Nestled in the picturesque Surma Valley amidst scenic
tea plantations and lush green tropical forests, greater
Sylhet is a prime attraction for all tourists visiting
Bangladesh. Laying between the Khasia and the Jaintia
hills on the north, and the Tripura hills on the south,
Sylhet breaks the monotony of the flatness of this
land by a multitude of terraced tea gardens, rolling
countryside and the exotic flora and fauna. Here the
thick tropical forests abound with many species of
wildlife, spread their aroma around the typical hearth
and homes of the Mainpuri Tribal maidens famous for
The Sylhet valley is formed by a beautiful, winding
pair of rivers named the Surma and the Kushiara both
of which are fed by innumerable hill streams from
the north and the south. The valley has good number
of haors which are big natural depressions. During
winter these haors are vast stretches of green land,
but in the rainy season they turn into turbulent seas.
These haors provide a sanctuary to the millions of
migratory birds who fly from Siberia across the Himalayas
to avoid the severe cold there. Sylhet has also a
very interesting and rich hilstory, Before the conquest
by the Muslims, it was ruled by local chieftains.
In 1303, the great Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal came to
Sylhet from Delhi with a band of 360 disciples to
preach islam and defeated the then Raja Gour Gobinda.
Sylhet thus became a district of saints, shrines and
daring but virile people. Its rich potentialities
became easily attractive and the 18th century Englishmen
made their fortune in tea plantation.
About 80 km. from Sylhet town connected by road and
rail, Srimangal, which is known as the tea capital
of Bangladesh, is the actual tea centre of the area.
For miles and miles around, the visitor can see the
tea gardens spread like a green carpet over the plain
land or on the sloping hills. A visit to the tea plantation
in Sylhet is a memorable experience. Sylhet, the tea
granary of Bangladesh, not only has over 150 tea gardens
but also proudly possesses three largest tea gardens
in the world both in area and production.
Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal : Among the several
places of historical interest in Sylhet town is the
shrine of Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal. Even today, more
than six hundred years after his death, the shrine
is visited by innumerable devotees of every caste
and creed, who make the journey from far away places.
Legend says, the great saint who came from Delhi to
preach Islam and defeated the then Hindu Raja (king)
Gour Gobinda, transformed the witchcraft followers
of the Raja into catfishes which are still alive in
the tank adjacent to the shrine Swords, the holy Quran
and the robes of the holy saint are still preserved
in the shrine.
Gas Field and Other Spots : Twentytwo
kilometers from Sylhet town is the Haripur Gas Field
and at 35 km. point is the Jaintiapur's Rajbari.
Only 5 km. from Jaintiapur is Jaflong, a scenic spot
amidst tea gardens. At about 35 km. north-west of
Sylhet town, linked by rail, road and river is Chhatak,
the seat of Assam Bengal Cement Factory, Chhatak is
famous for orange garden.
amidst splendid panorama, Tamabil is a border outpost
on Sylhet-Shilong Road about 55 km. away from Sylhet
town. Besides enchanting views of the area one can
also have a glimpse of the waterfalls across the border
from Tamabil. Jaflong is also a scenic spot nearby
amidst tea gardens and rate beauty of rolling stones
Dance : An
interesting feature of Sylhet region is the aboriginal
tribes such as the Tipperas, the Monipuris, Khasis
and Garos who still live in their primitive ways in
the hills, practising their age-old rites, rituals,
customs and traditions. During festivals such as,
Rash Leela (Full-moon night in February) and Doljatra,
the attractive young girls dressed in colorful robes,
dance with the male members of their choice &
love. The Monipuris perform their famous dance, based
on allegorical love themes of the ancient mythology.
is well-known for its wide variety of exquiste handicrafts.
Well-known Sylhet cane products such as chair, table,
tea trays, flower vases, bags and the exquisitely
designed fine Sital Pati (a kind of mattress having
natural cooling effect) are colorful souvenirs.
For accommodation at Sylhet town, some reasonably
good hotels are available. Rest-house accommodation
at Srimangal and other places are also available for
of Sri Chaitannya Dev : About
500 years old famous temple of Sri Chaitanya Dev is
located at Dhaka Dakhin about 45 km south-east from
Sylhet town. The place is revered from being the ancestral
home of the famous Vaishnava saint. Yearly fair is
organised on the fullmoon day of the Bangla month
Falgun. Hundreds and thousands of devotees from home
and abroad attend this colorful fair.
Edgah : Three
kilometers to the north-east of the circuit house,
the Shahi Eidgah was built on a hill by the Mughal
Emperor Aurangazeb in the 17th century. It looks like
a grade fort but is actually meant for Eid congreation-the
two biggest Muslim festivals
Gobinda Fort : The
Murarichand Government College is situated in a beautiful
surrounding on a hillttop. To the north-west of the
college lie the remains of King Gour Govinda's Fort.
43 km. to the north of Sylhet town, on the Sylhet-
Shillong road, Jaintiapur was the capital of an ancient
kingdom which included the khasi and Jaintia Hills
and plains of Jainta. Interesting ruins of this forgotten
period lie scattered throughout Jaintiapur. A drive
to Jaintiapur is an interesting and worthwhile experience
is famous for the largest tea gardens of world covered
by lush green carpet. One can have a look into the
spectacular tea processing at Tea Research Institute.
Bangladesh produces and exports a large quantity of
high quality tea every year. Most of the tea estates
are in Sremongol. It is called "The land of two
leaves and a bud". It is also called camellia,
green carpet or Tea Mountain. There are a lot of tea
estates including the largest one in the world. The
terraced tea garden, pineapple, rubber and lemon plantations
from a beautiful landscape. It is known as the tea
capital in Bangladesh. Just offer entering into the
tea estates the nice smells and green beauty will
lead you many kilometers away.
Lawacherra Rain forest is one of the important &
well-reserved forests in Bangladesh. Here visitor
may see gibbons swimming through the trees and birds
like bee-eater owls parrot. It is a good habitant
of Deer, leopard, wild chicken, squirrel, and python.
Don't miss it especially if you are bird watcher.
The terrain is hilly and vegetation is fairly thick.
Only one rare Chloroform tree of Asia is here and
a prime attraction of travel
Kasia & Manipuri is two important ethnic-tribe
live here. Manipuri is famous for its rich culture
especially for dancing, singing. They are also famous
for their traditional weaving. You can buy their handicrafts
exquisitely woven woolen. Shawls, Sharee, Napkin,
bed-cover and some should a bags. It is known as colorful
community. Kasia tribe is famous for their betel leaf
cultivation. They make their villages high on hilltop
in deep forest and so far from town. It is like "
a Piece of paradise". Certainly it will please
Pineapple cultivation in numerable rows of Pineapple
cultivation covering largest area is very amazing
and fascinating. Largest quantity of pineapple grown
here of Bangladesh. It is also sweetest and best quality.
Pineapple is really a greatest offer of summer but
now it is cultivated all the year round. So, you can
enjoy the juicy summer fruit in any time coming to
its real field. Just after entering into pineapple
plantation. It can be highlight for you in Sremongol.
Madhabkunda surrounded by lush tea estates and full
of waters lilies is a unique one. Magurchara ruined
gas & Oil reserved field, which was blasted while
digging 3 years ago and was burning an 500-feet height
for more than 3 months. A lot of burnt trees now carrying
the symbols of digester. Ever where a lot of rubber
& lemon plantation form a beautiful landscape.
And you can have a visit to Madhobkundo water fall