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The Buddhism Culture in Bangladesh
Dhaka-Sonargaon-Moinamoti Comilla-Bogra Mohasthangar-Rangpur Kantajee Mondhir-Paharpur-Sitakot Bihara-Jagaddal Bihara-Shampora Bihara-Rajshahi-Chapai Nawabgonj-Putia Sirajgonj-Dhaka
(6 Days and 5 Nights)


Bangladesh is the most potential destination for Buddhist culture since Buddhism was originally spread from here and enlightened the whole world. The most important literary sources about Buddhism in India and Bangladesh could be traced from the travel report of great Chinese pilgrims. The most prominent ones were Fa-hien who traveled overland between 399-414 AD, Huen Tsang traveled between 629-645 AD and I-Tsing traveled between 671-692 AD.

Special Feature:

From the account of the most prominent Chinese pilgrims Tahien and Hiuen Tsaug mentioned that Lord Buddha with his 500 disciples visited Pundravardhana which is presently Mahasthangarh (in Bangladesh) and preached his new Gospel at SAMATATA (South Eastern part of Bangladesh) including the Lalmai and Moinamoti range. According to Arakanese book Rajoang that Buddha visited BURMA (Mayanmar) with his disciple and from there in his return journey he visited Hastigram, Amragram and Chandranath which is very near to Chittagong hilldistrict of Bangladesh. The holly hair relics and foot prints of Lord Buddha have been preserved in the Nandan Kanan Buddhist Temple, Chittagong. From this valuable reserves some portion were donated to Srilanka in 1957, to Japan in 1964, to Thailand in 1979 and again to Srilanka in 2007. The Chandrnath Buddhist temple also has the rare footprint of Lord Buddha.

Tour Itinerary:  


  Arrive Dhaka Airport of transfer to designated hotel. After lunch half day city sightseeing to old city area to visit Sadarghat riverfront, Dhakeshwari Hindu temple, Lalbah Mughal Fort, Central Shahid Minar, Curzon Hall of Dhaka University, Dharmarajika Buddha Mondir and the huge Parliament building. Overnight stay hotel.


  After Breakfast drive to Sonargaon (29km) by A/C tourist coach to visit ancient capital of Bengal. Sonargaon formerly known as Suvarnagram was a part of Buddhist Empire of Pala dynasty at the 7th Century AD. The main attraction of Sonargaon of today the ruins of old Panam city, some monuments and beautiful mosque of Muslim Sultante period (1399-1409 AD can be visited. The attractive Folk-art museum, which has a rich collection of folkart, cultural and traditional works, is located by the side of panoramic lake abnd gardens. (We may organize a river cruise in the great expanxe of Meghna River by a country boat, which will be very much exciting). Lunch at wayside restaurant. After lunch drive to Mainamoti- Lalmai ridge (70km) where you can visit more than 50 ancient Buddhist relics of 7th-8th century A.D. These are mostly monasteries, temples and stupa. The most important findings from the excavations are Salban vihara, Kotila Mura, Vasu Vihara, Ananda vihara, Charapatra Mura, Itakhola Mura and Repbau Mura. The rich archaeological museum at Moinamoti is also very attractive for studies of Buddhism. Return Dhaka overnight at hotel.


  After breakfast drive to Bogra (229km) by AC coach passing through the 11th World’s longest river JMUNA Bridge. Arrive Bogra and transfer to Parjatan Motel for lunch. After lunch visit the most sistintive and ancient arcaeological sites at Mohsthangar. Here you can also visit several isolated mounds, ancient ruins and the rich archaeological museum. Drive to Rangpur (110km) transfer to parjatan motel for overnight stay at hotel.


  After breakfast drive to Kantajir Mandir (1752 AD) to visit the most ornamate Hindu Temple in every inch of the temple surface is extraordinary embellished with exquisite terracotta plaques representing Hindu mythological scenes. The natural setting of the temple and the unique countryside of the area have got a very special flavor for the nature loving tourist. Proceed to the destination of Paharpur via Dinajpur enroute visit the two other remnant of Sitakot Vihara and Jagaddal Vihara atDhamoir hat. Lunch at way side restaurant of Jaipurhat. After lunch visit the most spectacular Buddhist Shampura Vihara at Paharpur which is the largest Buddhist monastery in the sub-continent and the world heritage site. After the visit the monastery + the Citadel and the rich archaeological museum you will proceed to Rajshahi for overnight stay.


  Early in the morning drive to Chapai Nawabgonj to visit the famous historical Chhota Sona Mosque and the great historical site Gaud the capital of pre-Mughal Bengal. Return Rajshahi & visit the famous Varendra Research Museum the richest museum in the Asia and the finest silk factory, which has got worldwide reputation, proceed to Hindu Temple City Puthia (29 km) and visit the Puthia Rajbari (Palace), Govinda Temple and the largest Shiva Temple in an wonderful natural setup. Drive to Dhaka via Sirajgonj where you can have your lunch in a nice wayside restaurant. Reach Dhaka and overnight at hotel.


  After breakfast free time at your own. Transfer to Dhaka airport for onward destination.