Sylhet, a land of devotion and nature's bounties is in the north-east of Bangladesh. A hilly region in mainly a plain country Sylhet lies between Khasia and laintia Hills in the north and Tripura Hills on the south. Forest around abound with innumerable birds species. The orange grove of Chhatak with humming bees adds to the fairy-land aura of the region.
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 millions of migratory birds who fly from Siberia across the Himalayas to avoid the severe cold there.
Sylhet is the foremost tea granary of the country. The tea gardens mile after mile like a green carpet spread over the slopes of the hills are a feast to the eyes of the travelers.
The Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.A.): Sylhet has been the believers destination down the ages. Consecrated by the great Muslim saint, Hazrat Shah lalal (R. A.) is said to have brought the message of Islam to the region. At a short distance lies shrine of another great saint Hazrat Shah Paran (R. A.), who is said to be a nephew of Hazrat Shah lalal (R. A.).
Jaintiapur: Said to be the capital of an ancient Kingdom includes the Khasia and laintia hills and the plains of laintia to this day holds the ancient aura of the kings and queens.
Shahi Eid Gah: The Shahi Eid Gah (place of Eid congregation) was built on a hill by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Madhabkunda: Famous for its fascinating waterfall, Madhabkunda attracts a large number of visitors every year. Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation offers restaurant, retiring room, picnic and parking facilities for the visitors there.
Monipuri Dance: Several tribes live in the area, each distinct from the other in their life and living. The Monipuri dance is known and appreciated everywhere.
Handicrafts: The exquisite pieces of Sylhet's cane furniture adorn many homes. Colourful cane handicrafts and souvenirs are the specialty of the area.
Temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev: The temple is revered as an ancestral place of famous vaishnava saint Chaitannya Dev (deity). Site of an annual fair takes place on a full-moon night in the BangIa month of Falgun is a romantic event.
Srimongal: Famous for large tea gardens in soothing and comfortable climatic conditions, Srimongal is an up and coming holiday resort.
Tamabil-Jaflong: Glimpse of the waterfall across the border inside India from Tamabil and stones rolling down the sides of hills or to the plains is a beholder's delight.
Lawachhara: Lawachhara, the 2nd largest artificial reservoir of biodiversity on 1250 ha area, was planted in J 922 by the Britishers. Over the period, it has become an abode of rich biodiversity and now it turned to Lawachhara National Park. The forest is endowed with 300 types of birds, 64 kinds of animals and 30 kinds of plants. Hundred avian species are great feasts for the eyes of the bird watchers. It is 160 lan. northeast of Dhaka and 60 km. south of Sylhet-well connected by rail and road from other places of the country.
Bholaganj: Bholaganj near Companyganj, with eye-soothing view of Indian Meghalaya hill in the northern side, emanates the murmuring sound of the Douki river and allures the visitors. Migratory birds, natural beauties and stone collection enrich the significance of Bholaganj.
Eco-park with ropeway will definitely satiate the desires of tourists,
Laurer Garh (Laur hill): The kingdom of Jaintia was split up in three distinct principalities known as Jaintia, Gaur and Laur which roughly speaking correspo~ded· respectively to present i) Jaintia Hills and Jaintia Parganas, ii) Sadar Sylhet subdivision (excluding Jaintia Parganas) and part of Moulvibazar and Habiganj subdivision and iii) Laur Hill, entire of Sunamganj and part of Habiganj subdivision.
The ruler Guhak divided his kingdom among his three sons - Ludduk, Ghurruk and Jaintak. The areas under Ludduk were named Laur. In the hills of Laur, there is a spot which the people identify as the house of Bhagadatta. May be this was the house of this Laur king. Bhagadatta was followed on the throne of Laur by Nabar, Jun, Madhale and Pramardan. The hill possesses eye-soothing beauty for the tourists of home and abroad.
Where to stay
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation operates a tourist motel with restaurant near Sylhet Airport in an exquisite natural setting atop a hillock overlooking the high hills in distance.
How to go
By Bus: Dhaka-Sylhet daily bus service.
By Air: Several flights between Dhaka and Sylhet daily, London - Sylhet direct flight has also been introduced.
- By Train: Inter-city train service between Dhaka and Sylhet is very comfortable.