The Shrine of Hazrat ShahJalal (R):
In course of civilization comes those moment of centrifugal unrest when ideas, merchandise and men travel from one place to another and ideas germinate and blossom in seemingly unusual places. Such was Shahjalal, the sufi mystic of Sylhet was either from Yemen or from Turkestan and entered Sylhet in 1307. It was the time also when the civilization of Persia was illuminating prostrate and senile Europe and and the vigour of the new Dar-Ul-Islam was at its glory. Every civilization at its height is centrifugal and expanding in nature – either in the physical sense or in the spiritual sense or in both. Coming of Shahjalal in the far corner of Sylhet from Turkestan or Yemen is a representative event – for India and the concept of India as a whole which kept us in the orbit of civilization although we are finding attempts of all kinds to disengage that very root.
Shahjalal entered India through the North Western Border in the late thirteenth century. While he was a young man, his uncle gave him a handful of earth and commanded to carry this earth and propagate his Sufi faith in Hindustan. Also was a delightful gift to future historians – he asked Shahjalal to settle in that place of Hindustan whose soil matches the soil of Yemen in smell and color. After wandering from the North Western Border to the Eastern India and in this way crossing many saints like Moin-Uddin Chisthi, Shahjalal entered Sylhlet somewhere in 1307. And then the match happened. In its tradition of becoming, almost uncannily, in all a eons the feminine womb for all virile, expanding and vigorous civilization, peninsular India came in contact with the Persian civilization which was keeping the light of knowledge burning in the prostrate and senile Europe. The world-view of Persia met the Vedantic monotheism along with the Hindu pantheon of Gods and multiple shades of poly-theism and precipitated Sufism. With the passage of ages, the most lasting, most enduring deposit of that tense, sometimes rough and dizzying interaction seem to be Sufism and Urdu in spite of all political rhetoric. Coming of Shahjalal at Sylhet is a representative event in that broad landscape which illuminates that historical fact and earned wisdom. It was Islam meeting day-to-day with a culture that not only made a dialogue but became intimate and the religion that grew in the deserts of Arabia blossomed with new flowers in the tropical Sylhet with rain, blue hills and rivers. It all started as a new saint coming to a place. But there came 360 awlias and before even the Sultanate came into full existence, before Akbar was in the womb of history, Dara Sheko will translate Upanishads after four hundred years, a cultural osmosis started.
The air of Sylhet heard for the first time that prayer which made impoverished and nomad Bedouins a powerful force in Central Asia, who ventured like desert sands in West Europe and South Asia, whose government will effectively govern Indian landmass for five centuries, the same civilization will translate Aristotle , Plato and Euclid in Persian at a time when entire Europe is in mediaeval fog, when the whole Mongol invasion is threatening ancient civilizations of China and India and they would have surely been different if not counterpoised by the military might of Islam. Shahjalal is not only a historic personna only in that sense but for Sylhet he is a historical continuum. The Sylhet needed Shahjalal as much as he needed it. Iban Batuta met Shahjalal while he came to India and was deeply respectful of him. In later period, the poets and wordsmiths of the place have immortalized him. His dargah in Sylhet was visited at least once by all Sylheties, irrespective of religion.
Srimongal is the place of tea gardens, hills and forest areas on the hills. Within your eyesight you will find green throughout. Its is famous for the largest tea gardens of world covered by lush green carpet. One can have a look into the spectacular tea processing at Tea Research Institute. Bangladesh produces and exports a large quantity of high quality tea every year. Most of the tea estates are in Sremongol. It is called “The land of two leaves and a bud”.
It is also called camellia, green carpet or Tea Mountain. There are a lot of tea estates including the largest one in the world. The terraced tea garden, pineapple, rubber and lemon plantations from a beautiful landscape. It is known as the tea capital in Bangladesh. Just offer entering into the tea estates the nice smells and green beauty will
lead you many kilometers away. There are some hotels in Srimongol where you can stay, but if you can manage to stay in the Tea garden that will give you a different type of memorable experience. For that you will have to take the permission from the owner of any tea state.
Madhabkunda waterfall is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Sylhet division. Lots of tourists and picnic parties come to Madhabkunda every day for their enjoyment. You can go to Madhabkunda either from Sylhet if you go by road or from Kulaura if you go by train.
From Kulaura rail station its about one hour journey by microbus to Madhabkunda. The journey to Madhabkunda itself is exotic. On the way you can see the greenish beauty of tea garden, the hills and the zigzag road through the hills will increase the joy of your journey. In Madhabkunda you will see the great waterfall – falls of million tons of water form 200ft. height. Big bolder of stones and the black stones in giving a shape of care in Madhabkundu. There is a Parjatan Motel with a good restaurant for accommodation and fooding.
There is also a district council Bunglow for night stay. Here you can enjoy adventurous feelings to stay in a jungle. All you need to have a prior booking for the bunglow from Moulvibazar Zilla Parishad office.