Day 1: Arrive Dhaka Airport. Transfer to designated hotel. After lunch half day city sightseeing to old city area to visit Sadarghat riverfront, Dhakeshwari Hindu temple, Lalbag Mughal Fort, Central Shahid Minar, Curzon Hall of Dhaka University and the Parliament building. Overnight stay hotel.
Day 2: Sonargaon. 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 are 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 folk-art, cultural and traditional works, is located by the side of panoramic lake and gardens.
Lunch at wayside restaurant. After lunch drive to Mainamoti- Lalmai bridge (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 for overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Bogra. 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 distinctive and ancient archaeological 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.
Day 4: Paharpur. After breakfast drive to Kantajir Mandir (1752 AD) to visit the most ornate 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. En route visit the two other remnant of Sitakot Vihara and Jagaddal Vihara at Dhamoir 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 of the monastery, the Citadel and the rich Archaeological Museum you will proceed to Rajshahi for overnight stay.
Day 5: Chapai Nawabgonj. 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 and 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.
Day 6: Departure. After breakfast free time at your own. Transfer to Dhaka airport for onward destination.
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