Rajshahi, which, during the medieval times, was called “Rampur Boalia” or “Beuleah“, is situated in the north-west part of Bangladesh. Prior to the partition Rajshahi was a part of the Pundru region and is now one of the 6 metropolitan cities of the country. Rajshahi which, according to the year 2006 survey of the London School of Economics, is ‘the happiest city of the world’, has a population of over 700,000. The majority of the population is Muslims, though a number of people of other religions, including Hindus, Buddhists and Christians also live here.
Rajshahi, the ‘education city‘, is also one of the major centers of education in Bangladesh, where students from all over the country flock together for education. Some of its most well known education centers include Rajshahi University, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi University of Enignieering and Technology, Rajshahi College, etc.
This city, being one of the developing cites of the country, has a number of industries, which provide products to a large number of people. Among these, the most notable industries include the industries based on mango produce, the sugar mills and the jute mills. Rajshahi is particularly well known all over the world for its Rajshahi silk, and related products. In fact, Rajshahi is ofen refered to a the silk city, because the silk produces here are sold at very cheap rates.
Located near some of the anicient capital cities of the west bengal, (oncluding Piundra and Lokhonaboti or Lakhnoiti ), Rajshahi is well known for being the hometown of many well known people including Amir Ali Miah, M.L.A , Muhammad Enamul Hoque, A. H. M. Kamaruzzaman Hena, Bondey Ali Miah, Ramaprasad Chanda, etc. Rajshahi being one of cites that was a centre of attention during the 1971 liberation war, also has the country’s largest mass grave.
The ‘happiest city of the world,’Rajshahi, is a popular tourist destination, where people from all over the world come to see its acheological sites. For example Barakuthi, continues to be a major tourist attraction for its cemetery, that has groves, belonging to the nineteenth century. Other major areas include Sapura, the Central Park and Zoo, the Bara Kuthi (16th century Dutch establishment), Varendra Research Museum, Shona Dighi (Golden Pond), Shrine of Hazrat Shah Mokhdum (Rh), the temple of king Khangsa Narayan, etc.
The whether of Rajshahi is usually humid, marked with a high temperature (especially starting from March till mid July). However, during the winter months the climate is pleasant, and this is ideally the best time for touring this city.
This city, with its 377.09 square km area faces no problem of transportation since it is well connected through roads and rail. The Shah Makhdum Airport (named after the well known Islamic preacher), situated close to the city is helps in connecting this city with the rest of the world. also, he city has the facilitates water transportation, in fact its river beaches attract people from al over the world. The most noteworthy among these are the beaches on the river Padma, where rich mango orchards are found. Rajshahi is also known for growing sugarcanes, watermelons, litchis, etc.