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Paharpur

Paharpur the largest known monastery south of Himalayas, Paharpur is a small village 5 km west of Jamalganj at Badalgachi thana in Naogaon district (greater Rajshahi district) where the remains of the most important and the largest known monastery south of the Himalayas has been excavated.

Paharpur or Shompur Bihar was built by King Dharmapal Dev (770-810), who was the second king of the Pal dynasty. As it was left in an abandoned state for a long time, it turned into a high hillock, and this caused the local people to call it Paharpur. It was discovered in 1807 and the exploration work began in 1875. The height of the central temple of the Bihar is approximately 80 feet.

This 7th century archaeological find covers approximately an area of 27 acres of land. The entire establishment, occupying a quadrangular court, measuring more than 900 ft. externally on each side, has high enclosure-walls about 16 ft. in thickness and from 12 ft. to 15 ft. height With elaborate gateway complex on the north, there are 45 cells on the north and 44 in each of the other three sides with a total number of 177 rooms. The architecture of the pyramidal cruciform temple is profoundly influenced by those of South-East Asia, especially Myanmar and Java.
How To Go
From Bogura, take a bus to Jaipurhat (approximately 44 km). From Jaipurhat, buses leave regularly between 4 pm to 7 pm for Paharpur from Jaipurhat. Then to get to the sights from Paharpur village take a rickshaw or a three wheeler.

And to get back to Jaipurhat you can get tempo, but you may have to wait a while. And don't count on getting a bus from Jaipurhat to Bogura after 6 pm.
Bus
Service Provider Departure Destination Contact
Hanif Enterprise Dhaka Bogura 02-9120116, 8114442  
Shyamoli Paribahan Dhaka Bogura 02-9333803  
Train
Service Provider Departure Destination Contact
Bangladesh Railway Dhaka Bogura 02-9358634, 8315857 Details
For Foreigner
At first arrive Bangladesh and then pick one way for your destination
Accommodation
You can stay at Archeological rest house, a small building between the museum and the temple.
Hotel of Bogura
Service Provider Address
Parjatan Motel Phone: 88-051-67024-7, Fax: 88-051-66753 -
Safe Way Motel Phone: 88-051-66087 -
Hotel Al-Amin Phone: 88-051-72937 -
Akboria Abasir Phone: 88-051-65765 -
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