Sylhet

Sylhet - The City of Rich & Spirituality

Sylhet is the capital and richest city of the Sylhet Division in Bangladesh (third richest after Dhaka & Chittagong cities) with a population of over 500,000 residents.

Nestled in the picturesque Surma Valley amidst scenic tea plantations and lush green tropical forests, greater Sylhet is always been a prime attraction for both local and international tourists. Due to its expatriate’s connection with western countries like: United Kingdom and United States of America, this region is considered one of the richest (third after Dhaka & Chittagong) in the country for the flowing remittance.   One may find it surprising watching lavish and beautiful villas lying in desolate places.

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 Monipuri Tribal maidens famous for their dance.

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 a good number of haors (large water bodies). 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 history, Before the conquest by the Muslims, it was ruled by local chieftains. In 1303, the great Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal came to Sylhet from Yemen with a band of 360 disciples to preach Islam and defeated the then Raja Gour Gobinda.

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, practicing 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.

Source: Wikitravel

How to Get into Sylhet

Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Phone: +88-02-8901600

Novoair

Phone: +88-09638-013603

US-Bangla Airlines

Phone: +88-09613-713605

Green Line Paribahan

Phone: +88-02-8315380

London Express LTD

Phone: +88-02-7194586

Hanif Enterprise

Phone: +88 01755 538881 – 2

Shyamoli Paribahan NR Travels

Phone: +88-02-48316246

Places to Stay While Visiting Sylhet:

Britannia Hotel, Sylhet

B-95 Waves Point, Hazrat Shahjalal Rd, Sylhet 3100, Bangladesh