Tanguar Haor consists of 51 swamps located between Dhormopasha and Tahirpur Upazilas under the Sunamganj district of greater Sylhet. Spread over an area of about 100 sq-km, this river basin is the second largest freshwater wetland in Bangladesh. Tourists often flock to Tanguar Haor to see the mountains of Meghalaya in the distance, the clear water coming down from the springs, the chirping of innumerable birds, and the amazing beauty of the Koroch-Hijol forest. Let's have the details about the Tanguar Haor trip.
The specialty of Tanguar Haor
To enjoy the magical beauty of Tanguar Haor, many tourists spent days on boats. This experience sets the Tanguar Haor tour apart from all other tours.
More than thirty springs descending from the Meghalaya hills made this Mother Fishery, which contains 200 species of aquatic animals, including 200 species of fish. Hijal Karach's sight has given shelter to more than two hundred species of plants including blue water lily, Helancha, Swarnolota.
In winter, about 250 species of migratory birds, such as the extinct Palaces eagle and the large Gray-Kingstork, fly from faraway Siberia. Among the local birds, you will see many different types of birds including Balihash, Ganchil, Egret, Stork. Tanguar Haor is a sanctuary for two birds called Leuchchamara and Berberiar Beel. Right in the middle of Tanguar Haor is the beautiful Bill Hatirgata, most of which dries up in winter.
Tanguar Haor: The best time to visit
The monsoon is the best season to travel to Tanguar Haor. Because at this time all the swamps of the whole Tanguar Haor are filled with water full to the brim. The best time is from mid-July to the first week of September.
But if you would like to witness the wonderful birds, winter would be a perfect choice. In this case, from the end of December to the whole month of January is the right time. Although the water level in the Haor is very low at this time, there is still no lack of beauty.
Dhaka to Tanguar Haor tour guide
To go to Tanguar Haor, you have to go to Sunamganj first. The distance from Dhaka to Sunamganj by road is about 269 kilometers. From Sayedabad and Mohakhali bus terminals in Dhaka, several AC and non-AC buses including Hanif, Ena, Shyamoli travel directly to Sunamganj. It takes about 6 hours and a half to reach Sunamganj by Non-AC bus with ticket fare 550 Tk.
Then you have to take a rickshaw from Sunamganj bus terminal to Shahebbazar Ghat. During monsoon, it is possible to reach Tangua in 2 hours by speed boat directly from Saheb Bari Ghat. The cost to go by speed boat is 7,500-8,000 Tk. However, it is possible to go between 2,500 Tk and 3,000 Tk by an engine boat. In that case, it will take about 5 hours to reach the destination.
Accommodation for overnight stay
You can rent a room at a low price in a wooden house called Haor Bilash in Tekerhat adjacent to Haor. However, it is a bit difficult to get a room in the on-season. Apart from this, there is no accommodation in private management. However, in Sunamganj you can get a residential hotel for 500 to 2000 Tk.