Old Capital Tour - 1 Day

Old Capital Tour

Trip Facts

  • 1 day
  • 4 Persons
  • NO Accommodation
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Air-conditioned vehicles, Rickshaw, Boat
  • Dhaka, Sonargaon and Panam City

Sonargaon is the old capital of Bengal. In this old capital tour, you will explore the history of the ancient territory of Bengal. Sonargaon is originally called Shornogram or Shubarnogram and denotes the ancient territory of Bengal. It was the former capital of Bengal from the 13th century to the 17th century. Sonargaon means “Golden Village”. One of the tribal groups of people named Shornobhusitah lived in this area. Meaning ‘dressed up with gold’ and signifying that all the people’s men and women used to adorn themselves with gold. This was a thriving administrative, commercial and maritime center of Bengal. This place was described by world-famous globe trotter including, Ibn Battuta (from Morocco), Ralph Fitch (from England), Ma Huan (from China), and Niccolo de Conti from (from Venice, Italy) as a thriving headquarters for trade and commerce of eastern province of Bengal.

In the old capital tour package, you will visit here a beautiful River Island (Char), bamboo made school, Panam City (Panam Nagor), Sonargaon folk art and craft museum; a beautiful tiny mosque built in medieval times by a local spiritual man in 1519.


  • Boat ride on mighty river Meghna
  • Interacting with local people
  • Visit a destitute elementary school
  • Visit abandoned city Panam Nagor
  • Visit Folk Art and Craft Museum
  • Visit one beautiful Medieval Mosque
  • Taste Bangladeshi traditional dishes
  • Enjoy a unique experience beyond your expectations.


Day 1
08:00 – 08:00 AM

Pick up from your Hotel. Drive to Sonargaon which is 45 kilometers away from Dhaka.

Day 2
09:30 – 11:00 AM

Take a boat and cross one of the powerful rivers called ‘Meghna River’. Visit a Char (a tract of land surrounded by the waters of river, sea, or stream), you will see the extremely rural area where people live with limited facilities and you will explore village life activities, their local culture, and tradition.

Day 3
11:10 – 11:30 AM

Visit a Bamboo made elementary school which is built basically for destitute children in a lower-class Hindu community. You could bring some candy for them which will make them extremely happy.

Day 4
11:35 – 12:15 PM

Panam City (Panam Nagor) is now fully an abandoned city. The existing brick buildings of Panam nagor, obviously the residence of the Hindu Merchant-Talukdars (aristocrats who formed the ruling class during the Mughal Empire and British times), can be dated back to the early nineteenth, and the later ones to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. Panam nagor which developed in the nineteenth century continued to flourish till the end of the Second World War.

Day 5
12:20 – 01:20 PM

Visit Sonargaon folk art and craft museum you will see here folks art and handicraft staff all together 4,518 different objects collected from different times from 17th century to late 20th century. Also, you will visit Bara Sardar Bari. This place could have been built 400 years ago during the reign of Baro Bhuiyan in Bengal (1538-1612)

Day 6
01:30 – 01:50 PM

Visit Goaldi Mosque one of the beautiful surviving monuments built-in 1519 by Mulla Hizabar Akbar Khan during the reign of Alauddin Husain Shah.

Day 7
02:10 – 02:55 PM

Lunch in a local restaurant (taste authentic Bangladeshi traditional dishes)

Day 8
04:45 – 05:15 PM

Drive back to your hotel and say goodbye. End the Old Capital Tour.

Number of TravelersCost Per Traveler ($)Total Cost ($)
1 Person143143
2 Persons99198
3 Persons88264
4 Persons77308

* We are specialized for a private tour
* 4+ People or a bigger group – please ask for a price quote!


  • Air-conditioned vehicles with driver
  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance tickets
  • Boat ride
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • All tips except our guide and driver


  • Any food, drinks or personal items other than mentioned above
  • All of our staff are vaccinated including booster dose!
  • We maintain COVID-19 protective measures to ensure a safer touring environment for everyone
  • Folk Art and Craft Museum are closed on Wednesday and Thursday, and Panam Nagor is closed on Sunday, if you visit these days then you could have a look at them from outside. The rest of the sites are open every day.
  • Since local people don’t see many foreign tourists they might be a bit curious but are very friendly and cooperative people. Please be polite to the local people.
  • Please be respectful of Bangladeshi culture and tradition because you may encounter situations different from your tradition and culture.
  • Be prepared to face some traffic congestion on the highway except on Public Holidays, Friday and Saturday.
  • The itinerary is flexible and can be changed according to your reasonable request
  • We require full payment in advance while you are booking the tour, you can see our Online Payment system here….
Overall Trip Rating
5 stars - Based on 4 reviews
Very Good
  1. Memorable trip to Sonargaon
    Ms. Ju Lee (Canada) April 20, 2019
    I went on a tour to Sonargaon with my friend. It was my first tour in Bangladesh, and I had such a great time! Our guide Obaidul was superb. He was very friendly and we had a great conversation throughout the whole trip. I learned so much about Bangladeshi culture, food, and fruits especially ;) My favorite part of the tour was the boat ride, strolling around the island village and the Panam city. I highly recommend Bangladesh Scenic Tours!!!
  2. Obaidul was a great tour guide
    Michael Zinreich (Hamburg, Germany) April 11, 2019
    Very friendly and entertaining. His English is very excellent and good to understand. (I'm not English native myself). Also he is very knowledgeable about the visited places and the nature in particular. I would definitely do another tour with him! Thanks again for this great day, Obaidul!
  3. Great trip to Sonargaon!
    Ms. Cindy Beard (California,USA) August 17, 2018
    I went on a tour to Sonargaon/Old Dhaka while I was in Bangladesh for an internship and couldn't have asked for a better tour guide in Obaidul. Obaidul arranged a wonderful day--complete with tea breaks, sightseeing, snacks, and a boat ride at the end of the day. I highly recommend Obaidul as a tour guide to anyone looking to get off the beaten path while in Bangladesh.
  4. Brilliant tour, brilliant guide
    Ms. Emma Cummings (Manchester, UK) June 14, 2018
    I loved my tours with Obaidul – I did an Old Dhaka tour and enjoyed it so much that I then booked an additional one to Sonargaon. He was such a knowledgeable and interesting guide, the days just flew by and I had so much fun. Dhaka is an amazing city, really friendly and safe and with so much to see and do. I really enjoyed going outside of the city to Sonargaon and seeing some really interesting sights, as well as a boat ride out to some islands. I'd wholeheartedly recommend doing a tour with Obaidul and I can't wait to go back and do another!

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Old Capital Tour
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$77 Per Person
Number of Travelers Total Cost
1-1 Adult USD 143
2-2 Adults USD 99
3-3 Adults USD 88
4+ Adults USD 77
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Trip Facts

  • 1 day
  • 4 Persons
  • NO Accommodation
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Air-conditioned vehicles, Rickshaw, Boat
  • Dhaka, Sonargaon and Panam City

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