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Sonargaon (Bengali: সোনারগাঁও; meaning City of Gold) was a historic administrative, commercial and maritime center in Bengal. It was the seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of eastern Bengal. Sonargaon was described by numerous historic travelers, including Ibn Battuta, Ma Huan, Niccolò de’ Conti, and Ralph Fitch as a thriving center of trade and commerce. It was an administrative center of Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah’s sultanate, the Bengal Sultanate and the Kingdom of Bhati.
Early in the 15th century, Isa Khan established the first capital of Bengal in Sonagaon. About that time, the company of the East India Company’s commercial activities and the permanent settlement led to the emergence of European inspiration in the new colonial architecture. So you can find lots of memory and experience about that culture and time what they did.
Being just an hour and a half away from Dhaka city, the place will surely give a taste of old Bengali tradition and splendid architect.
Panam Nagar is an abandoned city of the Hindu merchants, just within 10 minutes walking distance from Sonargaon Folk-Art and Crafts Museum. It is the most attractive tourist’s sport in Sonargaon. Panam Nagar was founder at Sonargaon in the early 19th century during British rule in the sub-continent, as a trading center of cotton fabrics. Hindu merchants built their houses on this city – 52 houses on a single street. Building style of these houses was influenced by European style with the mixture of traditional Bengal style.
When the British left the sub-incontinent dividing it based on religion, Sonargaon fell in the Muslim majority then Pakistan part. During that time there were several religious riots in this area, when these merchants flew to India with their family, leaving their houses to the caretakers with an intention to come back which never happened. These caretakers late claimed these housed as their own with forged papers, form whom Bangladesh Government later acquired the whole city. Panam Nagar is now protected under the archaeological department of Bangladesh.
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In the morning at 8 AM, you will be picked from your house by reserved sedan car. Breakfast will be served on the way to Sonargaon. Then we will start our journey to Sonargaon. It will take 2 or 2:30 hours to go to the Sonargaon Folk-Arts and Crafts Museum. In between we will find the local people and their lifestyle. After reaching there we will roam around the Sonargaon area and the museum.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant with standard Bengali menu. After lunch we will guide you to the Panam Nagar. It is 10 minutes walking distance from the Museum.
In the Panam Nagar, we will roam around the historical sites and building, Our local guide will brief about the story behind this old capital of the Bengali. Hindu merchants built their houses on this city – 52 houses on a single street. Building style of these houses was influenced by European style with the mixture of traditional Bengal style. After the walk, snacks will be served to cheer you up. We will start the journey to Dhaka by 6 PM in the evening. It will take an hour and a half to reach Dhaka and drop off to your home.