The Amazing Lovachora
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.
Once you see the green hills of Lovachora and the wonderfully clear water of the Lova River, you will want to go there again and again. The Lovachora tea garden, the century-old suspension bridge and the nearby Khasia village will also delight you. The tea garden was established during the British colonial period in Kanaighat upazila on the north-eastern border of the country. Lovachora is a land of natural beauty, surrounded by the river Lova, wide tea gardens, small and large hills and hillocks, waterfalls and many canals.
The hill state of Meghalaya in India is not far from Lovachora. The Khasia-Jainta mountains of Meghalaya can be seen very closely from any of the hills here. Early in the morning, deer, rabbits, and forest roosters are spotted in the Lovachora garden. Lovachora tea garden is also a wildlife sanctuary. The garden authorities have a huge pet elephant, which always moves freely in the garden. Although there is no accommodation for tourists in Lovachora, there are 4 bungalows for the garden authorities. The view of the green-enclosed bungalows is also quite aesthetic. Every day thousands of workers lift stones from the Lova River, which flows past the Lovachora tea garden. The rocks and sand of this river reach different parts of the country.
You will be overwhelmed to see the tea gardens of Lovachora, the natural lakes and fountains, the hanging bridges, the tombs of Miraping Shah, the antiquities of the Mughal kings and queens, the ancient Dighi, the stone quarries and the forestry of the forest department. You will never sense how you have spent a whole day enjoying the beauties of nature.
One of the most interesting attractions of Lovachora is the suspension bridge. On the way to Lovachora by road, you’ll see this suspension bridge built during the British period, locally known as ‘Lotkonir Pool’. As far as is known, the bridge was built by the colonial British in 1925 to travel to Lovachora. Standing on this wonderful iron bridge, it is truly amazing to enjoy the beauty of Lovachora. There is also a tomb of Hazrat Miraping Shah (RA), a companion of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA)’s 360 Auliyas, on a hill to the south of Lovachora and to the east of Mulagul Bazar. Many devotees come here every day to visit the shrine.
There are some antiquities of the kings and queens of the Mughal Empire on the border of Lovachora. Such as the two ancient stones at the foot of a hill called Chokhatila next to a fountain. Sitting on these two stones, the king and queen used to observe the natural beauty of Lovachora while talking.
Next to the huge tea-garden of Lovachora is a huge dighi. There are rumors that many miracles used to take place in this lake: for example, dishes, silver coins, etc. used to float on the water from the bottom of the dighi.
Across the eastern bank of the river are large stone mines, known as the Lova Stone Quarry. Every day thousands of workers lift stones here. The stones extracted from here are supplied all over the country. Many interesting views can be enjoyed on the way to this quarry. After boarding the boat, the mountains, gardens and green forests take away the sight and mind of the traveler. You can see up to the bottom of the river through the clear water, sitting on the boat.
When to go to Lovachora
You can visit Lovachora in any season you wish. However, in the rainy season, the river is full to the brim and the dark green Lovachora tea gardens are more attractive. You will see its different beauty in winter. Then, mountains over mountains covered with fog and the play of soft sunshine in the tea-garden creates a different kind of obsession.
How to go to Lovachora
Lovachora Tourist Spot is located at Laxmiprasad Union of Kanaighat Upazila in Sylhet. Therefore, travelers from outside Sylhet have to come to Sylhet first to visit Lovachora.
Dhaka to Sylhet by Train
Dhaka to Sylhet by Bus
Sylhet to Lovachora
There are three roads from Sylhet city to reach Kanaighat Sadar. You may go there by bus or CNG-autorickshaw via Darbast-Chatul. On the other hand, Kanaighat can be reached through Zakiganj road via Golapganj-Charkhai-Shahbag. Besides, there is another way to reach Kanaighat Sadar via Sylhet-Gachbari road through Gazi Burhan Uddin road. The maximum bus fare from Sylhet city to Kanaighat Sadar is 60 taka and the maximum CNG-autorickshaw fare is 100 taka. If you take a CNG reserve, it may cost 500-700 taka. Kanaighat can be reached by CNG also in the three mentioned ways.
The distance from Kanaighat Upazila Sadar to Lovachora is only 9 kilometers. Lovachora can be reached by road and river from Upazila Sadar. More than half of the road to Lovachora is rough, making it very difficult to get there. So it is easy to go to Lovachora by river. And it may take 3 to 4 hours to complete your Lovachora trip.
Where to Stay
There are no good hotels in Lovachora or Kanaighat. So you have to spend the night in Sylhet city. Tourists feel comfortable to stay in Sylhet as they can leave for Lovachora in the morning and return within the evening. In Sylhet you will find different quality hotels according to your needs and affordability. Notable residential hotels include Hotel Hill Town, Gulshan, Dargah Gate, Surma, Kaikobad etc. Besides, there are the lowest priced residential hotels in the city in Lalbazar area. Here you can spend the night in a fairly good hotel for 300 to 1000 taka.
Where to Eat
There is no food facilities for tourists in Lovachora. However, you’ll find some decent quality hotels in Kanaighat Sadar, so you can take your meal there. If you take some dry food with you, it is very good. Otherwise you can have a light tea-breakfast at Mulagul Bazaar next to Lovachora. Back in Sylhet city you can eat satisfying local food at Pansi, Panch Bhai, Bhojanbari or Palaki Restaurant in Zindabazar with at a cheap price. These restaurants offer delicious food, including a variety of vortas.
Other tourist destinations in Sylhet
When you visit Sylhet, you can see some more special places in and around the city along with Lovachora, if you have time. Other notable tourist destinations in Sylhet include: Hazrat Shahjalal’s Mazar, Hazrat Shahparan’s Shrine, Malnicherra Tea Estate, Jaflong, Ratargul Swamp Forest, Bichanakandi, Bholaganj Shada Pathor, Utma Chora, Lalakhal, Panthumai waterfall, Sangrampunji waterfall, Ali Amjad’s clock, Hakaluki Haor, Dreamland Park, Zakaria City etc.