Jaflong

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Piyain River, Jaflong, Sylhet

Jaflong is a hill station and popular tourist destination in the Division of Sylhet, Bangladesh. It is located in Gowainghat Upazila of Sylhet District and situated at the border between Bangladesh and the Indian state of Meghalaya, overshadowed by subtropical mountains and rainforests. Jaflong is famous for its stone collections and is home of the Khasi tribe.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Jaflong is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Sylhet division. It is about 60 km from Sylhet town and takes two hours drive to reach there. Jaflong is also a scenic spot nearby amidst tea gardens and rare beauty of rolling stones from hills. It is situated besides the river Mari in the lap of Hill Khashia.

Attractions[edit]

  • Collection of rolling stones
  • Colorful tribal (Khasia) life
    See also: Khasi people
  • Khasia Rajbari (king’s palace)
  • Dauki & Piyain Rivers [3][4]
  • Tea Garden
  • Orange and jackfruit gardens
  • Betel leaf and areca nut gardens
  • Dauki Bazar [5]

Stone crushing[edit]

The land grabbers occupied government khas land and reserved forestland and extracted stone by cutting small hills polluting the environment of Jaflong. They also established crushing mills on the forestland without permission from government.[6]

Forestation program[edit]

In early 2005, Laskar Muqsudur Rahman, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Sylhet Forest Division, observed that Jaflong that he heard in his boyhood as the 'lungs' of Greater Sylhet was at stake due to on going encroachments and establishment of unauthorized stone crushing mills. He took initiatives to recover the land and establish a recreation-cum-botanical park named as 'Jaflong Green Park'. The first foundation stone for the thematic Green Park at Jaflong was laid by Laskar Muqsudur Rahman, Deputy Conservator of Forests in 2005 with the cooperation of local forest staffs led by Forest Ranger Mohammad Ali. Nonetheless, at the inception it was a challenging task due to local conflicts and procedural constraints. The forestation program in Jaflong Green Park has been started under supervision of the joint forces, Jaflong Foundation and Forest Department. They have jointly taken up the forestation program with about 100 hectares of grabbed land. Under the forestation program, various types of trees, including hybrid Akash-moni, are being planted in the park to maintain ecological balance.[7]

Jaflong attracts tourists for its beautiful scenery
Aakhta Fall, Jaflong

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sylhet:Places of interest". 
  2. ^ "The Khasia". Banglapedia. 
  3. ^ "Piyain river". Banglapedia. 
  4. ^ "Dauki river". Banglapedia. 
  5. ^ "Jaflong". 
  6. ^ "Stone-crushing at Jaflong creates health hazards". New Age. 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Afforestation programme in Jaflong Green Park begins". New Age. 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 

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