Sylhet Tourist Places – Where to Go and What to Do
Best places to visit in Sylhet, Bangladesh
Publish- December 15, 2019, 08:28 AM
Rifat Tabassam - UNB staff writer
Update- February 22, 2021, 09:43 PM
Best Sylhet tourist spots
Can you imagine yourself in a heavenly tranquil place in the midst of greenery with mountains as a backdrop? To make this dream come true you can visit Sylhet, which is located in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh. Standing on the bank of the Surma River, Sylhet is blessed with a subtropical climate, featuring humid weather, hot summer, and cooler winter. Besides mausoleums and tea gardens, Sylhet has lots of tourist attractions. In this article, we are going to introduce you to the top tourist places in Sylhet.
Best tourist spots to visit in Sylhet
Let's see what are the best tourist attractions in and around Sylhet.
Ratargul Swamp Forest
Ratargul Swamp Forest is a heavenly tourist attraction in Sylhet. Covering about 504 acres of land, the Ratargul forest connects with Chengir Lake and Gowain River. This forest is composed of diverse kinds of water plants. What makes Ratargul forest exclusive is the amazing beauty of standing trees over the water.
During the rainy season, this forest is submerged with 20-30 feet of water. Then it looks like the trees and their shadows have divided the crystal water. What is more? The marvelous greenery of the surrounding Mizoram hills is merged with the eternal beauty of this serene forest.
Ratargul Swamp Forest Sylhet: Picture is taken from Wikipedia.
How to reach Ratargul Swamp Forest from Sylhet city? First, you can hire a CNG – fare ranges around 500 BDT – from Sylhet city to arrive at Goain Ghat. The journey usually takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. From Goain Ghat, you can reserve a trawler engine boat to explore the Ratargul Swamp Forest.
Wanna feel the thrill of visiting the neighboring country India without crossing the border? The famous tourist destination Jaflong can give you this outstanding experience. The Dauki River originating from the north Khasi mountains of India flows into Bangladesh with the name ‘Piyain’. Lying on the bank of ‘Piyain’ River Jaflong falls under the East Jaflong Union at Guainghat Upazilla in Sylhet.
How to reach Jaflong from Sylhet city? The distance from Sylhet city to Jaflong is about 62 km. You can take a bus from Sylhet city heading towards Jaflong directly. The journey takes about 3 to 3.5 hours.
Hiring a boat in Jaflong, you can visit Zero Point, the last border of Bangladesh. The most amazing attraction of Jaflong is a natural bridge hanging over the river Dauki. Here you can also enjoy the magnificent waterfalls flowing from distant green mountains.
If you are a crazy lover of the boat journey, then Bisnakandi would cherish your soul. The Bisnakandi village falls under Rustompur Union at Guainghat Upazilla in Sylhet. Bichanakandi presents a unique natural beauty where several layers of Khasi Mountain summits at a single peak from different sides. While flowing from the high mountains, the river stream carries huge rocks that naturally get deposited in Bisnakandi. The rolling stones lying over crystal clear water would leave an unforgettable memory in your mind.
Bisnakandi is about 25 kilometers far from Sylhet City. There are several ways to reach Bisnakandi from Sylhet city. You can take a CNG auto-rickshaw to arrive at Hadarpar. In this location, you can reserve a local boat to explore Bisnakandi.
Bisnakandi Sylhet: Photo Taken from Pinterest (Framing Nailers Guide)
During your boat-journey to Bisnakandi, the boat will travel across the heavenly beautiful Piyain River. On the way, you can enjoy the cherubic sceneries of cloud-hugging mountain views, sinuous falls, and graceful rural landscape. The best views of Bichanakandi are found during the rainy season.
Wanna spend your vacation floating on a wide natural canal where the water looks emerald green? You can have such a heavenly place in the ‘Lalakhal’ canal near Tamabil road in Sylhet. The distance from Sylhet city to Lalakhal is about 35 km. This canal is connected with the mind-blowing Sharee River, originated from the Meghalaya – a state of India. Being comparatively shallow, the Sharee River is a great source of sand resource in Sylhet.
Lalakhal Sylhet: Photo Taken from Flickr (R Rabi)
How to reach Lalakhal from Sylhet city? First, get on a bus to arrive at Sarighat – 42 km distant from Sylhet city. Here you would find reserve boats. Now, you can step on this heaven on earth through a boat ride. The amazing beauty of Lalakhal would keep you enthralled throughout the journey. The greenish-blue crystal water of Lalakhal creates a breathtaking combo with cloud touching hills and surrounding greenery.
If you are fond of ancient architecture, then you can put Manipuri Rajbari on your bucket list. Manipuri Rajbari is a significant piece of Sylhet’s history and architecture. This historical place bears remembrance of the dynasty and architectural monuments built by three royal brothers: Gombir Singh, Churging Singh, and Marjit Singh.
Manipuri Rajbari Sylhet: Picture Taken from Youtube.com ( Uploaded by Oinam Khagemba )
Visiting this place you can see a few remaining assets – like the principal gate, Bhalakhana, decorated stairs, and border wall – of the sing dynasty.
Sylhet is renowned worldwide for the production of standard quality tea leaves. Not to mention the unique beauty of tea gardens has presented Sylhet with a different identity. To make your Sylhet tour contented, don’t miss to visit Malnicherra tea garden.
Malnicherra tea garden Sylhet: Picture is taken from vromon.com.bd
Here the tea trees and evergreen surroundings are declaring the grandeur of nature. As far as the eyes go, a plush green carpet is spread across the horizon under the blue sky. This tranquil ambient can release your stress and make your soul relax.
Sylhet is a divisional headquarter and one of the major cities in Bangladesh. The amazing combination of greenery, beautiful rivers, and mountain views has made Sylhet a favorite destination of tourism for outdoor enthusiasts from Bangladesh as well as the whole world. So far, we have highlighted the top 6 Sylhet Tourist Places. Besides these, Sylhet has many other tourist spots to visit.
Sylhet has a good communication system with the capital city Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh. However, it is recommended to check out the weather forecasts before starting the expedition. While you go for boat rides don’t forget to carry a lifejacket, if you can’t swim. Happy traveling!