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Sylhet is the capital of Sylhet Division in Bangladesh.

Understand

Nestled in the picturesque Surma Valley amidst scenic tea plantations and lush green tropical forests, greater Sylhet is a prime attraction for all tourists visiting Bangladesh.Sylhet has gotten rich and developed due to remittances by the expatriates living in Britain. 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 Mainpuri 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 good number of haors which are big natural depressions. 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 Delhi 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, practising 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.

Get in

By air

Osmani International Airport (ICAO: ZYL) is served by all major domestic carriers, Biman Air and GMG Airlines, United Airlines, Royal bangle airlines. Please check the airline's website for latest schedule.

By bus

There are many luxury coach and bus services from Dhaka to Sylhet.Some notable services are Hanif, Shohag Poribahan, Green Line etc. these service is available from 7.30 am to 10.30 Pm. For latest schedule it is recommended to contact with particular company.

For budget travelers , there are non AC bus service available in Sayedabad bus terminal ( locally known as a Jonopath mor , near sayedfabad hujur's mosque) which depart in every half n hour from 6 am to midnight. Efficient budget bus service companies are Hanif, Unique Service etc.

By train

There are train services from Dhaka ,Chittagong and Comilla to Sylhet everyday. From Dhaka, there are three train named Joyontika, Parabat and Upoban depart at morning, noon and evening.

See

Tea Gardens, shrines of Hazrat Shah Jalal Yamani and Hazrat Shah Farhan (rahmt.), Shahi Eidgah, Chandni Ghat, Ali Amjad's Clock Tower, Keen's Bridge, Shah Jalal Bridge, Osmani Museum, Jaflong, Parjatan, Shah Jala University, Osmani Medical College and Hospital, Sylhet Polytechnic Institute, Theme Parks, etc.

Do

At day time you can visit all the major attractions . There is no night-life in Sylhet although some bars are available in major hotels and the Station club. Drinking is strictly prohibited in public areas.

At evening it is a must see recommendation to visit Chadnighat area where you will enjoy a beautiful view of Surma river along with Kean bridge (an almost 100 year old iron bridge) and Ali-Amazad clock (a big clock of 80 years vintage).

Buy

Sylhet has a variety of malls and bazaars which offer shoppers plenty of goods for sale. The relatively new influx of expatriate money has rapidly transformed Sylhet into a shoppers city. Hand-made textiles are a speciality. Zindabazar is the shoppers paradise where most of the big mall are located. For famous local fabric manipuri fabric, all the good shops located in Lamabazar area. Be aware of your personal belongings as you walk around, pickpockets are rampant and unnoticeable among large crowds.

Places to shop:

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Sylhet has many hotels which offer decent accommodations at reasonable prices. Bargaining always helps.

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