The largest mangrove forest in the world and a natural world heritage listed by UNESCO————-SUNDARBANS. 2. Capture unique way of catching fish by otters (Bhondor). 3. Be local and ride onRickshaw—learn to bargain and pay in ‘Taka’. 4. BenaroshiPolliHandloom Heritage(http://tinyurl.com/p9mf5y4). 5. Days with “story teller” on board Sundarban cruise. 6. Try your hand on local fishing rode.
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Bangladesh creates an unforgettable impression of a land of peace, tranquility and enormous beauty; land of hundreds of serpentine rivers, crystal clear water lakes surrounded by evergreen hills, luxuriant tropical rain forests, and beautiful cascades of green paddy and tea gardens. World’s largest mangrove forest–a World Heritage & home to the Royal Bengal Tigers and other wild lives; World’s longest natural unbroken sandy sea beach, rich cultural heritage, relics of ancient civilizations and Buddhist Architecture,colourful ethnic minorities with their primitive life style and culture; old terracotta mosques, temples, churches and historic monuments, friendly and lively peoples and hidden beauty everywhere. This Largest delta in the world rises from the Bay of Bengal and goes up to the footsteps of the Himalayas. The mighty Bay of Bengal guards its coasts.Explore Sundarbansthe largest mangrove forest in the world and a natural world heritage listed by UNESCO, enjoying the vantage point of a boat cruise. Note the huge array of life that the mangroves support and be sure to watch out for the large group of four-pawed inhabitants, the mighty Bengal tiger.
- The largest mangrove forest in the world and a natural world heritage listed by UNESCO————-SUNDARBANS. 2. Capture unique way of catching fish by otters (Bhondor). 3. Be local and ride onRickshaw—learn to bargain and pay in ‘Taka’. 4. BenaroshiPolliHandloom Heritage(http://tinyurl.com/p9mf5y4). 5. Days with “story teller” on board Sundarban cruise. 6. Try your hand on local fishing rode.
Story Teller joins the group at embarkation point of cruise on day 03
Besides, lots of awesome stories and epics related to this part of the world, the renowned story teller will begin with:
- story and history on the birth of the Sundarbans
- the unique and amazing characteristics of the Royal Bengal Tiger – the most ferocious and the most cunning animal on earth lifestyle of the ‘Baoali’ (wood cutter)
- lifestyle of ‘Mouali’ (honey collectors) and fishermen.
- hate and love relationship of ‘Baoali’ and ‘Mouali’ with the Royal Bengal Tiger.
- unique characteristics / behaviour of the honey bees.
- natureof deer and monkeys of Sundarbans forest.
- Story of ‘Banbibi’ –the goddess of the forest to whom the wood cutter, honey collectors and fishermen pray for protection from the tiger before they enter the forest.
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Arrival at Dhaka(Meals Included: Dinner) Arrival at Dhaka International Airport. Meet & greet at the Terminal-2 and transfer by representative and guide to your pre-confirmed hotel of your choice. Your Bangladeshi adventure will begin with an orientation of the guide followed with lunch/dinner depending on flight arrival, at a restaurant or the hotel.Overnight at Hotel. Dhaka is more than 1500 years old city, and became capital of the country in 1608 under the Mughal rule. During ancient and medieval periods the city was known to the world for its unique product, the Muslin – the finest fabric ever produced in the world. As the capital of Bangladesh it has grown into a bustling city of trades and commerce, cultural and sport activities, vibrating with full of life. The city has two parts – the old part and the new part. The old part is known as the Old Dhaka, which developed during the Mughal period. With the happy blending of the old and new architectural trends, traditions and modernization, Dhaka has been expanding so fast since the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. At present about 15 million people live in the city. Now the city of Dhaka is filled with history, tradition and culture. It has endless numbers of activities, attractions accommodations and business opportunities.
Dhaka(Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner) Buffet breakfast at hotel and full day sightseeing covering Sadarghat River Frontand ride local boat at river and explore the busy activities on both side of the riverlocated in the southern part of Dhaka, on the river Burignaga, is one of the most dynamic places in Dhaka. Here, the Sadarghat Lunch Terminal is one of the largest river ports in the world. About 200 large and small passenger launches (motorized boats) depart and arrive at the terminal every day. According to the officials at the terminal, 30,000 people, in average, use the terminal for departure and arrival every day. At this place the scene of hundreds of country boats laden with passengers and merchandise crossing the river is fascinating, Ahsan Manjil(Pink Palace) -Ahsan Manzil is one of the most significant architectural monuments of Bangladesh. It was built in 1872 in the style of Indo-Saracen Revival architecture on the bank of the river Buriganga. Also known as the Pink Palace for its color, the two-storied building stands on a raised platform of one meter. The lofty dome of the palace stands 27.13m above the ground. Once the residential palace of the Nabob of Dhaka, it’s now houses a splendid museum, which gives a good insight into the luxurious life-style of the past Nabobs of Dhaka. Lunch at good local restaurant.After lunch visitLalbagh fort-It is an old Mughal fort in the southwestern part of Dhaka City. The construction of the fort was commenced in 1678 by a Mughal prince, Muhammad Azam. The fort, with its three gateways, is a combination of three buildings: the Diwan-i-Aam or Audience Hall with a HamamKhana or Turkish bath downstairs, the Tomb of PariBibi and the mosque. The fort covers 18 acres of land. Lunch at local restaurant. Later National Museum and Dhakeswari Temple.Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel. Cultural Show(optional): We could arrange cultural show with traditional music/dance and rhythm including Tribal dance for 30-40 mnts at hotel.
Dhaka-SundarbansDays with “story teller” on board Sundarban cruise.(Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner) After buffet Breakfast at hotel visit wet market in Kawranbazar. Proceed to Sonargaon to visit Panam Nagar at Sonargaon (About 29 km from Dhaka). Sonargaon was one of the oldest capitals of ancient Bangladesh. Dhaka was connected with the silk road by Uttarapath (North Road) constructed in the 3rd century BC. The road was refurbished in the 16th century AD and became known as The Grand Trunk Road which also connected Dhaka with Sonargaon. Sonargaon Folk Art Museum & Goaldi Mosque(The Goaldi Mosque is one of the very few surviving medieval monuments in the city of Sonargaon about half mile northwest of the little township of Panam. Built in 1519, the graceful, single-domed Goaldi Mosque is the most impressive of the few extant monuments of the old capital city, and a good example of pre-Mughal architecture). Later proceed to Mirpur to visit very interesting BenaroshiPolli (http://tinyurl.com/p9mf5y4) Handloom Heritage (Banarasi saris are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with intricate design. Their special characteristics are intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs. The saris are often part of a bride's outfit. Depending on the intricacy of its designs and patterns, a sari can take from 15 days to a month and sometimes up to six months to complete. Banarasi saris are mostly worn by women on important occasions such as when attending a wedding and are expected to be complemented by the woman's best jewellery. Sometimes the saris are embroidered to improve their gorgeous look. The sarees manufactured here are not only supplied to all districts of Bangladesh but also exported to India, Pakistan, Srilanka, China, America and other countries of the world. About 10 to 15 thousand weavers are involved in Mirpur BenarasiSharee Industries where the sharees are designed, hand woven and marketed locally by traditional weavers and traders for generations. The Jacquard loom use punched card s which control the weaving, enabling workmen to produce the most beautiful patterns in a style. The punch cards are rectangular with holes punched in them. The hooks and needles used in weaving are guided by these holes in the cardboard. Any image can be embodied into a chain of punched cards and woven by the Jacquard loom) and enjoy Rickshaw ride in Mirpur. Later proceed to Sultana Kamal Bridge, Demra, Dhaka. Immediately Snacks will be served, as the cruise vessel will start its journey towards theSundarban forest. Dinner and overnight on board.
Sundarbans(on board cruise)(Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner) The Sundarbans is a natural region in the Bengal region comprising Eastern India and Bangladesh. It is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The Sundarbans covers approximately 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) of which 60 percent is in Bangladesh with the remainder in India. The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Sundarbans isthe world largest mangrove forest. Housing a diverse array of flora and fauna the Sundarbans is home to at least 78 different species of mangroves. Located at the mouth of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers between India and Bangladesh, its forest and waterways support a wide range of' fauna including a number of species threatened with extinction. The mangrove habitat supports the single largest population of tigers in the world which have adapted to an almost amphibious life, being capable of swimming for long distances and feeding on fish, crab and water monitor lizards. On way, you have to the riverine life, Hilsha Fishing, harvesting Crops on the shore, several type of Country boats, the boat will stop at Barisal or Supoti Forest station. The cruise will continue through Buriganga, Meghna, Kirtankhola, Baleshwary and Pashur River. Afternoon arrival at Sundarbans and explore Kachikhali forest area andenjoy the landscape of terrain of Sundarbans.
Sundarbans (on board cruise)(Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner) This early morning the motorboat continuous to the bay of narrow canals, Dramatic excitement begins when you switch over to ‘country-boat’ rowing along picturesque view of thickness Mangrove forest with absolute silence prevails-discover pugmarks of ‘Royal Bengal Tiger’ various species of Kingfisher and home of crocodile. Later guarded by forest rangers, and local experts, time to explore Kotka wild life of Sundarbans by walking tours. Don not miss out capturing spotted deer (Chital Horin), different species of macaque Monkeys and mongoose, wild boar, endanger reptiles and Indian python, and explore as many species of birds out 260.
Sundarbans-Dhaka by flight(Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch) Breakfast at board and capturing unique way of catching fish by otters (Bhondar) (http://tinyurl.com/nl5qewo). Lunch on board. You will enjoy local fish catching with local gear. After lunch disembark from vessel and proceed to Jessore to fly Dhaka. After arrival at Dhaka to International Airport for final departure. End of service: the group departs wit happy memories.
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