Tourist Attractions in Rajshahi

There are 15 tourist attractions found in Rajshahi. This is 15% of all tourist attractions listed in Rajshahi Division. The major types of tourist attractions listed here are museums and landmarks. Then there is also amusement parks listed in Rajshahi. You may find a list of all categories of Rajshahi attractions on this page. Click on a category to find all attractions of Rajshahi of that type.

Rajshahi is an old district of Bangladesh. It is located on the northern border of the country. The divisional headquarter of Rajshahi division is located in this district.

Geographic Location: Naogaon district on the north, West Bengal state of India, Kushtia district and Padma River on the south, Natore on the east, and Chapainawabganj on the west. The country's main river the Padma has entered Bangladesh from India through the border of this district. 

Rajshahi was included in the ancient city Pundravardhana. It was probably established in 1634 as the record found in the tomb of Sufi saint Hazrat Shah Makhdum (RA). In the 18th century, the Dutch and the East India Company used to come here for trading. The Rajshahi Municipality was established in 1876 during the British rule. During the medieval period, the region was named 'Rampur Boalia.' 

Researchers have a debate about the origin of the name 'Rajshahi.' Many kings and landlords ruled in Rajshahi. It is said that the word 'Raj (king)' comes from the Bengali words Hindu Raj, Maharaja, etc. and the word 'Shahi' comes from the Persian language. The meaning of the two words is the king or the kingdom. With the encouragement of the agricultural department of that time, Rajshahi was originally developed as a silk business center. 

Rajshahi district is called Education City. There are many educational institutions including a university, a university of engineering, a medical college, several traditional colleges (Rajshahi College, Rajshahi New Degree College, Rajshahi Women's College) and Technical Colleges are located here.

Tourist attractions of Rajshahi:

Puthia Palace: Puthia Palace or Panchaani palace was the residence of Queen Hemantakumari Devi. It is one of the major archaeological traditions of Bengal. In 1895, the queen constructed this magnificent structure with Indo-European architecture.

Hazrat Shah Makhdum's tomb: The tomb of Hazrat Shah Makhdum (R) is located at Dargahpara in the main city of Rajshahi. Hazrat Shah Makhdum (R) preached Islam in this region.

Other attractions: Bagha Mosque, the Padma River Dam, Rajshahi Central Zoo, Barendra Museum.


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Rajshahi is connected by road, rail and air from Dhaka and all the other major districts of Bangladesh. The road distance from Dhaka to Rajshahi is about 248 km and takes 5-6 hours. The district is also accessible directly by air from Dhaka through Shah Makhdum Airport in Rajshahi.

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