Sylhet district (also known as Jalalabad), the spiritual capital; is a metropolitan city in northeastern (24.8917°N 91.8833°E) Bangladesh. The city is located on the right bank of the Surma River in northeastern Bengal. It has a subtropical climate and lush highland terrain. The city has a population of more than half a million. Sylhet is one of the most important cities of Bangladesh, after Dhaka and Chittagong due to its importance to the country’s economy. The city’s dargahs (mausoleum), or burial sites of Muslim saints, attract several thousand devotees each year. Except the burial sites there are also many important tourist attractions in this district.
Tourists’ attractions of Sylhet district
Ali Amzad’s Clock
The gateway of Sylhet is close to the river Surma, where Ali Amzad’s famous Gharighar (clock-house) is located on the right hand side of the Keane Bridge. Locally it is known as Ali Amzoder Gharigar. The diameter of his clock is 2 feet and a half, and the hands of the Ghari are 2 feet long. Ali Amzad Khan, the renowned Zamindar at Pritthim Pasha of Kulaura made this historical Ghari in 1874.
The domed-shaped high clock-house was made of iron corrugated sheets on iron poles, and since then it has been known as Amzad’s Gharighar. Untill before the liberation war, the bullet shots of he invading army destroy the Gharighar. Of late, the clock has been repaired and modernized on the initiative of he Sylhet City Corporation.
Mazar (Shrine) of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.)
The Mazar (Shrine) of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.) is 3 kilometres away from the Circuit house of Sylhet town. Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.) was known as the chief of all saints and historic Sufi and Pir (spiritual guide) in the subcontinent. His full name is Sheikh Jalaluddin. He spread Islam in Sylhet region. It is learnt that Hazrat Shah Jalal (R.) with his 360 companions travelled to Sylhet crossing the Surma River on the prayer mat after knowing the happening that Raja Gaur Govinda inflicted oppression on Sheikh Burhanuddin, the first Muslim in Sylhet. Defending the tyrannical king Gaur Govinda in battle, this famous spiritual saint started preaching Islam and living permanently in Sylhet. He was buried there after his death and this Mazar has been named after his name. Immediately after the main gate there is a mosque and behind it there is a one-domed building on a hillock. Around the Mazar there are large Gazar fish (Spotted snakehead). Apart from that, a pair of wooden sandals, a sword and a few utensils which are preserved here are considered as his memontoes.