Contributor: Rajib Hassan
Place Name: Ratargul Swamp forest
Data measured by/ or source:
Personal trip of Author Rajib Hassan
Ratargul is a fresh water swamp forest situated in Sylhet by the river of Goain. Freshwater swamp forests, or flooded forests, are forests which are inundated with freshwater, either permanently or seasonally. The water comes here from the adjacent Goain River. This evergreen forest is getting submerged under 20 to 30 feet water in some part during rainy season. Its a good source of different local fish.
It’s the habitat of different snakes, monkeys, lizards, insects & birds. You would have seen vulture & Eagle if you are lucky.
Some part the forest gets so narrow that you can’t go by boat. You will get the flavor of Amazon forest here.
How to go:
You can reach Sylhet by bus, train or by Plane. Dhaka to Sylhet by bus will take around 6 hours.
Sylhet Ambarkhana point to Goainghat bazaar by CNG 300-400 tk, 1.5 hrs
Goainghat boat stand to Ratargul Bit office by big boat 800 tk, 1.5 hrs
Bit office to Ratargul forest by small boat 200-300 tk
Ratargul forest to Motorghat 20 mins
Motorghat to Ambarkhana ghat by CNG 35tk/person, 1 hr
Sylhet Sobhani ghat to Shari ghat by bus (that goes to Jaflong), 30 tk, 1 hr.
From Shari ghat to Goainghat bazaar by humanhaller 15 tk, 0.5 hr.
From goain ghat follow the previous plan.
Where to stay:
You can return from the swamp forrest and stay at any hotel in Sylhet Town
What to eat (food):
Take food from Goain hat or Shari ghat. There is no shop in the forest.
Tips/advise for traveler:
Try to travel early in the morning. You could watch many birds.
Be aware of snake hanging from the tree during rainy season.