Islam is the official religion in Bangladesh and is practiced by some 88 percent of the country's inhabitants. Other religions that are active in Bangladesh include Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, animism and tribal belief systems. The majority of the population who follow Islam pursue the Sunni branch of the Muslim religion whilst a small group are Shia.
Rajshahi is a district of Bangladesh with many great attractions for the average visitor. The small village of Paharpur is usually the first place visitors will start. Paharpur is home to the largest known monastery excavations south of the Himalayas. The excavation site is 27 acres big and is quite a marvel to behold.