A Classic Tours Collection
 
 

10 days visiting:
Dhaka, Bogra, Natire, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sundarbans, Mongla, Bagerhat

   
 

ATOC   SPECIAL   FEATURES

  Deluxe & best available Hotels with private bath/shower American breakfast daily + Lunches and dinner as indicated each day Assistance by A Classic Tours Collection’s representative at airport and hotels Local English Speaking Guide for each sightseeing tour Baggage handling and porterage
  Your Journey Begins :
 
DAY 1:

DEPART NORTH AMERICA

Board your flight for your first segment of your Bangladesh tour. West Coast passengers will travel the Pacific route and East Coast passengers the Atlantic.

DAY 2:

ENROUTE

Relax and enjoy the in flight service en route to Bangladesh. Cross the international dateline and lose a day.
DAY 3:

ARRIVE DHAKA

On arrival on you will be met by A Classic Tours Collection’s representative and transferred to the hotel. The name Bangladesh means "Country of Bengal" in Bengali. Under Mughal rule in the 17th century, Dhaka was also known as Jahangir Nagar. It was both a provincial capital and a centre of the worldwide muslin trade. The modern city, however, was developed chiefly under British rule in the 19th century and soon became the second largest city in Bengal after Calcutta (presently Kolkata). With the partition of India in 1947, Dhaka became the administrative capital of East Pakistan and later, in 1972, the capital of an independent Bangladesh. PAN PACIFIC SONARGOEN HOTEL

DAY 4:

DHAKA CITY TOUR

After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Dhaka. Your first stop will be at Sadarghat, a wharf located at River Buriganga. Originally built where boats, launches and ships docked, is one of the largest river ports in the world. You will see paddle wheel steamer boats built during the British era, still in use. Continue to Ahsan Manzil, once a palace and seat of Dhaka’s nawab family now converted into a museum. It is constructed in the Indo-Saracenic architecture. The palace’s construction began in 1859 and completed in 1872. Abdul Ghani named it Ahsan Manzil after his son Nawab Khwaja Ahsanullah. Proceed to Shaheed Minar, a monument commemorating those killed during the Language Movement demonstrations in 1952, demanding equal status to their native tongue, Bangla, as was given to Urdu. On February 21, 1952, students and political activists were shot by the Pakistani police force. Hamidur Rahman, a Bangladeshi sculpture, designed and built the monument. Next, visit the University of Dhaka established in 1921 under the Dacca University Act 1920 of the Indian Legislative Council, modeled after the British universities. It is believed that a combination of political, social and economic compulsions persuaded the government of India to establish a University at Dhaka 'as a splendid imperial compensation' to Muslims for the annulment of the partition of Bengal. Tour the Bangladesh National Museum originally established on March 20, 1913 under another name and formally inaugurated on August 07, 1913 by Lord Carmichael. It houses a staggering collection of over eighty-five thousand pieces, beautifully preserved in the twenty thousand square meter building. Visit the Star Mosque or Tara Masjid with ornate designs, decorated with motifs of blue stars. It was built in the first half of the 19th century by Mirza Golam Pir. Its architecture is Mughal created by Mirza Ghulam in the late 18th century. Baitul Mukarram or the Holy House founded in the 1960s. The mosque has a capacity of 30,000, the tenth largest in the world. It was designed by architect T. Abdul Hussain Thariani and resembles the famous Ka'abah at Mecca. Break for lunch at a local restaurant. End the day’s tour of the Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, whose architect was Louis I. Kahn and is one of the largest legislative complexes in the world. Construction began in 1961 by the Government of Pakistan as a permanent building for the federal legislature of West and East Pakistan. Stay overnight at the hotel. PAN PACIFIC SONARGOEN HOTEL-BL
Note: Special permission is required to visit extensively inside Jatiya Shangshad Bhaban.

DAY 5:

DHAKA/BOGRA

After an early breakfast, travel overland to Bogra passing through the 11th world’s longest Jamuna River Bridge. Bangabandhu Bridge also called the Jamuna multi-purpose bridge was built in June 1998. The bridge established a strategic link between the eastern and western parts of Bangladesh. It is the 92nd longest bridge in the world and the 5th longest in South Asia. It generates multifarious benefits for the people and especially, promotes inter-regional trade in the country. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Bagura or Bogra was a town and district of British India, in the Rajshahi division of eastern Bengal and Assam. However, the present district of Bogra was first formed in 1821, believed to be the oldest city of Bengal during Emperor Ashoka's era. After lunch, visit Mahasthangarh, the capital of the kingdoms of Mourjo, Gupta and Sen Dynasty. It is an ancient archeological and historical site established in 2500 BC, oldest site in Bangladesh. Visit some isolated Maunds and ruins of both Hindu and Muslim era. Proceed to Paharpur to visit the spectacular Buddhist Sompura Vihara at Paharpur, the single largest Buddhist Monastery of the world and the world heritage site. Dinner will be at the hotel.. HOTEL NAZ GARDEN-BD

DAY 6:

BOGRA/NATORE/RAJSHAHI

After breakfast, you will travel overland to Rajshahi, traveling through the vast chalan beel and green crop lands. En route, visit Dighapatia Rajbari once the residence of Maharajas of Dighapatia. Today, it is converted into Uttara Ganabhavan or Government House. Dayaram Roy constructed the main palace along with a few accessory wings but Pramada Nath Roy re-constructed the entire palace complex after a devastating earthquake in 1897. The extensive palace area occupies about 43 acres of land, enclosed within a moat and a high perimeter wall. Continue with your drive to Puthia, visiting the largest Shiva Temple built in 1815 by the queen of Puthia and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The ornate temple is an imposing and excellent example of the five spire Hindu style temple architecture common in northern India. It is decorated with stone carvings and sculptural works, which unfortunately were disfigured during the War of Liberation. Proceed to the grandest temple in Puthia, the Govinda Temple erected in the mid 19th century by one of the queens of Puthia. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple has exquisite terracotta ornamentation depicting the divine romance between Krishna and Radha. Next, visit, Putia Rajbari constructed in 1895 by Rani Hemanta Kumari Devi in honor of her mother-in-law, Maharani Sarat Sundari Devi. Its central part is about 15 meters wide with an imposing portal in the front. The balcony roof is supported on three graceful semi Corinthian round and fluted columns which reach up to the upper storey. The central part of the building is relieved with a triangular pediment and the parapet is tastefully decorated with floral plasterwork. On arrival at Rajshahi, you will be transferred to the hotel. Rajshahi, located besides the Padma River, is often referred to as the Silk City and Education City. There is an epigraphic record engraved on the dargah (mausoleum) of a famous Saint Hazrat Shah Makdhum (Rh.) indicates that the antiquity of Rajshahi goes back to at least 1634 AD. After lunch, visit Varendra Research Museum, established in 1910, houses a rich collection of artifacts from Mohenjodaro also from the 16th and 19th centuries. The museum is dedicated to the study of ancient history and culture. Its rich collections contain interesting objects of past Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim heritage. You will have an opportunity to shop for souvenir at some of the nice silk emporiums. CEZ RAZZAK GUEST HOUSE-BLD

DAY 7:

RAJSHAHI/KHULNA

After breakfast, travel overland to Khulna. En route visit Bagha Mosque, built during the Husain Shahi period by Sultan Nusrat Shah. The monument boasts some of the most impressive examples of terracotta wall carvings and relief in rich floriated patterns, combined with grapes and rosettes. Travel through Lalan Bridge, built by engineer Sir Robert Gailes in 1908. Break for lunch at a local restaurant. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.PARJATAN HOTEL-BD

DAY 8:

SUNDARBANS - FULL DAY CRUISE


After a very early breakfast, embark on a full day cruise through the Sunderbands. Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The name Sundarban means beautiful jungle or beautiful forest in Bengali. The name may have been derived from the Sundari trees found in this region. The Sundarbans is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. The area is known for the eponymous Royal Bengal tigers as well as numerous fauna including species of birds, spotted deer, crocodiles and snakes. It is estimated that there are now 500 Bengal tigers and about 30,000 spotted deer. Sundarbans was designated a Ramsar site on May 21, 1992. The fertile soils of the delta have been subject to intensive human use for centuries, and the eco-region has been mostly converted to intensive agriculture, with few enclaves of forest remaining. The remaining forests, together with the Sundarbans mangroves, are important habitat for the endangered tigers. Dinner will be at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel. PASHUR HOTEL-BLD BLD
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DAY 9:

MONGLA/BAGERHAT/DHAKA

After breakfast, travel overland to Dhaka via Bagerhat. Bagerhat was founded by Khan Jahan Ali and settled here in 1429, accompanied by many soldiers under his command. Following his death in 1449, the region came under the rule of Maharaja Pratapaditya. Tour the Sixty Dome Mosque or Shaṭ Gombuj Moshjid is the largest in Bangladesh and one of the most impressive Muslim architectural structures in the Indian Subcontinent. It was built by Khan Jahan Ali in the 15th century. The Sixty Dome Mosque’s walls are of unusually thick, tapered brick in the Tughlaq style and a hut shaped roofline that anticipates later styles. There are over sixty low domes while the interior is divided into many aisles and bays by slender columns which culminate in numerous arches that support the roof. The mosque is decorated mostly with terracotta and bricks. Continue to the Tomb of Khan Jahan Ali is the second important monument of Khalifatabad. The tomb is a square building measuring 13.70 meters each side. There is a stone built sarcophagus in the middle of the floor and a grave underneath it. The floor was once richly embellished with colored glazed tiles, now missing. The sarcophagus is profusely engraved with the verses from the holy Quran, Persian expressions and date of the demise of Saint Khan-ul-Azam Ulugh Khan-i-Jahan by title. You will also get to see the marsh crocodiles as they soak in the large pool adjacent to the holy shrine. Continue with your drive towards Dhaka as you pass through the lush crop lands and villages. Cross over the great Ganges River by ferry boat. Late afternoon arrive Dhaka and transfer to the hotel. This evening visit the local bazaars and souvenir shops for some last minute shopping. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant. PAN PACIFIC SONARGAON-BD

DAY 10:

DEPART DHAKA

Your explorations of Bangladesh end today as you board flight homeward. B
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