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OVERNIGHT TRIPS
VILLAGE HOME-STAY

Over eighty percent of Bangladesh’s population lives in rural settings. A village home-stay offers a deep insight in to the life of a small community. As guests of a local family you will be staying in a traditional home with basic facilities. While sharing their hospitality, you are welcome to join their daily work in and around the house or in the fields, visit the local school, try your luck at catching fish from the pond or working at the loom. Your guide will facilitate the communication with the villagers.

You will leave Dhaka in the morning and reach the village within 1-2 hours. After a full day and night in the village, you will return to Dhaka in the early afternoon. All meals will be prepared by the host family. For your convenience we provide bottled mineral water, bedding and a mosquito net. The accompanying guide will ensure your well-being.




OVERNIGHT TRIP TO PUBAIL

Day 01: Meet at Gulshan Circle II at 1500 hrs and drive to Pubail retreat in Demorpara. It is approximately an hours drive. Upon arrival at the retreat you will be welcomed with light drink. Your guide will give you brief information about the local community. You will check into your rooms for some rest and freshen up. Later in the afternoon the guide will take you for a walk into the village for you to have a closer look at the village life in Bangladesh.You will be back to the retreat for dinner and overnight.

Day 02: After breakfast we invite you to watch the fishing farming and craftsman activities inside the retreat. If you want you may join them as well. Enjoy the freshly prepared traditional lunch. After lunch you will have options for activities like cycling and boating. You may also visit some adjacent villages if you want. After some afternoon tea and snacks you will start your return journey back to Dhaka, arriving in the early evening.




PADMA RESORT - LOUHAJONG MUNSHIGONJ
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO PADMA RESORT

The Padma Resort in Louhojong Thana in Munshigonj is situated on the Bank of river Padma. If you want a short break from the bustling city of Dhaka, then this is the perfect get-away for you.

Day 01: Meet at Gulshan Circle II and drive to Padma resort in Munshigonj, approximately a 2 hours drive. You will board a local boat at the Padma River bank for the 5 minute crossing to the resort. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a light drink. Your guide will give you brief information about the locality. You will check into your rooms for some rest and freshen up. Later in the afternoon the guide will take you for a walk along the river. If you feel like it, take a dip in the water! Return to the resort for dinner and overnight.

Day 02: After breakfast we invite you to watch the fishing activities at the bank of the Padma river. If you want you may join them as well. Enjoy the freshly prepared lunch at the restaurant of the resort. After lunch you will have options for activities like boating. You may also visit some adjacent villages if you want. After afternoon tea and snacks you will start your return journey back to Dhaka, arriving in the early evening.




PAST GLORY, PRESENT DEVELOPMENT – FULL-DAY GUIDED EXCURSION TO MANIKGONJ
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO MANIKGANJ

Manikgonj, a district in central Bangladesh, is known for the three largest Zamindaries (Mansions of Landowners) based in the estates of Baliati, Teota and Dhankora.

Proshika HRDC Trust, one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Bangladesh, is situated in the Saturia Upazilla of Manikgonj. Here Proshika has its own organic agricultural plan, the second largest tissue culture project in Asia, an apiculture project and honey processing plant, sericulture (silk) projects, a shrimp hatchery, handloom fabric production and processing projects, a bio gas plant, its own water treatment plant and a large nursery. Several of their products are for sale on site.

Day 01: Leave Dhaka early in the morning for Manikganj, located about 70 km from Dhaka. Upon arrival check-in at the guesthouse and have lunch. After lunch drive to Baliati (28km). With over 200 rooms, the Baliati palace is one of the largest and finest in Bangladesh. It was built by Zamindar (landlord) Govinda Ram Saha mid 18th century. A twenty minute walk through the picturesque landscape brings you to the Baliati Sri Sri Gobinai Mothe, a Hindu temple, and a Ram Krishna mission. On the way stop at the Eshore Chandra High School, the first certified high school in East Bengal. The nearby Pakutia Zamindaris or palace has been converted into a college. Return to the Proshika guesthouse for dinner. All food served here has been produced on their own property in Manikganj. Overnight stay in Proshika guesthouse, Manikganj.

Day 02: After breakfast you are invited to visit the projects of Proshika HRDC Trust here in Manikganj. Among their currently operating projects are organic agriculture, tissue culture, apiculture and honey processing plant, sericulture project, shrimp hatchery, handloom weaving, natural vegetable dyes, a biogas plant, water treatment plant and a nursery covering a large portion of the property. Several of their products are for sale. Start return journey to Dhaka after an early lunch at the Proshika guest house. Along the way visit artisan communities engaged in traditional iron and brass work. Stop for a brief visit to the National Martyr’s monument in Saver. Return to Dhaka by late afternoon.




DHANBARI ROYAL RESORT - A ROYAL RETREAT
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO ROYAL RESORT - DHANBARI

The Royal Resort is the first and only Heritage Resort in Bangladesh. Located at Dhonbari, Tangail, the Royal Resort is only a 4 hour driver (150 km) from Dhaka.

This sprawling complex was the former palace of the Dhanbari Nawabs, Muslim kings or provincial governors of Bengal. These local royalties set up a large number of educational institutions including the University of Dhaka.

Our program combines excursions to the surrounding area with ample leisure time, allowing you to relax and enjoy a royal retreat.

Day 01: Leave Dhaka in the morning by reserved vehicle for the four hour drive through scenic rural landscape. Located on the Modhupur –Jamalpur highway, a newly built road with several bypasses, the resort can easily be reached before lunch. Upon arrival check-in to the resort, freshen-up and have lunch. In the afternoon drive to the Madhupur National Park (1hr drive), a moist deciduous old-growth forest with abundant and diverse wildlife. After enjoying the rejuvenating forest and exploring its astounding biodiversity on foot, return to the resort for dinner and overnight stay. If time permits, stop at a rubber plantation and processing factory or a pineapple plantation for a short visit.

Day 02: Members of the ethnic Garo tribe live in small communities in the nearby area. After breakfast we will drive you to visit their villages and observe their ways of living. Return to the resort for lunch. After lunch start the return journey to Dhaka. On way stop at the famous Jamuna Bridge, the country’s longest bridge and often depicted in decorative paintings on trucks or bicycle rickshaws. Arrive Dhaka late in the afternoon.




SRIMANGAL – TEA CENTRE OF BANGLADESH
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO SRIMONGOL (TEA RESORT) BY TRAIN

This quaint little town is located 265 Km northeast of Dhaka. This is the ‘Tea Centre’ of Bangladesh. Main attractions are the tropical forest of Lawacharra, tribal villages of the Manipuri and Khashia, and the surrounding Tea Gardens covering hilly terrain. The accommodation at the Tea Resort is in individual bungalows or air-conditioned rooms. Meals are prepared and served in the Resort’s own Restaurant. The Nirob Eco Cottage, situated near the Lawacharra forest and only 5 minutes walking distance from the Tea Resort, offers 2 rooms with twin sharing beds. It can accommodate 5 guests at most. Meals are prepared by the owner’s family, who also ensures your safe and enjoyable stay in a natural surrounding.

Day 01: Leave Dhaka early in the morning around 6.30 am by train for Srimangal - also known as the ‘land of two leaves and a bud’, a synonym for the tea gardens and the large quantities of tea produced here. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to the Srimangal Tea Resort. In the afternoon drive to a nearby tea plantation and visit the Manipuri and Khashia communities. Stop at a local textile weaving workshop on the way.

Overnight at the Tea Resort.

Day 02: Start early in the morning for a rewarding wildlife trek through the nearby Lawacharra National Park. This is the best time to observe the abundant and diverse wildlife. As one of the last remaining tropical rainforests of Bangladesh, the Lawacharra forest is home to a large variety of rare and endangered species, the most prominent of which are the Hollock Gibbons. The small tract of dense forests is heaven for birdwatchers, naturalists and adventure seekers alike.

After Lunch you will be transferred to the Srimangal train station for boarding the train back to Dhaka. Arrive in Dhaka in the late evening.




OVERNIGHT TRIP TO SRIMONGOL (NIROB ECO COTTAGE) BY TRAIN

This quaint little town is located 265 Km northeast of Dhaka. This is the ‘Tea Centre’ of Bangladesh. Main attractions are the tropical forest of Lawacharra, tribal villages of the Manipuri and Khashia, and the surrounding Tea Gardens covering hilly terrain. The accommodation at the Tea Resort is in individual bungalows or air-conditioned rooms. Meals are prepared and served in the Resort’s own Restaurant. The Nirob Eco Cottage, situated near the Lawacharra forest and only 5 minutes walking distance from the Tea Resort, offers 2 rooms with twin sharing beds. It can accommodate 5 guests at most. Meals are prepared by the owner’s family, who also ensures your safe and enjoyable stay in a natural surrounding.

Day 01: Leave Dhaka early in the morning around 6.30 am by train for Srimangal - also known as the ‘land of two leaves and a bud’, a synonym for the tea gardens and the large quantities of tea produced here. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to the Srimangal Tea Resort. In the afternoon drive to a nearby tea plantation and visit the Manipuri and Khashia communities. Stop at a local textile weaving workshop on the way.

Overnight at the Tea Resort.

Day 02: Start early in the morning for a rewarding wildlife trek through the nearby Lawacharra National Park. This is the best time to observe the abundant and diverse wildlife. As one of the last remaining tropical rainforests of Bangladesh, the Lawacharra forest is home to a large variety of rare and endangered species, the most prominent of which are the Hollock Gibbons. The small tract of dense forests is heaven for birdwatchers, naturalists and adventure seekers alike.

After Lunch you will be transferred to the Srimangal train station for boarding the train back to Dhaka. Arrive in Dhaka in the late evening.




OVERNIGHT TRIP TO SRIMONGOL (NIROB ECO COTTAGE) BY CAR

Day 01: Leave Dhaka early in the morning by reserved vehicle for Srimangal - also known as the ‘land of two leaves and a bud’, a synonym for the tea gardens and the large quantities of tea produced here. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to the Nirob Eco Cottage. In the afternoon drive to a nearby tea plantation and visit the Manipuri and Khashia communities. Stop at a local textile weaving workshop on the way.

Day 02: Start early in the morning for a rewarding wildlife trek through the nearby Lawacharra National Park. This is the best time to observe the abundant and diverse wildlife. As one of the last remaining tropical rainforests of Bangladesh, the Lawacharra forest is home to a large variety of rare and endangered species, the most prominent of which are the Hollock Gibbons. The small tract of dense forests is heaven for birdwatchers, naturalists and adventure seekers alike. After breakfast drive for approximately two hours to the Madhobkunda waterfall. Surrounded by large tea estates, and decorated with water lilies, this spot is a favorite among locals as well as visitors from afar. The rubber, betel leaf and lemon plantations form a mosaic of greens, typical for this rolling landscape. In the afternoon you will start driving back to Dhaka. Arrive in Dhaka in the evening.




OVERNIGHT TRIP TO SRIMONGOL (TEA RESORT) BY CAR

Day 01: Leave Dhaka early in the morning by reserved vehicle for Srimangal - also known as the ‘land of two leaves and a bud’, a synonym for the tea gardens and the large quantities of tea produced here. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to the Srimangal Tea Resort. In the afternoon drive to a nearby tea plantation and visit the Manipuri and Khashia communities. Stop at a local textile weaving workshop on the way.

Day 02: Start early in the morning for a rewarding wildlife trek through the nearby Lawacharra National Park. This is the best time to observe the abundant and diverse wildlife. As one of the last remaining tropical rainforests of Bangladesh, the Lawacharra forest is home to a large variety of rare and endangered species, the most prominent of which are the Hollock Gibbons. The small tract of dense forests is heaven for birdwatchers, naturalists and adventure seekers alike. After breakfast drive for approximately two hours to the Madhobkunda waterfall. Surrounded by large tea estates, and decorated with water lilies, this spot is a favorite among locals as well as visitors from afar. The rubber, betel leaf and lemon plantations form a mosaic of greens, typical for this rolling landscape.

In the afternoon you will start driving back to Dhaka. Arrive in Dhaka in the evening.




RAJSHAHI & PUTHIA
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO RAJSHAHI & PUTHIA

Bangladesh’s rich heritage is visually represented most strikingly in greater North Bengal. This overnight trip combines historical sites with the popular trademarks of this region – silk, sweets and mangoes, ensuring a truly insightful experience.

Day 01: Leave Dhaka early in the morning for Rajshahi (approximately 5½ hour scenic drive). Lunch at a highway restaurant. After lunch stop in Puthia, a charming town renowned for the largest number of historically important Hindu structures in Bangladesh. The Shiva Temple in Puthia is the largest Hindu temple in Bangladesh. The Govinda Temple, decorated with intricate terracotta designs, is in one of the country’s finest old Rajbaris’ courtyard.

Continue drive to Rajshahi, a University town on the Padma River. A short boat trip to enjoy the sunset over the Padma river can be arranged. Dinner at a local restaurant & overnight in Rajshahi.

Day 02: Rajshahi offers several interesting attractions for visitors, including the country’s oldest museum, the Varendra Research Museum, managed by the Rajshahi University. In the predominantly British-style building with some interesting Hindu-Buddhist features, artifacts from all over the subcontinent are on display, including a superb collection of local Hindu sculpture. Museum visit after breakfast. Rajshahi is also known as the ‘silk capital’ of Bangladesh; visit a local silk production and watch the weaving, dying, block and batik painting of this exclusive natural fiber. After visiting the Silk factory start drive back to Dhaka. Lunch at a highway restaurant on the way. Reach Dhaka early in the evening.

The quoted package price includes all road journeys by reserved a/c vehicle, accommodation as per itinerary on twin sharing basis in the best locally available establishment, all meals (incl. mineral water) and sightseeing activities as per itinerary, English speaking guide for entire duration of tour. Gratuities and personal expenses are not included.



BIRISHIRI & DURGAPUR – EXPLORING THE SCENIC NORTHERN BORDER AREA
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO BIRISHIRI & DURGAPUR

The northern border area of Bangladesh has remained virtually untouched by tourism. Yet the beauty of the landscape framed by the Himalayan foothills and the ethnic diversity are well worth a journey. While the access and travel options are limited, the charm of traveling at a leisurely pace by local boat, rickshaw or on foot through the rural areas is an entirely different experience. With our program we combine visits to the most interesting sites with locally adequate travel modes, thereby allowing visitors a unique insight into the natural and cultural diversity of this region.

Day 01: Leave Dhaka early in the morning for the five hour drive through scenic rural landscape to Birishiri, via Mymensingh. Upon arrival check-in to the guesthouse, freshen-up and have lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely cruise north on the Someshwari River. After the two hour boat ride through breathtaking landscape with you will reach Ranikhong. Visit the Christian mission and church on the hilltop with a stunning view of the Himalayan foothills.

Continue the journey on foot or by rickshaw to Bijoypur to visit a ceramic mine and Garo tribal villages. Return towards Bijoypur by rickshaw. On the way stop at Kamarkhali to see the ‘Martyr Rashmoni Hajong Monument’, the former leader of the Hajong community. Cross the river by engine boat at Shivganj ghat to reach Birishiri. Dinner and overnight stay in Birishiri.

Day 02: After breakfast visit the nearby ethnic indigenous communities, the Academy of Tribal Culture and the Baptist mission in Birishiri. Just a half hour rickshaw ride away is the town of Durgapur with a lively open market and the historic Rajbari, the former residency of the King of the Durgapur area. Return to Birishiri for lunch before starting back to Dhaka. Reach Dhaka by evening.

The quoted package price includes all road journeys by reserved a/c vehicle, local engine boat and cycle van/rickshaw as per itinerary, accommodation as per itinerary on twin sharing basis in the best locally available establishment, all meals and mineral water, all sightseeing activities as per itinerary, English speaking guide for entire duration of tour. Personal expenses, gratuities and all activities not specifically mentioned in the itinerary are not included.


VISITING THE VERY OLD TRADITION OF OTTER FISHING
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO OTTER FISHING VILLAGE

For countless generations, fishermen in southern Bangladesh have bred otters and used them to chase fish into their nets. Once a widespread practice passed down from father to son throughout many communities in Asia, this traditional use of domesticated wild animals survives only in one area of Bangladesh, Narail. The Guide Tours Ltd. is proud to offer you the unique opportunity to experience this vanishing tradition first handed. With the basic comfort of good food and accommodation on one of our small cruise boat or the nearest guest house / hotel and the help of a knowledgeable guide, you will have the unique chance to visit the otter fishing villages and witness their unique fishing technique. We have encountered the otter fishing families and their ways for many years, in the Sundarbans as well as while spending extensive time with them during work with several film crews.It has always been a wish of ours to take people there and in some way return the opportunities they have offered us. Normally they go for fishing during the nights. Come and join us for this unique trip to the otter-fishing village!

Day 01: Arrive Jessore in the morning by domestic flight / overnight public coach / reserved vehicle from Dhaka or any part. Upon arrival you will check in a hotel. After lunch drive to the otter fishing village. After spending the afternoon with them you will go with them on their boat to witness their fishing during the night. Normally they go for fishing after dinner and continue to do so late into the night. Later you will be transferred to your hotel in Jessore.

Day 02: After breakfast you will check out of the hotel for your return journey back.

The quoted package price includes one night accommodation at Jessore, all road journeys by reserved vehicle, local guide, and boat for going with the otter fishing boat to see them in action and meals from lunch on day-01 to breakfast on day-02.




 
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