Rejser til Bangladesh

Bangladesh bliver alt for ofte overskygget af sine mere glamourøse naboer, Landet repræsenterer i sandhed et uopdaget hjørne af Asien – et land som kun overraskende få rejsende besøger. Bangladesh er fuld af lækkerier for den rejselystne.

Der er alt fra vilde dyr som tigrene i den storslåede Sundarbans National Park, mødet med stammeledere i landsbyerne, her findes en af de bedste flodrejser, man kan ønske sig og som Asien har at byde på, og du kan opleve de frodige teplantager i bjergene.

Du må endelig heller ikke gå glip af det glade kaos i Dhaka – det er et eventyr i sig selv! Alene i Dhaka findes der 400.000 rickshaws. Nogle af dem er kunstnerisk dekorerede både udvendig og indvendig, så der er rig mulighed for at læne sig tilbage og lade indtrykkene komme til dig.

Bangladesh er ikke alles idé om, hvad et rejsemål er, men det er lige præcis derfor, det er så meget mere oplagt at tage dertil. Du vil falde pladask for dette fantastiske land, hvor den storslåede natur og betagende kultur ikke er til at komme udenom.

Grupperejse 1 ► På opdagelse i Bangladesh

Generel information om grupperejser i Bangladesh

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Bangladesh foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Bangladesh.

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Trip Summary

Dwarfed by its enormous neighbour, Bangladesh is an exciting nation where the food is fantastic and the welcome always warm. On this small group tour, we explore the delights of this charming country on a two week trip, starting in the bustling capital Dhaka – a great snapshot of Bangladeshi life. We take a leisurely trip through timeless landscapes and explore the magnificent Sundarbans National Park, home to tigers, monkeys and crocodiles, entering into the primeval and mystical world of the mangrove forests. Our group will also visit tea estates and delve into tribal culture at Srimangal, explore the unique landscapes of the chars, and discover a wealth of stunning temples, shrines and monuments around Rajshahi. But without a doubt, your overwhelming memory will be of the hospitality of the local people themselves, pleased that you have come to visit and eager to show you their culture. Bangladesh is too often ignored, but those who visit come away enchanted with this vibrant and beautiful country.

Fitness** | Adventure**** | Culture***** | History**** | Wildlife***

Day 1 – Dhaka

On arrival in Dhaka, transfer to the hotel. Time permitting, explore Dhaka and get to grips with this vibrant city. Overnight Rosewood Hotel or similar.

To some, Bangladesh’s capital is overwhelming. For others it is exhilarating. No-one can deny that Dhaka leaves an indelible impression on you. A chaotic mass of humanity, Dhaka is Bangladesh’s most vibrant city and with a population of around 15 million, one of the largest in South Asia. Formerly ruled by the Moghuls and known as Jahangir Nagar, Dhaka is packed full of caravanserais, forts, palaces, mosques and churches, all bearing witness to the many cultures that have left their mark on the city. The Buriganga River runs through the city, a great place for observing the many faces of Dhaka and getting a feel for life in the world’s most densely populated city. With its colourful thriving markets, its fascinating monuments, its numerous rickshaws and most of all its engaging people, Dhaka is an experience not to be missed.

Day 2 – Dhamrai

Today we visit Dhamrai (40km), a small market town once famous for its fine pottery, brass casting and other traditional arts. Some are still being practiced today. We’ll be hosted by a family that has been casting brass for over 200 years. This afternoon we have a Dhaka city sightseeing tour. Places of interest include the Ahsan Manzil (the pink palace), Shakari Bazar (Hindu street), Dhakeshwari Temple, Armenian church and the Star Mosque. Overnight Rosewood Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 3 – Dhaka - Bogra

Early this morning we travel to Bogra district (210km), enjoying the rural countryside & stopping en route at anything of interest that we may see. On arrival in the afternoon, we will visit Mahastangarh, the world heritage site and famous Buddhist monastery dating back to the 3rd century BC. Overnight at Hotel Naz Garden or similar (BL)

Day 4 – The Chars of the Jamuna River

After breakfast we will drive to Sariakandi (45km) to visit the Chars of the Jamuna river. We take a boat along the Jamuna river and see how river erosion and flooding affect the lives of local people. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Bogra. Overnight at Hotel Naz Garden or similar (BL)

The Chars
Chars are sand islands found in a number of the main rivers of Bangladesh, home to remote communities that live very much outside of the mainstream. Only accessible by boat they have rudimentary facilities, lacking basic services such as electricity, and they are very vulnerable to flooding during the rainy seasons, something exacerbated by climate change. The chars throughout the country are home to over half a million people who eke out a living on the sands, creating tiny farms for themselves by virtue of the silt brought down the rivers from the Himalayas. These are one of the most fascinating environments in Bangladesh and will be one of the most memorable parts of your trip.

Day 5 – Paharpur

Today we will drive to Paharpur to visit this famous Buddhist world heritage site. This is the most impressive archaeological site in Bangladesh and it dates from the 8th century AD. Later in the day we will visit the Hindu Terracotta temples in Overnight at Hotel Nice or similar, Rajshahi (120km) (BL)

The enormous complex of Paharpur was constructed by the Pala ruler Dharmapala in the 8th century, built in the middle of what was once jungle. The main site is the huge monastery of Somapura, consisting of a number terraces, plinths and staircases centred around a huge shrine, although now only the lower part remains. What is left seems almost organic, with grass growing over ancient brickwork and the temple seemingly being reclaimed by the earth. The temple itself is in the shape of a cross and stands 22 metres high, hinting at previous glory and an impressive site. Many walls are covered in elaborate terracotta plaques depicting scenes of everyday life 1200 years ago. Covering 22 acres in size, Paharpur is without a doubt the finest set of archaeological remains in the country.

Day 6 – Khulna - Mongla

Early morning train journey to Khulna (approx. 6hrs). Arrive Khulna in the afternoon and then transfer to Mongla to embark on the Sundarban cruise boat. Enjoy the riverside life of Bangladesh. Overnight onboard. (BLD)

Day 7 – Sundarbans

Spend a full day exploring the Sundarbans by boat. This is the planet’s largest mangrove forest, the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and many other mammals and birds. You cruise both the larger rivers and are able to enter smaller canals for maximum opportunities to see wildlife. You will also be able to go ashore to walk through and experience the forest first-hand. Overnight onboard. (BLD)

The Sundarbans are spread across Bangladesh and India, with the majority being in Bangladesh. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, it is one of the most important habitats for wildlife on the India subcontinent, with a wide variety of species being represented here. It also acts as a flood barrier for inland towns and villages when cyclones hit the coast. Two different ecosystems are represented here, freshwater swamp forest and mangrove forest, prowled by tigers in search of deer and other prey. The Sundarbans is home to the highest density of tigers in the world, with an estimated 500 individuals stalking through the trees, although it is difficult to see them. Local villagers are however often less lucky – man-eating tigers are well known here and many villagers have taken to wearing masks on the back of their heads to give the impression of eyes, as it is said that tigers are less likely to approach their prey head on. Even without seeing tigers, the sheer pristine beauty of the Sundarbans, and the numerous other wildlife to be seen here, make this a very special experience.

Day 8 – Sundarbans & Khulna

A morning in the Sundarbans and in the afternoon we proceed north to the Pashur river and arrive at Mongla/Khulna in the late afternoon. After dinner we disembark our boat and overnight at the City Inn, Khulna (BLD)

Day 9 – Dhaka - Sylhet

Drive to Jessore (65km) and fly back to Dhaka. From here we travel to Sylhet (250km), in the north east of the country, stopping en route at anything of interest that we may see. Overnight Hotel Metro International or similar. (BL)

Day 10 – Jaflong

Today drive to Jaflong (60km), one of the most scenic areas in Bangladesh, close to the Indian border. Here we can see how the local people are collecting stone, with great opportunities to see a different side of Bangladeshi life and superb chances for photography. Visit the village across the river to meet Khasia tribal people and see their daily lifestyle. Return to Sylhet and visit the shrine of the great saint Hazrat Shah Jalal. Overnight Hotel Metro International or similar. (BL)

Days 11-12 – Srimongal

A morning drive to Srimongal (100km). We spend two days exploring the area around Srimongal, perhaps the most beautiful region of the country. We hike in the Lowacherra Forest Reserve, with its numerous species of birds and primates including the extremely rare Hoolock gibbon, which we hope to spot. We also take a boat trip in the Hail Haor wetland sanctuary, locally renowned for its waterbirds. Other visits include the charming tea plantations and villages of the Monipuri tribal people for an insight into their daily lives. Overnight at Nishorgo Eco Resort or similar. (BL)

Please note that the walk in the Lowacherra Forest Reserve requires strong sturdy walking shoes/boots and it is advisable to also wear long socks and long trousers for this walk.

Day 13 – Dhaka

Return to Dhaka (175km). After arrival visit the National Assembly Building of the Bangladesh Parliament, time and traffic permitting. Overnight Rosewood Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 14 – Dhaka

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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