Somapura Mahavihara and Ancient City Mahasthangarh

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  • Start: Dhaka
  • Destination: Bogra, Naogaon
  • Duration: 3 Days and 2 Nights
  • Attractions: Ancient City Mahasthangarh, Somapura Mahavihara, Village Market, River Islands
  • Availability: Everyday except Sunday
  • Best Time: October to March
  • Transport: Air-conditioned car, Tuk-tuk, Rickshaw
  • Activity: Walking
  • Guide Language: English
  • End: Dhaka

Price: From $260 USD (৳20,500 BDT) per person BOOK NOW

It is said that Gautama Buddha once came to this region to spread Buddhism. Because of its geographical location since ancient times the entire region of Bengal, including the Somapura Mahavihara has become one of the vital links between India and Southeast Asia. According to the numismatics Sompur Buddhist Bihar was built in the 8th century by the second Pala king Dharmapala (781-821 AD) of Pala Empire. This Great Monastery was a renowned intellectual centre until the 17th century. The monastery is distinguished by its unique artistic achievement. The terracotta plaques of musicians, snake charmers and animal decorate the outer walls of the temple depicting the life of common people who lived a thousand years ago. In addition to the large number of Stupas and shrines of various sizes and shapes, terracotta plaques, stone sculptures, inscriptions, coins, ceramics and many more have been discovered during excavation. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Mahasthangarh (Mohasthangor) was the provincial capital from the mighty Maurya, Gupta to the Sena dynasty period. It represents the earliest and the largest archaeological site in Bangladesh, consists 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 like Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang (Hiuen tsang) visited this affluent city in the 7th century AD. Later Francis Buchanan Hamilton (a 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 most significant and remarkable sites.

    Visit 16th century built Kherua Mosque
    Visit Somapura Mahavihara, the UNESCO world heritage site
    Visit ruins of the ancient city Mahasthangarh which was a capital once upon a time
    Visit some rural area 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)
    Boat ride on Jamuna river
    Interact with local people.
    Enjoy a unique experience beyond your expectation.
2 Pax $350 USD (৳27,000 BDT) per person
3 Pax $320 USD (৳24,500 BDT) per person
4 Pax $290 USD (৳23,000 BDT) per person
5 Pax $260 USD (৳20,800 BDT) per person

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

Day One (Dhaka-Kherua Mosque, Bogra)

06:30 - 07:00 AM Pick up from your Hotel is around 07:00 AM! Drive through the beautiful landscape to Bogra and see the different geography of Bangladesh.
07:00 -12:00 PM 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.
12:00 -01:00 PM Lunch in a highway restaurant on the way (Food Village)
01:30 -02:00 PM Visit Kherua Mosque, the combination of Sultani architecture and Mughal architecture built in 1582 AD by Nawab Mirza Murad Khan more than 440 years ago.
02:00 -02:30 PM Drive towards your hotel, upon arrival check in, freshen up, take some rest and get ready to explore ancient city Mahasthangarh.
03:00 -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 Two (Visit UNESCO Heritage Site Somapura Mahavihara)

08:00 - 08:30 AM Pick up from your Hotel and drive to the Buddhist Monastery at Paharpur, Badalgachhi, Naogaon.
10:30 - 12:30 PM Visit Somapura Mahavihara, the most famous Buddhist monastery of 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.
12:45 - 01:45 PM Lunch in a local restaurant or in a guest house in Paharpur (authentic Bengal food)
02:00 - 05:00 PM Drive back to Bogra, on the way we back we will visit a village market to see the villagers activity and how they sell and buy their goods in an open field market.
05:30 -06:00 PM Back to your hotel
Overnight at Bogra (Hotel Naz Garden)

Day Three (Visit Some River Islands and Back to Dhaka)

08:00 - 08:30 AM After having breakfast drive to Sariakandi for Kalitola Ghat (35 kilometers)
10:00 - 11:30 AM Visit some Chars (river islands) see how the isolated people struggling against natural disaster - especially floods and drought.
11:30 - 01:30 PM Drive back to Dhaka. On the way stop at interesting places along the way and have a look. Lunch in a highway restaurant on the way (Food Village).
01:30 - 06:30 PM After having Lunch again start our journey to Dhaka.
Arrive in Dhaka in the evening, transfer you to your hotel and say good bye. End the Discover Buddha's Path and Ancient City Mahasthangarh.

Includes:
Air conditioned car with driver
Professional English Speaking Guide
All entrance tickets
All necessary permission fee
02 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
All tips except our guide and driver

Excludes:
Personal items

This tour is not possible on Sunday as Sunday is Day off for Mahasthangarh Museum.
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.
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.
The itinerary is flexible and can be changed according to your reasonable request
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