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Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

If you like old architecture, you must have to visit this impressive archeological site. This is one of the UNESCO sites among the three recognized site form Bangladesh. Looking at the central temple and surrounding 177 cells will remind you of an exclusive place where once people visit to seek for knowledge, meditation, judgment, intellectual argument, and important decision making for the state. Bangladesh was the heart of Buddhism, coeval approach of Muslim and Hindu decrease the power of Buddist in this region. It is said that this place had been burned by Vaga army in the 11th century though there was no major destruction found. There is a well-maintained museum where vast information is available with a collection of old relics from its prime time.

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank naeem1486
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Reviewed April 26, 2019

This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the oldest Buddhist Viharas (universities) of world. This is an excavation and there is a beautiful museum inside. worth visiting. Spending time in the museum is worthy as it has a number of artifacts of the black stones, sand stones, terracotta; carvings are especially impressive (Photograph is not allowed and monitored by CCTV). This museum was opened in 1995 by the them Prime Minister of Bangladesh Mrs. Khaleda Zia. There is a well decorated garden outside this museum (trees are cut down in shapes of animals; elephants, giraffes and an assortment of other features). It's not allowed to climb to the top though visitors can walk through the site of the central building.Remains of the 177 monks dwelling cells are located on the perimeter surrounding the site.There are picnic areas, shades, clean male-female toilets, a mosque outside.Entrance ticket costs Taka 20 for locals and museum fee is also Taka 20. Foreigners have to pay $10 and $ 5. for Souvenirs and snacks are available outside the complex.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed December 26, 2018

A Buddhist monastery dating from the 8th c, the area is the country’s most impressive archaeological site. It is massive at some 27 acres. Built by Dharmapala, the second Pala king, it had 177 monastic cells. The terraced central temple was done in cruciform shape, measuring a colossal 922' by 918'. The grounds are worth a stroll. The colour of the bricks would make for great photography in the late afternoon. There is a small museum on sitte.

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Terry M
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

Dharma Pala of Pala Dynasty ( 8 to 12 century) whose empires extended from Bengal ( ancient Bangladesh) to Afghanistan had built this monastery as a university. This is the biggest of all Buddhist Bihars in Indian subcontinent. This is situated in Naogaon District of Norther Bangladesh. This can be approached by roads from Bogra, where Mahastahngar - another great ancient ruins is situated. There is a museum where the artifacts found during excavation are kept.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Kamal B
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

Very impressive remains. The place is a little hard to get to by public transport but well worth it.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Saurabh R
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