Get to know the best way to get around in Sylhet and find the attractions you shouldn't miss
Fancy a walk in the middle of a refreshing tea garden while nature rejuvenates your body and soul? Yes, today we are talking about Sylhet and the best places around it. It is unlikely that you are in Bangladesh but never thought about visiting Sylhet. This place has this influence over the travelers regardless of their nationality. The welcoming nature of the green surroundings, swamps along with the hillside beauty of the locality is too irresistible. However, some of the most common questions that reach anyone's mind are:
* How to visit Sylhet?
* When is the best time to visit Sylhet?
* What are the top tourist destinations of Sylhet?
* How to book your flights to Sylhet?
This article will be mainly focused on Sylhet and the most attractive places around it. From this article, you will get the information regarding all the basic questions that might appear in your mind before planning a tour to Sylhet.
Ways to Visit Sylhet
Usually, most people will travel from Dhaka to Sylhet. The distance between Dhaka & Sylhet is around 250 KM. This should be a 5/6 hours drive from Dhaka. But in fact, it takes more time than that. That happens due to the extra traffic.
But if you are on a visit with a short time in hand, or willing to save time & energy to get the best of Sylhet from the very first day, air traveling to Sylhet will be the best way. It takes 50 to 60 minutes on average to reach Sylhet’s Osmani International airport from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.
Air travel can be a great way to save your time and energy from the turmoil of a prolonged journey by road. You will still feel fully fresh and energetic even after landing in Sylhet!
When is the best time to visit Sylhet?
Before making your tour plan to Sylhet, you must be aware of the best time to visit Sylhet to experience the most beautiful version of it. According to our observation, the most popular time to visit Sylhet are from November to January. Usually, the temperature stays around 23 - 25 degrees Celsius. That creates a comfortable atmosphere that is suitable both for domestic and international tourists. This is why tourists mostly plan ahead to visit Sylhet during this time of the year.
If you want to experience the beauty of Sylhet during the rainy season, June to September will be a great time for you. Usually, there will be a lot of rainfall during these times of the year which washes away dust, and nature looks as if it is reborn!
Ratargul Swamp Forest
This place will come at the first position with its popularity and the experience that it offers. It is a natural swamp with a huge size of almost 504 acres. As it is a swamp, so you will need a boat to explore the place. Riding through the swamp will give you a unique experience. The greeneries around and their reflection on the water look artistic indeed! A different part of the day brings different colors to the beauty of the Haor.
The whole place is surrounded by green. There are many different and rare water plants also. The swamp is directly linked with Gowain river and the Chengir Lake which are nearby. You will experience a different scenario if you visit the place during the rainy season. During this time all these trees go under 20-30 feet of water. Then you will be able to see the clear reflection of the sky in swamp water. This is a thing that needs real experience, not just description.
Another well-known and beloved name among travelers is Bisanakandi. You will need to make a journey by boat through the Piyain river to reach this place. The journey itself is a great experience.
After reaching Bisanakandi, you will enjoy the rural landscapes surrounded by mountains. You will love the continuous flow of crystal clear water and the rolling stones. Surely you can enjoy some bathing in the natural water. But be careful if you do not know how to swim. There are also some floating restaurants nearby where you can enjoy some delicious meals freshly prepared and served.
It’s another popular tourist destination in Sylhet. It is situated at the northeastern border of Sylhet. It’s an attractive destination of Sylhet and very popular among nature lovers. The most attractive parts are the view of the hilly areas of Meghalaya. You will get a stunning view of those hills. But that’s not all! You will find dozens of natural waterfalls from the hills of Meghalaya which created a beautiful river called Piain. The water is crystal clear and you can see beautifully shaped stones underwater.
You will also find friendly locals who mostly belong to many ethnic groups like Khasia, Marma & Murong. There is a Khasia village at Sengram Punji. This is a beautiful village that depicts the simple yet smooth lifestyle of the Khasia’s.
Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal
The holy Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal is one of the famous shrines of Bangladesh. It is highly respected by the Muslim community not only in Bangladesh but also others all over the world. According to historians, Hazrat Shah Jalal was given a handful of soil and was asked to visit the place where the soil belongs. There he can start spreading Islam. As a result, Hazrat Shah Jalal traveled to Sylhet and settled in.
As a token of respect, the largest international Airport in Bangladesh (Dhaka) is named after him as Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. You will enjoy some unique experiences there. In the evening, the tomb is illuminated by candles & the atmosphere becomes quite magical. You’ll find a massive pond filled with catfish and a separate tank with goldfish. You’ll also find the holy Jalali pigeon over there. You can also feed those pigeons.
Another swamp forest that is stealing the hearts of the visitors is known as Tanguar Haor. This place has been internationally recognized & considered the second Ramsar site in Bangladesh only after the Sundarbans.
Anyone who enjoys a natural atmosphere, birds & animals would enjoy visiting this place. This swamp is well known for its biodiversity. Due to the unaffected atmosphere of the area, there are lots of animals and plants of different species which are usually not available in the normal environment of Bangladesh. There are nearly 250 species of birds, 140 species of fish & more than 12 species of Frogs living in this area.
Also, a large number of birds migrate from other countries and find their home in this area. If you are a bird watcher then do not forget to take a binocular with you! Watching birds and animals while enjoying the boat ride through the haor will be an unforgettable experience.
How to book your flights to Sylhet?
You can book your air tickets from Dhaka to Sylhet through the online travel agency of Bangladesh ShareTrip.
ShareTrip provides flights and the best hotel booking-related services both for international and domestic destinations. So far ShareTrip’s skilled customer service has been up to the mark by serving thousands of travelers. Also if you prefer booking through apps, then they are undoubtedly the best among the Bangladeshi travel apps. That will also unlock great additional discounts.
So here are the top 5 places you want to visit when you are in Sylhet. There are many other places and attractions about which we will keep talking about. Also, you can get more information & price on Best Flights to Sylhet on ShareTrip.
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