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Sylhet called the land of 360 saints. It is one of the most popular tourist spots of Bangladesh. Sylhet is situated in north-eastern region of the country and located on the northern bank of the Surma River. Sylhet is dotted with lakes, thick forests and fruit gardens, abounds in wildlife.
The forests have different species of birds and animals and ideal for bird watching and trekking. Sylhet has a lot of attractive places with a good number of haors. During winter these haors are vast stretches of green land, but in the rainy season they turn into turbulent seas. The tea gardens stretch for miles like a green carpet spread over the slopes of the hills.
The only oil field of the country is located in Haripur of the Sylhet district, which, was discovered in 1986. Although a relatively large quantity of gas has been discovered in the county, the amount of oil discovery is very small. This is in a sharp contrast to many hydrocarbon provinces of the world where large volumes of both gas and oil co-exist. Geologists of our country are somewhat confused by this reality and most opine that exploration into even deeper sedimentary layers then those producing gas may help discover oil. The Horipur oil is discovered in sandstone layers within a subsurface fold called Sylhet Anticline which is about 13 kilometers long and 3 kilometers wide; producing horizons are around 2000 meters depths and two closely spaced oil-horizons have been detected. Maximum oil reserve is estimated to be around 21 million barrels. Oil production under natural pressure was 400 barrels per day in 1987 which dropped to about 100 barrels in 1994 and since then it has remained suspended due to necessity of further development of the field. Between 1987 and 1994, a total of 0.56 million of crude oil have been produced. The quality of the Haripur oil is similar to that discovered in Assam.
Sylhet is one of the most attractive places of Bangladesh. It is known as the tea capital of Bangladesh. For miles and miles around, the visitor can see the tea gardens spread like green carpet over the plain land or on the slopping hills. A stay in one of the rest houses of the tea gardens is a fascinating one. Sylhet is also known as the land of the famous Muslim saint Hazrat Shah Jalal (RA), the great torch bearer of Islam to this region. The shrine of this great saint is located at Sylhet town. Another famous shrine of this town is the shrine of Hazrat Shah Paran (RA). You can travel some nice places of Sylhet such as Lakkatura, Jafflong, Lalakhal, Bholagonj, Madavkunda, SUST, M.C College, Lawachara Reserve Forest etc. Colorful Monipuri, Khasia and Garo tribes live in Sylhet. Monipur tribal maidens are famous for their dance. Sylhet is also well known for its wide variety of exquisite handicrafts of cane and bamboo. Sylhet is linked with Major cities by rail, road and air. It attracts number of tourists every year. A number of good hotels and restaurant are there for stay in Sylhet.