MAG Osmani International Airport is an international airport located five miles northeast of Sylhet in Bangladesh. It is served by all major domestic carriers, Biman Air, United Airlines, and Regent Airways. Operated by the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) and served by national airline Biman Bangladesh Airlines and private airlines including Novoair, United Airways, and US-Bangla Airlines (domestic operations), the majority of the passengers that go through the airport are expatriate Bangladeshis and their descendants from the Sylhet Division living in the United Kingdom.
What to see & do
Sylhet, historically known as Srihatta and also known as Jalalabad, is a major city that lies on the banks of Surma River in northeast Bangladesh. It is the capital and largest city of the Sylhet Division in Bangladesh. Sylhet has a population of more than 500,000 residents. Surrounded by sub-tropical hills, river valleys, rain forests, and tea estates, it’s not hard to imagine the city as a top tourist destination. It lies on the stunning picturesque Surma Valley, which is formed by a breath-taking winding pair of rivers named the Surma and the Kushiara, both of which are fed by a vast number of hill streams from the north and the south. The city is known as a prominent Islamic spiritual centre and home to numerous Sufi shrines, which hosts the 14th-century mausoleums of Shah Jalal and Shah Farhan. Aside from its picturesque scenery, a fascinating feature of Sylhet is its aboriginal tribes like the Tipperas, the Monipuris, Khasis, and Garos who still live in their primitive ways in the hills, practising their age-old rites, rituals, customs, and traditions.
Some of the places that you can visit in the city include the scenic Tamabil-Jaflong, a border outpost on Sylhet-Shilong Road, which has amazing views and also provides a glimpse of the waterfalls across the border from Tamabil; Kalibari Temple, one of the 51 Sakthi peet is situated near Jaflong; Greeva Peet - Mahalakshmi peet; Sree Mangal, which is famous for the world’s largest tea gardens of the world; Lawacherra Rain Forest, one of the country’s important and well-reserved forests; and Madhabkunda, which is surrounded by lush tea estates and water lilies. The city has a wide variety of malls and bazaars where shoppers can find a range of items and souvenirs, too. In fact, the new influx of expatriate money
has rapidly transformed Sylhet into a shoppers' city, with handmade textiles considered as a specialty. One will find the famous local fabric, the Monipuri, at shops located in the Lamabazar area.
How to get around within Sylhet
A common mode of transportation throughout Sylhet is by rickshaws. Although there are buses and taxis in town, they are usually unreliable for foreign tourists, and in some cases, even dangerous.
How to get there
The Osmani International Airport is served by all major domestic carriers. Most of the flights to the city are bound from Dhaka, the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. There are no international flights at the airport. Other ways of getting in are by bus, via several luxury coach and bus services that operate from Dhaka to Sylhet such as Hanif, Shohag Poribahan, and Green Line. There are also non-A/C buses available for budget travellers. If you are coming in from Dhaka, Chittagong, or Comilla, there are train services (Joyontika, Parabat, and Upoban) to Sylhet every day.
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