in the picturesque Surma Valley amidst scenic
tea plantations and lush green tropical forests,
greater Sylhet is a prime attraction for all tourists
visiting Bangladesh. Laying between the Khasia
and the Jaintia hills on the north, and the Tripura
hills on the south, Sylhet breaks the monotony
of the flatness of this land by a multitude of
terraced tea gardens, rolling countryside and
the exotic flora and fauna. Here the thick tropical
forests abound with many species of wildlife,
spread their aroma around the typical hearth and
homes of the Mainpuri Tribal maidens famous for
The Sylhet valley is formed by a beautiful, winding
pair of rivers named the Surma and the Kushiara
both of which are fed by innumerable hill streams
from the north and the south. The valley has good
number of haors which are big natural depressions.
During winter these haors are vast stretches of
green land, but in the rainy season they turn
into turbulent seas.
These haors provide a sanctuary to the millions
of migratory birds who fly from Siberia across
the Himalayas to avoid the severe cold there.
Sylhet has also a very interesting and rich hilstory,
Before the conquest by the Muslims, it was ruled
by local chieftains. In 1303, the great Saint
Hazrat Shah Jalal came to Sylhet from Delhi with
a band of 360 disciples to preach islam and defeated
the then Raja Gour Gobinda.
Sylhet thus became a district of saints, shrines
and daring but virile people. Its rich potentialities
became easily attractive and the 18th century
Englishmen made their fortune in tea plantation.
About 80 km. from Sylhet town connected by road
and rail, Srimangal, which is known as the tea
capital of Bangladesh, is the actual tea centre
of the area. For miles and miles around, the visitor
can see the tea gardens spread like a green carpet
over the plain land or on the sloping hills. A
visit to the tea plantation in Sylhet is a memorable
experience. Sylhet, the tea granary of Bangladesh,
not only has over 150 tea gardens but also proudly
possesses three largest tea gardens in the world
both in area and production.
The Shrine of Hazrat Shah
Jalal: Among the several places of historical
interest in Sylhet town is the shrine of Saint
Hazrat Shah Jalal. Even today, more than six hundred
years after his death, the shrine is visited by
innumerable devotees of every caste and creed,
who make the journey from far away places. Legend
says, the great saint who came from Delhi to preach
Islam and defeated the then Hindu Raja (king)
Gour Gobinda, transformed the witchcraft followers
of the Raja into catfishes which are still alive
in the tank adjacent to the shrine Swords, the
holy Quran and the robes of the holy saint are
still preserved in the shrine.
Hairpur Gas Field and other
spots: Twentytwo kilometers from Sylhet
town is the Haripur Gas Field and at 35 km. point
is the Jaintiapur's Rajbari.
Only 5 km. from Jaintiapur is Jaflong, a scenic
spot amidst tea gardens. At about 35 km. north-west
of Sylhet town, linked by rail, road and river
is Chhatak, the seat of Assam Bengal Cement Factory,
Chhatak is famous for orange garden.
Situated amidst splendid panorama, Tamabil is
a border outpost on Sylhet-Shilong Road about
55 km. away from Sylhet town. Besides enchanting
views of the area one can also have a glimpse
of the waterfalls across the border from Tamabil.
Jaflong is also a scenic spot nearby amidst tea
gardens and rate beauty of rolling stones from
An interesting feature of Sylhet region is the
aboriginal tribes such as the Tipperas, the Monipuris,
Khasis and Garos who still live in their primitive
ways in the hills, practising their age-old rites,
rituals, customs and traditions. During festivals
such as, Rash Leela (Full-moon night in February)
and Doljatra, the attractive young girls dressed
in colorful robes, dance with the male members
of their choice & love. The Monipuris perform
their famous dance, based on allegorical love
themes of the ancient mythology.
is well-known for its wide variety of exquiste
handicrafts. Well-known Sylhet cane products such
as chair, table, tea trays, flower vases, bags
and the exquisitely designed fine Sital Pati (a
kind of mattress having natural cooling effect)
are colorful souvenirs.
For accommodation at Sylhet town, some reasonably
good hotels are available. Rest-house accommodation
at Srimangal and other places are also available
Temple of Sri Chaitannya
Dev: About 500 years old famous temple
of Sri Chaitanya Dev is located at Dhaka Dakhin
about 45 km south-east from Sylhet town. The place
is revered from being the ancestral home of the
famous Vaishnava saint. Yearly fair is organised
on the fullmoon day of the Bangla month Falgun.
Hundreds and thousands of devotees from home and
abroad attend this colorful fair.
Shahi Edgah: Three
kilometers to the north-east of the circuit house,
the Shahi Eidgah was built on a hill by the Mughal
Emperor Aurangazeb in the 17th century. It looks
like a grade fort but is actually meant for Eid
congreation-the two biggest Muslim festivals
Gour Gobinda Fort:
The Murarichand Government College is situated
in a beautiful surrounding on a hillttop. To the
north-west of the college lie the remains of King
Gour Govinda's Fort.
43 km. to the north of Sylhet town, on the Sylhet-
Shillong road, Jaintiapur was the capital of an
ancient kingdom which included the khasi and Jaintia
Hills and plains of Jainta. Interesting ruins
of this forgotten period lie scattered throughout
Jaintiapur. A drive to Jaintiapur is an interesting
and worthwhile experience
is famous for the largest tea gardens of world
covered by lush green carpet. One can have a look
into the spectacular tea processing at Tea Research
Institute. Bangladesh produces and exports a large
quantity of high quality tea every year. Most
of the tea estates are in Sremongol. It is called
"The land of two leaves and a bud". It is also
called camellia, green carpet or Tea Mountain.
There are a lot of tea estates including the largest
one in the world. The terraced tea garden, pineapple,
rubber and lemon plantations from a beautiful
landscape. It is known as the tea capital in Bangladesh.
Just offer entering into the tea estates the nice
smells and green beauty will lead you many kilometers
Lawacherra Rain Forest:
Lawacherra Rain Forest is one of the important
& well-reserved forests in Bangladesh. Here
visitor may see gibbons swimming through the trees
and birds like bee-eater owls parrot. It is a
good habitant of Deer, leopard, wild chicken,
squirrel, and python. Don't miss it especially
if you are bird watcher. The terrain is hilly
and vegetation is fairly thick. Only one rare
Chloroform tree of Asia is here and a prime attraction
Kasia & Manipuri is two important ethnic-tribe
live here. Manipuri is famous for its rich culture
especially for dancing, singing. They are also
famous for their traditional weaving. You can
buy their handicrafts exquisitely woven woolen.
Shawls, Sharee, Napkin, bed-cover and some should
a bags. It is known as colorful community. Kasia
tribe is famous for their betel leaf cultivation.
They make their villages high on hilltop in deep
forest and so far from town. It is like " a Piece
of paradise". Certainly it will please you.
Pineapple cultivation in numerable rows of Pineapple
cultivation covering largest area is very amazing
and fascinating. Largest quantity of pineapple
grown here of Bangladesh. It is also sweetest
and best quality. Pineapple is really a greatest
offer of summer but now it is cultivated all the
year round. So, you can enjoy the juicy summer
fruit in any time coming to its real field. Just
after entering into pineapple plantation. It can
be highlight for you in Sremongol.
surrounded by lush tea estates and full of waters
lilies is a unique one. Magurchara ruined gas
& Oil reserved field, which was blasted while
digging 3 years ago and was burning an 500-feet
height for more than 3 months. A lot of burnt
trees now carrying the symbols of digester. Ever
where a lot of rubber & lemon plantation form
a beautiful landscape. And you can have a visit
to Madhobkundo water fall .