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Getting there & away

Commercial flights haven’t operated to Rangpur for some time now, but it’s worth checking with GMG (02-711 4155/7 in Dhaka) and United Airways (02-895 7640 in Dhaka; www.uabdl.com) to see if there has been any change.

The Karma Para bus station (RK Rd) sits snugly just south of the centre of town. There are regular buses for Bogra (Tk 65, two hours, every 20 minutes from 7am to 5.30pm). For towns such as Dinajpur and Thakurgaon you may have to change at Saidpur (Tk 30, one hour, regularly until 7pm). Many buses leaving this bus station get to their final destination via Bogra.

Only a few buses make the journey to Rajshahi (ordinary Tk 180, luxury Tk 220, 4½ hours); the last leaves at around 3pm. There are no chair coaches on any of these routes.

Greenline (63940; cnr Station & GL Roy Rds) and Hanif (62462) both operate coaches to Dhaka (Tk 450, five hours, 325km) at various times between 7am and 11pm.

There is a train to Dinajpur at 7.08pm (two hours) daily except Sunday.