Sylhet Nature & Cultural Tour

Sylhet-Srimangal Wonderful Mystic Land of Nature
Tour Duration: 5 Nights, 6 Days

The Panoramic Sylhet & Srimongal is famous for natural attraction which is an ideal place for Eco- tourism. Sylhet is popularly known as the land of ‘Two leaves and a bud’ occupying a vast virgin territory nestled in the picturesque and lush green tropical forest. Sylhet lie between the Khasia and Jaintia hills on the north, and the Tripura hills and India on the South. It has got a multitude of terraced tea gardens rolling countryside and the exotic flora and fauna. The world’s largest tea gardens in the panoramic hill slopes of Srimangol and the most fascinating tribal people like Monipuri, Tripura, Khasia and Garo who are still in their primitive life style will be a prime attraction for the nature loving tourists.The enormous haors and lakes which play an ideal refuge to the millions of migratory birds in the winter. A visit to the Lawachara rain forest, Ratargul Swamp Forest, the boating to the vast lake water will be a memorable experience.

Tentative Itinerary

Day-01: Arrival, Photography Tour at Old Dhaka
Our guide will meet you at Dhaka airport and transfer to hotel. If time permits we’ll offer a photography tour in Old Dhaka. The locations of the photo walk differ every time depending upon available time. This tour can cover place like Sadarghat located in the southern part of old Dhaka on the Buriganga River, Ashanmanjil, Shankharibazar most photogenic street of old Dhaka which is a very colourful, vibrant and happening place, Lalbag Fort etc.

Day-02: Scenic drive towards Srimangal (200 km, 5 hrs)
07.00 am drive towards Srimangol through green Country Side. After check in and fresh up we’ll offer half day sightseeing including with the visit of tea garden, Monipuri tribal village. Overnight Srimangal.

Day-03: Srimangal Sightseeing, Excursion drive to Sylhet (90 km, 2.5 hrs)
07.00 am Lawachara wild Life tour. Visit ethnic tribal village Khasia Purnji inside the rain forest. 11.00 am excursion drive to Sylhet. After lunch visit Tamabil and Jaflong. Overnight Sylhet.

Day-04: Sightseeing at Ratargul Swamp Forest, Sylhet Excursion
07.00 am transfer to Ratargul Swamp forest forSightseeing. Return to Sylhet in the afternoon and visit the Shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal, enjoy the beautiful sun set from the bank of Surma River. Overnight Sylhet.

Day-05: Scenic drive towards Dhaka (245 km, 6 hrs.)
07.00 am drive towards Dhaka. Arrival Dhaka in the afternoon. If time permits free time for Shopping at Arong-Handy crafts shops with all local made products, Artisan- different branded garments products made in Bangladesh. Overnight Dhaka.

Day-06: Departure Transfer
On time departure transfer to airport for onward destination.

Best Time to Travel

Mar – Nov: Tea picking season as the best time for tea picker photos.

Oct- Mar: Best time for trekking, hiking, bird watching and boat trips Tour Available: You can avail this tour package all the year round.

Festivals in Sylhet- Srimangal

Manipuri Raash festival
Popularly known as the raash festival. Though this festival is organised in Monipuri Royal Palace in Sylhet city, it is celebrated at Madhabpur and Adampur under Komalganj Upazilla in Moulvibazaar in an even grander manner. Celebrated since 1769, the raash festival has attracted not only the Monipuri community but people from diverse religious backgrounds as well.

Shah Jalal (R)’s death anniversary and wood-cutting festival
The tradition of observing the death anniversary of the great saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) with grandeur dates back almost 700 years. This is held at the end of September and early October. Thousands of devotees throng his shrine. Various programmes including those of spiritual music are held. With the vibrant participation of devotees, the city of Sylhet adopts a colourful look. To commemorate the event every year a large number of devotees wrap themselves in red shawls, go to Lakkatura and return to the shrine with some firewood while paying tribute to his soul by singing spiritual songs.

Hason Festival
It is popularly known as the town of the illustrious folk musician Hason Raja, who is equally venerated all over Bangladesh. To commemorate his contribution in Bengali folklore, Hason Festival has been organised in Sunamganj in the December-January period for the last few years

Muharram festival at Prithimpasha
Prithimpasha Jamindar Bari – a feudal palace under Kulaura Upazilla in Moulvibazar – has a rich legacy of nearly 200 years. The huge tarn in front of the palace, aesthetic works on its walls and eye- catching visuals on the mosque allure tourists with an interest in history and culture. As the feudal lords belonged to the Shiite Muslim sect, Ashura has long been celebrated gleefully in this palace. The current successors of the feudal lords still follow this tradition by organising a cultural fair in front of the palace during the first 10 days of the lunar month of Muharram every year.

Tour Attraction

Ahsan Manzil
Ahsan Manzil is one of the most significant indo-saracenic revival architectural monuments dating from 1872. It was the residential palace of Nawab Khwaja Alimullah in his time. After his death, his son Khwaja Abdul Gani made a great flourish to the property and re named it “Ahsan Manjil” on his son Ahsan Ullah. In 1888 Ahsan Manjil was severely damaged and abandoned due to tornedo. Khwaja Abdul Gani and his son Ahsanullah turned their full attention to rebuild the palace. Both of the buildings were reconstructed during that time. The most beautiful thing made in this time was the dome, which made the palace so beautiful.

Sadarghat Port
Consider as one of the largest river port terminal in the world which located in the southern part of Dhaka, on the river Bruriganga and known as Sadarghat Port-the Dhaka City River Front. This is one of the most dynamic places in Dhaka specially for photograph.

Shankhari Bazar
One of the oldest Hindu streets which can be an extremely photogenic part of old Dhaka. Hindu artisans “Shankhari” brought by the Mughol emperor in the 17 th Century and they are specialized on carved out conch shells. This living place which later known as Shankhari Bazaar.

Tea Gardens
Commercial tea production of Bangladesh started from 1857 which was set up by the British. Now 166 tea states still in operation in Bangladesh and among 133 is in Sylhet division. Bangladesh is the 10 th largest tea producer and makes over 60 million kilograms of tea each year. March to late November is the best teal plucking season.

Tamabil – Jaflong
This is the main attraction of Sylhet located 55 km from Sylhet town. It takes place at the border between Bangladesh and the Indian state of Meghalaya. Mountainous streams running along the zigzag road catches the sight of the tourists. The rolling stones from hills and waterfalls across the border create very beautiful scenery. It’s great place to visit for nature loving tourist

Ratargul Swamp Forest
Bangladesh’s only fresh water swamp forest located 35 km north west of Sylhet. This evergreen forest is situated by the river Gowain and linked with the channel Chengir Khal. 73 species of plants could be found in the forest till now. This Amazonian swamp forest peaks around 7.5 m in the rainy season and dropping to about 3 m during winter. Heron, Egret, Kingfisher, Parrot, Bulbul, Swan, Dove, Water fowl, Eagle and Kite Bird are some bird species can be seen in this swamp forest. Cotton Pygmy Goose and other Migratory birds and Vulture visit the forest in winter.

Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal
Shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal is the biggest pilgrimage site in Bangladesh. Shah Jalal had been born in Turkestan, where he became a spiritual disciple of Saiyid Ahmad Yasawi, one of the founders of the Central Asian Sufi tradition. According to legend, one day his uncle, Sheikh Kabir gave Shah Jalal a handful of soil and asked him to travel to India. He instructed him to choose to settle and propagate Islam in any place in India where the soil exactly matches that which he gave him in smell and colour. Shah Jalal journeyed eastward and reached Sylhet in c. 1300, where he met many great scholars and Sufi mystics. The exact date of his death is debated, but he is reported by Ibn Batuta to have died on 15 March 1346 CE. He left behind no descendants and was buried in Sylhet in his dargah (tomb), which is located in a neighbourhood now known as Dargah Mahalla.

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