Folk lore refers to the introduction of the Ali Amjad Clock Tower, by Nawab Ali Ahmed Khan in 1874, an enthusiasm which was drawn from the one in Chandnichawk in Delhi, India. It was set up by a philanthropist named Shahzadi Jahan Ara. Ali Ahmed, the tower was named after his son Nawab Ali Amjad Khan.
Another story claims that Amjad Ali established the historic clock himself. But it was found that Amjad Ali was only 3 years old at the time the clock was built.
Location specific: It is located on the Northern bank of the Surma River at Chadnighat, down left to the Kean Bridge. After heading to Sylhet a person may take rickshaw or CNG auto rickshaw and head towards the Dak-bangla road close to Shah Jalal road.
Three type of transportation mode is available towards Sylhet from Dhaka. You can get in there by bus, train or air.
1. Greenline Paribahan
9/2, Outer Circular Road, Rajarbag, Dhaka-1217. (BDT 850 Volvo, BDT 1100 Scania)
2. Shyamoli Paribahan
Arambagh Counter, Dhaka. Phone-7102291, 0193626023
Sayedabad Counter, Dhaka. Phone-0171-8075541, 7511019, 7550071
3. Hanif Paribahan, Dhaka offices
4. S Al Saudia
Address: Humayun Rashid Chattar, Sylhet
5. Shohah Paribahan
Address: Shobhani Ghat, Sylhet
Fare: Taka 1100
You will find the above bus operators from Malibag Rail-gate, Razarbag or Sayedabad bus stand. These services are available from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm.
Bangladesh Biman, NovoAir, United Airways and Regent Airways are the four operators who fly from Dhaka to sylhet. The ticket price starts from 3000 taka & it goes up to 8000 taka per pax. There are more than 10 flights every day from morning to evening.
The planes leaving Dhaka for Sylhet are
1. United Airlines
Departure from Dhaka-5:35PM on Friday: 2:20PM
Departure from Sylhet-6:45PM on Friday-3:30PM
(Schedule varies time to time)
Fair-One way BDT 3825- 6325
2. Regent Airways.
Departure from Dhaka-4:40PM
Departure from Sylhet-5:45PM
(Schedule varies time to time)
Fair-One fair ranges from BDT 4800-5700
3. Bangladesh Biman. Price of tickets ranges from BDT 3500-9940 (Single flight per day)
There are four train services from Dhaka to sylhet. They are Joyontika, Parabat and Upoban depart at morning, noon and evening. There is a new train named Kalini depart at afternoon from Dhaka. It takes 7-8 hours to reach sylhet.The ticket price is around 295 for shovon-chair & it gets 679 taka for 1st class AC.
1. Kalini Express– departure time from Dhaka-4:00PM, arrival time at Sylhet-10:30PM.Off day: Friday
2. Parabat Express– departure time from Dhaka-6:40AM, arrival time at Sylhet-1:35PM
Departure time from Sylhet-3:00PM, arrival time at Dhaka-10:30PM. Off day: Tuesday
3. Upaban Express– departure time from Dhaka-9:50PM, arrival time at Sylhet-5:30AM
Departure time from Sylhet-10:00PM, arrival time at Dhaka-5:30AM.
Off day: Wednesday in Dhaka, no off days in Sylhet
4. Joyntika Express– departure time from Dhaka-12:00PM, arrival time at Sylhet-7:50PM
Departure time from Sylhet-08:20AM, arrival time at Dhaka-4:00PM.
Off day: None
Fair of all these ranges according to compartments usually BDT 75-1018.
There are a number of good quality hotels in Sylhet town. Most of those are at the Mazar road, Amberkhana, or in Zindabazar. A brief list of hotels is given below:
1. Hotel Eastern Gate & Panahar Restaurant.
2. Hotel Gulshan.
3. Hotel Dargah View.
4. Greenland Hotel & Restaurant.
5. Hotel City Link International.
6. Surma Valley Rest House.
7. Hotel Baharain Residential
8. Hotel Qureishi Residence.
9. Hotel Ajmeer.
10. Hotel Payra.
11. Hotel Supreme,
12. Hotel Palash,
13. Hotel Western,
14. Hotel Anurag,
15. Hotel Al-Amin,
16. Hotel Garden’s Inn,
17. Hotel Ferdous,
18. Hotel Panama,
19. Hotel Green,
20. Hotel Hilltown,
21. Hotel Rose View,
22. Hotel Star Pacific,
23. Hotel Tajmohal.
Ali Amjad clock is just beside the Keane Bridge. It is on the bank of Surma. You have go for a nice walk alongside the river.
Local as well as a good number of well decorated and hygiene restaurants are available in the area. Referred to where to eat in Sylhet, click here
The Bangabandhu Jamuna Eco Park in Sirajganj, which could become a lucrative spot pulling in local and foreign tourists, has been in a sorry state for years. The park, about 125 kilometres north-west of Dhaka, has over 50 varieties of timber, fruit and medicinal trees and a zoo, but fails to draw many tourists due to a lack of necessary facilities and publicity, said visitors and officials concerned.
The 600-acre park on the western end of Jamuna bridge at Soydabad in the district was opened to public in 2008, but the authorities have not taken any initiatives to attract tourists. During a recent visit, this correspondent found the park in a state of neglect, with only a handful of visitors. The park has a small zoo with only four cages that accommodate only two sick porcupines and a few monkeys and hares.
Seven spotted deer were released into the park when it was opened, and their numbers redoubled in five years. But the animals have been suffering due to a severe shortage of drinking water, with no ponds dug in the forest, sources said. Ibrahim Khalil, in-charge of the park’s wildlife and c, said there were two peacocks in the park, but they were shifted to Dhaka after they fell sick a few months ago. “Visitors, especially children, love to see animals and birds. Therefore, more of these creatures could be brought to the zoo,” Khalil said, adding the government could earn huge revenues from the park if it was taken care of.
Source: Mirza Shakil, The Daily Star, Tangail Published: Saturday, August 3, 2013)  => Array ( [name] => Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary [post_id] => 25931 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/pablakhali-wildlife-sanctuary/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Pablakhali-Wildlife-Sanctuary-by-Indian-Travel-Places-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
Tucked into the northeast corner of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is home to elephants and a wide variety of other animals. The sanctuary is the finest hill forest remaining in Bangladesh and it also an important wetland site.
The Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary in Bangladesh is located in the Rangamati District in the Chittagong division. It was established in 1983 so the wildlife and vegetation in the sanctuary is quite settled and well-developed. It is not a very big wildlife sanctuary, as it only covers 420.87 square kilometers, however that does not mean it has nothing to offer. Quite to the contrary, this tiny little sanctuary is positively teaming with life! Some of the animals you can expect to see here include capped langur, hoolock, Asian elephant, rhesus macaque, gibbon, tiger, otters, wild boars, guar, Indian muntjac, Indian python and sambar. Bird lovers can look forward to seeing herons, egrets, little grebe, common coot, common moorhen, waterfowl, white-winged wood duck, Asian openbill stork and more. There are also small cats, dholes and dozens of other animals living in this fascinating wildlife sanctuary. Nature lovers will find that much of this diversity is owing to the regions great topographical diversity. The area is well watered and varies in altitude.
The best time to visit the Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary in Bangladesh is between November and May. Visitors can choose between bird safaris and jungle safaris and both are equally rewarding. Accommodation can be found in the immediate area by way of two rest houses. You will find that both Bangla and English is spoken here, so most people can find a way to communicate with the locals and tour guides. The nearest town is Rangamati which can be easily reached by road or rail. Most visitors will touch down at the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong before taking the train to Rangamati en route to the Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary. Whatever way you choose to get there, make sure that you do end up visiting this great wildlife sanctuary!
Adventure: Jungle safari, Bird safari
Wild Life: Tiger, Gaur, Asian Elephant, Rhesus Macaque, Capped Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Dhole, Small Cats, Otters, Wild Boar, Indian Muntjac, and Sambar,Waterfowl, Little Grebe, Herons, Egrets, Common Moorhen, Common Coot, Asian Openbill Stork, and White-winged Wood Duck, Indian python
Location: At the northern end of Kaptai Lake in the south-eastern part of Kassalong Reserve Forest in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, some 112 km from Rangamati Town. The western boundary is formed by the Kassalong River.
Area: 42,087 hectares
* Wide variety of mammals, including elephants
* A refuge for birds
* Beautiful hilly terrain ranging from 100-300 m
Brief History: It was established as a game sanctuary in June 1962, later declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983.
Habita, Flora & Fauna: Three forest types can be distinguished in the sanctuary: tropical wet evergreen forest; tropical Semi-evergreen; and tropical moist deciduous forest. Among larger mammals, the most important is the population of Asian Elephant. Other mammals are Rhesus Macaque, Capped langur, hoolock Gibbon, Dhole, small cats, otters, wild Boar, and Sambar. There are also numerous bird species in the Sanctuary.)  => Array ( [name] => Hala Boter Tall [post_id] => 4794 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/hala-boter-tall/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Hala-boter-tall1-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
"Hala Boter Tall" is one of the legend place of the district. Almost a half-acre of land across a wide range of very ancient banyan tree near Kulaghat, Lalmonirhat.
People says that, banyan tree is at least 130 years of age. The field of Eidgah under that tree is older than it. In Pakistan period (1951-5 to khristabde) Fakir Pir was brought from jaunopur by the local khati fakir for certain. Pir Sahib was sitting in the trees below. A well was dag For the People coming to the field for oju. Being lack of water Due to the difficulties oju, Pir (saint) Sahib told to give a vessel of water to the well. The lack of water was then removed and never happened. It was also less than the time before the end of the distribution concerns khicuri Pir saheb give cover of the Pipkins. According to his instructions to remove the lid a little after the start of the khicuri distribution. At the end of the distribution of the khicuri few neighboring villages’ people who didn’t come to hear is also possible to send them. Pir Sahib was to go, but the place of speech was considered to be a holy place to people, people see with special respect towards the banyan tree too. After Bangladesh won its independence it spared. Every Friday still a lot of people from different places come here to be seen Manat.) )
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