Infrastructural development works need to boost the tourist at
Khadimnagar National Part
Rezaul Haque, (Sylhet)Bangladesh:
The vast Khadimnagar National Park near the city of Sylhet is not
getting as much tourist attraction it deserves due to dillydallying of the
concerned authorities in carrying out infrastructural development works
the more than half a century old reserve forest needed, said city
People of the district since long are arguing that the eye soothing vast
natural greenery of the park, previously known as Khadimnagar Reserve
Forest, can be a popular destination for tourists in home and abroad if
only the adequate state-of-the-art modern facilities are incorporated.
But even after 18 years of receiving national park status, infrastructural
development needed to make the 1676.73-acre park more tourist-
friendly has not been made.
But divisional forest officer Sajjad Hussain of Sylhet, however, claimed
that a project aiming to make the park more environment-friendly is
being considered by the authorities. “We have a big plan to be
introduced soon which will develop the forest and attract more tourists’.
Mentionable, the erstwhile Khadimnagar Reserve Forest was established
in 1957 with more than one and a half thousand acres of land. The park
is one of the most important protected areas of Bangladesh, because of
its interesting biodiversity.
The park is about 8-9 km long but just about 0.5 km in width, pierced by
three separate trekking trails for walking, cycling and sightseeing. The
rectangular park is surrounded by tea states on both sides.
Pin drop silence is everywhere once you are inside the park, interfered
only by the mixed sound of the continuous humming and buzzing of
birds and unknown insects.
Since the Khadimnagar reserve forest renamed National Park in 2006,
the Forest Department has been focusing on creating a tourist-friendly
environment. Although not many, a number of tourists regularly visit
this relaxed tranquil forest.
Visiting tourists said that the forest needs more infrastructural
development especially inroads and accommodations for tourists
adjacent to the park.
The national park is an exceptional centre of biodiversity; forest
department is saying several steps have been taken to attract more
To enjoy with different types of rides including trail tracking and other
exciting rides tourists have to travel around 14 kilometers from the main
Sylhet town. Good accommodation facilities are also available for the
tourist who wants to stay overnight.
The park is full of all natural ingredients. Tourism experts saying, if
adequate infrastructural development can be ensured here, the park will
once become the main tourism attraction of the Sylhet city.