Yes, Biman Bangladesh offers a direct flight to Sylhet that lasts for only 9 hours, but it is relatively expensive and can cost more than £2300 in the high season. There is a sizeable Bangladeshi Diaspora in the UK, and many of them travel to Sylhet every year. Most travellers choose the cheaper alternative and take an Emirates flight out of the UK. After two stopovers and 25 hours of flying, they find themselves in Sylhet to meet their relatives or explore the hidden mystics of the city.
The Emirates is one of the few choices to get to Sylhet from the United Kingdom and offers airfares that range from £500 to £650. Other airlines might not have two stopovers in their routes, but the ticket can be prohibitively expensive. Not all travellers can easily cough out £2500 for a direct flight or a £1500 for a one-stop trip to Sylhet. Saving some money on these Emirates flights to the city is the way to go and the most preferred mode of transport.
The Emirates offers flights from not only London Heathrow and Gatwick but also from Manchester Airport, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Call our agents for an exclusive offer and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get updates on deals. Unlike most of the one-stop routes we promote to our customers, the journey to Sylhet is divided into three stretches: UK – Dubai, Dubai – Dhaka and then from Dhaka – Sylhet. Your tour will begin from the UK. From all the airports in London, more than 55 flights are taking off for Dubai every week. Twenty Emirates flight each, soar to the heavens from both Manchester and Birmingham. Needless to say, there is a great variety, opportunity and flexibility for the customers using Emirates to go to Sylhet.
From Dubai on to Dhaka you would be boarding one of these three flights: EK584, EK586 and EK582. These flights take four and a half hours to reach Dhaka. All of these flight services are conducted on a daily bases in the morning, noon and night, so you can choose the one that reduces the span of the stopover. From Dhaka onwards, flight number EK 7018, EK 7019, EK 7020 or EK 7021 takes passengers to Sylhet. This last stretch of the journey lasts for only 6 hours.
The cheapest time to come to Sylhet would be in the spring, especially in March and April. Most visitors to the city are leaving Sylhet, going back to their lives after the winter vacations. By this time of the year, a few more rainy days are hailing the return of the monsoons. Eager to leave the city, most tourists vacate their hotel rooms and get the first flight out. The rains are not that heavy in March and April, so if you are planning to have a second trip to Sylhet, the spring would be an excellent time to come to the city. With empty rooms to fill, the hotels attract business by offering deals in the low season, and airlines also reduce the ticket prices to make the trip more affordable. Nothing beats planning for the future, so call our agents three to fourth months before you wish to travel for an even better deal.
There is only one primary international airport serving Sylhet, and it called Osmani International Airport (ZYL). The airport is 9 kilometres north of the city, near to the Kadimnagar National Park. The car drive from the airport to the banks of the Surma River only takes 20 minutes. The International airport serves as a gateway to the northeastern spiritual city of Sylhet and welcomes hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis from abroad every year. Biman Bangladesh, US-Bangla Airlines and Novoair run routine flight operations to the city.
Sylhet experiences a tropical monsoon climate, which means that from May to September 4200 millimetres of rain falls over the city. May to September is the humid rainy season and therefore is not the ideal time for the British traveller to plan a tour to the Sylhet. The months between November and March are perfect for a Sylhet trip and offer the most sunshine to the tourist. During this dry season, the average temperatures get cooler (18°C) in December, with the crests of 23°C in November and in March. The drier and less humid weather attracts many tourists and Bangladeshi expats in the UK also choose to leave for the home country during this time. As a result, the accommodation prices, rents and airfare might get more expensive during these days so book you seats ahead in time for a cheaper vacation to Sylhet in wintertime.
Sylhet has a vibrant history and is known throughout Bangladesh as the city of the Hazrat Shah Jalal, the patron saint of the town. Many Muslim pilgrims from the UK visit the Sylhet for their spiritual needs. Islamic architecture and British colonial styles adorn the significant landmarks of the city.
- The Mausoleum of Shah Jalal Naqshbandi is the focal point of the city. The saint was of Turkish origin, who studied in the Islamic schools of Baghdad in the late thirteenth century. Hazrat Shah Jalal later moved to Bengal and played a pivotal role in the spread of Islam in the region. Travellers from all over the world are welcome to this sacred place and attempt to understand the Bengali Sufi culture. Rumi, the famous mystic and poet, was the father of Hazrat Shah Jalal and shared his philosophies. Many Bangalis from all over the world still come to Sylhet to pay homage and respects when they get married and begin a new life commitment.
- The local Nawab of Sylhet built the historic Ali Amjad Clock tower in 1872. The clock tower has been woven into the urban culture of Sylhet and is one of the notable landmarks of the city. Even though the tower is made from Tin sheets, the clock tower has an imposing structure. The lightweight design has kept the clock upright through earthquakes and monsoons in the past. The clock face has golden roman numbers on its edges and golden arms that glisten in the Bengali sun.
- The Osmani Museum was once the residence of General Muhammad Atul Gani Osmani. It was converted into a museum after the death of the great military leader. The general played a vital role in the Bangladeshi Liberation War, and his estate has been transformed into a historic landmark to pay tribute to the hero. The building stores the belonging of the General Osmani; the watch, clothes and furniture that was in his use. Some books still cascade on his bedside and the map of Bangladesh that the general used in wartime also is on display. Pay a visit to the ‘Nur Manzil’ and sample the national pride in Sylhet.
Sylhetis celebrate life! With so much cultural diversity concentrated in one area, there is bound to be some traditional festival or a music gala stirring up people’s hearts every day. The Muslim community fasts during Ramadan, but on Eid day the kitchen doors open and out come the sweet dishes that delight both the locals and the foreigners. On the Eid ul Adha festival, there is surplus meat which calls for barbeque parties all over the city. The sizzling meaty and spicy morsels of beef are what make the Sylhet tour outstanding. The Hindu festivals of Holi, Diwali and Durga Puja are also celebrated with festive fervour along with national days like the Bangladeshi Independence Day and Language Movement Day.
There are eighty thousand rickshaws making trips around the city each day in Sylhet. All you need is to wave down one and enjoy the breezy ride. They are a bit noisy, but the cheapest way around for the authentic Sylhet experience. For a few Takkas, you can quickly roam through the streets of Sylhet, zigzagging across intersections and bypassing any traffic jams. For a more reliable mode of transport, choose to hire a car for the entire time of your stay. A rented car will give you more freedom of movement and greater comfort.
There are a few five-star hotels in Sylhet, but many still use cheap hotels, especially when they are on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Shah Jalal. Please select a hotel from our selection for your stay in this small but magnificent city.
- DuSai Resort & Spa
- Grand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf
- Rose View Hotel
- Nazimgarh Garden Resort
- Bottomhill Palace Hotel