Bogra is a city in Rajshahi Division, one that had seen significant developments during President Zia's reign.
Buses arrive at Bogra's central bus station 2 km from town. Ordinary buses from Dhaka $120 Tk and take 4.5 hours. AC buses can cost up to $350 Tk. Buses also leave throughout the day for Natore ($30 Tk, 2.5 hours), Rajshahi ($70 Tk, 3 hours), Khulna ($200 Tk, 8.5 hours), Rangpur ($60 Tk, 2.5 hours).
There is one train a day to Dhaka except Saturday (1st class/sulob class $320/$215 Tk; departs at 13:07, arrives at 20:20) and one night train every night (departs 21:56)except Mondays.
Rickshaws are available. A ride from the bus terminal to town should cost $10 Tk.
Shatmatta (the seven heads) is the heart of the city. Mohasthan Musiam 6 KM North Side of Bogra.
Paharpur has what was once the biggest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalaya, called Somapuri Vihara. Dating back to the 8th century AD, it is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Bangladesh. It is listed as a UNESCO site. To get there take a bus to Jaipurhat (44km), then it's another 9km bus ride to Paharpur. Buses run from 7am to 4pm from Jaipurhat.
Mahasthangarh 11km from Bogra makes for an easy day trip. Dating back to the 3rd century AD is the oldest known city in Bangladesh. The main site 'The Citadel' has traces of the old city. Other sites in the area are from the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim. Mostly the Buddhist sites remain.
Sariakandi, on the east (1h by CNG), is a place of local villages, where the Jamuna river can be found (and explored).
New market, 100m north of Shatmatta, in front of Akboria is the place to find anything, really anything, from tailormade clothes to electric devices.
There is another market along with the railway, still on north of Shatmatta.
There is a decent market for electronic devices and copies, that is the building just northwest of shatmatta.
'Cozy Cafe, Bogra’s trendiest eating experience, near Thonthonia. The décor is dark and cool and the dishes really delicious. The menu includes Continental and Chinese cuisine, as well as fast food. An average meal costs around 200 BDT.
Akboria restaurant, 100m north of Shatmatta. Good good, byriani and poretas, for a local price (~50 to 100BDT).
Shyamoli, just in front, is smaller but with the same good level of service.
Red chillies is 200m south of Shatmatta, good food, higher grade restaurant (250-500 BDT per meal) as well as a guest house (1500BDT/night).
Other good hotels are Red Chillies (downtown), and the Northway motel (still inside Bogra, but more in the southern part of the main road).