Dinajpur Tourist Spots

One of the largest districts in northern Bangladesh, Dinajpur is a site of living history. The district chartered a historic path of political, religious and social transformation and it is a veritable treasure trove of heritage and culture. Against the backdrop of Bangladesh’s turbulent evolution, the district of Dinajpur has its own tale. Dinajpur was once part of one of the largest kingdoms of the Indian subcontinent, the Gupta Kingdom. In fact, Dinajpur was one of the outskirt towns of the Gupta capital Pundravardhana. Adding further to its historical significance, it is also one of the earliest districts of Bangladesh to have an independent administrative body and its own local government. Dinajpur was first established as a district in 1786. Its history is steeped in notoriety. Several governors from the East India Company were appointed to the district where they sustained severe losses. During the times of the India liberation and partition, Dinajpur was divided so now there is now a portion of Dinajpur in India. One of the richest districts of north Bangladesh today, Dinajpur is famous for its history, artifacts and many more relics from the lost era.

Communication
Bus and train are the ideal transport systems for travel to Dinajpur. Both services are available for the district, with the train service being widely regarded as the most affordable and comfortable. Since the services are direct, the train service is recommended. The services are Drutojan Intercity Express leaving Dhaka at 07.40 am and Ekota Intercity Express leaving Dhaka at 09.40 am. The fare for the services falls within the range of BDT 80 to BDT 700 where there are A/c and Non A/c services of different categories corresponding to different levels of comfort and quality. Along with train services there are also bus services to the town such as Babloo Enterprise, Nabil Enterprise, Shaymoli Enterprise, SK Travels and Hanif Travels. The services include both A/c and Non A/c and the fare ranges from BDT 600 to BDT 1000.

Food
There is not many famous foods in Dinajpur but the district is famous for the fruit Lyche. The highest quality Lyche grows in this part of Bangladesh. This region is also famous for its mangoes which are also of the best export quality.

Tourist spots of Dinajpur

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Ramshagor

Ramshagor is a lake which is on 77 acres of land, which was made during the times of King Ramnath Ali Bardhakhan. He made the lake for the people of his kingdom during the time of drought and he ensured that the lake would be so deep that it would not dry out. Today the lake continues to flow and is a site burgeoning with life – there is flora, fauna, animals and it is also a great spot for recreation. How to go there? The lake is 8 km from the Dinajpur Town where local transports are available which take you up to the location.
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Kantijew Temple

The temple’s architecture dates back to the 18th century AD. The temple was built by the Prince Ramnath Rai who wanted to spread Hinduism in the area. The temple is by the bank of Dhepa River and resembles the designs of the Indo Persia architecture. Currently the temple is under the governance of Debottor State where the Archeological department of Bangladesh also provides functional support to the state. Recently, a few renovations have been made with the help of Asian Development Bank. How to go there? To visit the place, travelers have to take transports local or from the highway till Kaharol Upazilla where there are local transport available to the temple
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Nayabaad Mosque

The mosque built during the 18th century. It was built during the time when Kantijew Temple was under construction and this signifies the reason for the mosque’s construction which was to spread Islam. Hinduism and Islam stood as anti-parallels, spreading their respective religious philosophies and constructing buildings for prayer and congregation by the Dhepa River. The mosque also has Persian Indian designs although these are almost in ruins now. How to go there? To visit the place, travelers have to take local transport or transport from the highway till Kaharol Upazilla where there are local transports available till the mosque.
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Shawpno Puri

It is an amusement park situated 52 km away from Dinajpur Town. The park is for recreation and amusement. It has gardens, light rides for children, flowers, artificial lake and springs, Bangladesh Maps sculpture and Zoo. Because of its serene beauty, it is a popular destination for visitors to Dinajpur. How to go there? There are buses available to Aftabganj where the park is situated. There are also train routes to Fulbari Rail station from where local transport can be taken to the park.
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Rajbari

Rajbari or in English King’s Palace was one of the largest and most lavish kingdoms in the Dinajpur locality. It was immense in scale where the kingdom reigned from 1609 to 1951. The kingdom lost its power and glory when the laws permitting slavery were abolished. Slowly the kingdom died and became isolated till the government after liberation war took initiative to preserve as a site of historic importance. How to go there? The palace is in on the outskirts of Dinajpur District which is 1 km from the town. Local transports are great medium to travel to the site.
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Sitakot Vihara

This is a site of ancient ruins of a Buddhist monastery which can be traced back to the 8th century AD. The monastery was buried beneath the earth’s surface for a very long time until its discovery in the 1970s. The building once used to be very spacious, with many rooms, courtyards, prayer halls and many other rooms for different purposes. How to go there? The site is at Nawabganj Upazilla where there are highway transport leaving for the upazilla from Dinajpur Town. After reaching Nawabganj Town, there are local transports to the site.
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Ghughu Danga Landlord Palace

The palace was once occupied by the well known Ghughu Danga family. The palace is situated by the Purnobhoba River where the family lost its control during the British Era. And during the times of liberation war, the palace and estate were severely damaged and the designs were beyond repair. The estate was as large as 11 police stations combined and the whole estate was under 6 square miles’radius. How to go there? The location is eight miles from the Dinajpur town. There are local and highway transports available from the town.
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