Full Day Tour At Sonargoan (Old Capital)

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Gulshan
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Panam Nagar, Sonargoan
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Gulshan

Highlights

  • Ruined merchant city – Panam Nagar.
  • 15th century Goaldi Mosque.
  • Folk-arts and crafts museum.
  • Boat ride on mighty river Meghna.
  • Jamdani Sari weaving village

Visit Sonargaon, the ancient capital of Bangladesh which flourished as the region’s major inland port and center of commerce during the pre-Muslim period and explore what remains from this long-ago time. Explore the now-abandoned city of Panam Nagar, a former trading center founded in the early 19th-century city during British rule. Stroll along with crumbling colonial-style houses once occupied by rich Hindu merchants. Nearby, in the Fork Arts and Crafts Museum, you will see examples of the skills of the artists and artisans of Bangladesh, admire the building’s eye-catching architecture, and enjoy the quiet calm of the surrounding gardens and ponds. Visiting Goaldi Mosque will take you back to the Sultanate period in Bengal.

Itinerary

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08.00 – 09.30 AM: Pick-up and start the tour

Due to the heavy traffic on the road on a working day, we will start our journey pretty early. At the weekend we generally start at 9 am in the morning. A guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby/residence, pick you up, and start driving immediately toward Sonargaon which is located 50 km away from Dhaka.

09.30 – 09.45 AM Traditional Jamdani sari weaving village

On the way to Sonargoan just after passing Demra a short visit at Nowapar Village, where the Magic fingers are weaving Traditional Jamdani sari at jamdani Sari.

09.45 – 10.00 AM Visiting one of the medieval monuments, Goaldi Mosque.

The elegant and good sample of pre-Mughal architecture, single-domed Goaldi Mosque is the most fascinating of the few surviving monuments of the old capital city.  It was built in the early 16th century, during the supremacy of Husain Shah located at Goaldi which is just half a mile northeast of Panam village in Sonargaon. 

10.00 – 11.00 AM: Folk Arts and Crafts Musium visit

Visit Sadar Bari – a beautiful rajbari (palace) built-in 1901 and the Folk Arts and Crafts Museum which is full of folk arts and handicrafts from the 17th century. After a walk for 3 mins onwards the adjacent new museum building of folk arts.

11.15 – 12.00 PM: Historical lost city, Panam Nagar.

Visit the ruined city Panam Nagar. Constructed between end of 18th century and beginning of the 19th century, this tiny settlement consists of a sole street, lined with a number of 50 mansions built by wealthy Hindu traders, unrestrained during the divider between India and Pakistan when the landowners fled to India. This is a highlight of Bangladesh Old Capital Tour.

12.05 – 12.20 PM: Rishipara Bamboo School

Visit a primary school for the disadvantaged students is from mainly Hindu society. With a space situated in nature, the Rishipara Mandir School was considered like an old-style outdoor school in the Bengal region.  By using local artisan’s craftsmanship, traditional and modern forms of intermediary and indigenous skills have been reflected in this construction. Bamboo has been used to bring back the genuine environmentally-friendly techniques of construction.

12.30 – 01.15 PM: Lunch break, Local authentic food experience.

 Lunch at a local restaurant to experience traditional Bangladeshi food. 

01.30 – 03.30 PM: Boat ride and visit a temporary river island

Visit a char (small river island) in mighty river Meghna by country boat to see traditional life of farmers in Bangladesh, and drive toward Dhaka

04..30 – 05.30 PM: Return to Dhaka

 Drop at the hotel/residence. End of Bangladesh Old Capital tour.

What's included

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Whats included

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.

All rickshaw and boat rides.

Whats not Included?

Meals, Personal expenses, gratuities, activities not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

 

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Special Notes

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Opening and Closing time

Sonargaon Folk-arts and Crafts Museum is closed at Wednesdays & Thursdays. Other sites are open 7 days a week.

Pick-up time

As there would be less traffic on the streets during these days pick-up time will be 9.00 am during Fridays, Saturdays, and other govt. holidays, For hotels in southern part of Dhaka city, pickup time will always be at 9.20 am.

Taking pictures

In general, people like to be in the frame of foreigners even sometimes feel very proud to be captured and give a willing pose in front of the camera which you will not find anywhere in the world. However, it is better to take permission before taking any pictures especially of any young girls, soldiers and tribal people. 

No Advance payment Required

No advance payment 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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Price

Group Size BDT price per person USD price per person
1 11000 $130
2 6000 $70
3 5000 $60
5 4600 $55

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