Karotoya River

Type: River
Contributed By: Nayeem


Karatoya River (also spelt Korotoa) (Bengali: করতোয়া নদী), a small stream in Rajshahi Division of Bangladesh, was once a large and sacred river. A channel of it presently flows by the ancient ruins of Mahasthangarh (or Pundranagara, ancient capital of Pundravardhana) in Bogra District. The Karatoya mahatmya bears testimony to its past greatness. In the Mahabharata it is mentioned that a visit to the Karatoya after three days’ fast produces the same merit as an aswamedha (horse killing) sacrifice. Another ancient city, Sravasti, may have been located on the banks of the Karatoya, north of Mahasthangarh. However, there is a controversy about the possible location of Sravasti.

The Karatoya, known as Phuljhur rises in the Baikunthapur jungles in the extreme north-west of Jalpaiguri district (West Bengal, India) and forms for some distance the boundary between Dinajpur and Rangpur districts. It, then, meanders through Rangpur and Bogra. In the south of Bogra district, it receives the Halhalia and the united stream is then known as Phuljhur. It leaves Bogra at Chanda kona and flowing in a southerly direction past Raiganj and Shujapur is, as already mentioned, joined by lchhamati at Nalka. The Phuljhur then flows south past the important village of Ullapara, a few miles below which it joins the Hurasagar at Narnia after a course of about 64 kilometres (40 mi) in this district. After this junction, it takes the name of Hurasagar and passing close by Shazadpur and Hera joins the Jamuna near Bera.

The Karatoya is mentioned in the Puranas and had a high repute for sanctity. It was the eastern boundary of the old kingdom of Paundravardhana, the country of the Paundras which it separated from Kamrupa. It is shown in Van Den Brouk’s map of Bengal (C, 1660) as flowing into the Ganges and in fact. before the destructive floods of 1787 it brought down to the Atrai and to the Ganges a great volume of Teesta water. Since the main stream of the Teesta was dirverted to the east in 1787, the Karatoya and the Phuljhur have gradually silted up. and they are at the present day rivers of minor importance. One channel, which joins the Baral, 48 kilometres (30 mi) east of Pabna. is still called indifferently the Buri Teesta or old Teesta and the Karto or Karatoya. Traces of an old channel, for which the name of the Karatoya is claimed, are also pointed out in the Chatmohar thana, where it appears to have been obliterated by the Baral.

How to go

Referred how to reach Bogra from Dhaka.

How To Reach: Bogra District

1. T.R Travels: Fast Trip-7.00 am/Last Trip-11.30 pm in every 30 minutes. Gabtoli -01191-494865, Mohakhali- 01191-494866

2. Shamoli Paribahan: 1st trip-6:00 am to Last trip-1:00 am Every 1 hour. Asadgate 02-9123471, Kalabagan 01711130862, Saydabad 01712-596940,

3. S.R travels: First trip – 7:30 am, last trip – 11:30 pm.After every 30 minutes. Gabtoli-02-8011226, Uttara-01552315318

4. Hanif Enterprise: Dhaka Bus Stand Phone: 051-60940, 60803, 01911-560882

Train No Name Off Day From Departure To Arrival
713 Karotoa Express No Bogra 5:09:00 PM Burimari 8:30:00 PM
714 Karotoa Express No Bogra 11:34:00 PM Santahar 12:30:00 AM
751 Lalmoni Express Friday Bogra 5:18:00 AM Lalmanirhat 8:20:00 AM
752 Lalmoni Express Friday Bogra 1:38:00 PM Dhaka 9:10:00 PM
767 Dolanchapa express No Bogra 2:25:00 PM Dinajpur 8:30:00 PM
768 Dolanchapa express No Bogra 11:23:00 AM Santahar 12:20:00 PM
771 Rangpur Express Sunday Bogra 3:45:00 PM Rangpur 7:00:00 PM
772 Rangpur Express Sunday Bogra 11:08:00 PM Dhaka 06.15 AM

Where to Stay

Accommodation facilities in Bogra are pretty good and one can find four star hotels in this part of Bangladesh. Here are some names of the renowned accommodation service available here:

1. Hotel Naz Garden– Shilimpur 051-62468
2. Hotel Akbaria– kazi Nazrul Islam Sorok 0171-617-9982
3. Parjatan Motel– Bonani Mor 051-66753Here are some details about hotel, click here

Name of Hotels in Bogra City:

1. Hotel Al Amin, Nawabbari Road
2. Motel North Way, Sherpur Road
3. Hotel Royal Palace, Uposhohor
4. Parjatan Motel, Banani, Bogra
5. Hotel Akbaria, Thana Road
6. Hotel Sunview, Sherpur Road
7. Hotel Safeway, Santahar Road
8. Hotel Raj Moni, Bogra Raza Bazar
9. Hotel Honey Day,Boro Mosjid Lane
10. Hotel Aziz, Kobi Nazrul Islam Road

Things to do

Enjoy the beautiful view of the river.

Eating Facilities

If you are hungry you may search for restaurants or fast food shops nearby. You may also carry your own food.


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