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Visiting Rajshahi: An Unforgettable Experience

Visiting Rajshahi: An Unforgettable Experience
15.11.2017

Situated on the bank of the river Padma, Rajshahi is probably the most colorful district of Bangladesh. Anyone who has ever had a bite of its world famous fruits, especially Mangoes & Litchis, will be hypnotized by its amazing taste forever. The place has enough allure to keep you occupied throughout your visit. Here, you’ll find some of the most gorgeous architectural structures of the country. For a convenient and informative tour, hiring a private guide is a must.

Location

Rajshahi is one of the largest divisions of Bangladesh. It shares borders with India on the North and West side. Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh is located on the southeastern side of Rajshahi. It will probably take 6-7 hours bus journey to reach here. You can also choose to go by air. The whole place is bordered by river Padma on the south and Jamuna on the east.

When to visit

The specialty of this place is that, you can visit any time of the year. If you want to grab a bite of the famous fruits of Rajshahi, you’ll have to come in the summer. In order to see the rivers in their full flow, rainy season is the best time. The best time to visit the archeological places would be the winter. So, you have to decide what you want to do. You can also share your thoughts with your tour guide.

Main Attractions of Rajshahi

Throughout the ages, Rajshahi has been ruled by some of the most dominant Zamindars and Nawabs (Emperors). The structures that they created hundreds of years ago, still amazes the tourists who visit Rajshahi. The benefit of hiring a tour guide is that, he/she knows exactly where to find the main attractions of the place. Some of these places are-

Mahasthangarh

According to historians, Mahasthangarh is the remaining of the most ancient civilization in Bangladesh. It has been used as the capital of many past dynasties. Established in the twenty five hundred B.C., it is one of the main tourist attractions of North Bengal due to its archeological importance. The breathtaking, gigantic, fortified & oval shaped structure is located just 18 kilometers north of Bogra district. The ancient ruins cover a total semicircular area of radius of 5 miles. Surrounding the main complex you’ll see many separate hillocks which are locally known as-

  • Gavinda Vita Temple
  • Khodai Pathar Mound
  • Ma Kalir Kunda
  • Parshuramer Bedi
  • Behula’s Bashar etc.

The place holds a special place among people of all religion. A significant number of Hindus pay their homage every year by performing a bathing ritual. Besides, the place also hosts a number of Buddhist temples and Islamic Shrines. If you hire a tour guide, he will show you the hidden gems of Mahasthangarh; the gold ornaments, coins and various artifacts. The Mahasthangarh museum is also very popular among local and foreign tourists.

Paharpur Buddhist Monastery

The Paharhur Monastery is equally important from an archeological point of view. Emperor Dharmapal established this mystical structure back in the seventh century. Being one of the oldest structures in the whole subcontinent, it is very popular among tourists, especially foreign archeologists. It is located just ten kilometers from Jaipur, a district in Rajshahi. The architecture of the monastery is very similar to that of the Buddhist temples of Myanmar (Burma). A museum has been established in Varendra Rajshahi with the antiques collected from the ruins of Paharpur. In the museum you’ll see different Buddhist statues, terracotta work, ornamental bricks and many inscriptions. Your tour guide can help you understand the meaning of these inscriptions.

Kantaji’s Temple

Emperor Ram Nath in the year 1722 built this wonderfully craft temple. Situated just a few kilometers away from Dinajpur district, this delicate piece of architecture is one of the main reasons why tourists visit Rajshahi. This is the most decorated temple of Bangladesh. The precisely crafted brick work and terracotta will easily catch your eyes. The temple has three gorgeous ornate arched entrances in each face. If you go with a tour guide, he can describe you the pictures hanging on the wall and other art works.

Ramshagor Lake

To solve the water crisis of his kingdom, Emperor Ram Nath dug this beautiful lake back in the 17th century. Approximately 1.5 million labors dug this lake during the battle of Palashi. It is probably the largest manmade lake of the country and now a very famous tourist spot. Bangladesh Government has taken further initiative for the beautification of the place.

Choto Shona Mosque (Small Golden Mosque)

The reason behind this strange name is that, it contains fifteen domes on the rooftop gilded with gold. Emperor Alauddin Hossain Shah was the founder of this wonderful work of art. Built in the 16th century, this ancient mosque has rightfully established itself as one of major tourist attractions of the country.

 

 

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