Sylhet Tourist Activities:
- Visiting tea gardens
- Trip to waterfalls and stone quarrys
- Jungle Trekking
- Visit tribal villages
- Bird Watching
- Boating on the rivers
- Shopping for handicrafts
Sylhet Traveller Quick Facts
Administrative Division: Sylhet Division
Area: 3,490.40 km2 (1,347.7 sq mi)
Airport: Osmani International Airport (IATA: ZYL, ICAO: VGSY)
Local Transport: Cars, Bus, Rickshaw
Tourist Season: November - February
- Bangladesh's highest rainfall occurs here
- Called land of 'Two Leaves and a Bud'
- Famous for tribal handicrafts
Located on the picturesque Surma valley, covered with Scenic Sylhet Tea Gardens, lush green tropical forests and crisscrossed by numerous rivers, Hill destination Sylhet is a special Tourist Destination in Bangladesh. Laid between towering hills, the Khasia and Jainta to the north and the Tripura hills to the south, Sylhet breaks the monotony of the flat Gangetic plains and often termed as the Queen of Hills.
While terraced tea gardens, rolling landscapes, exotic flora and fauna sets the breathtaking scenery, thick tropical rain forest adds just the perfect backdrop to the Sylhet landscape. Besides, a large number of rivers, natural lakes and water bodies provide a sanctuary to millions of migratory birds. Visit Sylhet for a trip that will linger in your memories forever.
Sylhet Tourist Attractions:
- Jaflong: This natural scenic spot amidst tea gardens and hills is located about 60km from Sylhet city and can easily be reached by local buses and privately hired car. It is a border area between Bangladesh and the Indian state Meghalaya. Height wise it is just below the mountain range. Tourist attractions here includes Collection of Rolling Stones, Colorful tribal (Khasia) Life, Khasia King’s Palace, Mountain Streams, Tea Gardens, Orange Groves, Betel Leaf &, Areca Nut Gardens and the Local Market.
- Sripur: A beautiful place for seeing Gushing Sylhet Waterfalls high on the mountains. Besides, the enchanting views of the area, one can also see large stone quarry and have a glimpse of the waterfalls across the border. It is conveniently located only 7-8km from Jaflong on the same road to Sylhet.
- Jaintapur: Famous for its megalithic archaeological ruins and only 5 km. from Jaflong. It is a beautiful spot amidst tea gardens. Once this was the capital of Jainta Kingdom at 18th century. The ruined palace of the Kings is adjacent to the local market, however, big number of tourists visit here due to the historical background of Jainta Kingdom.
- Lala Khal: This wide canal is a common tourist destination as the water here appears in different colors at different points.
- The Museum of Raja: Located at the heart of Sylhet, the museum's mission is to preserve and share the rich history of the great Mystic poet Dewan Hasan Raja.
- Temple of Sri Chaittayana Dev: This 500 year old famous temple is located about 45 km southeast from Sylhet town. Yearly fair is organized on the full moon day of the Bangla month Falgun. Hundreds and thousands of devotees from home and abroad attend this colorful fair.
- Tilagarh EcoPark: Located about 6 km from Sylhet city. It is a tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen bio-geographic zone.
- Shrine of Hajrat Shah Jalal and Hajrat Shah Poran: Shrine of these two renowned sufis are located close to sylhet town.
- Tamabil: A border crossing between India and Bangladesh located 55km north of Sylhet. The border formalities being messy, foreigners rarely cross here. But scenery starting from past the border and up to Shillong in India is spectacular.
- Tribal Village: Several aboriginal tribes live high up on the hills and practice age-old rituals, customs and traditions. With prior permissions it is possible to visit them during yearly festival periods. The Manipuri Tribe is famous for dancing, singing and traditional weaving and the Khashia tribe is famous for betel leaf cultivation.
- Malinicherra Tea Garden: A very old tea garden established during 1854.