Customized Bangladesh tours for German tourists
German tourists love to go to Asia the good weather all round the year being an important reason for the decision, besides the rich cultural heritage. What about spending 10 days on the road, from a part of the country to another? In Germany it is possible, because of the long holiday times allowed here. For today, I’ve found one package offer of a local tour operator to which I hope to add more other ideas in the next posts.
Discover the history and culture
The tour is to offer the best insights into the history and culture of Bangladesh during a 10-day trip. The trip includes visits at mosques and museums, at the country’s oldest archaeological site, Magasthangarh, in Bogra and to various UNESCO World Heritage objectives. Last but not least, the tourists are offered the opportunity to cruise along the rivers and observe directly the rural life of the fishermen and farmers, and to visit hill tribe villages in Bandarban.
The itinerary that is evaluated at 1850 USD/person can be done for minimum two persons. The accommodation is done in a twin room. The price covers: accommodation in a deluxe hotel in Dhaka and best available accommodations outside the capital city; breakfast and lunch, except the arrival and departure day plus one dinner; English speaking guide; transportation and transfer services; entry fees and other taxes requested in Bangladesh; domestic air ticket.
Day 1: Arrival to Dhaka
Arrival to Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh and an important city in South Asia, situated on the banks of the Buriganga River. Transfer to the 5-star deluxe hotel InterContinental.
Day 2: Full Day Sightseeing in Dhaka
Full-day tour of Dhaka, known as the city of mosques, includes: a visit to old Dhaka; Shakhari Bazaar, an urban street flanked with traditional craft shops; Sadarghat, Dhaka’s main waterfront; Ahsan Manzil palace; 17th-century Lalbagh fort, scene of a battle during the first war of independence (1857); the National Museum, which has a fine collection of folk art and handicrafts; and Liberation War Museum, which features an exhibit on the 1971 War of Independence.
Day 3: Dhaka/Bogra
The group will go to Bogra, situated four hours away from Dhaka, in the North. After lunch, they will visit Mahasthangarh, situated on the west bank of the Karatoya River. The visit will include a sightseeting of the excavations at Mahasthangarh, the oldest archaeological site in Bangladesh, where there were discovered the ruins of an old fortress city dating back to the 3rd century BCE.
Day 4: Bogra/Rajshahi
The next stage of the trip will continue with a drive westward to Rajshahi, an area famous for its silk industries. En route, visit Paharpur, location of one of the world’s largest Buddhist monasteries and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. The architectural characteristics resemble those in Myanmar, Cambodia and Java. Afterwards, the group will visit Puthia, site of the country’s largest Hindu temple complex, including the grand Govinda temple and Shiva temple. The amount of time spent on the road is around 6 hours.
Day 5: Rajshahi/Khulna
After breakfast, the group will head South (about 6 -7 hrs) to the port city of Khulna, while enjoying the rural Subcontinent scenery. On the way, it is included a visit at the Mosque City of Bagerhat, which has more than 50 Islamic monuments. Among them, the famous 60-Domed Mosque, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. Built in the 15th century by a Turkish general, the city was lost for centuries and re-discovered only in the early 20th century.
Day 6 : Khulna/Morrelganj/ Dhaka
The group will need to wake up early in the morning. At the end of a 2-hour trip, the group will arrive to Morrelganj to catch the Rocket Paddle Steamer (a remnant of a bygone age that is still very much in use nowadays) for Dhaka. A day and an overnight boat journey will drive the visitor along the mighty rivers of Bangladesh, a country also called ‘the land of rivers’. The cruise will take place in a first-class air-conditioned (2 beds) cabin. This river trip is an opportunity to witness scenes of rural Bangladesh that few get to see, as fishermen and farmers go about their daily lives.
Day 7: Dhaka/Chittagong/ Rangamati
The arrival to Dhaka will take place early in the morning. After breakfast at a local restaurant, it will take place the transfer to the airport for a short flight to Chittagong, the second largest city, in the southeast of the country. On arrival, a drive (about 2 hrs) takes the visitor to Rangamati, known as the lake district and one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Cruise on Kaptai Lake, Asia’s largest man-made lake, and visit an ethnic village.
Day 8: Rangamati/Bandarban
After breakfast, a scenic and hilly drive (about 4 hrs) the visitor will arrive to Bandarban, an area that is home to many indigenous hill tribes. Bandarban was inaccessible to travellers only a decade ago. Afternoon, the tourists will visit a hill tribe village.
Day 9: Bandarban/ Chittagong/Dhaka
The program of the morning includes a drive of 2-3 hours to Chittagong. The fly to Dhaka will take place after the lunch. On arrival, it will take place the transfer to the hotel.
Day 10: Dhaka/Germany
Transfer to the airport and board the flight to Germany