MOULVIBAZAR : The Land of Tea – Part : I

Welcome to the land of tea is what a sculpture says on the entrance of the Moulvibazar district. It portraits a female tea-plucker with a basket on her back. This is enough to let you know the main attraction of this place is the tea-estates. But it will be only half of the picture, as moulvibazar has so many other fascinations besides the tea-estates.

Moulvibazar is a north-eastern district of Bangladesh. On its west is Habiganj. On the north side it is surrounded by Sylhet distrtict. While on the South and east sides it has a boundary with Indian states Tripura and Assam respectively. From these adjacent states various streams find their way into Moulvibazar. The Dholoi, Manu and  Juri ,the main rivers of this region, are such rivers.

History:

The place was named Moulvibazar after Moulvi Kudratullah, who used to preach Islam here. He was one of the descedents of Hazrat Shah Mustafa (Ra), a companion of the great saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (Ra) who spread Islam all over Sylhet. In the 17th century Moulvi established a small bazaar near his house which was moulvibazar by the local inhabitants. In course of time this market flourished and the place became familiar as Moulvibazar. However before the 14th century, i.e. before the Muslim era, this region is thought to have a majority of Hindu inhabitants. Hindu religious book revealed Moulvibazar as holy place and river Manu as divine tribute.

Natural beauty:

Moulvibazar offers great scenic beauty and immense natural charm. Tea-gardens, mixed evergreen forests, mountains and waterfalls running down these mountains are the major fascinations of its beauty. Among other attractions of the land are the interesting lifestyle of the tea-garden workers and the unique culture of the local tribal people. The luxurious residences made by the expatriates may also be noted in the Places to See list.

Tea estates are the common most feature of Moulvibazar. Moulvibazar has many hills – small ones and big ones followed by flat lands. These topographic features make it very favorable for production of tea. This is why there are 92 tea- estates in Moulvibazar while there are 154 of them in the whole country. Bangladesh has become one of the leading countries of the world in exporting tea. Two of the greatest tea producing estates in the world are located here. In the tea gardens the tea trees are planted in regular manner in the slopes of the hills. Big trees usually trees bearing fruits are planted in between them to provide shade. Everything there is in a very orderly fashion. Every plant and tree seems to be very strict as if not to disrupt the regularity. In these tea estates various animals find shelter. If you are lucky you may see some rare animals while visiting them.

Accommodation:

Moulvibazar has flourished much as a tourist spot. A large number of tourists from home and abroad every year visit this place. For their accommodation, now a good number of hotels are available here with a few differences in facilities served. Some of Moulvibazar’s hotels are

  • Hotel Sonargaon (contact no: 0861 – 64607)
  • Hotel Helal (contact no : 0861- 52535)
  • Hotel Rezia (contact no: 01716 – 086463)
  • Parjatan Resthouse (contact no: 0861 – 52350)
  • Sheraton Plaza (contact no: 0861 – 52020)
  • Hotel Rajdhani
  • Hotel Camilla
  • Hotel Basundhara
  • Hotel Lal Kella

Some restaurants are

  • Hotel Western Plaza (contact no: 0861 – 64810)
  • Bengal Food and Restaurant
  • Hotel City King Chinese (contact no: 0861 – 62775)
  • Rajmahal
  • Shad
  • Hotel Prince
  • Khawa-dawa
  • Rahmania
  • Manager stall etc

All these Hotels and Restaurants are located in Moulvibazar town. You can also book your rooms in hotels not located in moulvibazar rather than in Srimangal, which may be considered the best tourist attraction spot of this division.

Some hotels and restaurant in Srimangal are

  • Hotel Plaza (contact no: 08626 – 71525)
  • Tea resort (contact no: 08626 – 71207)
  • B.T.R.I (contact no: 08626 – 71225)
  • Tea town restaurant
  • Hotel Prince etc.

You can also take room in Baralekha area in

  • Hotel Al-Amin
  • Hotel Amirat

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.

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.

History

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.

Travelling:

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.

Accommodation:

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.

Nature

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.

A train to Rajshahi: A city of silk

As its mid summer, the day temperature is nether extreme hot nor too cold. Another advantage of the season is magnificent look with deep blue sky and wet lands with water and boat. Flashing rain and bright sun is also visible by turns. The season is perfect for a daylong drive specially for tourists who searches such weather and can earn a little time for tour.

A outer space opportunity waits for you, if the journey is made by train towards western part of the country, it will be fantastic, cheap and with full of romance!

So why making delay. Hurry up ! Chalk up a schedule for a brief train tour to Silk City Rajshahi. Eventually, a train named Silk City is ready to carry you from Dhaka to Rajshahi.

Enjoy on train :

Dhaka to Rajshahi Train Schedule.

The train journey is very much enjoyable through Rajshahi-Dhaka route as the natural beauty attracts visitor. Through the journey you can touch airport station, Joydevpur, Tangail, largest bridge Jamuna and largest beel (wetland) cholonbeel in Sirajganj, Natore and finally reach one of the old towns Rajshahi at the Indian bordering areas.

Through the rhythm of wind, frequent whistle of trains feel a different taste of moment and you can watch a live Bangladesh at a glance. Side by side on the running train, you can imagine the pulse of life like a cradle.

The train journey can open up to you a movie window for watch scenic views of small and big rivers, iron bridge, small village bazaar, muddy path, grazing of cattle in the vast filed, swarm of birds on the sky, deep forest at Gazipur, localities, different types of people and their life style.

The train journey would never make you bore as it takes several breaks in different big junction and on the bank of river Jamuna. Side by side arrangement of instant tea, coffee, soft drinks, sandwich, chicken fry, French Fry, burger, cakes are also available at a cheap rate on the buffet of the running train.

If you do not want to touch fast food, you have alternative fresh food like banana, green guava and cucumber, nuts and such seasonal fruits on the train.

Songs of different mode like romance, patriotic song and folk are also be played through the micro phone of your compartments as well as whole train. Through the announcement system, you will be notified of the destination of train and information for passengers who have to ready to get down from train.

The greater advantage of traveling by train is toilet system while on the highway journey you have no scope to avail it!

At the middle of journey the train will take a halt for around 20 minutes near Jamuna bridge railway station where you can get down from train and take a big breath from fresh air of river Jamuna as well as you can notice the structural view of country’s biggest Jamuna multipurpose bridge on which train and bus are plying together on the mighty river Jamuna.

Here the Silk City train takes a break as the security forces scan all the compartments to ensure the security of the train to go ahead on the bridge.

Train timing:

From Dhaka Komlapur railway station the inter city Silk City train leaves for Rajshahi, a divisional headquarter of western zone of Bangladesh, at 2.40 pm and arrives Rajshahi Railway station at around 9.00 pm.

The six hour journey by train at the weekend, it must able to wipe up your work monotony. After departure from the train, you can see a gentle, neat and clean town where you can never notice a minute traffic jam, honking of vehicles, any dust and even crowd of people like capital Dhaka.

Your mind will say to reach the hotel or residence of relative by walking as the city footpath or lanes are free from goods and suitable for walk. Beside a number of taxi, rickshaw and city bikes called e-bike ( electric battery-run bike) are also available in the railways station to carry you at a cheap rate accordingly it creates a small pollution!

Travel cost:

If you want to travel on a normal business class compartment, you have to pay Tk only 165 for a ticket. In this compartment, you have to face a frequent rush of passengers. Better you can reserve a air conditioned seat at Tk 334 only. If you like to the trip with family members, you can reserve a cabin on the train with cheap rate.

Night spend at Rajshahi:

Before you start for Rajshahi, you can reserve room at any residential hotel near railway station. The motel of porjatan corporation also available here though it is little bit away from railway station.

Better you can make a surprise visit to residence of your relatives or friends in Rajshahi city.

Discover Rajshahi city:

On the following morning, you can start your day to visit the ancient city called education city. During British rules, the city was made specially with different types of educational institutions.

Here you will find the country’s second largest Rajshahi University, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Medical college, leather technology institution, nursing institute, polytechnic institute, ancient Barendra Research Museum, institute of health technology etc. Beside you can visit Zia theme park, Zoo, T-groin, I-groin, city protection embankment beside the mighty river Padma that flows on the south part of the city.

If you can not earn several days holiday, you would not be able to cover the city sites and even the Barindra Research Museum. You can make trip to Puthia Jaminder Bari, Natore Uttara Ganabhabon, Sonamasjid Landport at Chapainawabganj, Paharpur Buddah Bihar etc.

Why Rajshahi called Silk City!

Beside you can visit the country owned largest silk factory near the railway station. It is not dream that at a time, the fashion loving kings and queens of different countries had used silk cloths which they collects from Rajshahi.

The silk industry has a glorious history. During British regime, Rajshahi city had got international popularity because of its superfine silk cloth like Mosline cloth of China.

At a time the luxurious silk cloth had huge international demand but due to severe competition, the industry has lost its market. Even now you have scope to collect the traditional silk Saries, Panjabi and other type of cloth from showroom of silk factory in Rajshahi.

How to return

The silk city however, starts from Rajshahi every morning at 7.30 pm and arrives in Dhaka at around 1.30 pm. Beside Padma Intercity Express train leaves Rajshahi at 4.00 pm and arrives Dhaka at around 10.00 pm and Dhumketu Intercity Express also leaves from Rajshahi at around 12.00 am and arrives in Dhaka at around 6.00 am. You have freedom of choice to which train you like to avail.

Do not forget to carry !

You should carry travel bag, digital camera with battery charger, mini umbrella, fast aid box, some dried food and money as you need. Beside, if you can carry a guitar or flute it will add an additional dimension of the journey. If you cannot play guitar or flute you can easily carry music player or laptop.

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.

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.

Kushtia: the cultural capital of Bangladesh

Kushtia is a district in Khulna division of western Bangladesh. It is 1621.5 square in area. Lots of cultural and Historical places are in Kushtia.

The history of kushtia comes from the old age. It was in the larger area named Nodia before the separation from India. So many histories had spread here and there in Kushtia.

The most honorable poet, writer and philosopher of the Indian sub continent, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore has stayed at Shilaidah Kuthibari during the most important time of his carrier. it is a wonderful place to visit.

Lalon Shah was the greatest poet, folk singer and lyric writer, thinker of his age. People and his followers remember him for his wisdom on songs and talks. His songs touch minds, goes from heart to hearts. His tomb and shrine is situated in Kushtia. It is a great place to visit. It has auditorium, library, museum, graveyard, garden and many more.

Tarun’s house is another historical place which is situated just beside of the tomb of Lalon Shah.

Tarun’s father was a Sufi named Samrat Ekdil Shah. The majar of Ekdil Shah is another nice place. There is a high tower inside of a triangle island. From the top of the tower you can see a triangle island named Haripur which is covered with both of the rivers Padma and Goraih. It gives a view which is unbelievable that you’ve not imagined before.

There are two historical and beautiful mosques in Kushtia town. One is Shahi Mosque and the other one is the Baitul Jannat Mosque.

The one and only railway of Bangladesh which is directly connected with India goes over the Kushtia and it was the first railway of Bangladesh, built in Kushtia by the British government in 1860.

There are two historical and old industries in Kushtia. One is the Renwick & Jagneshwar company (1896) and the another is the Mohini Mills (1919). The internal area with the river side of the Renwick & Jagneshwar Company is another beautiful area to see.

The Islamic University of Kushtia is a public varsity of Bangladesh. It is also a historical place. The campus of the university is well decorated, beautiful and green.

The first muslim writer of the Bengali language Mir Mosharraf Hossain is the son of Kushtia. His home is in Kushtia but now you can’t see there anything without a school and a museum.

The municipality building of Kushtia is another historical place which was built in 1886.

There are 4 Hotels with a guest house in which foreigners can stay cause they are good. There are 3 very good restaurants to feed you at reasonable cost.

Kushtia is the capital of culture of Bangladesh. The little district Kushtia is very popular place for tourists to visit for its hidden history.

Bagerhat: little town near the sea where history of 600 years is hidden

Bagerhat is one of the most popular historical towns of Bangladesh which is in Khulna division.

In 15th century a saint named Khan Jahan Ali came here in Khalifabad (present Bagerhat). He constructed a muslim colony and for this he made mosques and many more. It is the reason for why people visit there. Among some villages and so many natural views you can see the wonderful places too.

It is not only near to a sea port named Mongla but also directly connected with the divisional city, Khulna.

Most of the historical places are situated beside the main street. The Majar is 2 kilometers from the Shat Gambuj Mosque (Sixty Dome Mosque) and the mosque is beside of the main road.

Shat Gambuj Masjid, which means a mosque with 60 domes, was constructed in 1449. Though the mosque has 77 squade domes, traditionally it is called as sixty dome mosque. There is a museum in the mosque area. Foreigners have to pay a small entrance fee of BDT 50 to visit the mosque. The museum beside the mosque is open from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm.

Khan Jahan Ali’s tomb is one of the main attractions of Bagerhat. Everyday many visitors come here to pay respects for the holy saint. It is at the south of the main road and about 4km from the main bus stop. The tomb is decorated with colorful clothes. Most of the women pay respects there. There are some other mosques here and there inside the town and most of them are single domed. If you’ve not a specific interest, they’ll not be interesting.

Near of the dorga there are so many tiny shops but you can’t buy anything without prayer beads and some little trinkets.

There are some little dhabas near of the bus station. You’ll have to think once about food quality before taking.

Two lackluster budget hotels are there in north of bus stand, near of the river. It’s no needed to stay night there cause it takes about two hours to visit here.