Despite being home to nearly 3 million people, Sylhet has the feeling of a bustling market town. It also has great links to the surrounding Surma Valley with its waterfalls, tea plantations and abundant wildlife.
Top things to see and do in Sylhet
- The Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal attracts pilgrims from all over the country. Inside are the mosque and main tomb along with a pond filled with sacred catfish that are fed by the locals.
- In the centre of town is the small folk museum, The Museum of the Rajas. It was home to legendary poet and musician Dewan Hasan Raja Chowdhury and contains many of his original instruments as well as photos.
- Take a trip outside the city and visit Jaflong, where you can see working tea plantations, spot local monkeys and enjoy the stunning river Mari.
- Get your hiking boots on for a visit to the nearby Khadimnagar Reserve Forest. Treks can be organised with local guides who will take you through lush jungle where you might spot monkeys, snakes, wild orchids or even the white-backed vulture.
- Hire a boat and take in the lush, green Ratargul Swamp Forest. You might be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife in the jungles or simply sit back and enjoy the tranquillity.
Tips for travellers
The hills surrounding Sylhet are still peopled by various local tribes, who hold festivals throughout the year. Speak with a local tour guide to arrange a trip to meet these aboriginal peoples.