Rajshahi division is in the mid western corner of Bangladesh. The famous river Padma borders Rajshahi division on the south and another famous river, Jamuna, lies across the eastern border. In the West, Rajshahi division shares a border with India.
This division has an area of 18,174.4 km² and a population at the 2011 Census of 18,329,000 (preliminary figures). Rajshahi Division consists of 8 districts, 70 Upazilas (the next lower administrative tier) and 1,092 Unions (the lowest administrative tier). This division is characterized by its cheap labour force. It has an excellent rail and road communication infrastructure. The divisional capital of Rajshahi is only six-seven hours road journey away from Dhaka, the capital city.
Altadighi National Park:
Location: 23.8 km west of Joypurhat town
Area: 264 ha.
Attraction: Folks of migratory waterflows in winter, Santal village, Remants of jagdal Buddihist Monastery nearby.
Habitat, Flora & Fauna Habitat, Flora & Fauna: Waterflow, flycatchers, warblers and common resident birds. Mammals include Golden Jackel and small Asian Mongoos. Sal is the main tree here, but a range of plants including Bamboo, Bet, Murta, Amla, Blackberry and Banyan have been planted.
Description:A historical water body, natural Sal forest, santal villages, views of the Indian border and the nearby archaeological site at jagdal all made Altadighi National Park a beautiful place to visit.
Location: Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi.
Attraction: Ancient architecture, fifteen domes
Description: One of the most graceful monument of the Sultanate period is the Chhota Sona Masjid or Small Golden Mosque at Gaur in Chapainawabganj Rajshahi built by one Wali Muhammad during the reign of Sultan Alauddin Husain Shah (1493-1519). Originally it was roofed over with 15 gold-gilded domes including the 3 Chauchala domes in the middle row, from which it derives its curious name.he mosque was built during the reign of SultanHussain Shah between 1493 and 1519. The fifteen domes of the mosque were once gilded, giving the mosque the name of Choto Shona Masjid (Small Golden Mosque). The mosque is one of the best-preserved, sultana monuments under protection by the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Governments of Bangladesh. The gilding that gave the building its name does not exist anymore. The mosque premise, which covers an area of 42 m from east to west by 43.5 m from north to south, was originally surrounded by an outer wall (now restored) with a gateway in the middle of the east side.
VARENDRA : THE ANCIENT LAND
Location: Rajshahi division
Description: Varendra now known as Rajshahi division is the North-western part of our country. ...Located on the eastern strip ofland between the Ganges and the Mahananda rivers, has few ... has actively searched and researched history of theancient Varendra Civilization.
Rajshahi division is the North-western part of our country. This division is completely separated by Ganges - Brahmaputra Rivers from the rest of the country. With an area of 34,513 square kilometer, it is bounded by West Bengal of India on the north, Khulna and Dhaka divisions on the south, Assam and Meghalaya state of India and Dhaka division on the east and West Bengal of India on the west.
Total population of 29,992,955 is divided into male 50.80% and female 49.20%. Muslim 86.84%; Hindu 11.09%, Christian 1.17%, Buddhist 0.23% and others 0.67%.
Rajshahi division is famous for its Mango and Rice production. It also produces Wheat, sugarcane, oil seed, onion, garlic, potato, banana, betel leaf, mulberry plant, jackfruit, litchi, berry, coconut, and papaya. Numerous archaeological sites in the division made it an attractive destination for tourists.
This division is suitable for Archaeology tour, Agriculture tour, Photography Tour, Fruit Tour, Fishing Tour, Culture Tour, and Monsoon Tour.
Rajshahi is accessible by road, Air and Train. Around 280 km away from capital Dhaka. Kansat, gomstapur and rohonpurare old city of chapai nawabganj at Rajsahi. Rohonpur is a important rail corridor of chapai nawabganj district.
Location: Bagha, about 25 miles southeast of Rajshahi town
Attraction: Architectural site
Description: Bagha Mosque is located at Bagha, 25 miles southeast of Rajshahi in Bangladesh. It is a great historical place in Bangladesh. It has wonderful architectural style.
The mosque was built on the western bank of a fairly large tank within a brick-walled compound, 48.77m square. It is very famous to all. Everyday many visitor come here.
Bagha Mosque was Built by Sultan Nusrat Shah in 1523 A.D. Bagha Mosque is a richly decorated monument originally roofed over with 10 domes which collapsed long ago. But recently this Mosque rebuilt carefully to their original form. From Rajshahi you can go there easily by any motorized vehicle.
CHAPAINAWABGANJ: THE MANGO VALLEY
Location: Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi.
Attraction: Mango orchards
Description: Mango trees in Rajshahi are budding in abundance giving an eye soothing sight to behold and outlook of a good harvest of the summer fruit this season, much to the pleasure of the growers. The mango prospect seems good in the coming season in greater Rajshahi district despite bitter cold, fog and inclement weather, informed officials of Mango Research Centres ( Regional Horticulture Research Centre) in Chapainawabganj and in Rajshahi.
Agro-based economy of the region has become vibrant by dint of the intensified mango trading everywhere in Rajshahi and Chapainawabgonj districts at present.
Besides the market, hat and other growth centre ones, the mango- based trade and business has changed the rural economic scenario of the region as a whole.
At present, if any one visits wherever and whenever in the two districts he or she will see mango and its vending and many people and the visitors in particular purchasing the delicious fruit whatever the price is.
According to the sources concerned, transaction worth around Taka two crore is being done in Baneshwar of Rajshahi and Kansat of Chapainawabgon, two major mango-trading hubs of the region, everyday.
Besides, huge other mangoes are being sold in other numerous wholesale and retail markets escalating the transaction of the commercial banks in the region.
Like the previous years, people from across the country rush to Rajshahi city and its outskirts especially the two mango-trading hubs to buy quality juicy mangoes.
Brisk business of some king varieties of mango like Gopalbhog, Langra, Khirsapat, Mohanbhog are going on amid high price ranging between Taka 2000 to 2400 per maund in the wholesale markets at present and there is no opportunity of declining the market price in the days ahead.
Seasonal jobs of around 50,000 people were created in the mango- business related multidimensional activities from harvesting to final sale besides carrying, basket-making, packaging and segregation.
Location: Near the Rajshahi University
Attraction: Ancient Archeology
Description: The Varendra Museum, which is managed and located near the Rajshahi University, was established in 1910 as the Varendra Investigation Society, but changed its name in 1919. Rajshahi University took control of the museum in 1964. Over its years of existence, the museum has not only amassed a wonderful collection of cultural and historical items, but has evolved into a brilliant research museum as well.
The Varendra Museum is divided into seven galleries, which focuses on different cultural periods and religious artifacts. In the first gallery, visitors will find ancient scripts on display, breathtaking items from the Indus Valley Civilization and collections from Sompur. In the galleries two to five, there are a variety of sculptures that include Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, wooden sculptures and sculptures depicting different goddesses and gods from the Hindu religion. The Muslim period is represented through sculptured stones in the sixth gallery, where stone inscriptions in Persian, Bangla, Arabic and Sanskrit can also be found. The culture and tribes of the Rajshahi region can be explored in the last and most recently added, gallery in the museum. More than twenty two thousand books form the library collection and the library is also home to approximately six thousand manuscripts. The Varendra Museum, at the Rajshahi University, is a lasting monument and tribute to the Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu religions, though its dedication, research and protection of the collections that represents the past of Bangladesh and the people that have lived here for centuries.
Location: About 10 km from Bogra town
Attraction: Historical place, Archeological attractions
Description: Mohastan Garh is really an interesting & historical place in Bangladesh. It has the relics of the ancient culture, Mazar, old buildings etc. There runs the river Karotoa nearby. So, it offers very charming sceneries together with the murmuring sound of the Karotoa. There is the Mazar Sharif of Balki Sultan who dedicated his life to the cause of Islam. It was during the reign of king Parsuram. The Sultan came from ‘Balkan’ to preach Islam. It was the order of Allah. He gradually won the heart of the people & defeated Parsuram. Now, the Mazar Sharif is visited by thousands of Muslims everyday. There are ‘Zeut Kunda’ & ‘the Museum’ in Mohastan Garh. When the soldiers of Parsuram had been killed in the battle field, the king took water from the pucka well & used to give it on the body of the dead soldiers. As a result, they got back their lives again. So, it was named ‘Zeut Kunda’. Now, there is no wonderful magic power of that so called ‘Zeut Kunda’. There the Museum behind a beautiful flower garden is a soundless evidence of historical & archaeological signs of Mohastan Garh. At Mohastan Garh, the other historical places are the Bridal chamber of Behula & Laxmindar, the Seladevir Ghat & the burial place of the chief disciple of Balkan Sultan.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. I believe that tourists must feel delighted to see the historical places & sceneries at Mohastan Garh & I hope that the memory of this traveling will last for long.
Location: Badalgachhi Upazila, Naogaon
Attraction: Archaeological site, Buddhist Monastery
Description: Somapura Mahavihara in Paharpur, Badalgachhi Upazila, Naogaon District, Bangladesh (25°1'51.83"N, 88°58'37.15"E) is among the best known Buddhist viharas in the Indian Subcontinent and is one of the most important archeological sites in the country. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Paharpur is a small village 5 Km. west of jamalganj railway station in the greater Rajshahi district where the remains of the most important and the largest known monastery south of the Himalayes has been excavated. This 8th century A.D. archaeological find covers approximately an area of 27 acres of land.
Attraction: Archaeological site, Buddhist Monastery
Description: Jagaddala Vihara During the four centuries of prosperous rule of the a Buddhist monastery situated in Naogaon. Pala rulers, numerous Buddhist monasteries, temples and stupas were erected by various kings throughout their vast empire. dharmapala, for example, is believed to have raised no less than 50 such self-contained massive religious cum-educational institutions. Among them most prominent are the gigantic vikramashila mahavihara in Magadha; Vikramapuri Vihara at vikramapura; somapura mahavihara and Jagaddala Mahavihara in varendra. Little is known about Jagaddala compared with the other mahaviharas of the era. For many years, its site was could not be ascertained. AKM Zakaria inspected five likely locations, all called Jagdal or Jagadal, in the Rajshahi-Malda region: in Panchagarh; in Haripur Upazila of Thakurgaon; in Bochaganj Upazila in Dinajpur; in Dhamoirhat Upazila of Naogaon; Bamangola Upazila of Malda, India. Of these, significant ancient ruins were present only near the Jagdal in Naogaon district. Excavations under the aegis of Unesco over the past decade have established the site as a Buddhist monastery.
Location: Vilasbadi Union of badalgachhi upazila, Naogaon
Attraction: Archaeological site, Buddhist Monastery
Description: Halud Vihara located between the Tulshiganga and Jamuna rivers in Vilasbadi Union of badalgachhi upazila, fifteen km south of paharpur Buddhist Monastery, fifty km northwest of mahasthan, and eighteen km north of Naogaon town. There are many scattered ancient mounds at Halud Vihara village. These remains occupy a large area, but they have been considerably encroached and destroyed by local people. This entire village, also locally known as Dvipganj, is profusely littered with old bricks, potsherds and other cultural debris. These old mounds and the name of the village suggest that there are remains of a flourishing ancient Buddhist settlement.
Location: About 70 km from Naogaon city.
Description: Arjunpur Road at ch. 1100-1500m under Patnitola upazila, Naogaon. This is a panoramic view. Land view of debar dighi is amazing. There is a piller middle in debar dighi.
Description: It is situated at the village Kusumba at Manda upazila under Naogaon district and located on the western side of Rajshahi-Naogaon high road. This mosque is just 50 km away from Naogaon city. This mosque is one of the best preserved ancient monuments of Bangladesh. According to an inscription it was erected by a patron Sulayman in 1558 during the reign of Ghiyath al-Din Bahadur Shah. In front of the mosque there is a Dighi (large pond) which catered mainly for the need of the ablution for the Musallis. Brick and stone are used for its construction. It measures internally 12.34m by 8.07m with a wall thickness of 1.82m. A row of two stone pillars divides the interior of the mosque into two aisles and three bays which correspond to the arched doorways on the south, east and north respectively. There are threemihrabs in the qiblah wall. It has four octagonal corner towers of each corner. In the north-west corner of the prayer hall is a raised stone gallery which is called Badshah-ka-takht or ladies gallery. The roof of the mosque is covered with six domes. The decoration of the mosque entirely consists of stone carvings, confined mainly to the mihrabs and archways like the Chhota Sona mosque in Gaur.
Location: Ishwardi, Pabna
Attraction: Steel railway bridge
Description: Hardinge Bridge is a steel railway bridge over the river Padma located in western Bangladesh. It is named after Lord Hardinge, who was the Viceroy of India from 1910 to 1916. The bridge is 1.8 kilometers long.The construction of a railway Bridge over the Padma was proposed in 1889 by the Eastern Benga l Railway for easier communication between Calcutta and the then Eastern Bengal and Assam. In 1902, Sir FJE Spring prepared a report on the bridge. A technical committee reported that a bridge could be constructed at Sara crossing the lower Ganges between Paksey and Bheramara Upazila stations on the broad gauge railway from Khulna to Parbatipur Upazila. The construction of the bridge started in 1910 and finished two years later. The bridge comprises 15 steel trusses. The main girders are modified 'Petit' type.
Description: The Padma is the name used in Bangladesh for a major trans-boundary river, known in India as the main distributary of the Ganges, the river system that originated in the western Himalayas. The Padma enters Bangladesh from India near Chapai Nababganj. It meets the Jamuna near Aricha and retains its name, but finally meets with the Meghna near Chandpur and adopts the name 'Meghna' before flowing into the Bay of Bengal.
Rajshahi, a major city in western Bangladesh, is situated on the north bank of the Padma. Its maximum depth is 1,571 feet (479 m) and average depth is 968 feet (295 m).