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Dhaka: Full-Day City Tour of Old & New Dhaka

1. Dhaka: Full-Day City Tour of Old & New Dhaka

You will be picked up from your Dhaka Hotel and start the city tour. Begin your day by immersing yourself in the captivating allure of Lalbagh Fort, a magnificent Mughal structure adorned with intricate architecture and surrounded by lush gardens. As you explore the fort, you’ll be transported back in time to the era of emperors and royal grandeur. See the Lalbagh Fort as well as the Star Mosque and the Armenian Church. From there, make your way to Ahsan Manzil (Closed on Thursday), an enchanting pink palace that once served as the residence of the Nawabs of Dhaka. Step inside this architectural gem, now transformed into a museum, and delve into the opulent lifestyle and rich heritage of the Nawabs. Enjoy a traditional Bangladeshi lunch at a local restaurant, where you can savor the flavors of local cuisine. Venturing further, head towards Sadarghat River Port, where the pulse of Dhaka’s river life beats fervently. Experience the vibrant activity as boats and ferries navigate the Buriganga River, creating a vivid tapestry of sights and sounds that showcases the city’s thriving trade and commerce. You can then enjoy a boat ride on Buriganga River Sadarghat. Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque campus of one of Bangladesh’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Visit the largest mosque in Bangladesh, known for its grand architecture and religious significance. Before the tour ends you will see the Dhakeshwari Temple, and Shahid Minar. By evening you will be dropped off at your Dhaka Hotel.

Dhaka Day Tour: Sonargaon and Mainamati

2. Dhaka Day Tour: Sonargaon and Mainamati

You will be picked up from your hotel in Dhaka at 8:00 am and transferred to your first stop Sonargaon which was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. Situated in the center of the Ganges delta, it was the seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of eastern Bengal. Sonargaon was described by numerous historic travelers, including Ibn Battuta, Ma Huan, Niccolo de Conti and Ralph Fitch as a thriving center of trade and commerce. It served as the capital of Sultan Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah, Isa Khan and the Baro-Bhuyan Confederacy. Next, you’ll head to some other historic buildings such as The Folk Art Museum (Wednesday & Thursday closed), Panam Nagar, Goaldi Mosque. After lunch at Sonargaon local restaurant continue for archaeological sites Mainamati. Here you will visit some other historical and archaeological sites such as Salban Vihara which was established in 8th century by King Budda Dev. Salban Vihara, almost in the middle of the Mainarnati-Lalmai hill range consists of 115 cells, built around a spacious courtyard with cruciform temple in the centre facing its only gateway complex to the north resembling that of the Paharpur Monastery. Rupban Mura- Locally the site is known as Rupban Mura. But after excavation here brought to light remains of a shrine, a monastery and octagonal votive stupa.  Among the antiquities found here are on Gupta imitation gold coin, 4 coins of debased metal, 3 silver coins and a buikey sand Buddha image of post gupta period. On the basis of all the evidences found here the original monastery and shrine may be dated prior to the 8th century A.D. Itakhola Mura- Locally the site is known as Itakhola Mura. As a result excavation a ground plan of an east facing Buddhist temple has been exposed. Five building are rebuilding phases have been found in the temple besides this the remains of small vihara has been exposed on northern side of the temple. Among the discovered antiquities are 18 tola solid gold or silver coin and a copper plate is noteworthy. Besides these a bust of a large size stucco image which is still instu. In consideration of the antiquities and architectural features the temple may be dated in 7th to 12th century A.D. Mainamati Mound and the Mainamati museum (Closed on Sunday & Monday) and the Mainamati War Cemetery.

Sonargaon Day Tour from Dhaka

3. Sonargaon Day Tour from Dhaka

Take a private full-day tour of Sonargaon to get to know the city’s incredible historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. The popular 8-hour tour includes all transportation, the services of a personal driver and tour guide throughout the day. Following a hotel pick-up, your first stop will be Banglar Tajmahal which is a scaled copy of the original Taj Mahal (a Mughal mausoleum located in Agra, India) located 10 miles east of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka in Sonargaon. Explore one of the most historic cities in Bangladesh namely Sonargaon, The Old Capital of Bengal. With its magnificent ancient buildings and monuments, it is only fitting that this wonderful capital would become home to a museum that captures and preserves the traditions and culture of the people of Bangladesh. Next, head to The Folk Art Museum, or Folk Art and Crafts Museum is located on a picturesque fifty hectare piece of land that consists of breathtaking landscapes, peaceful artificial lakes and ponds, and of course the structures that make up the Folk Art Museum complex (Wednesday, Thursday & Government holiday is closed). Later on proceed to Panam City (Panam Nagar) to see the beautifully decorated buildings constructed around the end of 18th century and Goaldi Mosque that was built in 1519. Continue to board on a wooden boat (Engine Driven) to join Cruises on Meghna River adventure. Explore the remote island villages of the widest river of Bangladesh that are only accessible by boat. Discover lifestyle of island people. Stop at any island in the middle of river and have more fun. Enjoy the Hilsa fishing and the activities of villagers.

Explore Sonargaon museum and Panam city day trip

4. Explore Sonargaon museum and Panam city day trip

Experience the captivating Sonargaon and Panam City Tour, a day trip from Dhaka that showcases the highlights of Bengal's old capital during the medieval era. Discover the abandoned city of Panam Nagar, a 19th-century trading center for Hindu cotton merchants. Explore the Sonargaon Folk Arts and Crafts Museum, the pre- Mughal architecture Goaldi Mosque, and the tomb of an independent ruler of Sonargaon. Take a scenic boat ride on the Meghna River and experience the village life on a sandbank island. This tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Bangladesh, offering an immersive experience that reveals the country's rich cultural heritage. On Sonargaon & Panam City Tour, starting with visiting the pre-Mughal period Goaldi Mosque, you'll see the Folk- Arts and Crafts Museum, which showcases the region's rich textile heritage, a massive mansion from the British colonial period. Next, you'll visit Panam Nagar, an entirely abandoned city of wealthy Hindu cotton merchants from the early 19th century, which is a highlight of the tour.

Dhaka: Bangladesh eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

5. Dhaka: Bangladesh eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Say goodbye to the hassle of physical SIMs and finding mobile network operator stores with our e-SIM service. After purchase, you'll receive a QR code that you can scan on your compatible device to install the e-SIM wherever and whenever you need it. Choose from a range of data volumes, validity periods, and coverage options in different countries to stay connected with ease. Most iPhone models beyond XS support e-SIM, and follow our instructions in the photo session to check compatibility for other devices. Share the QR code via AirDrop or scan it to another device. Install the e-SIM by connecting to WiFi or a network, and remember to turn on roaming for the e-SIM. If you have trouble connecting to the network, consult our self-troubleshooting guide. lf you have a connected trip in Asia, just simply select the 31 Asian Countries option, which covers:Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam. If your data is used-up? Simple, just buy another e-SIM to top-up. APN (Access Point Name): iboots Local Network:GrameenPhone

Dhaka: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

6. Dhaka: Like a Local Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/ her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once your booking is received, the local tour operator will get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour such as the meeting place and time, language and your contact information and also to ask you some questions to get to know you better. Then, the right local will be handpicked for you based on your interests. Each tour will be completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2-hours). During the walking tour, you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travelers and share what they love about their city. They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city. Through conversations with your local guide, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in the city, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Private Historical Cumilla Mainamati Day Tour from Dhaka

7. Private Historical Cumilla Mainamati Day Tour from Dhaka

Following a hotel pick-up at 8 am, your first stop will be Salban Vihara in Mainamati (Sunday Closed), one of the best-known Buddhist viharas in the Indian Subcontinent and one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. At the end of the 8th century, King Shri Bhavadeva (Vobodev) made the “Salban Bihar” in this place. The digging started in the 80th decade. Many archaeological elements were found here. Most of them are kept in the Mainamati Museum now. Continue visiting Mainamati Museum (Sunday Closed) is next to Shalban Bihar. Many valuable antiquities were found during the excavations of Srivadava’s Mahavihara, Kotila Mura, Charpatra Mura, Rupbanmura, Itakhola Mura, Ananda Bihar, Rani’s Bangla, and Bhoj Raja’s Bari Bihar. This museum is a prominent place for displaying these antiquities; a west-facing museum was set up in 1965 in front of Shalban Bihar on the south side of Shalban Bihar in Comilla Kotbari. Next to Mainamati Museum, you can see the traditional Buddhist Temple built a few years ago. Visit Rupban Mura (Sunday Closed), an important archaeological site of Mainamati, lying on a hillock south of the Comilla-Kalirbazar road. The Cruciform Shrine Originally built as a solid stupa on a square base, it was subsequently converted into a semi-cruciform shrine in the second period (8th century A.D.). Next, we will proceed to historical sights locally known As Itakhola Mura (Sunday Closed). As A Result Excavation, A Ground Plan Of An East Facing Buddhist Temple Has Been Exposed. Five Building Rebuilding Phases Have Been Found In The Temple. Besides This, the Remains of Small Vihare Have Been Exposed On the Northern Side of the Temple. Among The Discovered Antiquities Are 18 Tola Solid Gold or Silver Coin and A Copper Plate Is Noteworthy besides These A Bust Of Large Size Stucco Image Which Is Still Instu. In Consideration Of The Antiquities And Architectural Features, The Temple May Be Dated To the 7th to 12th Century A.D. Next, we will visit the Palace of Queen Maynamati. Mainamati’s Palace Mound is the largest and highest mound in the northern extremity of the ridge near Mainamati village. The site has been traditionally associated with the legendary Chandra Queen, Mainamati, mother of the last known Chandra King, Govinda Chandra, and is popularly regarded as the last seat of that dynasty. Finally, The Mainamati War Cemetery is a war cemetery and a memorial in Comilla, Bangladesh, for Second World War graves from nearby areas. The cemetery contains 736 Commonwealth burials.

Dhaka City Tour in a Local Way - Explore Dhaka Like a Local

8. Dhaka City Tour in a Local Way - Explore Dhaka Like a Local

Obviously, this is the best way to explore Dhaka city. Explore like a local, not like a foreigner. If you do not like crowded chaos and seek an authentic experience without interacting with local people, you should avoid this tour. On this tour, you will use local transportation like rickshaws and Cngs (Tuktuks), etc. No luxury cars will be provided. You'll have the opportunity to meet local people, try local street food, and experience traffic jams and crowds. Additionally, you'll visit some places that are not as popular with other tourists, offering a less historical and more local experience. Please consider the following points before booking this tour: 1. This tour is not recommended for travelers who are over 60 years old, as walking and riding rickshaws may be difficult for them. 2. Rickshaws/Tuktuks are not pre-arranged for this tour. We will hire all vehicles as locals do.

Dhaka Sightseeing

9. Dhaka Sightseeing

Highlights of the tour : Parliament Old Dhaka Red Fort Hindu Street Sadarghat What To Expect You will experience the city life of Dhaka during this whole day tour. We visit Sadarghat (waterfront), Pink Palace, Shakari Bazar (Hindu Street), Dakeswari Temple, the Red Fort, Dhaka University campus, New Market, Star Mosque, Armenian Church. Lunch in a famous old Dhaka’s biriyani house, or similar. Location: Dhaka, Old Dhaka, Sadarghat Best time to travel: October to March Tour Available: All year Round. Transportation: Ac Car, Rickshaw.

A Day Trip in Dhaka City

10. A Day Trip in Dhaka City

A day trip to Dhaka is a journey through time, culture, and flavors. From its historical landmarks to its vibrant markets and delectable cuisine, the city offers a diverse and enriching experience. This itinerary provides just a glimpse of what Dhaka has to offer, leaving you with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for this dynamic metropolis. Below listed place you can enjoy during your daytrip: > Hotel pick and drop > Ahsan Manzil Pink Palace > Lalbagh Fort > Armenian Church > Dhakeshwari National Temple > Explore old Dhaka area > Star Mosque > Boat Ride on the Buriganga River > Dhaka university area

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Good: Safe as a solo female traveller. Museum was interesting. Felt safe with the driver and driving style. People are friendly and warm. Goaldi Mosque was also good to see. Handicraft village has textiles like saris, pots, little items like pestle and mortars etc... Improvements: Could check if all activities were available before we arrived as we couldn't do panam city because it was closed. More information on each activity, including history and political background rather than basic facts. Could do an activity with the villagers or even encourage questions between the villagers and the visitor Note: The village activity is more a charity activity so if you want to bring medicines like aspirin etc, or extra money or some sweets for the kids feel free. You won't be pressured into giving anything.