Brass and Pottery Village Tour
In this full-day tour, we will venture to the outskirts of Dhaka to visit Kakran pottery village and Dhamrai brass artisans area, and National Martyrs Monument. Although the use of clay pots has been declining, in Kakran, you can still observe skilled artisans are engaged making pottery – a trade that continuing since many generations. In Dhamrai, you also will have the opportunity to see the ways of producing brass utensils and religious objects created using the traditional lost wax method.
You will observe the colorful Hindu festival ‘RATH JATRA’ takes place during the Bengali month of Ashar (June-July). Similar to a Roman chariot, the large ‘Rath’, can be seen all through the year. On the way back to Dhaka, we will stop off at the National Martyrs Memorial, erected in memory of those who died in the Bangladesh Liberation War which brought independence from Pakistan in 1971.
08.00 – 08.00 AM: Pick up from you place (Hotel/Residence)
Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby/residence or from your nominated place to pick you up, and will start driving toward Dhamrai (40km) immediately.
10.00 – 10.00 AM: Jahangirnagar University, Home of migratory bird.
On the way to Savar, we will first visit Jahangirnagar University and its lake where you might have a chance to visit different species of migratory birds if you travel in the winter. But in the summer also it has a lot to offer magnificent landscapes and student dormitories buildings, singe of modern architecture.
10.00 – 10.00 AM: Martyrs Memorial, singe of fascinating architecture .
Visit National Martyrs Memorial in Savar (35 km from Dhaka) which was built to commemorate the martyrs in the liberation war in 1971. To discover the real structure of this memorial you need to see it from the backside as the view you get from the front side is different from the back.
10.00 – 10.00 AM: Boat ride from Nayarhat
Reach Nayarhat Bazar. Leave the car, and take a 30-minute boat ride to the pottery village Kakran. This beautiful 30 to 35 mins boat ride will give you a small glimpse of the impact of the river on the daily life of the people who reside on the river bank.
10.30 – 11.30 AM: Walking through pottery village and try to do some pottery stuff for fun.
See life and works at pottery village where people making potteries from many of their generations, who are known as Kumar (potter). The trade of making pottery with clay is dying, so they live in poor conditions. More and more potters are leaving their family trade now a day. It will be nice if you bring some chocolate to distribute among the children in the village. They will be extremely happy.
12.00 – 01.30 PM: Lunch break, Authentic local food.
Back to Nayarhat Bazar by boat. Drive toward Nabinagar. Lunch at a local restaurant in Nabinagar (local food).
02– 03.00 PM: Learn the technique of lost-wax method of Brass artisans.
In the nearby place Dhamrai, famous for its brass artisans, you can observe the making of various traditional utensils and religious objects and amazing crockeries with bronze in the lost-wax technique. This is the best place to buy some souvenirs made of brass. They make astounding little things here perfect for souvenirs.
4.30 – 05.30 PM: End of the tour and drop at your place
Drop at your hotel/residence, and say goodbye. End of the tour.
Air-conditioned car and driver.
English speaking guide.
All site entrance tickets.
Lunch on a local restaurant (authentic local food).
One bottle of drinking water.
Boat Ride at Nayarhat.
All tips except our guide and driver.
Curious Village children
Sometimes poor children at Kakran will be always around you for candy while visiting the pottery village. Carrying some candies (as much as possible) for kids will be fun and also charity work.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant which will be the biryani or khichuri subject to availability. As that place is outskirt of Dhaka city there might not be so much of good restaurant. In the afternoon you will be offered some light snacks.
No Advance payment Required
No advance payment is required to confirm the booking if you are already in Bangladesh. But we request you if in any case you want to cancel the booking please call us soonest possible time.
What to ware ?
As Bangladesh is a majority Muslim country and has a conservative attitude toward dress. In this regard, a modest dress is always welcomed. In the metropolitan cities western dress will not be any problem but in the rural area better to be a bit modestly dressed to receive respect from the locals.
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