalon Mela, discussions and music. His philosophical expression was through songs and musical compositions using folk instruments such as the Ektara (a one-string musical instrument) and the Duggi (drum).

Lalon has been portrayed in Bengali literature, film, television dramas, and in the theatre. In 2004, Lalon was placed at number 12 in the BBC's poll of the Greatest Bengali of All Time. Thousands of people, regardless of origin, travel great distances to attend this festival.

    Visit Lalon Shah (Lalon Fakir) shrine
    Enjoy Bengali folk song!
    Visit cultural capital Kushtia
    Enjoy mesmerizing folk festival
    Enjoy cultural programs presented by Baul
    Visit Rabindranath Tagore Shilaidaha Kuthibari
    Visit a traditional handloom factory
2 Pax $500 USD (৳40,000 BDT) per person
3 Pax $450 USD (৳36,000 BDT) per person
4 Pax $400 USD (৳32,000 BDT) per person

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

Day One (Dhaka - Kushtia, Weaver Village)

Pick you up from your Hotel at 07:00 AM and drive to Kushtia. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful landscapes and the varied geography of Bangladesh. We will stop for lunch at a restaurant along the way.
Visit Weaver Village to see a traditional handloom factory. You’ll witness the skillful workmanship of a weaver using a hand operated machine. This is the most ancient and important cottage industry of Bangladesh.
After a 6 or 7 hours, we’ll arrive in Kushtia by late afternoon. If time permits, we will roam around the downtown area and interact with local people. Dinner will be of your choice. You will overnight at either the Noor International Hotel or the Hotel Rose View.

Day Two (Visit Lalon Shah Shrine, Enjoy Folk Festival)

Visit Lalon Shah Shrine and festival ground and enjoy the special Baul folk song presented by his disciples and devotees.
After lunch, we will return to the festival grounds and enjoy a late evening stage performance of folk music presented by reputed Bengali singers.
Overnight at either the Noor International Hotel or the Hotel Rose View.

Day Three (Visit Rabindranath Kuthibari and Enjoy Lalon Mela)

Visit Rabindranath Tagore's Shilaidaha Kuthibari who made frequent visits here in connection with the administration of his "Zamidari." The peace and tranquility of this place fascinated him into penning some of his best verses which further contributed to the enrichment of Bengali Literature. He wrote a number of masterpieces while he was staying on of the palaces called “Gitanjali.” In his later years, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for this book written in this palace.
Return to Kushtia, have lunch in a local restaurant, a visit the festival grounds on last time. To conclude our visit, we will enjoy a final stage performance.
Overnight at either the Noor International Hotel or the Hotel Rose View.

Day Four (Kushtia-Back to Dhaka)

After breakfast, we’ll depart for Dhaka. Instead of backtracking, we will take a different route in order to explore other scenic destinations in Bangladesh.
Lunch will be in a highway restaurant along the way.
Arrival Dhaka will be in the evening. We will transfer you to you hotel and end the Lalon Folk Festival Tour.

Includes:
Accommodation for 3 nights on twin sharing basis
Transportation (Air-conditioned car, Rickshaw, Tuk-tuk)
Professional English-speaking guide
All entrance fees
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
All tips except our guide and driver

Excludes:
Personal items

This tour is highly recommended for those who love photography.
The festival is held twice a year: first one is during Dol Purnima in the Bengali month Falgun (February to March), the second is 17-19 October, on the occasion of his death anniversary.
Shilaidaha Kuthibari is closed on Sunday.
There is no luxurious hotel in Kushtia, what we have chosen for you is the best available hotel in this area.
Expect to face some traffic congestion on the highway.
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.
The itinerary is flexible and can be changed according to your reasonable request.
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Once booked, the tour is non-refundable.

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