The once majestic paddle steamers are now pale with their future looking rather bleak. More modern mode of transports rule the rivers of Bangladesh now but these boats can be salvaged as tourists still love to ride them.
“While travelling in Bangladesh, almost every foreign tourist includes a paddle steamer trip in their itinerary. We are struggling to meet the demand,”
After nearly 100 years of plying the rivers of Bangladesh, the glory days of the last four romantic “rocket” paddle-wheel boats appear numbered. Their worn-out engines and paddles are failing, while competition from faster modes of transport lures away their customers.The “steamers” — now diesel-powered — still have strong points and fans. “Rocket steamer is one of the finest ways to travel through the riverine Bangladesh”, BIWTC inherited seven steamers.Today, four — the PS Ostrich, PS Mahsud, PS Lepcha and PS Tern — operate on the Dhaka, Barisal and Morelganj routes. Two were built in 1929 while the others in 1938 and 1950. The other three the Gazi, Teal and Kiwi — met their demise in the late ’90s, when fire raced through them while docked for repair work.
Still, the rocket steamers manage four trips to Morelganj. The Ostrich and Lepcha can carry up to 850 passengers; the other two up to 600.Many top travel guides, including Lonely Planet, recommend a paddle steamer trip while in Bangladesh, and they have been featured on the BBC, CNN and other news services.
Cruises Rocket (Paddle Steamer in Bangladesh), Overnight cruises towards 60 dome mosque at Bagerhat (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Day – 01: Dhaka to Hularhat by Paddle wheel steamer
In the afternoon (16:00 hrs), we start journey to Sadarghat steamer port. After arrival at Sadarghat accommodate the Rocket steamer & start cruise at 18:30 hrs. The famous paddle wheel steamer (now converted from steam to marine diesel engine) on ward to Hularhat under Bagerhat. Night pass in the 1st class AC cabin on the boat. Overnight at Rocket steamer.
Day – 02: By Paddle wheel steamer cruise to Hularhat
After cruise Rocket will arrive 9 am at Hularhat. Drive to Bagerhat by AC car to visit the historical sixty domes Mosque in Bagerhat and The world heritage site along with other historical places of nearby areas. Transfer back to Hularhat by Car. From Hularhat Rocket will start 2pm for Dhaka. Overnight at Rocket Paddle steamer by first class cabin.
Day – 03: Early in the morning Rocket will arrive in Dhaka Sadarghat
Price depend on Group size:
- Return Rocket 1stclass cabin.
- Reserved Car, entry fee.
- Experienced tour guide.
- Food, Personal expense & Tips.