The Sylhet means “city of Saints.” It’s considered one of Bangladesh’s most important spiritual and cultural centers.
Sylhet is considered a major city in the north-eastern region of BD right after Dhaka and Chittagong due to its importance to the country’s economy. It’s the main city of Sylheti Division and Sylhet District.
Sylhet got its metropolitan city status in March 2009 and is considered one of the largest cities in BD. Sylhet is surrounded by the Jaintia, Khasi, and Tripura hills.
Sylhet known for its tea gardens and tropical rain forests.
Sylhet houses the mausoleum of the great saint, Hazrat Shah Jalal, who brought Islam to the Bengal region during the 14th century.
The predominant languages spoken there are Sylheti, Shudho Bengali, and English.
Sylheti is made up of 99% Bengali ethnicity, & 1% Manipuri, Khasi, and others.
The literacy rate of Sylhet is 70%.
The Greater Sylhet region actually includes Sylhet Division in Bangladesh and the Karimganj district in Assam, India.
Sylhet used to be ruled by the Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms of Karikela and Kamarupa.
It was later ruled by the Muslim sultanates of Delhi and the Bengal Sultanate before being ruled by mostly Afghan chieftains.
Sylhet was one of the Mughal empire’s most significant imperial outposts in the east and it remained important throughout the 17th century.