The Shrine of Hazrat
Haripur Gas Field and other spots
Among the several places of historical interest in Sylhet town is the shrine
of Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal. Even today, more than six hundred years after
his death, the shrine is visited by innumerable devotees of every caste and
creed, who make the journey from far away places. Legend says, the great
saint who came from Delhi to preach Islam and defeated the then Hindu Raja
(king) Gour Gobinda, transformed the witchcraft followers of the Raja into
catfishes which are still alive in the tank adjacent to the shrine Swords,
the holy Quran and the robes of the holy saint are still preserved in the
Twentytwo kilometers from Sylhet town is the Haripur Gas Field and at 35 km.
point is the Jaintiapur's Rajbari.
Only 5 km. from Jaintiapur
is Jaflong, a scenic spot amidst tea gardens. At about 35 km. north-west
of Sylhet town, linked by rail, road and river is Chhatak, the seat
of Assam Bengal Cement Factory, Chhatak is famous for orange garden.
About 3 km. from Dakhinbagh Railway Station there is the famous
waterfall of Madhabkunda which attracts large number of tourists every
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.
Madhabkunda waterfall, Sylhet
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.
Sylhet is well-known for its wide variety of exquiste handicrafts. Well-known
Sylhet cane products such as chair, table, tea trays, flower vases,
bags and the exquisitely designed fine Sital Pati (a kind of mattress
having natural cooling effect) are colorful souvenirs.
accommodation at Sylhet town, some reasonably good hotels are available.
Rest-house accommodation at Srimangal and other places are also available
Parjatan Motel, Sylhet
Bangladesh Parjatan corporation operates a first class motel (Phone
: 0821-712426) and restaurant located in the picturesque sorroumdings
near the Sylhet Airport besides the Duty Free shop at the airport (Pnone
: 0821-713206) and transport service. Picnic spot, restaurant, parking
facilities have been established near Madhabkunda waterfall area.
Srimangal Tea Plantation,
is famous for the largest tea gardens of world covered by lush green
carpet. One can have a look into the spectacular tea processing at Tea
Tea plantation near Sri Mangal
Temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev
About 500 years old famous temple of Sri Chaitanya Dev is located at
Dhaka Dakhin about 45 km south-east from Sylhet town. The place is revered
from being the ancestral home of the famous.
Vaishnava saint. Yearly fair is organised
on the fullmoon day of the Bangla month Falgun. Hundreds and thousands
of devotees from home and abroad attend this colorful fair. Shahi
Three kilometers to the north-east of the circuit house, the Shahi Eidgah
was built on a hill by the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb in the 17th century.
It looks like a grade fort but is actually meant for Eid congreation-the
two biggest Muslim festivals.
Jaflong Tea Garden
A lake in Sri Mangal
Gour Gobinda Fort
The Murarichand Government College is situated in a beautiful surrounding
on a hillttop. To the north-west of the college lie the remains of King
Gour Govinda's Fort.
Situated 43 km. to the north of Sylhet town, on the Sylhet- Shillong
road, Jaintiapur was the capital of an ancient kingdom which included
the khasi and Jaintia Hills and plains of Jainta. Interesting ruins
of this forgotten period lie scattered throughout Jaintiapur. A drive
to Jaintiapur is an interesting and worthwhile experience.