Rangpur Division

Rangpur Division, is proclaimed today as Bangladesh’s seventh division.

It is created with greater Rangur and Dinajpur regions and total consists eight districts which are Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Ponchogor and Thakurgaon. With a population of 13 million and 874 thousands, Rangpur division is the northmost division of Bangladesh.
Rangpur is one of the major cities in Bangladesh. Rangpur is considered as the centre of the north-western Bangladesh. Recently established public university of Bangladesh named as “The University of Rangpur” is situated in the southern part of the city. Earlier Rangpur was the headquarter of Greater Rangpur district. Later the Greater Rangpur district was broken down into Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts. As a hub of trade, business and non-governmental organizational activities its influence over the districts under Greater-Dinajpur is also considerable
Places of Interest
Main Tourist Spots of Rangpur Division:
Rangpur division is the northernmost division of Bangladesh. It has been created with greater Rangur and Dinajpur regions. The major cities in the division includes Rangpur, Dinajpur and Saidpur. The city of Saidpur has the only airport in the division and it takes only 30-40 minutes to communicate with the capital city, Dhaka. There are excellent rail and road communication infrastructure. So, you can visit Ramsagar National Park, Shopnopuri artificial amusement park, Kantajew Temple, Pairabondh-the birth place of famous Muslim woman writer Begum Rokeya and etc.
Kantajew’s Temple:
Kantajew’s Temple is in Dinajpur district. It is the most attractive among the late medieval temples of Bangladesh is the Kantajeew’s temple near Dinajpur town, which was established in the year 1722 by Ram Nath, son of Maharaja Pran Nath .
The temple, a 51′ square three storied edifice, rests on a slightly curved raised plinth of sandstone blocks, believed to have been quarried from the ruins of the ancient city of Bangarh near Gangharampur in West Bengal. It was originally a navaratna temple, crowned with four richly ornamental corner towers on two stores and a central one over the third stored.
Unfortunately these ornate towers collapsed during an earthquake at the end of the 19th century. ln spite of this, the monument rightly claims to bathe finest extant example of its type in brick and terracotta, built by Bengali artisans. The central cells is surrounded on all sides by a covered verandah, each pierced by three entrances, which are separated by equally ornate dwarf brick pillars, Corresponding to the three delicately cusped entrances of the balcony, the sanctum has also three richly decorated arched openings on each face.

Ramshagor Dighi
The beautiful Ramshagor Dighi (Lake) was dug in 17th Century by Maharaja Ram Nath to solve the water problem. This is now one of the historical places as well as a tourist spot also.
Shopnopuri:
Shopnopuri is one of the most beautiful artificial tourist spot in North Bengal. You can go there either from Hili or from Dinajpur. There you can enjoy your full day watching this artificial beauty.
You can spend night also In Shoponopuri rest house but for that you will have to book in advance. It is an idle Picnic spot also where lots of picnic parties come every year.
Tajhat Rajbari (Rangpur):
A grand old mansion, somewhat run-down and no longer used by anyone. It was used a few years ago as a district court. The surrounding grounds are a popular picnic spot and recreation park. (Sources: Wikipedia and Websites on tourism)

 

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