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Old November 8th, 2004, 09:35 PM   #1
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Sylhet - Cityscapes and Landmarks

Nestled in the picturesque Surma Valley amidst scenic tea plantations and lush green tropical forests, Sylhet is a prime attraction for all tourists visiting Bangladesh. Lying between the Khasia and the Jaintia hills on the north, and the Tripura hills on the south, Sylhet breaks the monotony of the flatness of this land by a multitude of terraced tea gardens, rolling countryside and the exotic flora and fauna. Here the thick tropical forests abound with many species of wild life, scented orange groves and luxuriant pineapple plantations spread their aroma around the typical hearth and homes of the Manipuri Tribal maidens famous for their dance.

The Sylhet valley is formed by a beautiful, winding pair of rivers named the Surma and the Kushiara both of which are fed by innumerable hill streams from the north and the south. The valley has a good number of haors which are big natural depressions. During winter these haors are vast stretches of green land, but in the rainy season they turn into a turbulent sea. These haors provide a sanctuary to the millions of migratory birds who fly from across the Himalayas to escape the severe Siberian winters.

Sylhet has also a very interesting and rich history. Before the conquest by the Muslims, it was ruled by local chieftains. In 1303, the great Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal came to Sylhet from Delhi with a band of 360 disciples to preach Islam and defeated the then Raja Gour Gobinda, Sylhet thus became a district of saints, shrines and daring but virile people.

Its rich potentialities became easily attractive and the 18th century Englishmen made their fortune in tea plantation. About 80 km. from Sylhet town connected by road and rail, Srimangal, which is known as the tea capital of Bangladesh, is the actual tea centre of the area. For miles and miles around, the visitor can see the tea gardens spread like a green carpet over the plain land or on the sloping hills. A visit to the tea plantation in Sylhet is a memorable experience. Sylhet, the tea granary of Bangladesh, not only has over 150 tea gardens but also proudly possesses three largest tea gardens in the world both in area and production.

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Al Hamra Shopping City





Lovely Tower





Nagar Bhaban





Supreme Hotel/Rainbow Hotel/Hotel Holy Side



Parjatan Motel



Guest House



The Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal

Among the several places of historical interest in Sylhet town is the shrine of Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal. Even today, more than six hundred years after his death, the shrine is visited by innumerable devotees of every caste and creed. who make the journey from far away places. Legend says, the great Saint who came from Delhi to preach Islam and defeated the then Hindu Raja (King) Gour Gobinda, transformed the watchcraft followers of the Raja into catfishes which are still alive in the tank adjacent to the shrine. Swords, the holy Quran, and the robes of the holy Saint are still preserved in the shrine.







Shahjalala Mosque



Sylhet Osmani International Airport





London Fried Chicken - a local franchise based in Sylhet



A Standered Chartered Bank branch



Bluewater Shopping City







Paragon Tower









Surma Bridge



Sylhet Stadium



Madhabkunde Waterfall

About 3 km. from Dakhinbagh Railway Station there is the famous waterfall of Madhabkunda which attracts large number of tourists every year.







Pretty Tea Gardens




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Old November 9th, 2004, 03:15 AM   #2
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Beautiful Sylhet.
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Old November 10th, 2004, 09:19 AM   #3
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Sylhet - a green heaven

Sylhet is trully one of the preetiest cities in Bangladesh. Here are a few pictures of a tea garden and it's guest house.
















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Old November 10th, 2004, 07:02 PM   #4
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That Bluewater Shopping City building is great!
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I li ke the tea plantations! Very mesmerizing!
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Old December 24th, 2004, 02:03 AM   #6
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Beautifull Sylhet, This city has great potential to become regional trading hub,theres lot more going on in this city.Theres building boom going on, building shopping malls, apartments ,private residential properties are fuelling property prices, some areas of Sylhet cost much as London and New York in property prices .Thanks for posting about this city tmac.
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Is London Fried Chicken a local franchise company?
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Old December 24th, 2004, 04:39 AM   #8
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I like Chittagong much better. The tea gardens are nice and green, and the waterfall looks pleasant. But as a city, it needs more modern buildings... like the Bluewater Shopping Center.
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Is London Fried Chicken a local franchise company?
Yes, London Fried chicken is a local franchise company opened by a guy from London, i 've been in there and tried it, it was the best fried chicken i had for ages.
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Old December 24th, 2004, 04:25 PM   #10
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I like Chittagong much better. The tea gardens are nice and green, and the waterfall looks pleasant. But as a city, it needs more modern buildings... like the Bluewater Shopping Center.
I Agree with you Sylhet needs more modern buildings, Saying that there is lot more going on, lot of u/c and completed projects like


Millenium shopping centre
Rose view shopping complex and best western Hotel
Tower garden apartments and shopping centre
galleria shopping centre and apartments
sonargaon shopping city
Eastern plaza
Multiplan Shah jalal city, uposhahar sylhet
Paragon city
al hamra shopping city
Blue water shopping city
Dreamland land amusement park
Sylhet plaza
Dallas shopping centre

And many many more, i'll take some pics when i next visit Sylhet in the new year, i am also opening my own website about sylhet very soon.
As compared to other cities in Bangladesh, Sylhet is probaly third after Dhaka and chittagong compared to developnent and under constuctions, Dhaka being the capital city and Chittagong being the main port city ...sylhet is also one of the richest places in Bangladesh.

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Old January 7th, 2005, 02:28 PM   #12
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Garden Tower,Sylhet

This is a nice Shopping Mall/apartments complex and Hotel in Sylhet [

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great stuff Golden Boy. We are waiting for your trip to Sylhet man. Make sure to take lots of pics. Do you have any pictures of the Dreamland amusement park?
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wow that second picture sure is green

,,, btw nice photos
Supreme Hotel is nice and i love the green photos of Sylhet
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More Sylhet Pics

Some images of Sylhet i gathered,for the moment guys.

Typical Houses in Sylhet



Rose View Shopping complex Sylhet



Alhamra Shopping City Sylhet





Shahjalal Universty of science & technology



Madhabkundo Sylhet


Spring Garden Apartments Sylhet




Orchid Garden Apartments Sylhet


Spring Tower Apartments



Garden Tower





These are Some of the images i gathered from sylhet, as soon i get more i'll post them here.

As for Dreamland Amusement Park, soon as i have pics i'll post them tmac, otherwise you have wait till i take pics myself.











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under construction Sylhet Penthouse - an apartment complex.



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Jalalabad Bhaban Mehendibag Sylhet




Another project in making Tikhana Tower in Sylhet

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The shrine of Shah Jalal and Sylhet Eidga



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A new amusement park - "Modern Childrens Park" in Sylhet





A few street scenes in Sylhet...






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