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Sylhet /sɪlhət/, also known as Jalalabad, is a metropolitan city in northeastern Bangladesh. It is the administrative seat of Sylhet Division. 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 479,837 residents. Sylhet is one of Bangladesh's most important spiritual and cultural centers.It is one of the most important city of Bangladesh just after Dhaka and Chittagong because of many reasons like economy,tourism etc. The city's dargahs draw several thousand devotees each year. The name of Sylhet is the anglicized form of the ancient Indo-Aryan term Srihatta. In 1303, the Sufi Muslim leader Shah Jalal conquered Sylhet by defeating the local Hindu Raja. Ibn Battuta visited Sylhet in the 14th century and saw Bengali Muslims transforming the region into an agricultural basket. Sylhet was a mint town of the Bengal Sultanate. In the 16th-century, Sylhet was controlled by the Baro-Bhuyan zamindars and became a district of the Mughal Empire. British rule began in the 18th century under the administration of the East India Company. With its ancient seafaring tradition, Sylhet became a key source of lascars in the British Empire. The Sylhet municipal board was established in 1867. Originally part of the Bengal Presidency and later Eastern Bengal and Assam; the town was part of Colonial Assam between 1874 and 1947, when following a referendum and the partition of British India, it became part of East Bengal. The Sylhet City Corporation was constituted in 2001. The Government of Bangladesh designated Sylhet a metropolitan area in 2009. The hinterland of the Sylhet valley is the largest oil and gas-producing region in Bangladesh. It is also the largest hub of tea production in Bangladesh. It is notable for its high-quality cane and agarwood. The city is served by the Osmani International Airport. People from Sylhet form a significant portion of the Bangladeshi diaspora, particularly in Britain.

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A place in Bangladesh, Sylhet is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Sylhet.

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Facts and Stats for Sylhet*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sylhet

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    • Air Pollution 85 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 45 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 20 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 55 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 65.63 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Sylhet: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sylhet for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sylhet.

    • Burglary and Theft 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 61.11 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 36.11 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 38.89 (Low)
    • Drug offense 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 36.11 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 63.89 (High)
  • Living in Sylhet - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 49.65 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 69.57 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 14 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 24.92 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sylhet

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sylhet

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.15 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 23.72 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 44.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 25.61 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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