If Indiana Jones were a real man, then he’d be living in Rajshahi division. For tucked away in this unknown corner of the country are a plethora of ruins and reminders. In fact there’s so much history stashed away up here that you sometimes feel that you can’t move without tripping over some other forgotten temple or decaying palace. Though today largely removed from mainstream Bangladeshi life, the rich soils of Rajshahi division once held court for powerful Buddhist kingdoms, neutered Hindu empires and fell easily to the embrace of Islam; all of which have left their mark in the tumble-down walls that litter the region.
However, it’s not just about relics: there are small villages where children will leap in the air in excitement at the sight of you; passionate market towns full of colour; and, if you’re very lucky, views to the great Himalayan peak of Kanchenjunga.
But at the end of the day it’s the sense of past glories that is the highlight of this region, and what is so remarkable about this historical fantasy is that you will almost certainly have these ancient sights all to yourself – even Indiana Jones hasn’t got the secret map to Rajshahi’s treasures.