Sylhet division has enormous tourism potentials. There is a green carpet of tea plants on small hillocks. Natural reserved forests are great attractions. Migratory birds in winter, particularly in the haor areas, are also very attractive in this area.The major tourist destinations surrounding the city are Jaflong, Sripur, Habiganj, Madhabkunda waterfall, Golapganj Botanical Gardens and Maulvi Bazar.
Shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal
Shah Jalal is a saint of Bengal particularly in the region of Sylhet, Bangladesh. Jalal’s name is associated with the Muslim conquest of Sylhet, for which he is given the most credit. He was buried at Sylhet. Shahjalal International Airport, Bangladesh’s main airport is named in honour of this saint.
Born Makhdum Jalal ad-Deen bin Muhammad, he was later known as Shaikh-ul-Mashaikh he was also known as Yamani(R) Hazrat Shah Jalal ad-Din al-Mujarrad (the last name could be related to his lifelong celibacy or performing of prayers in solitary milieu). Shah Jalal’s date and place of birth is unclear. Various traditions, folklore and historical documents differ. A number of scholars claim that he was born in 1271 in Konya, Turkey, and later moved to Yemen, either as a child or adult, while vast majority of scholars believe he was born in Quni, Hadramout in Yemen. He was the son of a Muslim cleric, who was a contemporary of the Persian poet and Sufi saint, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. He was educated and raised by his maternal uncle, Syed Ahmed Kabir, in Mecca. He excelled in his studies and became a Hafiz (one who has committed the Qur’an to memory) and was proficient in Islamic theology. He achieved Kamaliyat (spiritual perfection) after 30 years of study and meditation.
Sri Chaitannya Dev Temple
About 500 years old, this famous temple of Sri Chaitannya Dev is located at Dhaka Dakhin nearly 45 km. south-east of Sylhet town. The place is revered for being the ancestral home of the famous vaishnava saint. An anual fair is organised during the full moon of Bangla month falgun. Hundreds and thousands of devotees from home and abord attend this colorful fair.
Madhabkunda is surrounded by lush tea estates and is full of water lilies. There make an enchanting combination with the largest waterfall in Bangladesh. Every year thousands of tourists are drawn to Madhabkunda because of its natural beauty, especially in winter (Nov-Feb), when they may come for picnics or longer pleasure trips. It is in the district of Moulvi Bazar, about 5 km from Dakhinbagh railway station, and 350 km from Dhaka city. Everywhere a lot of rubber & lemon plantations are seen to form a beautiful landscape.
Lawacherra Rain Forest
Lawachara is one of the major national sanctuary in Bangladesh. In 1997 Bangladesh government declared it A National Park. This forest is built by the British, the time of their rule in Indian Subcontinent.
Biological diversity in the Lawachara National Park consists of 460 species, of which 167 species are plants, 4 amphibian species, 6 reptile species, 246 bird species and 20 mammal species.
Different types of plants make the natural view of ‘Lawachara’ more thrilling and attractive. Trees like Raktan, Erythrina Indica, Shegun, Orchid, Fishtail Palm, Dhootora, etc. are found in plenty in ‘Lawachara’. ‘Lawachara’ consists of a huge bamboo forest. Among the bamboos, ‘Jai Bash’ is a bamboo which is very thick and very rare. ‘Agor’ tree is another excellent legend in ‘Lawachara’.
Jaflong is a natural tourist spot in the Division of Sylhet, Bangladesh. It is located in Gowainghat Upazila of Sylhet District and situated at the border between Bangladesh and the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is just below the mountain range. It is totally a hilly area of real natural beauty where hills are greenish with the forests. Jaflong is famous for its stone collections and is home of the Khasi tribe. Jaflong is also a scenic spot nearby amidst tea gardens and rate beauty of rolling stones from hills.
Attractions: Jaflong attracts tourists for its beautiful scenary, Collection of Rolling Stones
Colorful Tribal (Khasia) Life, Khasia Rajbari (king’s palace), Dauki & Piyain Rivers, Tea Garden, Orange & Jackfruit Gardens, Betel leaf & Areca nut Gardens and Dauki Bazar
Situated amidst a splendid panorama, Tamabil is a border outpost on the Sylhet-Shilong Road, about 55 km away from Sylhet town. Besides the enchanting views of the area one can also have a glimpse of the waterfalls across the border from Tamabil. Nearby Jaflong is a scenic spot amidst tea gardens, where one can see stones that have rolled down the hills.
Stone collection from the river at Jaflong is a recent phenomena. The boulders come as stream water loads from the upstream in Indian state of Meghalaya. Stone collection activities generated earnings for thousands of people. The stones are used for road and building construction, household uses and as souvenir. Stone crushing industries have also come up recently. The activities create air pollution, river shifting and bank erosion and land slides in the hill slopes.
Srimongol (Tea Plantation, Tea Menufacturer and Tea Garder)
Srimongal is famous for having the largest tea gardens in the world. Covered by the lush green carpet of tea plants, it is called “the land of two leaves and a bud”. Tourists can have a look at the terraced tea garden and pineapple, rubber and lemon plantations. The visitor to a tea estate is greeted by sweet smells and a pretty landscape that will beguile the imagination. About 80 km from Sylhet town and connected by road and rail. Srimongal is known as the tea capital of Bangladesh. A visit to a tea plantation in Srimongal is a memorable experience.