Sylhet Division

Sylhet Division

Sylhet DivisionSylhet Division also known as Greater Sylhet, is the northeastern division of Bangladesh, named after its main city, Sylhet. It is bordered by the Indian states of Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura to the north, east and south, respectively; and by the Bangladeshi divisions of Chittagong to the southwest and Dhaka and Mymensingh to the west. Sylhet is considered one of the most picturesque and archaeologically rich regions in South Asia, and has major Islamic Sufi shrines. Its bourgeoning economy has contributed to the regional attractions of landscapes filled with fragrant orange and pineapple gardens and tea plantations. Many Sylheti community members are working and residing abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom. They send remittances to fund projects and industries within the Sylhet Division, which have led to the expansion of the export industry and foreign investment sectors.

Sylhet City

SylhetSylhet City is a major city in north-eastern Bangladesh. It is the main city of Sylhet Division, which consists of Sunamganj, Habiganj (variant of Habibganj), Maulvi Bazar and Sylhet Districts, and it was granted metropolitan city status in March 2009. Sylhet city is located on the northern bank of the Surma River and is surrounded by the Jaintia, Khasi and Tripura hills. Sylhet has a history of conquests and heritage from different types of cultures. The city is described as a City of Saints, with the mausoleum of the great saint Hazrat Shah Jalal, who brought Islam to Bengal during the 14th century, being located here. During the next few centuries it was part of the state of Assam during the rule of British India. After the partition of India and Pakistan, Sylhet was part of East Pakistan based on a referendum, and is now part of Bangladesh. It played a major role in the Bangladesh Liberation War during the 1971s.

Main Tourist attractions

Keane Bridge

SylhetThe Keane Bridge is a notable landmark of Sylhet city, Bangladesh. This bridge is called the gateway to Sylhet city. This bridge is located over the Surma River at the middle of Sylhet city. This bridge was built in 1936 and is named after Sir Michael Keane who was the English Governor of Assam from 1932 to 1937. It is made of iron and steel and looks like a bow. The bridge is 1150 feet long and 18 feet breadth. About Taka 5.6 million was spent to build the bridge.During the Bangladesh Liberation War the bridge was blown off by dynamite by the Pakistan Army and damaged. It was repaired in 1977.

Ali Amjad Clock

SylhetAli Amjad’s Clock is the oldest clock tower located on the bank of Surma River in Sylhet, Bangladesh. It is known as “the Big Ben of Sylhet” and is a popular attraction, near to the Keane Bridge. The tower was constructed in 1872 by Ali Amjad’s Father just two years before he was born. Ali Amjad was the landlord of former Prithimpasha estate in Sylhet whose Ancestors were from Isphani,Iran.

Tom of Saint Shah Jalal

SylhetShah Jalal (R) a major sufi saint of Bengal. His full name is Shaikh Jalaluddin. Shah Jalal (R) commands great respect of Muslims of the subcontinent. He lies buried at sylhet.

Shah Jalal’s name is associated with the Muslim conquest of Sylhet. Shah Jalal (R) with his 360 followers reached Bengal and joined the Muslim army in the Sylhet campaign. Then the Muslim army won and King of the Sylhet, Gaur Govinda fled the country and Sylhet came under Muslim rule. Muslim conquest of Sylhet, is a historical fact. Sultan Shamsuddin Firuz Shah ruled Bengal during the period from 1301 to 1322 AD and expanded the territory under his rule in all directions. Epigraphic and literary sources also attest the fact of the conquest of Sylhet during Shamsuddin Firuz Shah’s rule and of the involvement of Shah Jalal (R) in the process.

Tom of Saint Shah Paran

SylhetShah Paran (R) a renowned sufi belonging to the Suhrawardia and Jalalia sects. It is said that he was the son of a sister of Hazrat shah jalal (R) and was born in Yemen. He, with his uncle, took part in the expedition of sylhet (1303 AD). After the conquest of Sylhet he established his khanqah at Khadim Nagar in Dakshingarh Pargana, about 7 km away from Sylhet town, and started spiritual ascetic practice there. He played a significant role in propagating Islam and establishing Muslim rule in Sylhet region.

Ratargul Swamp Forest

SylhetRatargul Swamp Forest is a freshwater swamp forest located in Gowainghat, Sylhet, Bangladesh. It is the only swamp forest located in Bangladesh and one of the few freshwater swamp forests in the world. The forest is naturally conserved under the Department of Forestry, Govt. of Bangladesh.Monsoon is the best time for exploring Ratargul. The forest is flood in water in the month of July and August which is perfect for visiting. You have to hire a boat for making tour inside Ratargul Swamp Forest. It is better to take permission going to the forest station for visiting Ratargul. The evergreen forest is situated by the river Goain and linked with the cannel Chengir Khal. Most of the trees growing here are the Millettia pinnata (Koroch tree). The forest goes under 20–30 feet water in the rainy season.

Rocky creek, Bisnakandi

SylhetBichanakandi is 39Km away of Sylhet, a new travel destination. Water blows through creek, rocky lake, hills will give you a land of peace. It is a border area, you will see amazing water fall. Being a border area you will see green everywhere.


This region is famous as tea growing area and the majority of the tea estates belong to SrimongolSrimangol is famous as tea growing area and the majority of the tea estates belong to Srimongol. For miles and miles around, visitors can see the tea gardens spread like green carpets over the plain land or on sloping hills. The region has very high precipitation and its rainforests are habitat of primates and other rare species of wild animals and birds. Near Lawacherra Forest in Srimongol, the movie ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ was shot.


Madhabkunda is the largest waterfall in Bangladesh situated in Barlekha thana (subdistrict) in Moulvi Bazar District, Sylhet DivisionMadhabkunda is the largest waterfall in Bangladesh situated in Barlekha thana (subdistrict) in Moulvi Bazar District, Sylhet Division. The waterfall is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Bangladesh. Lots of tourists and picnic parties come to Madhabkunda every day for their enjoyment. Fall of million tons of water form 200 ft. height. Big bolder of stones and the black stones with green leafy trees and the sound of waterfall is giving a shape of care in Madhabkunda.

Tama Bil & Jaflong

Just to the north  from Sylhet is Tamabil, the border outpost with Meghalaya of IndiaTamabil is the border outpost just to the north from Sylhet with Meghalaya of India. There exists a convenient route to make travel to this part of India through Tamabil border and we organise regular tours to Shillong and adjoining areas both for the local and foreign guests.Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth is in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. Jafflong, with picturesque surrounding, lies just adjacent to Tamabil and the area is also famous for stones and boulders. Every day hundreds of people are found collecting stones and boulders from this area, which are exported to other districts as quality construction materials.

Ethnic People1

Added attraction is the high percentage of ethnic people, belonging to the colourful Monipuri,Khasia, Garo and Tripura living in this region.Ethnic People added attraction by their colorful life style. The high percentage of ethnic people, belonging to the colourful Monipuri,Khasia, Garo and Tripura living in this region.Back to Destinations