BograRajshahi Division, one that had seen significant developments during President Zia's reign. The city is a good base for several day trips, including Paharpur and Mahastan, as well as a welcoming smaller city in which to wander and enjoy local food and shopping.
ShatmathaRoundabout in the heart of the city
MahasthangarhMahasthangarh is the earliest known city in Bangladesh and the ancient capital of Pundravardhana. The museum on the grounds houses a small collection of artifacts discovered in the city as well as the nearby Somapura Mahavihara.
Somapura MahaviharaLocated about 2 hours north-west of the city, this UNESCO-listed site is one of the best known Buddhist viharas. See Paharpur for more information.
MahastanAt least two interesting sites: the Mahasthangarh citadel, and Gokul Medh
SariakandiTo the east (1h by CNG), is a place of local villages, where the Jamuna river can be found (and explored)
Zeout KunduFrom a story where if any one is injured by war and drinks from the well they are healed instantly.
Bangladesh Spices Research Institute
Shila Davir Ghat, Vasu Bihar, Mahi Saoar Grave and many other sites.
There is another market along with the railway, still on north of Shatmatta.
There is a decent market for electronic devices and copies, that is the building just northwest of shatmatha.
Shyamoli, just in front, is smaller but with the same good level of service.
Red chillies is 200 m south of Shatmatha, good food, higher grade restaurant (250-500 BDT per meal) as well as a guest house (1500BDT/night).
Fat Belly offers cheap Chinese/fusion meals in a comfortable environment off the street. Follow the sign up the alley and then left up the stairs. The owner will be keen to chat with any English-speakers.
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