Rajshahi experienced the rise and fall of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam through changing eras.
Rajshahi is also known as a centre of silk industry in Bangladesh and there are outlets both in the Government and Private sector selling various Silk products. Varendra Museum in Rajshahi is also worth visiting.
Mahasthan is an old fortress city dating back to the 3rd Century BC, situated on the western bank of the Karatoa River. Excavations revealed its ruins spread out within a semi circle of about 8km radius. Several isolated mounds, locally named as Govinda Bhita Temple, Khodai Pathar Mound, Mankalir Kunda, Parasuramer Bedi, Jiyat Kunda, etc., surround the fortified city. Besides, the shrine of Shah Sultan Bulkhi Mahisawar,Gokul Medh, Vasu Bihar, etc., in the neighbourhood are also noteworthy. It is said that the Buddha himself visited this area for preaching.
The ancient Buddhist temple in Paharpur ( 8th-12th AD) is the single largest vihara in the south of the Himalayas. This grand and impressive Buddhist monastery would remind that Bengal was a prosperous Buddhist centre. The architectural design of Paharpur later had influences on Pagan and Angkor Wat and has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Putia is the famous temple city where you can find the magnificent Govinda Temples (1823), and the largest Shiva Temple in Bangladesh.
Kanthanagar temple, the most ornate among the mediaeval temples of Bangladesh, is situated in Birgang, near Dinajpur. Built by Maharaja Pran Nath in 1752, every inch of the temple surface is beautifully embellished with exquisite terracotta plaques, representing flora and fauna, geometric motif, mythological scenes, and an astonishing array of contemporary social scenes and favorite pastimes.
Chapai Nawabganj is famous for high quality Mangoes. Among the best mangoes are the Langra, Him Sagar, Lakhan Vog, Ashina, Surma Fazli,etc., which are popular varieties found abundantly during the mango season. The season for this fruit is the months of June to August.
This region offers a variety of historical and archaeological monuments, including numerous Mosques, Hindu temples, Zamindar’s palaces and British-era buildings. Gaud was a center of great activities during the Sultanate and the Mughal period. Great historical site Gaud can boast of its remarkable mosques; Chhota Sona Masjid, Khania Dighi Mosque, Darasbari Mosque,Dhanichak Mosque, Tahkhana, etc .
Among the remarkable historical sites in Rajshahi district it is worth visiting Kusumbha Mosque (1558), and Bagha Mosque (1523) built during the Sultanate period.
The Padma (Ganges) passes through Rajshahi towards the south, where its water and that