Splendid Sunamganj: part – III

Read about Sunamganj history and nature by following this link: Splendid Sunamganj: part I

If you are interested in culture, cultural festivals in Sunamganj read Splendid Sunamganj: part II

For other places to visit near Sunamganj also read Splendid Sunamganj: part II

Besides know about Hason Raja Museum at Sunamganj.

Dolura Memorial :

This memorial is standing as a witness of the respect and admiration to the martyrs of liberation war. Many battles during the liberation were fought in Sunmaganj. Dolura memorial bears evidence of these great battles.

At the feet of the hills, along the flowing river this memento is situated. Some of the martyrs of the battles fought here are buried here. In 1973 this was built to reminiscence particularly 48 of the martyrs of this region.

The calmness here will certainly fill up your mind with great purity and enhance your love for your very own country.

Narayantara Chritstian missionary :

Narayantara Christian Missionary was established with the goal to preach Christian religion among the local tribal people. They also emphasized on spreading the light of education and developing the living standard of these people. With all these objectives in view this missionary was built near Dolura , in a quiet place away from the hustling and busting of the city life. The missionary building possesses beautiful modern architectural features and includes rest house facility. It is completely surrounded by the nature, trees and forests. It is a comforting place to go if you are looking for a break from the monotony of city life.The tranquilizing ambience prevailing all around refreshes the tired mind.

Lafarge Cement Company :

It is one of the mentionable industries available in the region. As the name suggests only the related professionals may seem interested to get inside and see around this entire company area.

But the beautiful environment and magnificent natural scenery inside the company boundary can captivate even a totally uninterested about cement person’s attention.

Remnants of Raja Bijoy Singh’s palace :

It is another interesting place of Sunamganj. Raja Bijoy Singh was once ruler of this land during the 16th century. Now with his reign long gone, ruins of his palace still stand here in Tahirpur. It is a nice place for a short site seeing specially if you are into archeology.

Laurer Garh :

It is simply fascinating for its natural features. It is a border area with hills fitting in different layers, trees with different shades of green and of course a river passing by them. It is an ideal picnic spot for families, friends or tourists.

Although the Laur kingdom was once established here, nothing of that time is left to explore here anymore. For reaching such a beautiful place you can adopt a beautiful and exciting mode of transport: the water way during rainy season. In this way you can also get a magnificent view of the place from the river. It will be easy to hire a speed boat or an engine boat for the ride from Shaheb bari ghat.

Bariker Tila :

Sunamganj is blessed with green lands, hills, rivers, in simple words immense natural beauty. Bariker Tila is such a place where you will discover this beauty. It is adjacent to Tekerghat of Tahirpur. Small hills covered with green trees are the main attraction of this area Lavish greenness throughout the whole area creates a unique experience.

Sukhair kalibari temple :

Sunamganj has many temples. Among them this one is mentionable. The name Sukhair comes from the Nankar rebellion Sukhair of this region. He was one of the very famous freedom fighter during the British reign.

All these elements of Sunamganj indeed make it the Splendid Sunamganj. You should never miss the chance of visiting such a beautiful place.

Splendid Sunamganj : part – II

As we already know about Sunamganj‘s history, nature and famous persons born there, lets have a look at its

  • Culture
  • Cultural Festivals
  • Places to visit near Sunamganj and Some details about those places

If you had not read about Sunamganj’s history and nature already, please read Splendid Sunamganj – part I first.

Culture :

Sunamganj is enriched with cultural trends. It has been a land of folk music, poetry, poets and various traditions.

Festivals of different religions are regularly celebrated here as an integral part of cultural activities.

Gazi’s song, Muharram’s song, morshiya, kawali , dhol mela, pona tirtho, theatre, Kabi gan, jari, sari, vatiyali etc have established their individual identities in Sunamganj’s culture.

Cultural Festivals :

Along with the main religious and national festivals Sunamganj celebrates many other festivals which with time became inseparable parts of its culture.

Dhol Mela:

Dhol mela is a fair organized every year at a village named Dhol. It usually starts from the first Wednesday of bangle month Falgun. This fair successfully portraits the folk tradition of the country. People from different corners of the country come to visit this fair for its uniqueness and enormous extent. Photo Credit: Shams Shamim

Pona Tirtho :

It is another festival celebrated in this area. It is mainly a Hindu religious festival. It is held on the banks of jadukata river of Tahirpur thana. Every year a baruni fair is arranded beside this river bank during the last bengali month chaitra. This fair is locally known as baruni mela. Thousands of Hindu peple gather each year for this occasion. Many Muslim also visit this fair.

Places to visit near Sunamganj :

  1. Mazar of Syed Umed Harun Bogdadi (R)
  2. Tanguar Haor
  3. Bariker Tila
  4. Hason Raja Museum
  5. Laurer Garh
  6. Town Jam-e-Mosque
  7. Pagla Mosque
  8. Sukhair  kalibari temple
  9. Remnants of Raja Bijoy Singh’s palace
  10. Dolura Memorial
  11. Narayantara Chritstian missionaries
  12. Teker ghat lime crushing project
  13. Dohalia Jamidar (landlord) House
  14. Gourarang Jamidar (landlord) House
  15. Lafarge Cement Company

Description of some of these places :

  1. Mazar of Hazrat Syed Umed Harun Bogdadi (R)  : The mazar of Hazrat Syed Umed Harun Bogdadi (R) is located in a village named Mohammadpur. It is more commonly known as Mohammadpur Mokam to the local people. The great saint is thought to have breathed his last at around 1230 bangla year. If you go there a calm-beautiful and holy impression will overwhelm you.
  2. Gourarang Jamidar Bari : On the east bank of river Surma is the Gourarang village. A palace was built here by Nidhiram, ancestor of the jamidar family. This palace is more commonly known as the jamidar bari. As a testimony of the lavish life lead by the then jamidars, the palace premises include a theatre for entertainment of the family, a huge pond with paved wharf, dark pit etc. All of these are built with a mixture of traditional yet modern architectural concepts. This place now serves as a picnic spot besides being a place of archeological importance.
  3. Dohalia Jamidar Bari : Raja Subid Narayan’s successor Basudev was first to come Dohalia and start living here. Later another successor of the clan Mahesswar extricated illegally occupied lands from the Khasia raja and established his dominance over the area. Later on this family was directly involved with many other wars and political incidents which took place there. The house used by this Jamidar family has now become an interesting historical place. The age old wooden two storied house, a century old mosque and other belongings of the family will definitely drive you back to a distant past while you take a tour here.
  4. Town jam-e-mosque : It is located near the judge court house of Sunamganj. That is why it is more often called the court mosque. It has been repaired and redecorated for quite a few times in its service life. The white domes are decorated with blue stars of smaller sizes. The interior of the mosque is also designed beautifully. All together the decoration is much soothing and creates a unique holy atmosphere all around it.
  5. Pagla Mosque : It is in Pagla union. To be more accurate the mosque is located in the vicinity of the local bazaar of the union. It is a two-storied building with impressive adornment. The domes have wonderful motif of various colored stars on them. These domes make the mosque identifiable from even a distant point. The colored outer wall adds an extra touch to the ornamentation of the mosque.
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Splendid Sunamganj : part- I

Sunamganj is one of the four districts of Sylhet division. It is located in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh, 70km west to Sylhet town. It lies on the lap of the  Khasia and jaintia hills. It is surrounded by many of the other districts. On south are Habiganj and Kishoreganj districts, on east is sylhet district, on west are Netrokona and greater mymensingh and on the north are the hills. Among other geographic features of the region are the two rivers Surma and Kushiyara and numerous haors.


The name Sunamganj is believed to have originated from the name of a brave Mughal soldier Sunamdi. Sunamdi is the regional form of Sunam Uddin. He was rewarded with some lands in this region by the then Mughal emperor for his bravery in one of the battles. Later Sunamdi donated this land to establish a market. In recognition to his generosity it was named after him as Sunamganj.

However, the history of Sunamganj is far too old. It is thought that most of the parts of Sunamganj was once submerged under kalidoho sea. With time it was revealed from under water. Besides many geographical changes Sunamganj has also experienced a great deal of historical events.

Sunamganj has been the birthplace of many a renowned mystic poets and devotees of art and culture. Hason Raja, Radharaman, Durbin Shah, Shah Abdul Karim , Gias Uddin Ahmed, Mohsin Reza Chowdhury, Moniruzzaman Monir, Nirmolendu Chowdhury, Abdul Hai, Brahmanendu Das, Lalanirendu De, Bipin Paul, Khirod Sharma, Toroni Kanto De, Sadir Uddin Ahmed, Shah Abu Taher and many more legends of the country comes from this region. Besides them Sunamganj has also given the country with many war heroes who fought for freedom. Among them Nankar rebellion Sukhair is notable.


From Sylhet there are regular buses to Sunamganj bus station at Amberkhana . This costs about Tk 50-75 and takes 2 hours time on an average. There might be some local bus services from Dhaka to Sunamganj. If you are interested to take up a train from Dhaka then you’ll have to go Sylhet by train and then make the rest of the journey with a rent a car or local bus to reach Sunamganj.


For accommodation a few hotels are available here. Besides a few governmental and non-governmental rest houses are available.

  • Hotel Nur
  • Hotel Palace
  • Hotel  Nurani
  • Hotel Sarpinia
  • Hotel Mizan

Along with these hotels there are a government circuit house, zilla parishod rest house and some other rest houses.


Sunamganj is a land of natural beauty. Hills, rivers, haors, beels, trees, wildlife everything here make this place magnificent. Even lifestyle of the members of hill-tribes makes this land more interesting. The cultural diversity of the local people is mentionable in this case. Many languages and different practices are seen over the whole region. Some of these trends are due to the influence of the nearby districts habiganj, sylhet and a bit far from these two Comilla. All these add a different dimension to the natural glory of the region, making it more attractive.

Due to the presence of a huge number of wetlands Sunamganj has become one of the favorite spot for birdwatchers.

Many people, unaware of Sunamganj’s treasure, may not consider it as a tourist attraction. But you should visit to find out the unbound beauty this place offers.

Hason Raja Museum: A tribute to the great mystic poet

Sunamganj has been bestowed with numerous poets and literates. The abundant beauty of the nature may be considered as the source of inspiration to these hundreds of mystic poets and artists. Hason Raja was one of them. He not only made his region Sunamganj but also his whole country famous through his thoughtful writing skill. His memories are carefully preserved at the Hason Raja Mueseum.

Hason Raja (1854 -1921) is one of the most well-known mystic poets of Bangladesh. He was a successor of Raja jamidar family. He became the owner of vast property at a young age but proved his capability through the extension of own territory. He was very popular because of his giving nature. In the beginning of his reign he indulged himself in enjoyment and lived an uncontrolled lavish life. Afterwards he realized the deeper meaning of life and the darker side of the lavish life he was leading. Then he devoted himself in writing poetry and songs besides ruling his property and soldiers. His writings reflect his thoughtfulness about emotions related to nonmaterial things of life. Being impressed, Rabindranath Tagore praised his writing skills.

To preserve this great poet’s memories the Hason Raja Mueseum was established. It is another place to see when you are visiting Sunamganj. It is situated at a place called Taghoria along the bank of Surma river. It used to be the ancestral house of Hason Raja. Later the museum was established here. All of Hason Raja’s writings are kept in this museum. Many objects like : sword, pagri(turban), plate, clothes, books and handwritten manuscript of songs and poems are exhibited here.

Hason Raja’s sons earned some of their father’s qualities. They also explored in different branches of literature and art. Thus along with many of Hason Raja’s belongings you can also find some exhibits of Hason Raja’s sons and other Rajas of the clan.

Hason Raja was buried in his family graveyard known as Gazir Dorga. It is also visited by a lot of people visiting Sunamganj.

Hasan Raja Musuem Photo Credit and More informaiton in Bangla.

Travelling :

It is easy to go to Hason Raja’s museum. You can either go by car or local richshaw. If you take a car from Traffic point of the town it will only take about 5minutes to reach the museum.

Accommodation :

As the museum is not far from the Sunamganj town, you can arrange for your accommodation in the town and visit the museum from there. This is suggested because there is no known accommodation facility adjacent to the museum unless you have a relative residing there.

The contribution of Hason Raja in our country’s literature cannot be repaid. This museum is a symbol of the respect and appreciation the people have for him and his writings.

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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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



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.

Continue reading part 2 here

Sylhet : land of boundless beauty – Part 2

Read Part 1 of this article here

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.