Rajshahi Division

Rajshahi Division (Bengali: রাজশাহী বিভাগ) is one of the eight first-level administrative divisions of Bangladesh. It has an area of 18,174.4 square kilometres (7,017.2 sq mi)[2] and a population at the 2011 Census of 18,484,858.[3] Rajshahi Division consists of 8 districts, 70 Upazilas (the next lower administrative tier) and 1,092 Unions (the lowest administrative tier). This division is most valuable division of Bangladesh . It has an excellent rail and road communication infrastructure. The divisional capital of Rajshahi is only six-seven hours road journey away from Dhaka, the capital city.

Rajshahi Division

রাজশাহী বিভাগ
Map of Rajshahi Division
Map of Rajshahi Division
Districts of Rajshahi Division
Districts of Rajshahi Division
Coordinates: 25°00′N 89°00′E / 25.000°N 89.000°E / 25.000; 89.000Coordinates: 25°00′N 89°00′E / 25.000°N 89.000°E / 25.000; 89.000
Country Bangladesh
Largest CityRajshahi
 • Divisional CommissionerMd. Humayun Kabir Khandaker
 • Total18,174.4 km2 (7,017.2 sq mi)
 (2011 census)
 • Total18,484,858
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+6 (BST)
ISO 3166 codeBD-E
HDI (2017)0.602[1]
Notable sport teamsRajshahi Kings, Rajshahi Division

Until 2010 this Division comprised 16 districts,[2] but early in that year it was divided into two, when a new Division (Rangpur Division) was formed out of the 8 northerly districts that until then had been part of Rajshahi Division. Rajshahi was dominated by various Rajas, Maharajas and Zamindars.[4]


Rajshahi Division is in the central western of Bangladesh. The famous Padma River borders Rajshahi Division on the south and another famous river, Jamuna River, lies across the eastern border. In the west, Rajshahi Division shares a border with India.


Rajshahi is well known for its fruit, particularly for mango and lichi. Rajshahi also produces a lot of crops and vegetables like potato, carrot, rice, onion, wheat, sugarcane, pulses, spices, banana etc. Naogaon is known as the storehouse of food of Bangladesh.

Points of interestEdit

Chalan Beel
as seen from the highway

Rajshahi is a well known tourist destination within Bangladesh, with there being many interesting landmarks.

Notable places include:


Major Cities and TownsEdit

The major cities of Rajshahi division are Rajshahi, Pabna, Ishwardi, Bogra, Joypurhat,


The major educational institutes in Rajshahi are:

The University of Rajshahi (established 1953) is the second largest university of Bangladesh with around 50 disciplines and 6 institutes. Rajshahi Collegiate School (established in 1828) is one of the oldest school in the country and Indian sub-continent which became again the best school in Bangladesh in 2018.

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ a b Sajahan Miah (2006). "Rajshahi Division". In Sirajul Islam (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  3. ^ "Population Census 2011: National Volume-1: Analytical Report" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. p. 199. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Bangladesh pp 6
  5. ^ http://rgcc.ac.bd

External linksEdit

  • E-Rajshahi, An online portal for information and government services managed by Rajshahi City Corporation