City of Love : Rangpur
Rangpur is called city of love for its lovely tradition and hospitality. It is the home of the Bhatiyali and Bhawaiya folk songs. Rangpur is one of the historical city of Bangladesh & it’s called the capital of Northbengal. There are eight districts under Rangpur Division. These are Rangpur, Kurigam, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon and Dinajpur. Far from the chaos and commotion of southern Bangladesh, Rangpur in the north is a small divisional headquarter town with tree-lined streets, Raj-era bungalows, the splendid Carmichael College and the majestic Tajhat Palace – arguably one of the country’s most imposing rajbaris. It’s also possible to visit some fascinating river chars from here.
Earlier it was known as `Raggopur’. In the passage of time it was being renamed as `Rangpur’. In 1575 Rangpur was conquered by Mughal arm. Rangpur was conquered by the army of Raja Man Singh, a commander of the Mughal emperor, Akbar, in 1575, but it was only until 1686 that it was fully integrated into the Mughal Empire. Place names such as Mughalbasa and Mughalhat bear testimony to the Mughal association and past of Rangpur and its hinterland.
Later this city passed under the control of `sarker’ of Ghorghat. Then British East India Company ruled this area. At the time of British East India Company many historical movement took place in this area.
On 25 January 2010, Rangpur Division was formed. Rail and Land communication infrastructure is very strong in this region. There is no international airport but three local airports. Among those the Syedpur airport is renowned.
City of Bhawaiya & Bhatiali:
Rangpur is the city of Folk culture. It is famous for Bhawaiya & Bhatiali folk song. Other folk culture of the district includes Palagan, Yogir Gan, Chhokra Nachani Gan, songs of Hasan Raja, songs of Abbasuddin, Murshidi, Marfati and so on.
There are many tourist spot in this city. Tajhat Zamindar Bari Pirgachha Zamindar Bari, Phanibhusan Majumdar Zamindar Bari, Paira Chhattar, Three Domed Keramatia Mosque at Rangpur, Tribigraha Mandir, Vinna Jagat, Dargah of Shah Ismail Gazi (R), Begum Rokeya Memorial Centre and so on.
The Historical Carmichael College situated in this city. It was established in 1916 by some leading Zaminders (Landlords). There is a large military cantonment in the town. There is a big Zoo in the city. In Rangpur division, no economic development took place until the 90s, mainly because of the yearly flooding the region used to see before the making of “Teesta Barrage.”
Top 5 Restaurants:
Top five restaurants are:
- North view
- Dhaka Biriyani house
Top 5 Shopping Malls
The top five shopping malls to visit are:
- Raja Rammohan market
- Jahaj company shopping complex
- Rangpur super market
- Golden tower
- Zilla parishad shopping complex
The major transport system in the city includes the use of cycle rickshaws, cars, auto rickshaws and buses. The town has its highways well connected to Chittagong and Dhaka, a trip to Dhaka from Rangpur will take at least 6 hours using the National Highway 5. An highway which links Rangpur to India was constructed through the Asian Highway 2. The Rangpur Railway Station is a major railway station that provides trains on national routes. The town is served by the Saidpur Airport.
Hotels in Rangpur:
For a stay in Rangpur, check our complete list of hotels in Rangpur. These hotels offer great services with all the basic amenities. Some of the great affordable hotels in Rangpur are:
Hotel Northern Star
Hotel golden tower
Grand Dhaka hotel
Hotel New Mid Night Sun
If you plan to visit Rangpur, do detailed searching and highlight the spots you want to visit as a priority. Proper planning prior to your visit will make the traveling much interesting.
By Md. Mintu Hossain