Ratargul Swamp Forest Sylhet – Ratargul Swamp Forest is the one and only freshwater swamp forest in Bangladesh located in Gowain River, Fatehpur Union, Gowainghat, Sylhet. It is located about 26 kilometers from Sylhet district town. The ratargul swamp forest area of 3,325.61 acres and 504 acres of forest was declared in 1973 as Wildlife Sanctuary. There is only a few freshwater swamp forest in the world and Ratargul Swamp Forest is one of them.
This evergreen forest is located on the banks of Gowain River and connects it with the Chengir Canal. In this forest, the most commonly grown Koroch tree whose scientific name is Millettia pinnata. During the rainy season, this forest is submerged under 20-30 feet of water. At that time, the tourists come to see the drowning plants.
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Ratargul Swamp Forest
Ratargul is a natural forest in Sylhet, local forest department here planted several trees including Koroch, Hijal, and Varun, and apart from this, there are 25 species of water-soluble plants, including Jalili, Arjun, Kadam. Rataragul is known as the ‘Sundarbans of Sylhet’. Many tourists called the Ratargul Swamp Forest as Amazon of Bangladesh.
How to go to Ratargul Swamp Forest
If you want to visit Ratargul Swamp Forest then you have to come first to Sylhet. You can come to Sylhet from Dhaka or Chittagong by road, train, or airline.
By Bus from Dhaka to Sylhet
Green Line, Saudi Arabia, S. Alam, Shyamoli, Ena, and those are left from Fakirapul, Gabtali, Sayedabad, Mohakhali, and Abdullapur bus terminals of Dhaka and reaches Sylhet. Their rent is usually between TK 800 and 1100 for AC buses and Non AC Buses will be able to rent 400 to 450 taka per person.
By Train from Dhaka to Sylhet
Intercity train Parabat Express leaves every day at 6:40 am from Kamalapur Railway Station, Dhaka and Joyantika express leaves every day at 2:00 pm. The Upoban express leaves at 9:50 pm without Wednesday. From Dhaka to Sylhet train ticket prices range between 150 to 1000 taka
By Train from Chittagong to Sylhet
You can also travel by train from Chittagong or Dhaka to Sylhet. Two trains are running Chittagong to Sylhet route. These are Udayon Express and Paharika Express. Both trains are available six days a week. Saturday is an off day. According to their class train ticket price is between 200 to 1200 taka.
By Airline from Dhaka to Sylhet
If you want to go the fastest time, you can choose the airline from Dhaka. Biman Bangladesh, Regent Air, United Airways, Novo Air, and US Airplane Air Biman to go to Osmani Airport in Sylhet from Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. Dhaka to Sylhet Biman ticket prices are given below:
How to go from Sylhet to Ratargul Swamp Forest
The Ratargul can be reached in a very short time by the inner roads of Khadim tea gardens and Khadimnagar National Park beside Sylhet city. On this route, go to Sringi Bridge with a CNG auto-rickshaw or jeep. If you want to go to Sringi Bridge from Amberkhana Point of Sylhet with local CNG. CNG rent will be 100 taka per person. You can find small boats to enter the ratargul swamp forest from Sringi Bridge. The rent of a boat is 400 to 800 taka and 4 to 6 people can go on this boat.
Where to stay at the Ragargul Swamp Forest
There are many hotels to stay in Sylhet. You can find any kind of hotel according to your requirements and affordability. Some Popular hotels are Hotel Hall Town, Gulshan, Darga Gate, Surma, Kaikobad, etc. There are many standard hotels in Lala Bazar and Darga Road area. Here to find different types of hotels and the rent of their rooms ranging from 400 to 1000 taka.
Sylhet Zindabazar has three good hotels to eat at. These are the five brothers hotel, Panshihotel, and Palki hotel. There are about 29 types of vorta available in these hotels.
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More tourist attractions in Sylhet
There are many tourist places in Sylhet without Ratargul Swamp Forest. They are Satchari National Park, Songrampunji Waterfall, Bisanakandi, Jaflong, Lobhara, Lalakhal, Hazrat Shahjalal (R) Mazar, etc. If you want to know more details about tourist places in Sylhet then click here
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