When a Tourist is looking for serence atmosphere and spectacular views then Sylhet is the name comes first before any place of Bangladesh. When a Traveller wants some rejuvenation for his/her body and soul through natural retreat and wants complete refreshment then no one can think a place other than Sylhet. Cause, Sylhet, the holy land of 360 Awliya, enjoys the blessings of Allah than other parts of Bangladesh. Sylhet offers magnificent natural beauty, majestic hill, Tea garden, Picturesque landscape and many more things. So, for the future traveller who planning to visit Sylhet at their convenient time we have selected 15 amazing places in Sylhet. The very best sylhet tourist place at a glance
Lalakhal is the name of the place through which the river Shari flows. It is one of the most beautiful place to visit in Sylhet. Many river flows from the north of Sylhet into Bangladesh from Khasia Jaintia hills to the Bangladeshi plains. Shari is one of those rivers.
Shari’s greenish blue water is an immediate eye catcher. The reason for the peculiar water color of the river is due to the sandy river bed and the minerals carried on by the river from the hills. Along with the minerals, the water current brings in many stones, boulders and small pebbles. Same is true for several other rivers that passes into Bangladesh through the border north of Sylhet from the Khasia Jaintia hills.
Shari River is home to commercial stone collection that gets redirected into country’s construction sector. Despite this situation the water remains blue in its downstream. Tea garden and a BGB camp is visible on the one side of the river bank. You can see Nazimgarh wilderness resort just on the other side of the river.
You need to travel 30 kilometers from Sylhet on the road called Tamabil highway and then you need to turn right into another smaller road in Jaintia to reach the Shari river. Nazimgarh Wilderness Resort is located where the road ends. Another way of reaching the destination is taking a boar from the Shari Ghat on the Tamabil highway. You can stay at the resort to get wholesome view of the Lalakhal from the windows. A mountain stream is also visible from the resort.
You can cruise through the river by a boat and reach the zero point where Bangladesh’s border with India is located. The birds flowing over the river and landing at different places will also delightfully hold your attention. Thee green cover on the both sides of the river along with the heightened riverbanks will surely mesmerize you heart. You can save some time of your visit for exploring the tea gardens set on the side of the river.
A boat cruise through Lalakhal can be one of your most memorable experiences. The surroundings can definitely have a calming effect on the mind. You might also see some houses and large houses on the riverbanks. In the rainy seasons the clouds gather over Lalakhal and can take on beautiful view as they seem to collide against the hills on the riverbank. A twilight view from the resort of the Lalakhal area can also leave beautiful impressions on you.
Overall Lalakhal Shari River is magnificent site to visit and can definitely make it to the list of you places to while in Sylhet.
Malonichora Tea garden: Malnicherra Tea Estate is the first tea garden in the south east asia. This was founded on 1854 at the british period. The lush greenery garden is now operated by Sylheti Business tycoon Mr. Ragib Ali. Malnichara Tea Garden in the midst of the picturesque 1500 acre estate. Malnicherra Tea estate is the must-see in Sylhet. It is about 2 km away from Sylhet downtown area.
Hakaluki Haor is situated near the Assam-Bangladesh border on the eastern side of Bangladesh. The haor is spread in 5 subdistricts (Upazila): Kulaura, Juri, Baralekha, Golapgonj and Fenchugonj. The first three upazilas are under Moulivibazar district and the rest are under Sylhet. A total of 181.15 sqaure kilometer area is covered by the Haor. This huge area makes the Haor Asia’s one of the larger wetlands. Many (Almost 238 of different sizes) depressed land surface, locally known as ‘beels’, are in interconnected in this Haor network. Some of these beels are perennial. During the rainy season the entirety of the Haor surface goes under water, the total submerged area is almost 4 and a half times of the area that remains submerged in the dry season.
Many communities of people around the Haor area are dependent on the Haor for their livelihoods. More than 200,000 people live in the area surrounding the Haor.
The total interconnected beel network make the Hakaluki haor the largest freshwater wetland in Bangladesh. The main water source of the Haor actually comes from several rivers (Juri, Sonai, Kantinala, Fanai, Kuichara etc), some of which have originated in India.
Many aquatic life forms are found in the Haor along with many plant life. All these constitute the wetland habitat. Some of the species of the plants and aquatic life are still unspecified or unknown. The Haor supports many agricultural and horticultural crops. A fastgrowing species of timber is also found in this area. The variety and abundance of herbs and plant life in the Haor is really amazing. The haor is also home to many species of birds, including some endangered species.
In total some 558 species of birds and animal species are found here. Other reptiles, amphibians and mammals also adorn the area. Turtle, Otters, Langur, Fish Eagle, and snakes are some that at least needs to be mentioned.
For bird watchers and lovers the place has a lot to offer. Almost 417 species of birds have been identified to have spread their wings in the Haor. The variety of species of birds adds to the vitality of the Haor area. But many of the species are specified as vulnerable and almost 26 are designated as threatened species, and 10 are endangered, while 14 are considered to be critically endangered species. So, if possible, relevant conservation steps should be taken by the government. Migratory birds also join the local species in the Haor. Different types of waterfowls are also found in the Haor that adds to the overall attraction.
Overall, the Hakaluki Haor is one of the most beautiful natural site in Bangladesh that can be accessed through Sylhet. So you can definitely keep this in your list of tourist sites to visit in your visit to Sylhet.
Tamabil possesses a natural beautiful place in sylhet region. Here, a traveller might enjoy the moving stones from slopes and waterfalls. And scenery makes an magnificent delightful landscape. Tamabil shares a border with india. Tamabil also famous for its land port.
Jaflong is one of the most visited tourist places in Bangladesh. It is also a hill station. Jaflong is located in the Gwainghat upazila of Sylhet and sits just beside the India-Bangladesh border beside the state of Meghalaya of India. Apart from the hilly outlook of Jaflong, the place is also known for its river, stone collection tea garden, waterfalls and the Khasi indigenous tribes. Jaflong is situated in just 60 kilometers away from the Sylhet city. Jaflong Green Eco park project is contributing to maintaining green nature reserve of the area.
River Mari flows through Jaflong and carries a lot of stones from the hills hidden under the green cover. River Mari most probably originated in the Himalayas. Local tourists especially associate Jaflong with these activity of stone collected, as used to be shown in many calendars showcasing Jaflong. Many still visit river Mari to get a glimpse of moving stones in the water.
Jaflong is also home to the Khasi tribe and the place sits just on the foothills of Khasia Hill. The Khasi Palli (village) is among the attractions sought after by the tourists. The Khashi tribe has history dating back to thousand of years. The lifestyle of Khashi tribe is especially mentionable as it follows a matrilineal system of family relations and inheritance. You might come across many betel-leaf-nut plantation going through Khasi area. The palace of the Khasia king is also a modest site to visit.
Tea gardens of Jaflong is another prominent attraction. The beautiful gardens are often arranged along the slope of small hills. The green surface of the garden is really pretty sight to have. There are some large tree plantation sites you can visit in Jaflong, Sylhet.
You can either drive through Jaflong or take a boat cruise thought he river Mari to appreciate the beauty of Jaflong. You can see the nature sites as well as stone collection in the crystal water of the river. In Dauki Bajar and Bolar ghat you can buy some local items and accessories according to your preference. You can also visit the famous hanging bridge by your boat cruise. There is a modest opportunity for hill trekking with guidance as the area is full of hills. You can visit the Jainta Rajbari located in Jaintapur. You can also take a sneak peek into Lawachara National park.
Overall, Jagflong filled with many beautiful element. Rainfalls, tea garden, Mari River and the hills of Jaflong can surely become a perfect getaway for your tourist heart. Therefore, Jaflong should definitely make it to the list of sites you may visit in Sylhet.
The Manipuri Rajbari is a palace of neo-classical design, located in KajirBari Bridge, Mirja jangal road of Sylhet city. Visitors will transported back in time surrounded by antiques and rustic furnishings. This Manipuri mansion was once home to the king of Manipur, Raja Gombhir Shing & his siblings. Though it has lost a little it’s Intrinsicity lack of proper care but its beauty has not ended yet. The principal gate, border wall, decorated stair and the remnant part of Bhalakhana amazed the tourists. Palace of Munipuri is one of the lucrative ancient architecture in Bangladesh.
Ratargul Swamp Forest:
Ratargul Swamp Forest is the only freshwater swamp forest in Bangladesh. It is located in Gowain River, Sylhet. It is one of the very few freshwater swamp forest of the worl. The total area of the swamp forest is around 3330 acres–504 of which is considered to be ‘animal sanctuary’. The swamp forest, called the Sunderbans of Sylhet, is situated 26 Kilometeres away from Sylhet.
The forest is linked the Chengir khal and the river Gowain flows through the forest. There are some varieties of trees here; but mostly Koroch tree is found in the forest. Perhaps the species is most suited to the water of the river among the other species. Usually the water depth of the forest is 10 feet, but in rainy, season, the depth can be more than 20 feet and up to 30 feet.
To reach the forest, you need to take a boat from the Gowain Ghat. Two wetlands are found in the southern portion of the forest: Shimul Beel Haor, and Neia Beel Haor.
As the forest is connected to Chengir Khal, during rainy season water from Indian regions enters the forest through Gowain river. Sometime the forest become overly flooded. During rainy season, one cannot see the forest trees. On the other hand the forest almost dries up during the winter season when the temperature drops to almost 10-12 degree Celsius. But the area receives heavy rainfall during the rainy season, almost 4162 milimeter per year.
Almost 72 species of plants are found in the forest. The river is covered by a tree tops like an umbrella, as is apparent from an aerial view of the area. During the dry season, you might come upon mongoose. Snakes are also available in the forest. Many species of birds such as Dove, Water Fowl, Eagle, Parrot, Kingfisher etc also spreads their wings and sings in the forest.
Monsoon is the best time to visit the swamp forest. Overall, Bangladesh’s signature Ratargul freshwater swamp forest can be treat to your heart with its magnificent beauty consisting of river, plants and birds.
In recent times, Bichnakandi area of Gowainghat sub-district (upazila) of Sylhet has attracted a lot of tourist. Bichanakandi is near to the border between Bangladesh and India. Many geologists have opined that the area is prone to earthquake. Nonetheless, the area attracts a lot of tourists during the peak season.
This location is formed by the surrounding Khasi Mountains. Many layers of the khasi hills meet to form the place. And the fountains flowing the surrounding mountains accumulates water in the area and a lake is formed. The lake is interconnected with the Piyain River of Sylhet. The rocks deposited in Bichnakandi have come with the fountain streams of the hills. There are many large sized boulders in the area.
During the rainy season clouds cover the surrounding hills, and the area takes on a very magnificent look. The area is also a hotspot for stone collection. In winter, it is not recommended that you visit the place as you will come across may stone carrying boats and Lorries.
Bichnakandi is some 25 kilometers away from North of Sylhet City. You can either go through Sylhet-Gowainghat road and reach Hadarpur to take a boat to bichanakandi or you can take a CNG autorickshaw to reach Hadarpur.
Overall, the transparent water, stone bed and the surrounding hills gives rise to a magnificent view of the place. And your experience in Bichanakand will certainly remain fresh in your memory long after you leave the place, and will certainly bring memories of calm to soothe your heart.
Satchori National Forest
Khadimnagar Rain forest
Rema Kalenga Reserve Forest
Sylhet is one of the must visited place in Bangladesh. The tourist attractions in Sylhet tempts, pleases and most significantly grants unforgettable experiences. Infact, This district is the home to some of the most magnificent natural sites in the country. The sites mentioned in this piece has been favorite for many tourists visiting Sylhet over the years. Certainly, the magnificence of Ratargul or Bichanakandi or Lalakhal etc cannot be missed once you step in those places. So to soothe you yearning for travelling to pristine natural sites, you can definitely consider visiting these places in Sylhet.