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Sep 25, 2009 - Drive to Rangpur via Mahasthangarh & Paharpur Buddhist Monastery

25-09-09 This morning we head northwards, our route taking us across the fields and through the villages to Mahasthangarh, the site of the oldest city in Bangladesh dating back to the 3rd century BC. The fortified city’s heyday was under the Buddhists whowere here until at least the 11th century AD but the small museum also contains some Hindu artefacts. We then continue onto Bangladesh’s foremost archaeological site, the Somapuri Vihara at Parharpur. Formerly the largest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalaya, this temple complex dates...

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Aug 23, 2008 - Rangpur

Today I hopped over the border into the world's most densly populated country and one of it's poorest. Its clear from the border formalities that this is a little used border crossing, the whole process takes an hour and the border officials take a lot of interest in my passport before putting 6 more stamps in it. They seemed glad for something to do. Once across the border the differences are immediately apparent. On the Indian side the concrete boxes that Indians now aspire to as homes gives way to huts made of reedmat, and there is a...

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