Golpata Eco-Tours

The Authentic North: An Archaeological Journey

  9 days / 8 nights
  No minimum pax

Ancient Ruins with a Local Taste

Through bustling towns and the least visited UNESCO World Heritage sites, the westward journey north is for true adventurers. While we explore all the ancient ruins of Eastern Bengal, we will also pass through villages, schools, and handicraft ateliers, including a visit to Thana Para Swallows, a NGO with various activities around Bogra.

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The Northwest of Bangladesh

Day 1: Half day sightseeing Old Dhaka
Day 2: Visit Sonargaon the old capital of East Bengal & boat trip on the Meghna river
Day 3: Dhaka – Rajshahi
Day 4: Rajshahi – Puthia – Thana Para Swallows
Day 5: NGO Activities - Bogra
Day 6: Archaeological day in Paharpur & Mahasthangarth
Day 7: Bogra – Rangpur & sightseeing
Day 8: Dinajpur – Kanthanagar village & Kantaji Temple
Day 9: Rangpur – Dhaka

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Included:
  • Transport according to program
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing according to program
  • Accommodation at a hotel/guesthouse with breakfast
  • Accommodation with a local family inclusive of all meals
Excluded:
Tips, some meals, and personal purchases

Day 1: Arrive in Dhaka and take rest at our guesthouse or your hotel. Our tour will start with essence of life in Bangladesh's chaotic capital, Dhaka. We will explore the city towards Old Dhaka, keep all our senses busy while walking through Shankhari Bazaar and other architectural wonders such as Lalbagh Fort or the Pink Palace, then end the day with sunset along the liveliness of Saderghat, the main harbor of Dhaka, along Buriganga River.

Day 2: We take a private car to visit Sonargoan, the old capital of Eastern Bengal. You can walk along the streets and have a picnic among the ruins. In the afternoon, we take a boat trip at the Meghna river and visit a village on one of the chars (island in the river).

Day 3: We'll take a comfortable train to Rajshahi. In the late afternoon, we will walk by the Padma Bank to enjoy the sunset and visit the Shaheb Bazaar for a local market experience.

Day 4: After sightseeing in Rajshahi, visiting a silk factory and a government college from the Raj-era, we go to Puthia, a cluster of mesmerizing ancient Hindu temples. Late afternoon, we'll stay overnight at Thana Para Swallows, an NGO with a guesthouse.

Day 5: In the morning whilst roaming around the NGO, we'll visit the school, the weavery, and enjoy the silence of the village. In the afternoon, we continue our journey to Bogra.

Day 6: Today is archeological day - We'll visit the ancient ruins of Mahasthangarh, the oldest known city in ancient Bengal that existed from 300 B.C. to 800 A.D. In the afternoon, we will go to Paharpur, the largest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalaya and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Again, we'll stay the night in Bogra.

Day 7: In the morning, we go to Rangpur and in the afternoon, we go for sightseeing in and around the city. We'll see Tajhat Jamindar Palace (Manor House) and Dimla Kali Mandir, travelling by one of the famous rickshaws of Bangladesh.

Day 8: Today, we'll go to Dinajpur. First stop is Dhapa River, which we'll cross by local boat or walk via a cottage-like bridge. We will visit Kanthanagar village, Kantaji Temple (also spelled Kantojiu and Kantajew), and a local school. Back in Rangpur, we will spend some time with our host family.

Day 9: Arrive back to Dhaka where we will say goodbye and wish you a happy journey to your next destination. As we say in Bangla, Abar Ashben!

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