Bogra is an industrial and commercial city in North Bengal. It belongs to Rajshahi division. Bogra is called the gateway to North Bengal. It is an industrial city. There are small and medium scale industrial establishments here. Bogra district has the oldest history. Bogra district was the capital of Pundravardhana. Which is now known as Mahasthangarh. Bogra town covers an area of 71.56 sq km which consists of 21 wards.
Bogra is very famous for yogurt. Mahasthangarh is located 11 km north of Bogra city, which was once the capital of ancient Bengal and was then known as Pundranagar. Major Ziaur Rahman, Sector Commander of the Liberation War of Bangladesh and Chief of Z Force, was born in Gabtali Upazila of Bogra District.
Bogra city has an international standard cricket stadium named “Shaheed Chandu” and Ziaur Rahman Medical College (Government) is located a short distance from the city.
It is known from history that Bogra is one of the oldest cities of Bengal. After the conquest of Bengal by the king of India “Ashka” it was named Pundravardhana. During the war of liberation in 1971, Bogra was under Sector 7.
Geographic location Of Bogura District
The city of Bogra is situated on the banks of the river Karatoya. The Karatoya River flows from north to south, dividing Bogra into two parts. Gaibandha and Joypurhat districts to the north of Bogra, Naogaon district to the west, Sirajganj district to the south and Jamuna river to the east.
Communication system Of Bogra
Both the train and bus routes connect with the capital Dhaka, and there is an airport at Kahalu near the city.
1. Bogra Sadar 2. Kahalu 3. Shibganj 4. Gabtali 5. Sonatala 6. Dhunat 7. Adamdighi 8. Dupacachia 9. Nandigram 10. Shahajanpur 11. Sariakandi 12. Sherpur
1. Karatoya. 2. Bengali. 3. Jamuna. 4. Nagar
The infrastructure of Bogra city has improved a lot in recent years. Roads have been reconstructed and upgraded to two lanes through the new city plan. The soil here is very fertile and a lot of grain is produced here. In the last few years, the production of red chillies in Bogra has increased tremendously which has turned into a business worth Rs 100 crore. Business – Along with the improvement of trade, a new dimension has also come in the banking management here. Almost all public and private banks have one branch here. ATM booths are open 24 hours a day in any part of the city. In 2008, Danone Group, a French business, teamed up with Grameen Group to build Shaktidai.
For tourism, there is the archeologically famous “Mahasthangarh” which is a holy place for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. There are also Behula Laxmindar’s Basar Ghar, Gokul Merh, Vasu Bihar, Yogir Bhavan, Ai Bihar, Bhimer Jungle, Kherua Mosque, Sherpur. The town of Bogra has the “Nawab’s Palace” which was known as “Nilkuthi” during the British rule. There is a four star hotel “Naz Garden” to stay here.
The culture of Bogra is very rich with Sufi, Marathi, Lalon etc. Some of the regional newspapers published from Bogra include Dainik Karatoya, Dainik Bogra, Dainik Chandnibazar, Dainik Uttaranchal etc.
In the center of the city for education is the “Bogra Zilla School”, which was established in 1853. For women’s education there is “Government Girls High School” which is also known as “Victoria Memorial Girls School” and also “Cantonment Public School and College”. There is “Millennium Scholastic School and College” for teaching English. The “Government Azizul Haq College” included in the National University is quite well known. There are also “Shah Sultan” College, Mujibur Rahman Women’s College. There is Bogra Polytechnic Institute for technical education.
There is a state-of-the-art “Shaheed Ziaur Rahman” Medical College and Hospital for treatment, established in 1992. There is also a government nursing college, a medical assistant training school, a private medical college.
There are several institutions here to keep the economy of Bogra afloat. There are ancient traditional confectioneries like Akbaria. For food lovers, there are famous restaurants like Shyamoli, Quality, Asia. For Thai, Chinese or foreign food there are elite hotels like Naz Garden (4 star), Siesta, Safeway, Northway, Red Chili. There are also factories in the city that make bags and iron utensils. Locally, Amir & Sons, Sajal, Paye Paye, etc. are famous for making shoes here. The city’s BC has several industrial factories. The soap factory is one of them.
History Of Bogura District
Sultan Nasir Uddin Bagragan, son of Sultan Gias Uddin Balban, was the ruler of the region from 1279 to 1282. According to his name, the name of this region is Bagra or Bogra. Bogra is a district in the northern part of Bangladesh. It belongs to Rajshahi division. Bogra is called the gateway to the north. It is known as the city of art. There are small and medium scale industrial factories here. Bogra district has a history of ancient civilization. Bengali, Karatoya, Jamuna and Nagar rivers are notable in Bogra district.
The villages of this district are situated on both sides of the highway. Known as a storehouse for the production of food grains and vegetables. Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital, Shaheed Chandu International Cricket Stadium, National Computer Training and Research Academy, one of the largest women’s organizations in Asia later known as NGO Thengamara Mahila Sabuj Sangha (TMS) Located in the upazila. Apart from this, the historical Behula-Lakshindar Basar Ghar at Medh in Gokul Union, Chand Saudagar’s Basatbari in Chandmuha Haripur-Sahar Beel area, Padmadevi’s Bari in Chingaspur of Namuja Union, Kalu Gaziradin in Lahiripara Union . Nawabbari adjacent to the circuit house at Satmatha, the heart of the upazila, which is now popularly known as Palace Museum and Karupalsni. The historic Altafunnesa playground and the Woodburn Public Library in Bogra were established in 1854. Adjacent to the Woodburn Public Library is an ancient sculpture of Edward VII, a member of Britain’s royal family. At Satmatha, the heart of Bogra city, a monument was erected to commemorate the 6 greatest heroes of all time who were martyred in the war of independence of Bangladesh. The first four-star hotel of international standard in North Bengal, the Naz Garden and a place of recreation for children are located in Wonderland Park Sadar Upazila. The then Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Mohammad Ali Chowdhury, eminent writer Romena Afaz, MR Akhtar Mukul, BM Ilias, language soldier Gaziul Haque, Palasni poet Rostam Ali Karnapuri and vocalist Anjuman Ara have been born in this upazila.
Branding Of Bogra Zila
Bangladesh is a country of immense potential. It is possible to take the country forward to Qatar as a developed and prosperous country by making proper use of the natural and human resources existing in this country. This requires identifying potential areas for region-wise and taking initiatives to develop region-based infrastructure out of a centralized approach. Each region of Bangladesh is unique in terms of geographical features, culture and heritage. The goal of district branding is to take a district forward by presenting its own heritage, sense of uniqueness and abhorrent culture in the national and international arena. As the cultural capital of South Asia and the gateway to the north, Bogra has occupied an important place as a traditional ancient town. Pundravardhana is the capital of the ancient Pundra kingdom. Bogra was the administrative center of the Maurya, Gupta, Pala, Sen and other kings. Historic Pundranagar Mahasthangarh has been chosen as the district branding considering the long history and cultural heritage of the district.
The traditional yoghurt, red chilli, sticky potato and agricultural machinery of the district, which is washed away by the Jamuna, Karatoya, Bangali and Nagar rivers, has gained national and international recognition. Notable tourist attractions of the district such as Mahasthangarh, Shiladebir Ghat, Kherua Mosque, Shrine of Shah Sultan Mahmud Balkhi (RA), Jiyat Kund, Gokul Medh, Woodburn Public Library and Vasu Bihar are some of the hallmarks of the history, tradition and culture of the district. Among the Bengali traditions, the Poradaha Mela and the 456-year-old Kellaposhi Mela are notable.