Dholai River is originated from the Cherapunji Hills (চেরাপুঞ্জি পাহাড়) of India and entered the country through the Bholagonj of Sylhet. After flowing very poorly in our country, it joined with the River Surma.
Dholai River (ধলাই নদী) is famous for the stones. People used to collect the stone from the river. I have walked at the bank of the river from Bholagonj to “dosh number point”. The river bank seems too high for me. Possibly during rainy season, the river may have lot of water with heavy current.
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After reaching Sylhet, take local transport to reach that place which is located in Companyganj.
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.
You can go for a boat trip and take photos of this beautiful river.
You need to carry your own food.
Balashi Ghat (বালাসী ঘাট) is one of the most beautiful tourist spots of Gaibandha District.It stands beside the bank of Jamuna River and is not very far from Gaibandha Sadar Upazila. At the beginning of 2004, steamers were banned from this place. Although, trawlers & boats are available for traveling. It has built a connection with the southern districts of Jamalpur.
As a result of erosion, everyday many parts of this Ghat are drowning under the river. A huge crowd comes to Balashi Ghat to enjoy its stunning natural beauty.)  => Array ( [name] => Padma River [post_id] => 6359 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/padma-river-%e0%a6%aa%e0%a6%a6%e0%a7%8d%e0%a6%ae%e0%a6%be-%e0%a6%a8%e0%a6%a6%e0%a7%80/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Padma-River-11-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
The Padma River (Bengali: পদ্মা Pôdda) is a major trans-boundary river in Bangladesh. It is the main distributary of the Ganges (Bengali: গঙ্গা Gôngga), which originates in the Himalayas. The Padma enters Bangladesh from India near Chapai Nawabganj. It meets the Jamuna (Bengali: যমুনা Jomuna) near Aricha and retains its name, but finally meets with the Meghna (Bengali: মেঘনা) near Chandpur and adopts the name ‘Meghna’ before flowing into the Bay of Bengal. Three side of the shariatpur is bounded by river. Padma river is bounded Shariatpur by various name such as Padma, Meghna & kirtinasha.)  => Array ( [name] => Narsingdi Meghna River Branch [post_id] => 12026 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/narsingdi-meghna-river-branch/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/IMG_20150703_1046113041-300x169.jpg [post_content] =>
Mighty river Meghna's branch is located eastward to the Narsingdi Sadar. It is used as a river ghat to move in various directions from Narsingdi District. If someone pays a visit there at the Ghat, he/she may observe a cluster of wood made engine boats awaiting for passengers. It is a place largely of gatherings all the day long. The launch terminal is just steps away from this Ghat.
There are some attractions around the river ghat that make people wondering this place at their leisure time. Some remarkable are Ansar Camp, Saw mill (wood market), Store house of Jute (built in British period) and a rice mill belonging a large brick made platform.
Every year in a certain time a large number of people gather around this place to watch traditional boat race ( নৌকা বাইচ) in live and during the vacation of Eid people move there with their friends & family to enjoy a charming view of Meghna River Branch.)  => Array ( [name] => Buriganga River [post_id] => 7432 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/buriganga-river/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Buriganga-River21-300x240.jpg [post_content] =>
The Buriganga River (বুড়িগঙ্গা), previously known as "Old Ganges", flows past the southwest outskirts of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh. Its average depth is 7.6 meters (25 ft.) and its maximum depth is 18 meters (58 ft.). In the distant past, a course of the Ganges River used to reach the Bay of Bengal through the Dhaleswari River.
When this course gradually shifted and ultimately lost its link with the main channel of the Ganges it was renamed the Buriganga. It is said that the water levels during high and very high tides in this river astonished the Mughals. In the 20th century the water table and river became polluted by polythene and other hazardous substances from demolished buildings near the river banks.
Photograph of Dacca (Dhaka) taken in the 1880s, from an album 'Architectural Views of Dacca', containing 13 prints by Johnston and Hoffman. View looking along the river Buriganga towards the city of Dhaka situated on the left bank. A Hindu temple tower stands at the water's edge.) )
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