Duration: 06 Nights 07 Days Tariff: USD 1268 – 1678 (Min 2 pax) Location: Dhaka-Sonargaon-Sylhet-Srimangal-Manipuri Raas Leela Attraction: Sylhet & Srimangal Best time to travel: Round the years
The Manipuri communities living in Madhabpur and Adampur under Kamalganj upazila of Maulvibazar district celebrated their major religious and cultural festival ‘Maha Ras Leela’ on November 13. Celebrations were held at Manipuri Jora Mandaps in Madhabpur and the Sanatagore Mandap in Adampur.The Bisnhupriya manipuris celebrated ‘Ras Leela’ at the Madhabpur Jora Mandap and the Meiteis arranged their programme at Sanatagore Mandap, Adampur.
Manipuris have been celebrating this event on the ‘Purnima Tithi’ (full moon) of the Bangla month Kartik every year. This was the 166th celebration of ‘Maha Ras Leela.’
The celebration included “Rakhal Nritya” (the dance of Sri Krishna with the gopals), “Ras Leela” (dance of Sri Krishna, Radha & the gopis), “Pala Kirtan,” discussion on ‘Ras Leela’ and other Manipuri traditions. The programme started from 11 am on Thursday and ended yesterday morning.
‘Ras-Mela’ (fairs) were also held at the two festival venues. The range of products included Manipuri handicrafts, household items, toys and such. Thousands of people irrespective of caste and creed from different areas of the country attended the festival.
Welcome to Bangladesh – a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will received at the airport and proceed to your designated hotel for stay overnight.
After breakfast drive to Sonargaon (29 km) the ancient capital of golden Bangal Where the world famous and finest “Muslin” was produced. The city was under Turkish sultanate during 1280 AD. The main attractions of Sonargaon of today the Panam deed city, Goaldi mosque of Sultanate period & the attractive and rich folk art museum (Wed & Thursday closed) with the panoramic lake and gardens. Continue drive to Sylhet (317 KM) the road journey to Sylhet passing through the Asian highway will be comfortable and attractive with wonderful natural view of countryside, village markets and crossing several long concrete bridges over the wide rivers. Upon arrival, sylhet transfer to hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing nearby Tea garden or Free option to pass leisure at the your onw and stay overnight.
After breakfast drive to Jaflong (60 KM). Enjoy the beauty of Jaflong and see the activities there the whole day. Lunch at a local restaurant at Jaflong. Return to the hotel in the evening. Stay overnight at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Madhabkunda waterfalls. This is approximately a 2 hours journey (80 KM) from Sylhet. Visit Madhabkunda waterfalls, which is the most famous tourist destination among locals in Sylhet division. Lunch at a local restaurant at Madhabkunda. After lunch start for Srimangal. Upon arrival at Srimangal, check into hotel fresh-up and go for visiting beautiful tea garden. Stay overnight at Srimangal.
Note: This is an exciting eco- tour program to visit the world’s largest and panoramic tea garden of Srimangal (the land of two leaves and a bud) and the most fascinating Lawachara rain forest dotted for rich bio diversification. The attractive tribal villages of MonipuriKhashia and Tripura with their own cultural habitats have got the special flavor for the traveller.
Early Morning explore the Lawachara rain forest, a reserved forest for conservation of wildlife. In this beautiful rain forest you can walk through the majestic standing trees which are unexploited for centuries. One can easily find out wild animals like –Caped Langurs, Slow Loris, Yellow Throated Martin, Hillock Gibbons, Asian Black bear, Rock Python and many beautiful birds like –Oriole, Barbet, Hornbill, Hilly Moyna, etc. Hillock gibbon is one seriously endangered higher primate that lives in this forest. Enthusiastic Travelers have got the opportunity to undertake long walk through the forest’s trail for few kilometers leading to a Khasia Punjee at the outskirts of the forest. Visit the Khasia tribes and take a deep look at their lifestyle by exploring interior tribal village inside the forest. Afternoon drive to Madhobpur Lake surrounded by terraced Tea gardens, Rubber garden, Tea plantation (if it is in operation) and Monipuri tribal villages & their lifestyle. Evening enjoy the 7 color tea, a secret tea recipe. Stay overnight at Srimangal.
Srimangal – Dhaka
After breakfast return back to Dhaka and transfer to Hotel/ Residence. After lunch half day sightseeing :Visit the wonderful historical & Majestic Pink Palace (AhsanManjil) – the palace of Muslim Nawab, (Thursday & first half of Friday closed) , Central ShahidMinar – the symbol of sacrifice for mother language, historical Curzon Hall of Dhaka University. A short drive to Shahbag to visit National Museum (Thursday & first half of Friday closed) with rich and rare collections, National Mosque of BaitulMukorrom, Evening free for shopping. Transfer to Hotel for stay overnight.
After an interesting journey into the heritage sites and lifestyle of Bangladesh, we bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport for you flight for next destination.