North Bengal Archaeological Tour

some masters pieces of archaeological sites

  • Start: Dhaka
  • Destination: Rajshahi and Greater Rangpur Division
  • Duration: 7 Days and 6 Nights
  • Attractions: Archaeological Sites, Peoples, Culture, Rural Life
  • Availability: Everyday except Saturday
  • Best Time: October to March
  • Transport: Air-conditioned Car, Train, Tuk-tuk, Rickshaw
  • Activity: Walking
  • Guide Language: English
  • End: Dhaka

Price: From $750 USD (৳60,000 BDT) per person BOOK NOW

Bangladesh is the largest river delta in the world. It is heir to a rich cultural legacy despite the various destructive activities of nature and man. If we look back two thousand five hundred years ago to the streams of the history, we find many splendid cities, magnificent palaces and buildings, temples, stupas, mosques and mausoleum erected by various rulers and settlers of this country. Particularly the Northern part of our country is significantly rich with its archaeological wealth and treasures. According to numismatics we have recorded history for different archaeological sites beginning in the 7th century BC (Iron Age). We had Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim dynasties and they made some great archaeological contributions. We can classify our archaeological sites broadly into two categories, (A) the Archaeological sites that were constructed during the Buddhist and Hindu regime (7th century BC to 12th century AD) and (B) the sites those were constructed during the Muslim and British regime (13th century AD to 18th century AD) There are thousands and thousands of archaeological objects, sites and antiquities here and there throughout our 1, 47,570 sq km country.

In this tour we will show you all major impressive archaeological sites in North Bengal, including Mahasthangarh (Mohasthangor) which was the provincial capital from the mighty Maurya, Gupta to the Sena dynasty. The city was probably founded by the Maurya Empire in the 3rd century BC. Somapura Mahavihara is the largest Buddhist Monastery in South Asia built in the 8th century by the second Pala king Dharmapala (781-821 AD). The first mosque in Bangladesh called Harano Masjid (Lost Mosque) was built in AH 69, 7th century, along with lots of beautiful medieval mosques, terracotta temples, stupas, mausoleums. If you are an archaeology lover and want to come closer to the heavenly beauty of the countryside then this could be the best tour for you.

    Visit the oldest museum of Bangladesh (Varendra Research Museum)
    Boat ride on two mighty rivers (Padma and Jamuna)
    Visit temple village Puthia
    Visit some beautiful medieval mosques
    Visit Jamidar Bari (Landlord House)
    Visit Somapura Mahavihara, a UNESCO world heritage site
    Visit ruin ancient city Mahasthangarh which was a capital once upon a time
    Visit the most beautiful terracotta Kantajew Temple
    Visit vey first mosque in Bangladesh built in 7th century
    Visit a legendary man-made water tank of Bangladesh
    Visit rural areas to see the culture and custom of ordinary people
    Visit a village market (Bazaar)
    Visit a Char (sandbank island that isolated from mainland created from river sedimentation)
    Interacting with local peoples.
    Enjoy a unique experience beyond your expectation.
2 Pax $900 USD (৳72,000 BDT) per person
3 Pax $850 USD (৳68,000 BDT) per person
4 Pax $800 USD (৳64,000 BDT) per person
5 Pax $750 USD (৳60,000 BDT) per person

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

Day One (Dhaka – Rajshahi, Varendra Research Museum)

05:45 - 06:30 AM Pick up from your Hotel at 06:00 AM! Drive to the Airport Railway Station, board to the train and start you journey at 06:32 AM.
06:35 -12:00 PM On the way you will see vast vegetation beauty in the countryside, different types of harvest fields, a lot of mango orchards, litchi orchards and other orchards as well and you will see 6th longest bridge in South Asia (Bangabandhu Bridge) which is 4.63 km long, and you will notice may local people and their daily life activities.
12:15 - 02:30 PM Our driver is waiting to pick you up from Rajshahi railway station, transfer you to your hotel, upon arrival, check-in, freshen up, take your lunch, have some rest and replenish your stamina.
03:00 - 04:30 PM Visit Varendra Research Museum. It is considered the first museum in Bangladesh which was established in East Bengal in 1910. Here you will see many archaeological artifacts including lots of Hindu and Buddhist stone sculptures, old Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian scripts, and stone inscriptions from different times and so on.
04:45 - 05:45 PM Depending on seasons and day time if there is enough time then we will have a boat ride on mighty river Padma (Ganges)
06:00 - 06:00 PM Back to the hotel
Overnight at Rajshahi (Hotel Chez Razzak / Parjatan Motel Rajshahi)

Day Two (Visit Historic Kingdom of Gauda also Known as Lakhnauti)

08:00 - 08:30 AM Pick up from your Hotel at and drive to the ancient Bengal capital Goura or Gour city. Gaur city was thriving and affluent administrative headquarter from 9th century to 16th century. Due to the partition of 1947 two-third of the Gaur city is now situated in Malda district of West Bengal, India while a smaller part is located in Bangladesh side in Nawabganj District.
11:00 - 11:30 AM Visit Choto Sona Mosque (Small Golden Mosque). This mosque was built during the reign of Alauddin Husain Shah between 1493 and 1519. These fifteen domes of the mosque once were gilded so it’s called Choto Shona Masjid (Small Golden Mosque).
11:45 - 12:45 PM If it is the Mango season (May-August) then visit some mango orchards and Bazaar; this is the great change to taste yummy and best quality mangoes. This area is called The Mango Capital of Bangladesh. And if it is not mango Season then travel directly to the Tohakhana Complex. Here you will visit Sah Niamatullah Masjid and Shah Neyamotulla's Shrine.
01:00 - 02:00 PM Visit Darasbari Mosque which was built in 1479 AD by Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah and visit Darasbari Madrasa (Chollis Ghor). This religious institution was built at the same time as the mosque following the Somapura Mahavihara style.
02:20 - 03:20 PM Visit Khania Dighi Mosque, Chamchika Mosque and Dhunichak mosque.
03:30 - 06:00 PM Drive back to Rajshahi in the evening, if you wish you can have dinner down town before going back to your hotel
Overnight at Rajshahi (Hotel Chez Razzak / Parjatan Motel Rajshahi)

Day Three (Bagha Mosque, Temple Village Puthia, Natore Rajbari)

08:00 - 08:30 AM After having breakfast drive one and a half hours to Bagha, 44 kilometers away from Rajshahi.
10:00 - 11:00 AM Visit Bagha Shahi Masjid (Bagha Grand Mosque). According to its stone inscription the mosque was constructed in 1523 by Sultan Nasiruddin Nasrat Shah. This mosque is considered the epitome of Islamic terracotta ornamentation. The entire mosque wall- both interior and exterior is covered with elaborate depiction of exquisite floral patterns, abstract fretwork and geometric patterns.
11:00 - 11:40 AM Drive 40 minutes to the temple village Puthia (20 kilometers).
11:45 - 01:15 PM Visit the largest numbers of historic temples in Bangladesh which is consists of a cluster of notable old Hindu temple built in during the British reign early of the 19th century. You will visit Pancharatna Gobinda Temple (This temple has exquisite terracotta ornamentation depicting the divine romance between Krishna and Radha), Bhubaneshwar Shiva Temple (the largest Shiva temple in Bangladesh which is built in the five spire or Pancha Ratna style and it has a large black basalt Shiva Lingam), Bara Ahnik Mandir (It has a highly adorned eastern facade with terracotta plaques and some of them are stated to be in dilapidated condition, its consist of three chambers, Dochala in the center and attached two Chauchala in its north and south side). Here you will see some other temples including Gopal Temple, Rath Mandir, Dol Mandir, Puthia Rajbari.
01:15 - 01:40 PM Drive to Natore for Lunch, Natore Rajbari and Uttara Ganabhaban (17 Kilometers)
01:45 - 02:40 PM Lunch in a local restaurant and taste the nationally famous dessert called Kachagolla.
02:45 - 03:45 PM Visit Natore Rajbari also known as Pagla Raja's Palace. It was a prominent royal palace in Natore and residential palace for the Rajshahi Raj family.
04:00 - 05:00 PM Visit Uttara Gonobhaban. It was built in 1734 by Raja Doyaram who was the Dewan (like minister) of Rani Bhavanee. Once it was his royal palace and now it’s functioning as the provisional official residence of the head of government in the northern region of Bangladesh.
05:00 - 06:30 PM Drive back to your hotel in Rajshahi.
Overnight at Rajshahi (Hotel Chez Razzak / Parjatan Motel Rajshahi)

Day Four (Kushumba Mosque, Somapura Mahavihara, Mahasthangarh)

08:00 - 08:00 AM After having breakfast drive one and a half hours to Kusumba village 47 kilometers away from Rajshahi.
09:30 - 10:00 AM Visit Kusumba Mosque. This mosque is also known as Kala Pahar or Kala Rotno which means Black Pearl because its black stone built in 966 AH (1558-59 AD) during the last Afghan Suri ruler Ghiyasuddin Bahadur Shah.
10:00 - 12:00 PM Start driving for an hour and forty-five minutes to Paharpur to visit Somapura Mahavihara (55 kilometers).
12:00 - 01:00 PM Visit Somapura Mahavihara. It was the most famous Buddhist monastery of ancient Bengal. This is most significant and best known Buddhist monastery among all Buddhist monasteries in 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.
01:00 - 02:00 PM Lunch in a local restaurant or in a guest house in Paharpur (authentic Bengal food)
02:00 - 04:00 PM Start driving an hour and forty-five minutes to Mahasthangarh (52 kilometers). On the way we will visit a Village Market and see the villagers activity and how the sell and buy their goods in an open field market.
04:00 - 05:30 PM Visit all major attractions of Mahasthangarh according to your interest including Museum, Citadel, Govinda Bhita, Bairagir Bhita, Khodar Pathar Bhita, Parasuram Palace, Godaibari Dhap, Noropotir Dhap, Gokul Medh (Lokhindorer Bashor Ghor), Bhasu Bihara (Narapatir Dhap)
05:30 -06:00 PM Back to your hotel
Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden)

Day Five (Kantajew Temple, Nayabad Mosque, Tajhat Place)

08:00 - 08:00 AM After having breakfast drive about 3 hours to Kantanagar village under Dinajpur district (162 kilometers). 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.
11:30 - 01:00 PM Visit Kantajew Temple, the most beautiful and stunning terracotta Hindu temple in Bangladesh. It is gained distinction as an outstanding monument in Bangladesh for its fabulous terracotta embellishment. It records that 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 devastating earthquake in 1897. Every inch of it has decoration with beautiful plaques which is describes for epic story of Hinduism. Nayabad Mosque, This historic mosque is situated on the bank of moribund river Dhepa. According to its inscription at doorway, the mosque was built in 1793 AD. Villagers believe this mosque was built by Kalu Khan who was supposed to be the main architect of Kantajew temple.
01:00 - 03:00 PM Drive to Rangpur, on the way buy some fresh fruits have them in the car instead of going to the restaurant, as it is bit remote area so there is no decent restaurant. Upon arrival in your hotel check in and leave you baggage.
03:30 - 05:00 PM Visit Tajhat Palace (Tajhat Rajbari). This is a historic place and one of the finest Rajbaris in Bangladesh situated in the northern part of our country and built in the 19th century by the feudal landlord Manna Lal Ray. He was a jeweler who was forced to emigrate from Punjab. Local people believe there is ample treasure hidden in its walls. Now the palace serves as a Rangpur Museum. Here you can see terracotta artifacts, Sanskrit and Arabic manuscript and black basalt stone carvings that describe the story of Hinduism. Visit Dimla Kali Mandir.
05:30 - 06:00 PM Back to your hotel (Hotel North View or CASPIA the Home)
Overnight at Rangpur

Day Six (Chandamari Mosque, Sindurmoti Dighi, Harano Masjid)

08:00 - 08:00 AM After having breakfast drive one and a half hours to Rajarhat, Kurigram district (40 kilometers). On the way enjoy the scenic view of countryside which an extremely rural area in north Bengal. You will get to see real village life and their livelihood.
10:00 - 11:00 AM Visit Chandamari Mosque, built in 16th century. You will be amazed by such a beautiful mosque in this very remote area. Local peoples believe this mosque could have built during the last time of the sultanate period in Bengal or very first time when Mughal took power in 1526 because architectural art shows its own identity which is very similar to Mughal architecture.
11:30 - 12:00 AM Visit Sindurmoti Dighi (A legendary pond dug in ancient time). This man made water tank is very sacred place and one of the most vibrant pilgrimage sites for the Hindu religious people especially in North Bengal. It’s believed that one of the royalists came from Sinhala (Sri Lanka) to dig this pond for the sake of Chakravartin (universal ruler who rules ethically and benevolently over the entire world). He had two daughters named Sindur and Moti. They dug the pond very deeply but no water came out. The Zamindar (Landlord) had a dream and he was told that if he arranges Durga Puja (an annual Hindu festival) ceremony next year and let his two daughters Sindur and Moti only perform the Puja activity on the pond then water would come out. Next year he organized Durga Puja by his two daughters while Sindur and Moti were performing the Aarti Dance suddenly the pond was filled with water and both sister drowned in the water. As it is a legendary pond so we brought you here today to allow you to taste something very different.
12:30 - 01:30 PM Visit 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 in Bangladesh and one of the oldest mosques in South Asia. During the excavation the archeologist found one floral motif where it is clearly mentioned that this mosque was built in AH 69. Many Islamic Scholars says that 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.
02:00 - 02:30 PM Visit Nidariya Mosque built in AH 1176 (1755 AD) by Mughal Subedar Monsur Khan (imperial governor). He donated 10.56 acres land for the maintenance of the mosque. Local people say Subedar Mansur Kha did not have a beard so he committed to God that if he could grow a beard he would build a Mosque. Later on within few days he grew a beard supernaturally. As he promised to build a mosque if he could grow a beard, he finally built this mosque and donated a large amount of land to maintain the mosque.
02:30 - 03:30 PM Visit a village where you will have your lunch with a host family. We believe you will have an incredible experience which will be unforgettable.
04:00 - 05:00 PM Visit a local village market. This market is open twice in a week and you will see the villagers’ activity and how they sell and buy their goods in an open field market, especially those who live in very remote and isolated area across the river. These people come to purchase their all needs for the week. You will be amazed to see such a heart touching activity.
05:15 - 06:00 PM Back to hotel (Hotel North View or CASPIA the Home)
Overnight at Rangpur

Day Seven (Kherua Mosque and Drive Back to Dhaka)

08:00 - 08:00 AM After having breakfast drive 1-2 hours back to Sherpur 128 kilometers away from Rangpur.
10:00 - 10:30 AM Visit Kherua Mosque the combination of Sultani architecture and Mughal architecture built in 1582 AD by Nawab Mirza Murad Khan (imperial governor) more than 436 years ago.
11:30 - 12:30 PM Lunch in a highway restaurant on the way (Food Village).
12:30 - 06:00 PM Drive back to Dhaka for 150 Kilometers. If there is light traffic the drive will be no more than five hours. However, it depends on traffic so mentally be prepared to face traffic congestion on the highway close to Dhaka.
Upon arrive in Dhaka in the evening, transfer you to your hotel and say good bye. End the North Bengal Archaeological Tour.

Includes:
Air conditioned vehicles with driver
Professional English Speaking Guide
All entrance tickets
All necessary permission fee
06 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis
Transportation (Air-conditioned Car, Train, Tuk-tuk, Rickshaw)
Boat ride on Padma river (Ganges)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
All tips except our guide and driver

Excludes:
Personal items

This tour is not possible on Saturday as Saturday is weekly day off for Dhumketu Express
If you want to start this tour on Saturday then we have to use AC Car instead of Train.
Please wear long dresses with comfortable shoes and for ladies long trousers and long sleeves.
Before entering mosque and temple please remove your shoes and for 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.
Please be respectful of Bangladeshi culture and tradition because you may encounter situations different from your own tradition and culture.
Be prepared to face some traffic congestion on the highway.
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