Golpata Eco-Tours

Essential Bangladesh

  16 days / 15 nights
  min. 4 people

Explore the best of Bangladesh in one adventure.

From chaotic Dhaka, enjoy boat trips around the mangrove jungles of the Sundarbans, explore historic mosques of Bagerhat, and explore the cultural diversity hiking to villages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Stop at off-the-beaten-track sights, then reward yourself with the beaches of Cox's Bazar and St. Martin's Island.

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#jungle #rivers #beach #nature walks #architecture #villages

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From Dhaka City to the Jungle & Hills of Bangladesh

Day 1: City tour of Dhaka & ferry to Hularhat
Day 2: Hularhat – Bagerhat - Mongla
Day 3-5: Boat trip inside Sundarbans
Day 6: Train to Dhaka
Day 7: City Tour Dhaka
Day 8: Dhaka – Chittagong
Day 9: Sightseeing Chittagong & trip to Bandarban
Day 10: Sightseeing Bandarban - villages, Soilprabat waterfall
Day 11: Boat trip Sangu river - afternoon temple & vegetable market
Day 12: Visit Ramu on the way to Inani beach
Day 13-14: Saint Martin's island
Day 15: Overnight journey to Dhaka
Day 16: End of Tour

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Included:
  • Transport according to program
  • Airport transfer
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing according to program
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast depending on the guesthouse/hotel
  • 3 days / 2 nights tour with a boat to the Sundarbans
  • All meals during the trip to Sundarbans
  • All permits and fees for the Sundarbans
Excluded:
Tips, some meals, and personal purchases

Day 1: 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: Around 9AM, we will reach our boat's landing point, Hularhat, and after breakfast, we will continue our journey to Bagerhat for the famous Sixty Dome Mosque. But, there are also many more gems hiding between scenic rice paddies and picturesque villages along the way for us to enjoy. After lunch, we head to Mongla where you will stay the night.

Day 3: We will board a cruise boat for our journey to the Sundarbans, a UNESCO-protected jungle and the largest mangrove forest in the world. On the way, we will make a short visit to a small eco-village to get a glimpse of the community's lifestyle and culture. We end our day in Kotka for an overnight stay.

Day 4: We will explore the Sundarbans by foot-trail (at least two different routes) to enjoy the wildlife of this world heritage forest and try to spot the elusive Royal Bengal tiger while covorting with monkeys, deers, flying foxes, 270 endemic species of bird, and many more.

Day 5: We will visit Harbaria eco-tourist park and head to the watch tower for amazing views before taking the afternoon river cruise back to Mongla. We will stay overnight in Khulna.

Day 6: We take the early morning train to Dhaka, arriving around 5PM.

Day 7: In the morning, you can relax. After lunch, we will explore more of the capital of Dhaka, such as a saree shop in Mirpur or a shop with crafts made from rickshaw art.

Day 8: We will start our journey to Chittagong, the second largest city of Bangladesh and where the largest seaport of the country is located. We will arrive in the evening, right on time to enjoy sunset at Patenga Beach.

Day 9: After sightseeing in Chittagong, visiting Ethnological Museum, Chatteshwari Kali Temple, we will continue onto Bandarban, where we'll spend the night in a beautiful hillside eco-resort.

Day 10: We will have the whole day to soak in the beauty of the surrounding area and learn about tribal life. We will see the cultural diversity of the Hill Tracts tin our visits to tribal villages, whilst surrounded by lush green hills and amazing views.

Day 11: In the morning, we'll take a boat for Sangu river. In the afternoon, we will visit the Golden Temple overlooking the hilly surroundings and a local vegetable bazaar

Day 12: We will say goodbye to the hills of Bandarban and continue our trip to the coast. On the way, we will stop at the charming village of Ramu, where we will visit a Buddhist community and a lovely Buddhist Monastery. We will spend the night in Inani Beach, at Cox's Bazar at the longest beach of the world

Day 13: Boarding a boat from Teknaf and sailing to St. Martin's Island. We will reach the island in the afternoon, giving us enough time to take a lazy stroll along the golden sand beach and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Day 14: We will go on a half day trip to the southern tip of the island, Cherradhip, where we can enjoy serenity of the beach. In the afternoon we will have time for a last walk along the beach, watching fishermen repairing their nets and boats.

Day 15: After boat trip from Teknaf we will travel back to Dhaka, where we will arrive in the morning the following day.

Day 16: 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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Golpata students visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Paharpur ruins (Somapura Mahavihara), the largest monastery south of the Himalaya in East Bengal ancient kingdoms | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

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#architecture #history #handicrafts #community projects

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Banaripari Floating Market near Barisal villages | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

The Forgotten South: Barisal & Kuakata

6 days / 5 nights

Experience river life and an authentic floating market. Head to secret beaches, buy Rakhine handicrafts, and cross the Bay of Bengal to the Sundarbans.

#rivers #floating markets #handicrafts #beach #villages #rice fields

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Taking a river boat by Dhangmari eco-cottage village resort near Mongla, outside of UNESCO protected Sundarbans, the largest mangrove jungle in the world | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

An Alternative to the Sundarbans

5 day / 4 nights

Take a paddleboat into the small canals within the mangrove jungle. Stay at an eco-cottage supporting villages in the area, where you can swim, maybe see dolphins, and relax to the tranquil sounds of nature.

#jungle #wildlife #boat rides #rivers #villages

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Alternate Route
Tribal woman carrying wood walking past rice paddy fields of villages in Chittagong Hill Tracts | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

From Tea Gardens, Hill Tracts to Sea

9 days / 8 nights

From the tribal villages in the tea gardens to the diversity of the Hill Tracts, explore culture while passing through luscious views of nature, ending in Inani Beach.

#tea gardens #nature walks #village #handicrafts #beach

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Tea pickers at work picking tea in Srimongol tea gardens in Sylhet | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

Sylhet Tea Gardens with a Local Taste

4 days / 3 nights

In the tea gardens in Srimongol, meet tea pickers, go for a stroll with monkeys, or cross a rickety bamboo bridge.

#tea gardens #nature walks #lake #waterfall #village

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Woman making clay pottery handicrafts in villages near Dhamrai around Dhaka | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

Metal & Pottery Villages near Dhaka

1 half or full day

Meet the men and women whose skills are passed down through generations.

#handicrafts #villages

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National Martyrs Memorial for Bangladesh Independence | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

Savar

1 half or full day

Visit the National Martyrs Memorial. Meet the children aided by Golpata.

#architecture #history #community projects

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Children swimming with water buffalo near char river villages near Sonargoan around Dhaka | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

Sonargoan

1 full day

Explore an ancient capital of East Bengal. Then, journey on boat to chars (villages) along Meghna River.

#history #museums #rivers #boat rides #villages

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