Ratargul Swamp Forest (রাতারগুল সোয়াম্প ফরেস্ট)

Ratagul is the only wetland in Bangladesh. It is located in Gowainghat Upazila, about 27 kilometers from the county seat of Sylhet. It covers an area of about 30325 acres. There are 504 acres of forest in the area, and the rest are filled with water. However, during the rainy season, the whole area becomes beautiful with the surrounding water. Ratargul is known as the “Sundarbans of Sylhet”.
It basically stays underwater for 4 to 5 months a year. Well, the forest seems to be above the water. Then the beauty of this forest increases a lot and attracts many tourists. Tourists have named the forest the “Amazon of Bangladesh”.

Trees:
About 25 species of plants including Partridge, Varun, Crash, Kadam, Glepit, and Argon. The Bangladesh Forest Department declared Rattargol forest as a wildlife sanctuary in 1983.

How to go to Ratargul

Bus:

Buses- (From Gaptoli, Fakirapul, Sayedabad)

  • Greenline
  • Saudi Arabia
  • S Alam
  • Shyamoli

Cost: AC Bus BDT 1200 and with non-AC, it will take BDT 570 (Approx) Up to Sylhet.

Train:

Trains- (from Kamalapur, Airport Railway Station)

  • Upabon
  • Jayantika
  • Parabat or Kalni Express

Cost: AC BDT 610.00 with non-AC BDT 320.00 (Approx) Up to Sylhet.

Aircraft:

Flights- (from Shahjalal International Airport)

  • Regent Air
  • United Air
  • Novo Air
  • US Bangla

Cost: Cost depends on time.

Sylhet To Ratargul:

There are two ways to go to Ratargul from Sylhet.

  • Inner roads of Khadim Tea Gardens and Khadimnagar National Park -> Shringi Bridge with a CNG auto-rickshaw or Jeep (cost for CNG or Autorickshaw for the whole day will be from BDT 1200 to 1500 Approx).
  • Shringi Bridge from downtown -> fishermen’s small boats to enter the Ratargul from Shringi Bridge 4-6 persons ( Cost for a boat BDT 400 to 800 Approx).
  • Sharighat via Jaflong (Cost BDT 40 to 50 Approx) from downtown -> Gowainghat (boat for going to Ratargul 10-12 people (Cost of a boat will need around BDT 800 to 1200). This route is time-consuming and costly.

Accommodation:

  • It’s not possible to stay overnight in the Ratargul. Wise will be back in Sylhet (ala Bazar area and Darga Road), over there different types of rooms at BDT 700 to 1200 Approx.
  • Also can be chosen of you for overnight at Hotel Hill Town, Gulshan, Darga Gate, Surma, Kaikobad, etc.

Food:

  • At Sylhet Zindabazar, you can enjoy different local foods at affordable cost including Pansi, Pach Vai, or Palki Restaurant. There are about 30 different types of Varta available in these restaurants.

The benefits of traveling to Ratargul are-

  • Skilled travel guide
  • Luxury resort and healthy food
  • Improved travel facilities
  • Suitable for spending time with family, couples, and friends
  • Beautiful and picturesque nature
  • Camping facilities
  • Boat Journey

Caution-

  • Take an umbrella or raincoat if necessary
  • If you do not know how to swim, don’t jump into the water
  • Definitely take a life jacket

Nearby visiting slot: ( Stay tuned for upcoming featured)

  • Bichanakandi
  • Jaflong
  • Lovachora
  • Malnicherra Tea Garden Estate Sylhet
  • Lalakhal
  • Hazrat Shahjalal (Ra.) Maraz, etc.

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