Dwarfed by its enormous neighbour, Bangladesh is an exciting nation where the food is fantastic and the welcome always warm. We explore the delights of this charming country on this two week trip, starting in the bustling capital Dhaka.
Maximum Group size 12 - Regular departures
Day 1 - Dhaka
On arrival in Dhaka, transfer to the hotel. Time permitting, explore Dhaka and get to grips with this vibrant city. Overnight Hotel Victory or similar.
Day 2 - Dhaka
Today we have a Dhaka city sightseeing tour. Places of interest include the Ahsan Manzil (the pink palace), Shakari Bazar (Hindu Street), Dhakeshwari Temple, Armenian church and the Star Mosque. Overnight Hotel Victory or similar. (BL)
Day 3 – Dhaka - Bogra
Early this morning we travel to Bogra district (210km), enjoying the rural countryside & stopping en route at anything of interest that we may see. On arrival in the afternoon, we will visit Mahastangarh, the world heritage site and famous Buddhist monastery dating back to the 3rd century BC. Overnight at Hotel Naz Garden or similar (BL)
Day 4 – The Chars of the Jamuna River
After breakfast we will drive to Sariakandi (45km) to visit the Chars of the Jamuna River. We take a boat along the Jamuna River and see how river erosion and flooding affect the lives of local people. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Bogra. Overnight at Hotel Naz Garden or similar (BL)
Day 5 - Paharpur
Today we will drive to Paharpur to visit this famous Buddhist world heritage site. This is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh and it dates from the 8th century AD. Later in the day we will visit the Hindu Terracotta temples in Overnight at Hotel Nice or similar, Rajshahi (120km) (BL)
Day 6 – Khulna – Mongla
Early morning train journey to Khulna (approx. 6hrs). Arrive Khulna in the afternoon and then transfer to Mongla to embark on the Sundarban cruise boat. Enjoy the riverside life of Bangladesh. Overnight on-board. (BLD)
Day 7 - Sundarbans
Spend a full day exploring the Sundarbans by boat. This is the planet's largest mangrove forest, the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and many other mammals and birds. You cruise both the larger rivers and are able to enter smaller canals for maximum opportunities to see wildlife. You will also be able to go ashore to walk through and experience the forest first-hand. Overnight on board. (BLD)
Day 8 – Sundarbans & Khulna
A morning in the Sundarbans and we proceed north to the Pashur river and arrive back at the port in Mongla. After lunch we will disembark our boat and drive to Khulna, stopping off on the way to visit the famous sixty domed Mosque near Bagerhat. Overnight at the City Inn, Khulna (BL)
Day 9 - Otter fishing village
In the morning we will drive to the Otter fishing village (approx. 3 hours) and meet the local Otter fishermen. This is one of the last places in Bangladesh where the local fishermen use trained otters, much as shepherds use sheepdogs, to round up fish. We will meet with the fishermen and learn about the challenges they face. In the late afternoon we will continue with a drive to Jessore to catch a flight to Dhaka. Overnight at Afford Inn or similar (BL)
Day 10 – Sylhet
Early this morning we drive to Sylhet. Sylhet is 250km north east of Dhaka and has a much more relaxed atmosphere than the capital. We will take a short city tour to explore this afternoon. Overnight Hotel Metro International or similar. (BL)
Day 11 - Jaflong
Today drive to Jaflong (60km), one of the most scenic areas in Bangladesh, close to the Indian border. Here we can see how the local people are collecting stone, with great opportunities to see a different side of Bangladeshi life and superb chances for photography. Visit the village across the river to meet Khasia tribal people and see their daily lifestyle. Return to Sylhet and visit the shrine of the great saint Hazrat Shah Jalal. Overnight Hotel Metro International or similar. (BL)
Days 12-13 - Srimongal
A morning drive to Srimongal (100km). We spend two days exploring the area around Srimongal, perhaps the most beautiful region of the country. We hike in the Lawachara Forest Reserve, with its numerous species of birds and primates including the extremely rare Hoolock gibbon, which we hope to spot. We also take a boat trip in the Hail Haor wetland sanctuary, locally renowned for its water birds. Other visits include the charming tea plantations and villages of the Monipuri tribal people for an insight into their daily lives. Overnight at Nishorgo Eco Resort or similar. (BL)
Please note that the walk in the Lawachara Forest Reserve requires strong sturdy walking shoes/boots and it is advisable to also wear long socks and long trousers for this walk.
Nishorgo Eco Resort is locally owned and managed accommodation on the edge of the Lawachara Forest. The rooms are basic and either bamboo huts on stilts or mud walled rooms. They have bathroom facilities and a fan but no A/C. It is very basic accommodation but full of character.
If you wish to upgrade you accommodation here we can offer the Grand Sultan Tea Resort, just a few hundred metres away. This is a 4 star international hotel. Upgrades start from £170 per room, per night. Contact us for details.
Day 14 - Dhaka
Return to Dhaka (175km) and on our way we visit Dhamrai (40km from Dhaka), a small market town once famous for its fine pottery, brass casting and other traditional arts. Some are still being practiced today. We'll be hosted by a family that has been casting brass for over 200 years. We return to Dhaka and check-in to our hotel. Overnight Rosewood Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 15 - Dhaka
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
B = Breakfast , L = Lunch, D = Dinner (Meals included)