the wonderful sanctuary BAIKKA BEEL

Baikka beel is another bird sanctuary of this region. It is on the eastern part of the Hail haor. Hail haor is a large wetland encompassing about 100 hectares. It is about 20km from the Moulvibazar town. Baikka beel was declared to be a sanctuary for fishes in 2003.

Baikka beel is located in an area of great natural beauty. The widespread empty wetland near it is simply amazing. The beautiful scenario stretching over miles creates an unbelievable feeling. You can see the blue horizon meeting the blue haor water here.

This beel is the living place of numerous birds and fishes. From the time you enter the haor area you will be engrossed by the sweet chirping of various birds. Moorhans, marsh harriers, teals, ducks and many other birds are seen here. If you are a bird watcher you will be very delighted.

There is a watchtower about 2 stories height to provide a better view of the landscape. The beel area isn’t only beautiful because of these birds but also for the beautiful lilies, lotus and many other unknown aquatic flowers and plants. While riding a boat you will find yourself surrounded by large leafy lilies. Much of the water is usually covered with the flowers in their blooming season.

The best time of visit should be very early in the morning, starting from sunrise to two hours after that. Another preferable time will be in the afternoon before sunset. Although there is no specific duration of entering the area or climbing the watch tower but this two specific times will enable you to enjoy the best sights. You can also stay there from dawn to dusk and don’t worry about food, there are a few small restaurants to satisfy your hunger.

Fare: Climb observation tower : 05 taka
Boat ride half an hour : 20 taka
Boat ride one hour : 30 taka

Travelling

You can take autorickshaws (called CNG locally) for your travel. If you start from Srimangal, then for a trip of travelling to the beel, about a 2-hour hault amd returning back to Srimangal will cost about 400 – 500 BDT. You can also use a bus in that case you will have to use a cycle or some other transport as bus will drop you at the entrance of the country road. Private cars, jeeps and even cycles can also be used if you have no problem reading the signs or finding your way to the beel.

If you haven’t yet added Baikka beel to your places to visit list then you should add it right away!

Hakaluki haor: Largest haor of Bangladesh

Sylhet division has many haors as an integral part of its unique ecosystem. Hakaluki is one of these haors. It is the home of numerous animals, fishes and birds and a large variety of flora and fauna.

Hakaluki haor is situated in the eastern part of Bangladesh adjacent to the Assam-Bangladesh border. 5 upzillas comprise this haors total area. 3 of them Kulaura, Juri and Baralekha are under Moulvibazar district. While the other 2 upzillas – Golapganj and Fenchuganj are under Sylhet division. It covers a large surface area of about 181.15 km2. Around 40% of this land falls in the territory of Baralekha upzilla. This huge land coverage makes it Bangladesh’s largest haor and one of Asia’s larger wetlands. However, 80 inter-connecting beels form the Hakaluki haor. In dry season this haor dries up much as like other haors. During monsoon establishes itself in a full to the brink condition. Then the inter-connected water bodies combine with each other to function as one.

This haor basin supports numerous wetland habitats. Different types of plants are found here. Various known- unknown plants and rare aquatics adorn this area with shades of green. The abundance of trees and herbs is surprising. But these aren’t the greatest treasure of the land, rather the wide range of wild animal is. It provides sanctuary to many species of animals and birds including some very rare kinds – already declared as threatened, vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species.

A total of 558 species of animal and birds have been identified here. Amphibians, reptiles, aves and mammals all of them enrich the biodiversity of this haor region. Among these animals are the freshwater Turtle and Tortoises, Otters, Capped Langur, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, dolphin, snakes and many more.

Besides trees and animals Hakaluki haor has something more special for the bird lovers. Presence of birds of many different species adds life to this haor. 417 species of aves have been spotted here among which 26 are totally threatened, 2 are vulnerable, 10 are endangered and 14 critically endangered species. Besides local birds many migratory birds visit this area in winter. The number of migratory birds are increasing every year. As a result Hakaluki haor has become a significant site for bird watching. Wide variety of waterfowl seen here is one of the main attractions. Among the other species are the Fulvous Whistling Duck, Lesser Whistling Duck, Falcated Duck, Ruddy Shell Duck, Tufted Duck, Common Shell Duck, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Greylag Geese Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveller, Graganey, Blue-winged Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Wigeon, Common Teal, Ferruginous Pochard, Common Pochard, Indian Pond Heron, Grey Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Large Egret, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Purple Swamp Hen, Pheasant-Tailed Jacana, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Little Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Asian Open bill, Common Coot, Pintail Snipe, Marsh Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Green Shank, Red Shank, Red-Wattled Lapwing, Brown-Headed Gull and Black-Headed Gull. Rarely seen – Bears Pochards and Grey-Headed Lapwings are also found here at times.

ClassTotal SpeciesTotal threatenedVulnerable categoryEndangered categoryCritically endangered category

Amphibia
127520

Reptilia
704320194

Aves
4172621014

Mammalia
5923698

Total
55899334026

Hakaluki haor has been designated as an ECA – Ecologically Critical Area under environment conservation act in 1995. It is also declared as a protected Ramsar with a view to conserve wetlands and utilize them properly.

Travelling:

Regular bus service to Srimangal or Moulvibazar is available from Sayedabad Dhaka. It takes only about 4 hours. once you reach any of these places you may take a rent a car to go to hakaluki haor. You can also go to Srimangal by train. If you are eager to squeeze the time duration from hours to minutes you can also use the airway with little increase in the expense. In that case also you will be requiring a car or local bus to take you from the Sylhet Osmani Airport to the haor region.

Accommodation:

For accommodation there are hotels available in the Moulvibazar town. You can easily go to Hakaluki haor from there during daytime and stay in the town hotel during the night.

When to visit:

Hakaluki haor Adorns itself differently in different seasons. During monsoon the haor area turns into an endless sea. In winter it’s a different picture. Hundreds of migratory birds flock together and make the haor heavenly for the spectators mainly the bird watchers.

Hakaluki Haor is a unique place to visit specially for the nature-lovers. So if you are one of these lovers don’t forget visitng hakaluki when you are on vacation next time.

Dhaka to Sylhet Train Schedule

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Dhaka to Sylhet Train schedule.

There are few trains that go to Sylhet from Dhaka everyday. The Dhaka to Sylhet trains are Parabat express, Joyantika express, Upaban express and Surma mail. Some trains have a weekly off day.

TrainOff dayFromDepartureToArrival
Parabat expressTuesdayDhaka06:40Sylhet13:40
Joyantika expressNoneDhaka12:00Sylhet20:00
Upaban ExpressWednesdayDhaka21:50Sylhet05:30
Surma MailNoneDhaka22:50Sylhet12:00

 

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Sylhet to Dhaka Train Schedule.

TrainOff dayFromDepartureToArrival
Parabat expressTuesdaySylhet15:00Dhaka22:10
Joyantika expressThursdaySylhet08:20Dhaka16:20
Upaban ExpressNoneSylhet22:00Dhaka05:25
Surma MailNoneSylhet20:10Dhaka10:05

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MadhabKunda: A place you don’t want to miss!

This time, I am not going to guide you to madhabkunda! This time, I am going to share with you a story, the story about a boy visiting Madhabkunda for the first time.

He was told that there was a waterfall where they were going, he was told that it was beautiful! The boy could not care less about the place being beautiful, all he cared about was the waterfall. It was an overcast day, it was the rainy season and it had rained last night .He was with his parents, the micro bus was running through narrow but smooth roads leaving behind tea gardens, rubber gardens! All of these,on any other circumstances, would have made the boy want to stop there on the tea gardens or rubber gardens. But he was too busy thinking about Madhabkunda! Suddenly someone pointed out of the window and shouted ” Look! “. It took a moment or two before the boy realized what he was asked to see and then he saw it…the blue outlines of far tall hills what seemed to him like mountains! He was told that they were going there. The boy became even more restless. He kept his gaze fixed on those outlines as the hills kept coming closer to him. He saw white cloud sitting there on the hills and for the first time that day thought if he could go there! After some time, he could not see the hills anymore because of trees. What he did not realize was that now they were nearly inside the hill tracks! The road took a left turn to a lesser road,it was bumpy but the boy was enjoying every moment when he was informed that they will be there soon. The area looked uninhabited, the boy saw no one, only the trees and jungles and bushes.

They had to come off the microbus as the driveway ended, and the boy was free now! He started to run but was soon stopped by his father. He was told that the path was too sleepy and thus dangerous. The boy could hardly wait. As they walked by a small river with very strong current what seemed to him, he heard a distant rumbling sound and was told that it was the sound from the waterfall. The boy wanted to run but was held tightly by the hand,and the muddy path was slippy indeed. As they walked, the whole area was getting foggy, the boy wondered why! The sound was getting louder and the fog was getting heavier…and then, with a left turn into a rocky opening, he saw it! He did not want to run anymore, he did not want to jump into the water, he did not want to scream, all he wanted to do was see! The water was coming down angrily and roared into the ground. The fog was coming from the impact of water on solid stone and water! Trust me, it was beautiful! After the initial shock was over, the boy became a boy again and started to play,heavily guarded by his parents though! On his way back,he saw two elephants with tribal people and he was lucky enough to ride one of them! How could a day get any better?

I have skipped many parts and places and natural beauty as it was not a travel story, it was a memory! I will be more than happy to provide any information you ask for. I have been there 10-12 times and I know the place very well.  It is heart breaking that the place has been stripped off many of its natural beauties in the recent years, but still it is beautiful enough to give at least 3 visits! So do it at least once, you will regret if you don’t!

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.

The Charming Jaflong-Tamabil

Jaflong-Tamabil is located at a short distance from Sylhet town. It is one of the main tourist attraction spots in the surroundings of the town.

The border outpost on Sylhet-Shilong road, Tamabil is surrounded by beautiful nature. It is about 55km away from Sylhet town. Along with the area the road to this destination is also wrapped with wondrous natural beauty.

Mountainous streams running along the zigzag road catches the sight of the tourists. The green carpeted mountain ranges across the border are as if busy trying to touch the sky. Waterfalls flowing from these mountains to portrait a flawless natural scenario.

Some distance ahead of Tamabil is Jaflong. At Jaflong the nature represents itself in an even more astounding grace. It’s a riddle how the crystal clear water of the river there manages to be very cold under the red hot sun all the time. So if anyone visits Jaflong it’s a must to stand for a while in the river water.

If you don’t do this your visit will be an incomplete one. Rocks of various sizes underlying the river also capture one’s attention. It is common for tourists to cross the river or just spend some time on the river as boats are available there.  The entire nature with a surprising calmness makes the total experience a unique one.

Traveling:

Transport by bus from both Sylhet and Dhaka is easily possible. It takes about 1.5 hours from Sylhet to reach this place. Private or rent a car can be good options in the case.

Accommodation:

Accommodation facility is not that much developed in this region. As journeying facilities is easy tourists prefer staying at a hotel in Sylhet town.

The enchanting views of Jaflong-Tamabil region is indeed an amazing experience. Anyone on the way to explore true beauty should visit this place.

Madhabkundo: Fountain of charm

Madhabkundo is one of the most fascinating tourist spots in Sylhet. The waterfall here makes the surroundings a unique one.

Madhabkundo is famous for its waterfall. It is the biggest waterfall of Bangladesh. This waterfall carries million tons of water which fall from a height of 200

ft every day. As the water comes from ground resource, it is much cold in all the weather. You can sit on the stones scattered all around with your feet in the flowing water and listen to the sound of the waterfall in the quietness of the surroundings. This would leave you with an amazing feelings of the beautiful nature. Around this fall large black boulders are scattered. All these in combination with each other portrait a magnificent scenery.

Like other parts of Sylhet Madhabkundo is also surrounded by a

variety of greens. The journey to Madhabkundo is an exotic one. The lush green carpet, the hills and the zigzag road through the hills on the way to the waterfalls enhance the beauty of the landscape. The sides of the road is also surrounded by terraced tea-gardens which add to the variety of the greens of this region.

Everyday a large number of people come to visit this place. Picnic parties even from Dhaka are also commonly seen here. This is because the journey from capital city  does not take much time.

Traveling : Bus, train service both are available for the travel. You can go by bus or car to Madhabkundo from Sylhet. From Dhaka also buses run to Madhabkundo. You can also use train from Dhaka In that case you need to get off at the Kulaura station and travel a short distance to reach Madhabkundo by a microbus or car. Rent a car service are available here.

Accommodation : There are some hotels where variety of services are available. A Parjatan Motel

with a good restaurant for accommodation and food facility is available here. For adventurous feelings you can also stay in a district council bungalow.

Madhabkundo is the most beautiful waterfall of the country. Its beauty will certainly charm the visitors.

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.

Sylhet: Land of boundless beauty – Part 1

If I am asked to name a good tourist spot in Bangladesh I may utter Sylhet spontaneously.

The only reason to mention Sylhet is it’s boundless beauty and flourishing culture.

Geographically, Sylhet stands on the banks of Surma river surrounded by Khasia and the Jaintia hills on the north, and the Tripura hills on the south. This hilly region adds a variation to the flat land Bangladesh. The terraced tea -gardens, winding mountainous rivers, thick tropical forest and country side extending to the horizon combine to make greater Sylhet a major tourist attraction of the country. Here the lavish forests are full of a variety of greens and many species of wildlife. This region is also well- known for its profound art and culture in which the contribution of the local tribes is mentionable.

sunset at hakaluki haor

sunset at hakaluki haor

Surma and Kushiara are the two main rivers forming Sylhet valley. These are in turns joined with a number of other hill streams. Apart from these streams, sylhet has many haors which are bowl shaped shallow dips. During rainy season these haors go under deep water turning into turbulant seas. While in the dry season the water drains out and leaves rich alluvial soil used extensively for rice cultivation. These haors also provide shelter for a large number of migratory birds flying from cold countries.

Hazrat shah jalal mazar at Sylhet

Hazrat shah jalal mazar at Sylhet

Sylhet has also a very rich history. Before the Muslims, it was ruled by local tribal leaders. In 1303, the great Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) came to Sylhet from Delhi with a band of 360 disciples to preach Islam and defeated Raja Gour Gobinda. From then to now Sylhet has improved a lot. In last few decades this development has been remarkable economically due to the remittances by the expatriates living abroad, mainly in Britain.

dol jatra

dol jatra

A fascinating feature of Sylhet is the aboriginal tribes living there. The Monipuris, Garos, Khasias and Tipperas are the main tribes of this region. Their lifestyle on the hills, practicing age-old rites, rituals, traditions and celebrationg festivals continuing from time immemorial has made Sylhet’s culture richer. During festivals like Rash Leela (Full-moon night in February) and Doljatra, charming young tribal girls adorn themselves with colorful robes, Then they dance with their chosen and loved males of the tribe. The famous Monipuri dance is performed on allegorical love themes of the ancient mythology.

Traveling:

With the improved communication system going to Sylhet has become much easier.

By air: Since Osmani International Airport is served by all major domestic carriers different flights like Biman Air and GMG Airlines, United Airlines, Royal bangle airlines are available. Please check the airline’s website for latest schedule. It takes only about half an hour to three quarters to reach Sylhet from Dhaka by air.

By train: Trains run from Dhaka ,Chittagong and Comilla to Sylhet everyday. From Dhaka, there are three train named Joyontika, Parabat and Upoban depart at morning, noon and night respectively. The duration of the journey from Dhaka is usually 5 hours.

Train schedule from Dhaka to Sylhet

By bus: There are many luxury and economic bus services from Dhaka to Sylhet. Some notable luxury services are provided by Shohag Paribahan, Saudia, Green Line, Silk Line, Shamoly, Holy city etc. These service is available from early morning to late night ( a range of about 7.30 am to 10.30 pm) . The non-AC bus services, such as Shamoli, Hanif, al-mamun and al-mobarakh etc, are available at Sayedabad bus terminal. These buses depart in almost every half an hour from 6am to 12am. Bus journeys may take more time than the other modes of travel to reach the destination. For latest schedule it is recommended to contact with particular company.

Accommodation:

A number of hotels are available for night stay in Sylhet. It is easy for tourists to choose one as per need. Bargaining over the price helps at times. Some of the hotels are :

  • sylhet town clock

    sylhet town clock

    Hotel Supreme

  • Hotel Palash
  • Hotel Gulshan
  • Hotel Western
  • Hotel Anurag
  • Hotel Al-Amin
  • Hotel Garden’s Inn
  • Hotel Firdous
  • Hotel Panama
  • Hotel Hilltown
  • Hotel Rose View

 

Restaurants:

A variety of restaurants are available here such as:

  • Silver Palace, noya sorok.
  • Chiangmai Chinese Restaurant.
  • Chicken Hut.
  • Pizza Shop.
  • Alpine Restaurant (traditional).
  • Prithiraj (traditional).
  • Paktoon, Rose View Hotel.
  • Pearl Orient, Rose View hotel.
  • Four Season, Rose View Hotel.
  • Sizzling Restaurent, Rose View Hotel.
  • Exotica Restaurent, Hotel Supreme.
  • Dinette Restaurent, Hotel Fortune Garden.

Bars are not that readily available in Sylhet. Although some are available in the major hotels like Sylhet Station Club and Club Royale, Rose View Hotel.

Parjatan facilities:

Bangladesh Parjatan corporation operates a first class motel (Phone : 0821-712426) and restaurant near the Sylhet Airport besides the Duty Free shop at the airport (Pnone : 0821-713206) and transport service. Picnic spot, restaurant, parking facilities have been established near Madhabkunda waterfall area.

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Sylhet : land of boundless beauty – Part 2

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Places of Attraction near the town:

Mazar of the Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (R): Among the several places of historical interest in Sylhet are the mazars of these two Sufi Saints. It is easy to travel to the mazar of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) from any part of the town in a rickshaw. Swords, the holy Quran and the robes of the holy saint are still preserved in the mazar. Thousands of devotees of different creed and cast come everyday to visit this place from far away places.

The Mazar of Hazrat Shah Paran (R):The mazar of Hazrat Shah Paran (R) is located at a greater distance from the town. It is said that he was the son of a sister of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) and was born in Yemen. After the conquest of Sylhet, he established his khanqah at Khadim Nagar and started spiritual ascetic practice there. Everyday thousands of people come to visit the mazar to pay their respect and honor for this Sufi Saint.

There is an ancient mosque by the side of the tomb of the Sufi Saint in this mazar. After some modernization 1500 Muslims can say their salah in a body there.

Shahi Eidgah: It was built by Mughal emperor Aurongozeb in the 17th century. It is one of Bangladesh’s largest and oldest Eidgah. About 100,000 people can say their Eid salah together here. The turreted walls surrounding the outer side of the mosque gives it a unique look.

Keane Bridge: The Keane Bridge is a famous landmark of Sylhet. This iron bridge was built in the 1930’s over the river Surma and was named after the British governor of Assam of the time, Sir Micheal Keane. Although the bridge is old, it is heavily used till date.

Ali Amjad’s Clock Tower: Nearby the Keane bridge this clock tower is located. It’s about 80 years old. This clock exhibits the great architectural taste of the people of that time.

Chandni Ghat: It is the bank of river Surma. In the daylight it is beautiful. And at night it’s beauty is astonishing. If anyone is staying in Sylhet, it is a must to see during the night time when the river adorns itself with amazing beauty.

The Gour Gobinda Fort: Gour Gobinda was the Hindu ruler of the region before the arrival of the Muslim reign started along with the arrival of the Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (R). It is one of the earliest ruins exhibiting the history of Bangladesh. Tourists come here to see these ruins and get an idea about the lifestyle, architectural and engineering excellence of the people of that time. The fort stands as an evidence to the fight put up by the king’s army in the war.

Murarichand Government College is one of the most attractive places to visit near the Gour Gobinda fort. It is situated on a hill top.

Temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev: The ancient temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev is another spot of attraction to the tourists. It is about 500 years old and was the ancestral home of the famous Vaishnya saint. It is located about 45km south-east from Sylhet town. A fair is organized on the full moon day of Bangla month Falgun every year. Thousands of devotees from home and abroad attend this fair.

Haripur gas field: It is about 22 kilometers from the town. Visiting this place can give the tourists some good experience about our gas fields.

Magurchara Gas field ruins:Magurchara gas & Oil reserved field was blown up while digging some years ago and kept on burning for 3 months upto a height of 500-feet. A lot of burnt around the ruins carry evidence to the disaster.

Tilagarh: This is a natural tourist spot. Small and big hills are all around the place. There is tea-gardens, poultry farms, dairy farms etc on the hills. For an exposure to the lifestyle of the local people this place can be visited by the tourist.

Some other places you should not ignore to visit during your stay in the town:

  • Shah Jalal(R) Bridge
  • Osmani mueseum
  • Osmani Medical College and Hospital
  • Sylhet Polytechnic Institute
  • Parjatan
  • Shah Jalal(R) University
  • Theme parks
  • Tea gardens

Other Places to visit around Sylhet:

  • Jaflong-Tamabil
  • Madhabkundo
  • Srimangal
  • Lawachara Rain forest
  • Jaintiapur
  • Haripur gas field

Shopping: There is a large number of malls open for shopping in the town. Zindabazar is the shoppers paradise as most of the malls are located here. Handmade textiles is the main attraction here. For trendy Manipuri fabric Lamabazar would be the right place.

Places to shop:

  • Al Hamra
  • Blue Water
  • Millennnium
  • Aarong
  • Monorom
  • Artisti
  • Westex
  • Kumarpara
  • London Mansion
  • Manipuri Bazar, Lamabazar.

While visiting this place one should be careful about pick pocketing as the place is very crowded.