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Palace in Rangpur

Tajhat Palace

The flamboyant and delightfully maintained Tajhat Palace is arguably one of the finest rajbaris in Bangladesh. The palace was constructed in the 19th century by Manna Lal Ray, a Hindu trader who was forced to emigra…
Clothing in Rangpur

RDRS Enterprise

Run by the same NGO that runs the RDRS Guesthouse next door, this small outlet specialises in satranji mats and rugs, and also stocks some very tasteful cotton and silk saris. All products are sourced from empowerme…
Bangladeshi in Rangpur

RDRS Guesthouse

The food here comprises delicious set-meal platters that bring together a wide range of local flavours and ingredients (the bhorta and bhaji offerings are truly delightful). Sadly, it is open only to guests staying …
Architecture in Rangpur

Carmichael College

This splendid heritage structure dating from 1916 is one of Bangladesh's largest colleges in terms of area and enrolment. Its architectural grandeur derives from a splendid fusion of classical British and Mughal arc…
Bangladeshi in Rangpur

Kosturi

Possibly the best among equals in Rangpur, this eatery serves a good collection of local fish and meat staples. There's no English menu, but just say 'fish' and the waiters will blurt out all the catches available f…
Bangladeshi in Rangpur

Mitali Restaurant

Accessed down a narrow dingy alley, with an English sign on the main road, this charmingly disorganised place has been a locals’ favourite for years. The specialty is the aloo chop (potato croquette filled with minc…
Indian in Rangpur

Boishakhi Restaurant

Very popular with locals, Boishakhi does a decent biryani for lunch and a tasty North Indian-style grilled chicken (served with mint-and-cucumber-chutney) for dinner. There are a few kebabs available on the side, to…
Hindu Temple in Rangpur

Kali Temple

Used actively for worship, this interesting architectural folly with red Corinthian pillars is modelled on a Florentine dome (or at least a Bengali vision of an English adaptation of a Florentine dome) and is topped…