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“Ruins of 1st century Buddhist Vihar”

Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
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Private Tour: Mahasthangarh and Paharpur Historical Day Tour in Bogra
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Paharpur is about 250km from Dhaka via Bogora, which can be a good place to stay the night. The site is a well spread out UNESCO Heritage site , where excavation is done in patches, depending on funds, I understand. Its one of the 5 great Universities built by the Pala dynasty kings in 781 - 821 AD.
You need to walk a lot - so you need good shoes, hats and drinking water. There is a small museum with lots of relics - worth . Did not find the canteen very feasible for quality food. Luckily we had carried some dry stuff. You need atleast 1 to 1 and 1/2 hrs there.

We found a guide who was overjoyed to talk to tourists actually interested in the history of the place. His concern for its preservation was inspiring. Unfortunately, he is not an appointed guide - just freelancing - and the site really needs a guide. So read up the details before visiting.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Paharpur Bihar/ Somepur Mahavihara is one of the ancient Buddhist bihar in Naogaon, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh.This part is in the Northern part of Bangladesh. You will need more than couple of Bus ride to get there, Though there only ruins left but still have the imagination of that time people.you can walk all over to visit the magnificent and mind-blowing view of the ruins . The museum have huge collection of statues and ancient usable materials.The garden is quite beautiful too.
There are picnic spot too so u can spend whole day.

2  Thank Lata S
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

This was one of our favourite sights. Sure, there are only ruins left but you are allowed to walk all over them (well you're requested not to walk up the top where Buddha sat) and sit where monks would have sat hundreds of years ago. The museum is also quite interesting with lots of amazing finds from the site although no photos are allowed. The gardens are also well manicured and cared for.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Huge Historical value....u can also find stuffs relating this in Rajshahi Barendra Museum (the oldest collection in region)!

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Overall, we found Bangladesh a disappointing travel destination, though, to be balanced, we have heard from adventurous backpackers who love the place. There are a few good monuments scattered around the country but, in our estimation, they are pretty hard work to get to considering the poor state of the railways and roads. In terms of true highlights, we can only offer you two: a ride on 'The Rocket', the paddle-steamer which plies the labyrinthine waterways of coastal Bangladesh, and the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur, a truly magnificent structure located near the country's western border with India.

This place is not easy to get to, as it is located in a rural area serviced by slow and over-crowded buses. Moreover, there are few if any tourist services in the vicinity of the stupa, so you will probably have to visit this place from a dingy city a couple of hours away, but these magnificent and expansive ruins are worth the effort. Somehow the photos rarely do this stupa justice. It often comes out looking like a hill-shaped blot on the horizon. When you are there, it is a commanding structure which captures your attention from first approach. There are some wonderful friezes of mythological creatures around the base but it is the sheer dark mass of the stupa itself which lingers in the memory. In our opinion, this is by the far the best reason to venture to Northern Bangladesh.

4  Thank Raymond W
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