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Hidden Beauty

Hidden Beauty

O7 Nights / 08 Days

Dhaka-Bogra-Noagaon-Dinajpur –Rangpur-Natore- Puthia- Pabna-Kustia-Khulna-Mongla-Jessore-Benapole- Petrapole-Kolkata -Delhi

Day 1: Join tour Dhaka (Bangladesh)

We begin this fascinating adventure in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, one of the largest and most populous cities on earth. Lying along the banks of the Buriganga River, the city can trace its rich history back to the Buddhist kings of the Pala Empire and, following the partition of India in 1947, it served for a time as the administrative capital of Eastern Pakistan. A city of mosques and rickshaws, today it is one of the fastest growing cities in southern Asia.We begin this fascinating adventure in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, one of the largest and most populous cities on earth. Lying along the banks of the Buriganga River, the city can trace its rich history back to the Buddhist kings of the Pala Empire and, following the partition of India in 1947, it served for a time as the administrative capital of Eastern Pakistan. A city of mosques and rickshaws, today it is one of the fastest growing cities in southern Asia.
Overnight Basic Hotel (H)

Day 2: Sightseeing in Dhaka

Today we have a chance to explore more of this remarkable city on a sightseeing tour around some of its more famous sights. We’ll take in the architectural contrasts of Curzon Hall, the Lalbagh Fort and the city’s distinctive National Parliament building. We also pay a visit to the Dhakeswhwari Hindu temple, the pink palace of Ahsan Manjil and the city’s Liberation War Museum, home to a collection of rare archival photographs and artifacts from the country’s nine month long struggle for independence in 1971.Today we have a chance to explore more of this remarkable city on a sightseeing tour around some of its more famous sights. We’ll take in the architectural contrasts of Curzon Hall, the Lalbagh Fort and the city’s distinctive National Parliament building. We also pay a visit to the Dhakeswhwari Hindu temple, the pink palace of Ahsan Manjil and the city’s Liberation War Museum, home to a collection of rare archival photographs and artifacts from the country’s nine month long struggle for independence in 1971.
Overnight Basic Hotel (H) Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive to Bogra. Visit Somapura Mahavihara Monastery

This morning we drive to Bogra in northern Bangladesh, one of the oldest towns in the region and one that can trace its history back to the Bengal empire of Emperor Ashoka. On arrival we check in to our hotel and then take an afternoon drive out to Paharpur, to visit the UNESCO World Heritage ruins at Sompura Mahavihara. Site of the remains of a huge an 8th century Buddhist monastery, these remarkable ruins represent one of the most important archaeological sites in the country and one of the most famous Buddhist viharas (monasteries) on the Indian Subcontinent.This morning we drive to Bogra in northern Bangladesh, one of the oldest towns in the region and one that can trace its history back to the Bengal empire of Emperor Ashoka. On arrival we check in to our hotel and then take an afternoon drive out to Paharpur, to visit the UNESCO World Heritage ruins at Sompura Mahavihara. Site of the remains of a huge an 8th century Buddhist monastery, these remarkable ruins represent one of the most important archaeological sites in the country and one of the most famous Buddhist viharas (monasteries) on the Indian Subcontinent.
Overnight Basic Hotel (H) Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Visit Kantajee Temple and the Mahasthangar Citadel

Today we visit the magnificent 18th century Govinda temple at Kanta Nagar. Built by Maharajah Pran Nath this impressive building represents one of the finest examples of terracotta architecture in Bangladesh. We also pay a visit to the ancient site of Mahasthangarh, home to the oldest archaeological remains yet found in Bangladesh. This was once the capital of Pundravardhana and its origins have been dated back to at least the 3rd century BC. After visiting the ancient citadel we drive back to Bogra for a second night.Today we visit the magnificent 18th century Govinda temple at Kanta Nagar. Built by Maharajah Pran Nath this impressive building represents one of the finest examples of terracotta architecture in Bangladesh. We also pay a visit to the ancient site of Mahasthangarh, home to the oldest archaeological remains yet found in Bangladesh. This was once the capital of Pundravardhana and its origins have been dated back to at least the 3rd century BC. After visiting the ancient citadel we drive back to Bogra for a second night.
Overnight Basic Hotel (H) Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Drive to Pabna via Puthia

Driving to Pabna this morning, on the northern banks of the Padma River, we stop at the Hindu ruins of Puthia. The only ones of their kind in the country, these ancient temples span a rich mix of architectural styles and include the largest Shiva temple in Bangladesh and the fading majesty of a grand Govinda Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. From here we continue by road to Pabna, where we have the rest of the afternoon free.Driving to Pabna this morning, on the northern banks of the Padma River, we stop at the Hindu ruins of Puthia. The only ones of their kind in the country, these ancient temples span a rich mix of architectural styles and include the largest Shiva temple in Bangladesh and the fading majesty of a grand Govinda Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. From here we continue by road to Pabna, where we have the rest of the afternoon free.
Overnight Basic Hotel (H) Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Drive to Khulna via Kushtia and Shilaidaha

Our destination today is the port city of Khulna, the third largest city in Bangladesh and our gateway into the stunning natural landscapes of the Sunderbans. We travel first by way of Kushtia, where we stop to visit the mausoleum of Fakir Lalon Shah, a 19th century Bengali philosopher whose poems are considered classics of the Bengali language. We also visit the home of the Nobel prize winning poet Rabinranath Tagore in Shilaidaha, the first non-European to win the Nobel laureate. A long drive finally sees us reaching Khulna late this afternoon.Our destination today is the port city of Khulna, the third largest city in Bangladesh and our gateway into the stunning natural landscapes of the Sunderbans. We travel first by way of Kushtia, where we stop to visit the mausoleum of Fakir Lalon Shah, a 19th century Bengali philosopher whose poems are considered classics of the Bengali language. We also visit the home of the Nobel prize winning poet Rabinranath Tagore in Shilaidaha, the first non-European to win the Nobel laureate. A long drive finally sees us reaching Khulna late this afternoon.
Overnight Basic Hotel (H) Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Morning boat ride through the Sunderbans. Afternoon visit to Sixty Dome Mosque

After breakfast this morning we take a boat ride through the unique landscapes of the Sunderbans. Translating as the ‘beautiful jungle’, this UNESCO World Heritage setting is home to one of the largest mangrove forests on the planet. Set amongst a vast delta that is fed by the waters of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers, the area is a haven for Bengal tigers, crocodiles and a remarkable diversity of birds. Following our morning’s cruise, we then visit the impressive 15th century Sixty Dome Mosque at Bagerhat- the largest historical mosque in Bangladesh.After breakfast this morning we take a boat ride through the unique landscapes of the Sunderbans. Translating as the ‘beautiful jungle’, this UNESCO World Heritage setting is home to one of the largest mangrove forests on the planet. Set amongst a vast delta that is fed by the waters of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers, the area is a haven for Bengal tigers, crocodiles and a remarkable diversity of birds. Following our morning’s cruise, we then visit the impressive 15th century Sixty Dome Mosque at Bagerhat- the largest historical mosque in Bangladesh.
Overnight Basic Hotel (H) Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Drive to Calcutta via border crossing at Benapole

We leave Bangladesh behind today and cross the border into neighboring India. Driving to the border crossing at Benapole this morning we complete the immigration formalities on the Bangladesh side (which can take between 30-40 minutes) then drive to the Indian border. The customs procedures for entering India can then take up to a further hour, so please be patient. Once across the border we then head for Calcutta (Kolkata), the capital of West Bengal and one of India’s most populous cities.We leave Bangladesh behind today and cross the border into neighboring India. Driving to the border crossing at Benapole this morning we complete the immigration formalities on the Bangladesh side (which can take between 30-40 minutes) then drive to the Indian border. The customs procedures for entering India can then take up to a further hour, so please be patient. Once across the border we then head for Calcutta (Kolkata), the capital of West Bengal and one of India’s most populous cities.
Overnight Standard Hotel (H+) Included meals: Breakfast

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