SIGHTSEEINGSylhet´s reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Bangladesh and being the city of saints has made it a favorite destination for tourists both within and outside of the country. The region is also becoming well known for its business boom, with new investments of luxury hotels, shopping malls and housing estates. With major industries such as Lafarge Cement and Chatak Cement Factories, paper and pulp mills, Fenchugonj Fertiliser Factory and abundant natural gas fields, it is clear to see why Sylhet is the emerging city of Bangladesh.
Nestled in picturesque Sylhet amidst scenic tea plantations and lush green tropical forests, greater Sylhet is a prime attraction for all tourists visiting Bangladesh.
Shrines of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.A)
Hazrat Shah Jalal along with 360 disciples arrived at 1303 AD at the capital of the old kindom of Gaur and inspired the people to embrace Islam. The famous Muslim traveler Ibne Batuta visited Shah Jalal in 1334 AD which is told in his writings. The shrines of Hazrat Shah Jalal visited by many devotees Muslim everyday.
Shrines of Hazrat Shah Paran
Hazrat Shah Paran (R.A) was a renowned Sufi saint. He was the son of a sister of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.A) and was born in Hadramaut, Yemen. He was an accomplice of his uncle, Shah Jalal, with whom he arrived in India. In 1303 AD, He took part in the expedition of Sylhet which was led by Shah Jalal. After the conquest of Sylhet he established a khanqah at Khadim Nagar, about 7 km away from Sylhet town, where he started spiritual practices and activities.
About 2 km southeast of Sylhet town, it lies on the top of a small valley. Built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangjeb in the 17th century, it is one of the ancient eidgah in Bangladesh. Its spectacular and dazzling views mesmerized all visiting guests. At a time over 1.5 lac pilgrims can offer prayer here.
Hanging over on Surma river, the bridge is made of iron and steel looked like a bow is gateway to Sylhet. Built in 1936 and named after Michael Kean, the then British Governor, the bridge is 1150 feet long and 18 feet wide is a beautiful attraction for the visitors.
Madhabkunda waterfall is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Sylhet division. Lots of tourists and picnic parties visit Madhabkunda for the greenish beauty of the tea garden, the zigzag road, big collection of boulders and the black stones through the hills and the great waterfall – falls of million tons of water form 200ft. height.
Jaflong & Jaintiapur's Rajbari
Jaflong is another attractive tourist spot in Sylhet division. It is situated beside the river Mari in the lap of Hill Khasia. This river, coming from the great Himalayas of India, brings million tons of stones with its tide. Jaflong is totally a hilly area of real natural beauty where hills are green with forests. Lots of wild animals live in these forests. Jaintiapur is only 5 km. from Jaflong, a scenic spot amidst tea gardens. It was the capital of Jaintia Kingdom in the 18th century.
Hakaluki Haor is a marsh wetland ecological system of Eastern Bangladesh in an area bordering Assam, India. It is one of Bangladesh's largest and one of Asia's larger marsh wetland resources. These haors provide a sanctuary to the millions of migratory birds that fly from Siberia across the Himalayas to avoid the severe cold there.
Srimongal is the place of tea gardens, hills and forests. It is famous for the largest tea gardens of the world, covered by lush carpet of greenery. It is called "The land of two leaves and a bud". It is also called Camellia, Green Carpet or Tea Mountain. The terraced tea garden, pineapple, rubber and lemon plantations form a beautiful landscape. It is known as the tea capital of Bangladesh.