Sylhet Tourist Places


Somewhere on the edge of the plain there are mountains, rivers flowing down. White clouds are playing on the top of the hills. Sunlight falls on the fountain water and sparkles. Haor is not too far. Birds are flying touching the water of marshes. There are Hijal forest, green tea gardens, swamp forest, wetlands, stone weald and a lot of beautiful and attractive places to visit in Sylhet. Such a magnificent beauty of nature can only be seen in Sylhet. Just as nature has hidden valuable resources under the soil of the region, she has also bloomed her beauty above the ground. This is why Sylhet is called a tourist city. Nature’s generosity has made Sylhet rich in tourism potential. Sylhet is reminiscent of the great saint Hazrat Shahjalal, Hazrat Shahporan, Sri Chaitanya and numerous pir-aulia and religious figures. There are numerous archaeological sites, including Janta Rajbarhi, Megalithic stones, which carry ancient history of Sylhet as well as Bangladesh. Sylhet is also a key source of traditional Bengali songs. Radharaman, Hasan Raja, Shitalong Shah, Shah Abdul Karim and many Bauls were born in this area. They have been enriching the collection of Bangla songs. There is also a diversity of ethnicities in Sylhet. Diversity of different groups, including Bengali, Manipuri, Khasia, Pangan and tea-labor tribes made Sylhet unique. Surprised by the beauty of Sylhet, world-poet Rabindranath Tagore called it ‘Sreebhumi’, a land of beauty. And recently, renowned Indian filmmaker Gautam Ghosh commented on seeing Tanguar Haor in Sunamganj: Tangua is the most beautiful place in the world I have seen. Who knew this information even a few days ago, the only swamp forest in the country is located in Ratargul in Sylhet? Some news media came out about the beauty of the forest. Since then, the forest has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sylhet. Every day, hundreds of tourists, both domestic and foreign, are crowded here.

Malnicherra Tea Estate

Malnicherra Tea Estate Garden, one of the best places to visit in Sylhet.

Malnicherra tea estate is the largest and oldest tea garden in Bangladesh and subcontinent. It is located in Sadar upazila of Sylhet district in Bangladesh. The first commercial tea industry in Bangladesh was started in 1854 with the establishment of Malnicherra Tea Garden in Sylhet, covering an area of 1,500 acres. However, the coverage of the garden has now almost doubled. The location of Malnicherra Tea Garden is next to Sylhet Airport Road. Malnicherra tea garden is always at the top of the list of favorite places of tourists from home and abroad. Being very close to the city of Sylhet, the travelers first rushed to Malnicherra.

Madhabkunda Waterfall

Madhabkunda Waterfall, Sylhet

Madhabkunda Waterfall, located at Moulvibazar district in Sylhet, is known as one of the highest waterfall of Bangladesh. The waterfall has been rolling down from the rocky hill of Patharia.

Gangamara is a stream flows over the Patharia hill. The stream flowed down from the edge of the hill, then it was named Madhab Chora. A huge hole or ‘kunda’ has been created below due to the waterfall falling from very high. This is how the waterfall was named Madhabkunda.

Ratargul Swamp Forest

Travelers enter Ratargul forest riding such a small dinghi boat through the gaps of the trees.

Ratargul Swamp Forest is the only freshwater swamp forest in Bangladesh and one of the most popular tourist destinations. Located near the city of Sylhet, the forest is called the “Sundarbans of Sylhet”. There are only 22 peat swamp forests in the whole world, one of which is Ratargul. As a result, Ratargul tops the list of destinations for tourists visiting Sylhet.

Lalakhal

Lalakhal Shari river, Sylhet

Lalakhal is one of the favorite places to visit in Sylhet. It is 35 km away from Sylhet city, in Jaintapur upazila. Lalakhal is located just below the Cherrapunji hills in India. The Shari river originating from Cherrapunji flows along the side of Lalakhal. Although named ‘Khal’, that means a canal, Lalakhal is actually a river connected with Shari river. On the banks of this winding river are hilly forests, Lalakhal nature park, Lalakhal tea estate and various species of trees.

Hakaluki Haor

Migratory birds in Hakaluki Haor.

Hakaluki Haor is the largest haor in Bangladesh and in Asia. Located at the foothills of Meghalaya and Tripura hills, the haor covers five upazilas of Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts— Baralekha, Kulaura, Fenchuganj, Golapganj and Beanibazar.

The area of Hakaluki Haor is 20,400 hectares.

Tanguar Haor

Tanguar Haor in monsoon

Tanguar Haor is located in Sunamganj district of greater Sylhet. Spread over an area of about 100 sq km, Tanguar Haor is the second largest freshwater wetland in Bangladesh. To the locals, the haor is also known as ‘Noykuri Kandar Choykuri Beel’. After Sundarbans, it is the second Ramsar site (internationally important wetland) in Bangladesh.

Panthumai Waterfall

Wild water of Panthumai waterfall near Pangthumai village

If you love a calm river, its crystal clear water, the solitude of the mountains and at the same time if you like to listen to the endless song of a drunken fountain, then Panthumai in Sylhet is for you. There are plenty of places to visit in Bangladesh, but there are no such beautiful waterfalls anywhere else.

The Amazing Lovachora

Lovachora, Sylhet

Lovachora is one of the most attractive places to visit in Sylhet. The Lovachora Tourist area is made up of a river of crystal clear water, a huge tea garden, rows of greenery on both sides of the road, a natural lake and fountain, a century-old hanging bridge, the tomb of Miraping Shah, antiquities of Mughal kings and queens, an ancient Dighi and a stone quarry. In the northeastern border area of Bangladesh, several clear water rivers have flowed through the Meghalaya and Khasia-Jainta hills. The river Lova is one of them. The source of Lova and Surma rivers is the same. Here the intense love of the blue sky with the mountains, with the floating clouds and the clear water of the river fills the minds of the visitors.

Shahjalal Mazar : The Most Visited Place in Sylhet

Shahjalal Mazar, Dargah Sharif, Sylhet

Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) was a famous Sufi saint of the subcontinent. His Dargah and memorial place is the most visited place in Sylhet. Shahjalal is called ‘Walikul Shiromani’, means the best of all Sufis. He is believed to have come to Sylhet region of present-day Bangladesh in 1303 AD to spread the peaceful teachings of Islam. It was through him that Islam spread in Sylhet region.

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