Friendly Sylhet is a divisional capital with a pronounced small-town feel, its congested streets and bustling roadside markets chipping in with requisite measures of sights, sounds and smells. The town, however, also gives off a strong underlying sense of economic prosperity. The majority of British Bangladeshis hail from here, and those with stronger ties to the homeland continue to visit their families regularly and pour money back into the local economy.
This has helped create a city that is more modern than other comparable urban centres in Bangladesh. For tourists, it also means the availability of better hotels and restaurants, easier access to creature comforts and a disproportionately large local population that speaks good English. Sylhet, of course, is best known for its tea. This is where the country’s commercial tea production first began, and a few of the region's 130-odd tea estates are walking distance from the city centre.
VISITORS CAN VISIT :
Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal:
This fascinating and atmospheric shrine of the revered 14th-century Sufi saint Shah Jalal is one of Bangladesh's biggest pilgrimage sites. Housing a mosque (masjid) and the main tomb (mazar), the complex is accessed via an open staircase from the East Darga Gate entrance. Shah Jalal’s tomb is covered with rich brocade, and the space around it is illuminated with candles in the
evenings, lending a magical feel. Non- Muslims can enter (dress conservatively). Shoes have to be removed at the steps.
The saint's sword and robes are preserved within the mosque, but aren’t on display. You can also walk around the hillside graveyard behind the shrine, dotted with tombs. Being buried near the saint is considered a great honour. The pond at the northern end of the complex is filled with sacred catfish that are fed by pilgrims and are, according to legend, metamorphosed black magicians of the Hindu raja Gour Govinda, who was defeated by Shah Jalal in 1303.
This is the excellent place for travellers who love nature. Near Bangladesh-India border; famous for crystal water, stone, hills, green & wide landscape 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 habitat 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 of travel
Madhabkunda surrounded by lush tea estates and full of waters lilies is a unique one. Magurchara ruined gas & oil reserved field, which was inadvertently blown up while digging and was burning a 500 ft (150 m) height for more than 3 months. A lot of burnt trees now carrying the symbols of disaster. Ever where a lot of rubber & lemon plantation form a beautiful landscape. And you can have a visit to Madhobkundo waterfall.
Sri Mangal is famous for the largest tea gardens of the 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 Sri Mangal. 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. Make sure to take the taste the seven layer tea at Sri Mangal.
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 kilometres away. Also, visit the Mini Zoo created by Sirishranjan in
1972. The best time to see the tea plantations is during rainy season, which is when the tea is harvested by women in bright saris. Photographers often visit during this time.
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 hills.The natural view has gotten effected due to rock quarring. It's located in the Bangladesh-India border
Ratargul Swamp Forest is a freshwater swamp forest located in Goainghat, Sylhet. It's known as 2nd sundarban of Bangladesh. It is the only swamp forest located in Bangladesh and one of the few freshwater swamp forest in the world.
WHERE TO EAT :
you can enjoy delicious local food and drinks and special teas of sylhet. The foods of sylhet are quite interesting and yummy. There are so many traditional and famous restaurents. Panshi is one of them this is the most known food place of sylhet. Sizzling Restaurant, Rose View Hotel.Silver Palace, noya sorok. Eatopia, Barutkhana, Zindabazar Chiangmai Chinese Restaurant. Chicken Hut.
Pizza Shop Alpine Restaurant (traditional) Prithiraj (traditional).
Paktoon, Rose View Hotel. Pearl Orient, Rose View hotel. Four Season, Rose View Hotel. Sizzling Restaurant, Rose View Hotel. Exotica Restaurant, Hotel Supreme. Dinette Restaurant, Hotel Fortune Garden Manipuri bazar, Lamabazar Point. A big area with lots of shopping mall for famous hand weave Manipuri Shari and fabric Woondal Restaurant, east Zindabazar Spicy Restaurant, Sylhet City Centre, 10th floor, Zindabazar.
Sylhet Monipuri Sharee Ghor, Lamabazar Point, +880 1924330175. 10AM-10PM. All types of monipuri sarees, salwar & other clothes for both man & woman.Quality of clothes are high & medium & price is not much.Panshi Restaurant, Zindabazar. It is located at the heart of the city and is known for its cheap and delicious food.
WHERE TO LIVE:
there are so many amazing and beautiful resorts and hotels in sylhet. is the most renowned international hotel. It is at the top of the living places to visitors who come to sylhet.
THE GRAND SULTAN :
The one & only five star resort in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. Equipped with all modern state of the art amenities and facilities, located in Srimongal (the tea capital of Bangladesh), around four hours drive from Dhaka. This resort is the true combination of ultimate luxury, gracious hospitality and admirable greenery. Classified in 08 categories with 135 hotel rooms and suites Grand Sultan welcomes you in Sylhet to enjoy your holiday or vacation with comfort and luxury.
Rooms and suites:
A combination of design, space and a peaceful faraway outlook of tea garden, lake or swimming pool, There are 135 rooms of 08 categories consisting of both rooms and suites, ranging from King,
Queen, Triple, Executive Suites, Family Suites and the exclusive Presidential Suite (Raj Prashad). The high speed Wi-Fi facilities in each of our guest rooms and in the Lobby area and the Business Center allow you to keep in touch with home and your office. Hotel nirvana inn Novem resort Norrjahan grand Panshi inn Hotel la vista.
HOW TO GO:
Dhaka to Sylhet By Bus The transportation to Sylhet from the capital city has some nice and cozy bus services, flexible to all classes of people. The roads are smooth, you will be amazed to see the roadside scenario and lifestyle throughout the way. There are three kinds of coaches available from dawn to midnight in every half an hour. Executive AC will cost around 1100-1200 tk per seat. Another Econonomy AC seat is for 750-1000 tk. For budget transportation people use a non AC chair coach, which is 350-500tk per seat. Here is a helpful list of offered bus services for this journey.
Al Mobarak Paribahan Non AC 400
Ena Paribahan Non AC 470
Ena Paribahan AC Economy 750
Green Line AC Economy 850
Green Line AC Executive 1100
Hanif Enterprise Non AC 400
You can take a night journey for saving your time, but it will be a sheer unjust to your tourist entity. There is no word to give details about the landscape on your way to Sylhet. You will discover thousands of shades of green in the working field of planters. Nearing destination, magnificent
view of tea gardens, their functioning tea- workers with a basket over their head, will give you gesture, to come and forget all urban sufferings. So, if you want to spend some more time than a regular weekend, I recommend you a rhythmic train journey. Bangladesh Railway has four intercity
express trains, helping you to travel effortless. Here is chart of them, with their off-days. Name Departure
(Tk) Off Day
Express 6:40 13:35 150-
Express 12:00 19:50 150-
Upaban 21:50 5:30 150- Wednesday
Express 1020 day
Express 16:00 22:45 150-
But it will be wise to make sure about train schedules from their website or station.
Journey by air is the fastest medium of travel and there is more than a few companies to fly you to Sylhet. There is highly professional Osmani International Airport, third international airport in
Bangladesh. Biman Bangladesh is the government oriented airline and the others are from the private sector, serving there.
Name Departure Arrival Price (Tk)
Biman Bangladesh 6:00/16:30 6:40/17:10 4000-6600
United Airways 17:35 18:25 6000-8500
NovoAir 13:10 13:50