Rangpur is the best of storybook-exotic Bangladesh, and a better introduction to the wonders of the entire subcontinent it would be hard to find. The central area is a rainbow-flavoured lollipop of markets and rickshaws. This playful atmosphere is like a heavyweight drug – once you’ve tasted it you’ll forever be smitten.
A major transit point for the northern half of Rajshahi division (sometimes referred to as North Bengal), the town is, in addition to its bossy streets, home to several public buildings of the Raj era, including Carmichael College and Tajhat Palace. The town is also one place you may see members of the Kochi ethnic group, an Indo-Tibetan people related to the plains tribes of Assam, and recognisable by their rounder, more Southeast Asian faces.