Sights in and around Bogra
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We'd got two main places we wanted to see near Bogra: the archaeological sites at Paharpur and Mahastangarh. Fate would conspire against us, however. If there's one thing we should have learnt, it's not to try to run to a tight schedule in the Indian subcontinent.
We headed to Mahastangarh on day 1. It's a short bus ride from Bogra, and we got up there easily enough. The hardest thing seemed to be to get a rickshaw to the bus station; in spite of the fact that there are thousands of them around, they don't always seem to know where they're going!
Mahastangarh is the remains of an old citadel, which consists now of the remains of the perimeter wall and a small museum. It was a nice day out, and we enjoyed wandering around.
When the rickshaw driver had taken us back to the main road, where we could get the bus from, we got into a bit of an argument about what a reasonable fare would be.
Our second day in Bogra was spent seeing the sights of Bogra itself. We spent a while wandering around trying to find the remains of some building or other in the north part of town, with no success. After that we visited the rajbari (large private house) in the centre of town, which has been filled with a motley collection of whatever antique furniture they could get hold of, and has a small amusement park in the garden complete with concrete animals.
For the third day we'd saved up the highlight of our time in Bogra: a trip to Paharpur, which was supposed to be a much more impressive archaeological site than Mahastangarh. However, as luck would have it, the day we'd chosen turned out also to have been chosen for a "hartal": one of the frequent strikes that occur in Bangladesh. This meant that there were no buses running in the direction we wanted to go, and we were stuck. With only a couple of days left until our flight out of Dhaka we were forced to give up on going, and return to Dhaka the following day. The bus company office in Bogra was doing a good impression of being closed, presumably because of the strike, but we discovered that it was really open and managed to buy a ticket for a bus the following day.