The Lawachara Rain Forest: Where Wildlife Can Breathe Safely

It is one of the most important rain forest and major reserve of Bangladesh. To preserve the wildlife the government declared as a national park in 1997.

Photo credit: Nazimgarh Resorts

The park is home to a large diversity of about 460 species among which 167 are plants, 4 amphibian species, 6 reptile species, 246 bird species and 20 mammal species. Bee-eater owls, parrots are found here. So for bird watchers it is a must to visit this place.

Hoolock gibbons, highly endangered in Bangladesh, are also seen here jumping from one tree to another. Leopards, deer, wild chicken, wild bore, squirrel, python, even king cobra are among the other inhabitants of this forest. Besides these animals one rare type of Chloroform tree of Asia is found here.

Visitors can enjoy hiking and walking to indulge themselves in the nature close to the wildlife using the numerous trails in the forest.

The hill tops of this forest are the home for different tribal peoples. Khasias and Manipuris are the main inhabitants here. Tourists can visit these tribes to get acquainted to their customs and traditions. Manipuri dance is one of the must-see features of this area. Manipuris are also famous for their traditional weaving. Their handicrafts, shawls, saree, bags, bed covers etc can be bought from local markets. Khasia’s on the other hand are well known for betel leaf cultivation.

Traveling:

Taking a bus from Sylhet town may take you to the destination in or about 2hours. Or one can manage to go from Srimangal also. It will take 3.5hours to reach Srimangal from Dhaka and a few minutes from there to the forest. Train service from Dhaka to Srimangal is also available.

Accommodation:

Visitors can spend their nights in hotels, bungalows or resorts in Srimangal.

Jaintiapur: the lost kingdom

Jaintiapur is one of the prime tourist attraction spots of Sylhet. A visit to this place is a worthwhile experience.

It is located 43 kilometers from the Sylhet town and only 5 kilometers from Jaflong, on the Sylhet- shilong road.

In ancient times it used to be the capital of the kingdom Jaintia comprising of Jaintia and Khasia hills and the plains of Jaintia.

The kings used to live here in palaces. The 18th century kingdom has disappeared long back living behind their architectural excellence to be cherished by the people of this era. Although the ruins of the kingdom are scattered over the whole area, they are enough to express the lavish life lead by the royal families of that time.

The most favorite destination among all these ruins would be the Jaintiapur Rajbari (king’s house). Apart from this there is a sun-clock in the vicinity of the Rajbari which reflects the scientific knowledge of then people.

Undoubtedly Jaintiapur was a beautiful region once. And with proper preservation of the ruins discovered, it could still execute its real royal beauty. But unfortunately, due to lack of proper preservation 0much of these like some parts of the rajbari is in a dilapidated condition but it still attracts many of the tourists every year.

Jaintiapur is now a well known picnic spot. Picnic parties from far and across come to visit this place. If you are thinking about visiting this place it would be wise to visit both Jaintiapur and Jaflong (which is only 5 kilometers from Jaintiapur) in the same day.

Traveling :

It is easy to travel here from the Sylhet town. Taking a local bus or car will serve the purpose well. It takes about an hour and half to reach here.

Accommodation :

As it is close to Sylhet town visitors visit this place in the day time and return to the hotels in the town for night stay. Besides the accommodation facilities here have not yet developed much.

Jaintiapur ruins exhibit the rich history of the country and it’s rulers. The glimpse of the ruins here gives really an amazing feeling. You should not miss the chance of touring here.