Published:  12:22 PM, 05 July 2024

Amazing natural beauty in Sylhet division

Amazing natural beauty in Sylhet division

Sangram Datta: Bangladesh is one of the most important areas of genuine beauty. There are various elements of tourism spread to every part of this country. Likewise, a very beautiful place is in Sylhet division  of the  country . Sylhet is called a leaf country of two leaves. Sylhet has received the title for its extensive greenery   tea plantations. Wherever the eyes of this division  will go, anyone  will see green tea gardens surrounded by greenery. Apart from this, there are a lot of  the small hills, haor, rivers, forests, shrubs in the region .

Sylhet is located in the northeast corner of the country .  Sylhet tours abound in natural beauty. The country's first tea estate  mallichara was built the subcontinent during the British regime . The tourist attractions of the region include Jafflong, the queen of beauty, Nilnad, the lalakhan of the clear water lakes, the pompous beauty of the bedside of the water-mantle Bichanakandhi, the Panthamai fountains that descend from the hills, the swamps the forest rataragul , Hakaluki haor which is called mini Cox's Bazar and natural be.

Surrounded by greenery, the green carpet has a vibrant nature under the blue sky, with high-low mounds and lush green fields on the plains. And this green carpet is the tea gardens of Sylhet which has a reputation all over the world for tea. This divisio produces about 90% of the country's total tea. Although rich in various natural beauty, there is another good holder for nature lovers is tea estates.
Of the total 163 tea estates in the country , At least 135 in the region .  How to spend a day sitting in the tea garden with nature, can not be found.

Jaflong is a hill station in this region  and one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Sylhet . It takes about two hours by road to reach this tourist destination 60 km from Sylhet city. Jaflong is a mountainous region surrounded by hills, green forests and gardens, situated on the Mari river in the Khasia Hills border of Bangladesh-India. The Himalayan river Meri brings large amounts of rocks here. Here is  rare beauty of the tea garden and the stone that is made from the hills.

Rataragul is the only and one of the largest water bodies in the world. Rataragul forests are located in Goainghat upazila, about 20 km from Sylhet city. To tourists, it is also known as Rataragul Swamp Forest. The forest is made up of about 30325 acres of areas. It's a natural forest. Even then, the forest department planted some water-resistant varieties of trees in this forest. Besides, about 20 species of water-tolerant plants, including Kadam, Jalibet, Arjuna, are also notable among the night herbs. Therefore, Rataragul is known as Sundarbans in this region. During the rainy season, the sweet memories of riding a nightclub on a local hand-operated dinghy boat are not easy to forget.

Lalakhal, a transparent blue water river in Jintapur upazila, about 35 km from Sylhet city. One of the most beautiful wetlands of natural beauty. The space is quite useful for feeling alone in nature. Dense green forests, rivers, tea gardens and varieties of different types of trees throughout the hills are covered. The combination of water and nature will give a tourist the motivation to live a new life. Most tourists use the river to visit Lalakhal. Everywhere the eyes go, the fascination comes down for a while.

Bishankandi, located in the Goainghat upazila of Sylhet, is basically a stone-quarry similar to Jaflong. On the Bangladesh-India border, many steps of the Khasia Hills have come from one side to the other. There are high fountains at the base of the hill. For travelers, the main attraction of this spot is the flow of water flowing over rocks. Moreover, in the rainy season , the clouds are stuck in the mountains, it may seem that the clouds are nesting on the hillside.

Pangthumai is another major tourist destination in Sylhet. Pangthumai is an impossibly beautiful village on the outskirts of Meghalaya on the Bangladesh-India border. Situated  at the foot of Meghalaya Hill, this village is called the most beautiful village in the country . Pangthumai, a unique tourist destination, combines the lives of local people with rows of mountains, fountains, springs, streams of water and horizontal green land nearby  the state of Meghalaya in India.  The paved road is characteristic of the village of Panthamai. From the hill cave at the end of the village, like a deer, the water flowing in a high flow. Located down from the Meghalaya Mountains of India, the shrub is known locally as the Mayamati and Fatcherra Shrubs. And to the tourists, the waterfall is known as Pangthumai waterfall .

The whole area of ​​the division is spread like a net. Of these, Hakaluki Haor is notable.

Haor Halkiuki is the  largest haor between Sylhet - Moulvibazar Districts. Throughout the monsoon, Hakaluki looks like the Sea of ​​Haor, and the villages in it feel like a small island. About seven months of the year, the haor area remains underwater and is the main vehicle for sailing villages. Hakaluki Haor has 80 small and 90 medium and large bills. During the winter, these bills become the face of the birds moving around. Thousands of tourists from all over the country come to see the gathering of birds. The mind is lost in a moment having look at the hakaluki in winter season. As the intensity  of winter increases, the number of birds arrives more.

Madhabkunda Waterfall :
The highest waterfall of Bangladesh is the waterfall of Madhabkunda. The height of the Madhabkunda waterfall is 61m or 200 ft. The Madhabkunda waterfall   situated at Barlekha upzilla  in Moulvibazar district  is a famous tourist place i for its natural beauty. The travelers coming from different parts of the world prefer visiting Madhabkunda waterfall. Nestled amidst the lush green mountains Madhabkunda makes for an ideal tourist destination. As a result of which the travelers pouring in from all the corners of the world come here to spend some time in absolute peace and tranquility. Madhabkunda has earned fame as the most charming tourist attractions in Sylhet division. Near the Madhabkundha there is a lot  of  greenish beauty of the world’s biggest tea gardens, the picturesque hills and the zigzag road through the hills.   

Lala Khal (Boat Trip ) :
Lala Khal is one of the most attractive Tourist attractions in the division .
This is a wide canal known as Lala Khal & the point near Tamabil Road is known as Sharee Nodi means Sharee River. It is the source of Sylhet Sand. The attraction of this canal is the water, which differs in colour at different point. In the same canal,  blue, green, clear water are found . No one will believe this without having watch in   this place.

Jaflong is one of the most attractive tourist spots in places to visit in Sylhet division. It's about 60 km far from Sylhet town and takes two hours drive to reach there. Jaflong is also a scenic spot nearby amidst tea gardens and rate beauty of rolling stones from hills. It is situated besides the river Mari in the lap of Hill Khashia. The Mari river is coming from the great Himalayas of India, which bringing million tons of stone boulders with its tide.  the stone collection is done  from the river in Jaflong as well as you can enjoy the boating in the river Mari. Jaflong is totally a hilly area of real natural beauty where hills are greenish with the forests. You can see the lifestyle of Tribe Khashia in Jaflong. If you intend to visit Jaflong it is advisable to start from Sylhet with Sylhet travel guide in the early morning so that you can comeback by evening covering the other tourists spots of nearby areas of Jaflong. The other tourist areas nearby Jaflong are Tamabil, Sripur and Jaintapur.

Srimangal is the best place for Sylhet tourist attractions .This is the place of tea gardens, hills and forest areas on the hills. Within your eyesight you will find green throughout. It 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 Research Institute. The country  produces and exports a large quantity of high quality tea every year. Most of the tea estates are in Srimangal which is called  "The land of two leaves and a bud".
It is also called camellia, green carpet or Tea Mountain. There are a lot of tea estates including the largest one in the world. The terraced tea garden, pineapple, rubber and lemon plantations from a beautiful landscape. It is known as the tea capital in Bangladesh.

Tanguar Haor:
Tanguar haor, located in the Dharmapasha and Tahirpur upazilas of Sunamganj District in Bangladesh, is a unique wetland ecosystem of national importance and has come into international focus. The area of Tanguar haor including 46 villages within the haor is about 100 square kilometres of which 2,802.36 ha² is wetland.

Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected forest and wildlife sanctuary in the country. This is a dry and evergreen forest . It is located in the Chunarughat of Habiganj district. Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1982 and later expanded in 1996. Currently the wildlife sanctuary expands on an area of 1795.54 hectares as of 2009. This is one of the natural forests in Bangladesh that are still in good condition. However, indiscriminate theft of trees & deforestation pose threat on the sanctuary.

Satchari National Park (SNP) was established in 2005 with an area of 243 hectares. This small Park is located in Raghunandan hill reserve forest, in Paikpara Union of Chunarughat Upazilla, Habiganj District. “Satchari” is a Bangla word meaning ‘Seven Streams’ and the Park takes its name after the seven streams flowing inside the forest. These streams provide water for wildlife and are an important part of the ecosystem of the park, fossilized tree branches can be found among their sandy beds in the dry season.

Satchari National Park has a rich flora and fauna. More than 200 tree species have been identified, including ones typical of tropical evergreen forest such as Garjan (Dipterocarpus turbinatus), Chapalish (Artocarpus chaplasha), various figs (Ficus sp.), and Jarul (Lagerstroemia sp.). This remnant fruitrich forest supports globally threatened primates such as Northern Pig-tailed Macaque, Capped Langur and Western Hoolock Gibbon. It is a popular forest for birdwatching, and notable colorful species include Red Junglefowl, Redheaded Trogon, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Green Imperial Pigeon, and in the early monsoon breeding cuckoos and Hooded Pitta.

A tipra ethnic village inhabited by 24 families is located within the National Park. Peaceful Tipra para is a jewel of the Park. This community for long sustained themselves from the forest, with co-management several tipra youths now earn a living as tourist guides, and other families have diversified their professions.

Habiganj is rich in mineral resources. A large amount of natural gas, oil and mineral sands are excavated from here. Three major gas fields of the country are located in this district – Bibiana, Rashidpur and Habiganj gas field. Mineral glass sand is available in some areas of this district. There is also a mineral oil field in Rashidpur gas field area which has an excavation capacity of 2500 barrels per day.

Various indigenous communities are residing here with their diverse culture. Different types of lifestyle, worship, customs, and tradition of these indigenous groups have made Habiganj district more famous.

Spectacular natural beauty with beautiful rivers and lakes, Habiganj is an attractive tourist destination of Bangladesh. The attractions include natural spots as well as important historical landmarks. Some of the major attractions of Habiganj are Komlaranir Dighi, Satchhari National Park, Baniachang Rajbari, Shreebari Tea Garden, Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, Teliyapara Tea Garden, Bibiyana Gas Field, Shankar Pasha Shahi Mosque, Maharatna Zamindar House etc.

Tranquil Madhabpur Lake: This charming lake is situated at Madhabpur tea estate area in Kamalganj  Upazilla.
This  lake is a big lake that is surrounded by small hills and tea gardens.  So during this trip anyone would be able to explore the tea gardens as well. To get everything green try to visit the lake during Rainy season or Autumn (which is July - October). Read more about Madhabpur Lake.

Baikka Beel-Srimangal: Baikka beel is a large water body located in Sreemangal of Moulvibazar district. During the winter lot of migratory birds use to visit in Bangladesh. This Baikka beel is a hideout for those birds. Plenty of different types of bird use to come here. Their number is vast and the area is always noisy with the chirping and flapping of the birds. You can visit the area during other season well. But you wouldn't see any bird. So best time is winter. Read more about Baikka Beel.

Hum Hum Waterfall: This waterfall is slightly a remote waterfall which is located inside the Rajkandi reserve forest of Kamalganj Upazilla under Moulvibazar district. This is a nice location for the tourists to do a day trip that covers trekking beside water stream, forest, and slightly hilly area. The trekking is not that much stressful, that's why lot of tourists use to visit this waterfall during weekends. Read more about Hum Hum Waterfall.

Deanston Cemetery: It's a 125-year-old Deanston cemetery where 46 British tea planters and their family members are buried and a strip of land that once was a runway. “It was used by managers of tea gardens. The people of Srimangal are used to seeing Europeans.”

Normal Shibbari Temple:
Nirmai Shibbari was built 1454 A.D.  Many believe that there were Kuki tribes in this area. The Kuki government frequently did not obey the command of the ruling Tripura government. For controlling mutineers, the King of Tripura sent a group of troops. King’s son led the battle. The Tripura King won the battle but lost his son in law.
It is located at Sankarsena village in Sreemangal Upazila of Moulvibazar district.
The monarch of the Tripura kingdom donated ashi drone (About 512 acres of land).
After particion of British India , the priests recoded huge amount of land in their names and some neibours grabbed and rest is for temple , it's learnt.

Lal Tila Kali Temple: It's situated at Fulcherra tea estate in Srimangal upazilla. It's very charming place and  everyone has to reach at the top  climbing the zigzag way of hilly area. There's a Kali Temple at top of the hill.

Sankar Tila:  This Tila is located at the fascinating place of Baraura tea estate area in Srimangal. There's a temple of Lord Shiva . There's a lake near the temple.

When contacted a renowned poet, politician, lawyer and a successful entrepreneur Sultana Nahar of the Hermitage Resort located at Radhanagar hilly area in Srimangal Upazilla under Moulvibazar district told that the tourism potential in the division is immense. However, in some places the communication system has not improved. Because of this, tourists have to face manyfolds miseries. In all the tourist destinations here, the roads should be more spacious those lead to tourist destination for a fast and comfortable journey or movement, She asserted.

This division may become a paradise for tourists if the security of tourists is increased further by providing seamless tourism.  

The total contribution of tourism industry to the country's 's GDP sector was Tk 850.7 billion in 2017. And in this sector, a total employment were created  about 24.32 million.
 So these figures show how far our country is lagging behind in the tourism industry. The lack of proper planning and publicity is lagging behind this potential.

The present time is called the era of globalization. In order to survive in this era, the need is to properly assess the needs of the buyer. And that's why the right information is needed. But our country lags far behind in information management in tourism. Even the exact number of foreign tourists who come to visit here in  every year isn't accurate.

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