ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES (North Bengal)

Bangladesh is rich in archaeological heritage, especially of the mediaeval period both during the Muslim and pre Muslim rules, though most of it is still unexplored and unknown. In two thousand or more years of its checkered history. The earlier history of Bangladesh reveals that Buddhism received royal patronage from some important dynasties sprang up to at many places in the country.

The main archaeological sites and monument are mentioned here.
Mahasthangarh

The oldest archaeological sites ‘Mohasthan’ means a great place. Mohasthangarh is the oldest archaeological site of Bangladesh, which is situated on the western bank of the karatoa. The spectacular site is an imposing landmark in the region having a fortified area and its ancient ruins spread out within a semi circle of about 8km. Redious. Several isolated mounds, the local names of which are Govinda Bhita Temple, Khodai Pathar Mound, Mankalir kunda, Parsuramer Bedi, Jiyat Kundu etc. sorround the fotified city. This 3rd century B.C.

Paharpur

By for the most spectacular Buddhist monuments discovered in regular excavation in the gigantic temple and monastery at Paharpur. Architecturally and historically Paharpur Vihara is a treasured heritage of the world. It has been identified from a set of inscribed clay seals, as the reputed Somapura Vihara, of the great Pala Emperor Dharmapala. It is the biggest Vihara south of the Himalayas. This immense quadrangular Monastery with 177 Monastic cells enclosing votive stupas, minor chapels and extensive ancillary building within the 22-acre courtyard, is dominated by a lofty pyramidal temple in the centre. A site Museum houses the representative collection of objects recovered from the area.

 

Kantaji Temple

This temple was build in 1752 by Maharaja Pran Nath of Dinajpur.the temple, a 50 square three storied edifice, rests on a slightly curved raised plinth of sandstone blocks, believed to have been quarried from the ruins of the ancient city of Bangarh near Gangarampur is west Bengal from where the now stolen Radha-Krishna idols are said to have been brought. It was originally a navaratna temple, crowned with four richly ornamental corner towers on two stories’ and central one over the third storey, unfortunately these ornate towers collapsed during an earthquake at the end of the 19th century. Every inch of the temple surface is beautifully embellished with exquisite terracotta plaques, representing flora, fauna, geometric motifs, Mythological scenes and an astonishing array of contemporary social scenes and favorite pastime. The Maharaja’s palace with relics of the past centuries and local Museum are worth of a visit.

Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights
Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Dhaka Airport of 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 02: 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 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 abnd gardens. (We may organize a river cruise in the great expanse of Meghna River by a country boat, which will be very much exciting). Lunch at wayside restaurant. After lunch drive to Mainamoti- Lalmai ridge (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 overnight at hotel.

Day 03: 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 04: After breakfast drive to Kantajir Mandir (1752 AD) to visit the most ornament 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 enroot 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 the monastery + the Citadel and the rich archaeological museum you will proceed to Rajshahi for overnight stay.

Day 05: 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 & 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 06: After breakfast free time at your own. Transfer to Dhaka airport for onward destination.