Bogra - 5810

Type: Museums, Landmarks
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Mahasthangarh is one of the oldest ancient monuments in Bangladesh. Its old name is Pundravardhana or Pundranagar. It was the ancient capital of Bengal. There are plenty of signs of Maurya, Gupta, Pala, and Sena Empires here. It is about 13 km away from the city of Bogra. This historical place is situated on the west bank of Korotoya River in Shibganj upazila.

From the middle of the third century BC to the middle of the 15th century BC, the city spread as a prosperous civilization. For several centuries, the kings of different religions ruled this region. These include Sen, Maurya, Gupta, Pala dynasty people. Then the Islamist preachers came here. Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang came to Pundranagar between 639 and 645 AD.

Many ancient artifacts are spread in Mahasthangarh. You will find the mosque of Hazrat Shah Ibrahim Balqi (R) in the gar. On the west side of the gar, there is the residence of historic Kalidah Sagor and Padma devi. Then you may go to Shila devir Ghat.

In the north of the gar, you will find Mahasthangarh Museum. Many archaeological remains of different ages have been preserved in this museum. Statues of black stone carved images, designed bricks and precious stone ornaments in the museum. There are also arms made of various metals, pot, coins and memorabilia kept in the museum. The complete map of Mahasthangarh can be found here too.

More Info

Opening Hours April to September (Summer)
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

October to March (Winter)
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
Entry Fees Bangladeshi Citizens: ৳ 20.00
Citizens of SAARC Countries: ৳ 100.00
Other Foreign Citizens: ৳ 200.00
Students(till secondary school): ৳ 5.00

How to Go

There are a few ways to go to Mahasthangarh from Dhaka.

By bus: There are several bus companies that operate direct buses from Dhaka to Bogra, which is the nearest city to Mahasthangarh. The journey takes about 5 hours. Once you arrive in Bogra, you can take a local bus or CNG autorickshaw to Mahasthangarh.

By train: There are also several trains that operate from Dhaka to Bogra. The journey takes about 6 hours. Once you arrive in Bogra, you can take a local bus or CNG autorickshaw to Mahasthangarh.

By car: If you are driving, the journey from Dhaka to Mahasthangarh takes about 4 hours. The route takes you through the Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge, which is the longest bridge in Bangladesh.

Once you arrive in Mahasthangarh, there are several places to stay and eat. There are also several tour operators that offer guided tours of the ruins.

Tips for Visitors

Here are some additional tips for visiting Mahasthangarh:

Visit during the dry season: The best time to visit Mahasthangarh is during the dry season, which runs from November to March. This is when the weather is cooler and there is less rain.

Wear comfortable shoes: You will be doing a lot of walking, so it is important to wear comfortable shoes.

Bring a hat and sunscreen: The sun can be very strong in Bangladesh, so it is important to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.

Bring a camera: Mahasthangarh is a beautiful place, so you will want to bring a camera to capture your memories.

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  •   by Pallab
    on 30/07/2019

    Visited this place back in 1997. It seemed to be an overcrowded place at that time.

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