Rajshahi, Bangladesh: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Rajshahi, known as Silk City, is a metropolitan city in Bangladesh and it is the urban and industrial centre of North Bengal. It is the capital of Rajshahi Division. It is one of the seven metropolitan cities of Bangladesh. The population of the city is around 700,000 people. It is located on the banks of Padma River in Western Bangladesh and shares border with India. The city was first founded in 1634 and it has been ruled by Rajas, Maharajas and Zamindars for centuries. During the British Raj, it used to be known as Beuleah and it was the administrative headquarter of eastern Bengal. It is also called Silk City because the quality of its silk and silk products is acknowledged worldwide. The city is also known as “education city” because it is home to many educational institutions and leads to a large student population. In addition, it is also one of the famous touristic cities in Bangladesh since it holds plenty of attractions such as Varendra Research Museum which is the oldest museum in Bangladesh, Shrine of Hazrat Shah Makhdum, Borokuthi Compund, Horagram Bazaar, Shaheb Bazaar, Puthia Temple Complex and many more.
The city is also close to many ancient capitals such as Lakhnoti, Lokhnaboti and Pundra. The city of Rajshahi was declared as the happiest city in the world by the World Happiness Survey in 2006. Rajshahi has a tropical wet and dry climate. Generally, the city has monsoons, high temperature, humidity and moderate rainfall. The hot season starts easly in March and ends at the middle of July. The best time to visit the city is when the climate is drier and cooler.