Map of Rangpur Division
Districts of Rangpur Division
|Established||01 July 2010|
|• Total||16,184.99 km2 (6,249.06 sq mi)|
|• Density||980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+6 (BST)|
|ISO 3166 code||BD-F|
|Notable cricket teams||Rangpur Riders, Rangpur Division|
Rangpur Division (Bengali: রংপুর বিভাগ) is one the Divisions in Bangladesh. It was formed on 25 January 2010, as Bangladesh's 7th division. Before that, it had been the northern eight districts of the Rajshahi Division. The Rangpur division consists of eight districts. There are 58 Upazilas or subdistricts under these eight districts. Rangpur is the northernmost division of Bangladesh and has a population of 15,665,000 at the 2011 Census.
The major cities of this new division are Rangpur, Saidpur and Dinajpur. Rangpur has well-known educational institutions, such as Carmichael College, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Rangpur Medical College, Rangpur Cadet College, Begum Rokeya University and Bangladesh Army University of Science & Technology, Saidpur.
Mansingh, commander of Emperor Akbar, conquered part of Rangpur in 1575. Rangpur came completely under the Mughal empire in 1686. Mughalbasa and Mughalhat of Kurigram district still bear marks of the Mughal rule in the region. During the Mughal rule part of Rangpur was under the sarkar of Ghoraghat, and part under the sarkar of Pinjarah. Rangapur Ghoraghat has been mentioned in the Riyaz-us-Salatin. During the early period of the company rule Fakir-Sannyasi Rebellion and peasant rebellion were held in Rangpur.
Rangpur division has road, rail, and air connections to other divisions as well as the capital. There are 21 express trains from this division to communicate with the other part of the country. There are three airports in this division among them major airport is in Saidpur Airport Saidpur.
- Thakurgaon District
- Rangpur District
- Panchagarh District
- Nilphamari District
- Lalmonirhat District
- Kurigram District
- Gaibandha District
- Dinajpur District
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- Rangpur Division travel guide from Wikivoyage