Sylhet, Bangladesh: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Sylhet is one of the major cities of Bangladesh that lies on the banks of Surma River in north east Bangladesh. The population of the city is over 500,000 residents. The city is surrounded by tea estates, sub-tropical hills, rain forests and river calleys. The city is famous for its tea production and this is where the country’s commercial tea production first began.  The region is one of the leading tourist attractions of the country. It also has the highest literacy rate in the country. The city is also home to plenty of Sufi shrines because it has a reputation as the Spiritual Capital of Bangladesh. There are mouseleums which are left from the 14th century such as Shah Jalal and Shah Paran. Many Sylhetis live in abroad especially in Britain and America, therefore Sylhet has developed. It is possible to witness the different variety of exotic flora and fauna and many species of wildlife among the thick tropical forests. 


In addition, Sylhet has a rich history that it used to be ruled by local chieftains before the conquest by the Muslims. There are also some aboriginal tribes in the region likethe Tipperas, the Monipuris, Khasis and Garos. They still live in their primitave ways in the hills and they have their own rituals, customs an traditions. The climate of Sylhet is humid subtropial where the summers are mostly hot and humid and the winters are relatively cool. The city is also within the monsoon climatic zone which nearly 80 per cent of the annual averafe rainfall occurs between May and September.