Khadimnagar National Park is about 10 kilometers from Sylhet city on the Sylhet-Jaflong highway passed the shrine of Shah Paran is Khadimnagar intersection. A left turn from there leads to the Khadimnagar tea garden. Waiting to greet tourists with its absorbing lush green warmth just about 5 kilometers from the highway through the tea gardens is Khadimnagar rainforest comprising 1,673 acres of hills and natural forest surrounded by six tea gardens- Choragang and Habibnagar on the East, Borjan and Kalagul on the West, Gulni on the North, and Khadimnagar on the South. Officially recognized as a national forest, the Khadimnagar rainforest operates with support from USAID.
The rainforest boasts of diverse flora and fauna. There are 217 species of plants and trees. Most notable among them are Teakwood (Tectona grandis0 and mahogany (Swietenia mahagon) as well as different types of bamboos and canes. Among the animals and birds are different species of bears, wild cats, apes, pythons, parakeets and doves.
The forest is quite popular with trekkers with a 45-minute trail and a two hour-one. There is a map of the trails in front of the local forest office. Besides trekkers can also hire a local guide.
History of Khadimnagar National Park:
Khadimnagar National Park is located on the eastern side of Sylhet Sadar Upazilla. The forest declared as National Park by Bangladesh government in 2004 under the Bangladesh Wildlife (preservation) Amendment Act of 1947. The area of the park is about 679 ha. The Park is surrounded by to the West by Kalagool tea estate, to the south by Kalagool, Khadimnagar and charging tea estates, to the east by Habibnagar and Kinaichara tea estates and to the North by Kalagool, burden and goolni tea estates. It is elongated up to 10 km for east to west and 0.50 km wide from south to the north. The area is much undulating dissected by streams and its tributaries and valleys. The peak of the hill is about 50m from the sea level. The overall appearance forest is a cluster of plantations of different ages. Natural Forest patch is very rare in the park and some sporadic presence trees are observed here and there.
The area was taken under tea plantation during 1885 when British people were ruled the country. They were cleared all-natural forest in and around Sylhet city for the purpose of tea plantation. A small plot of natural forest was kept intact as a reserved forest. By the course of time, the reserve went under sporadic logging. As a result, the tree vegetation has been completely eliminated. Except for a few reminders as witness trees near the forest office. In the degraded and denuded hills, long term plantation has been started during the years of 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954 using teak plant (according to park management map). In the same way, short term plantation works have also been done during the years of 1981 using bamboos and canes. In the year 1987, 1991, 1992 and 1994 plantation program was performed using Akashmoni, Eucalyptus, and Medium. Again the area went under long term plant during 1985 by Teak plant and 1993, 1994 by Garjan, Dhakijam, Chickrasi, Champa plants. In 2008 and 2009, the remaining patches of ornamented by Agar plantation. A small segment of the park located in Bateshwar Cantonment also planted by bamboos in 1982, 1994 and 1995.
Khadimnagar National Park Ticket Price:
This is a place of natural beauty. So there’s no ticket price at all.
Khadimnagar National Park Off Day:
There’s no off day at all.
Khadimnagar National Park Address, Location:
Sylhet 3100, Bangladesh.
The Khadimnagar National Park is located at North Sylhet Range-1 in Sylhet Forest Division. It is located at the North-east corner of the Sylhet city. It is 15 km far from Sylhet city. It is situated in Sylhet Sadar Upazilla Bounded by the companiganj, Gowainghat and Jaintaur Upazilla on the North and Bissonath Upazilla on the west.
- By Bus:
Buses from Dhaka to Sylhet leaves. Buses from Gabtali and Sayedabad bus terminals. The buses depart from morning till 12:45 hours and leave the buses from Fakirapul, Sayedabad and Mohakhali bus stations in Sylhet.
- By Train:
Intercity train Parabat Express leaves Dhaka at Kamlapur Railway Station on Tuesday noon at 6:40 pm except for Tuesday. The Jayantika Express leaving at 2 pm on the weekday and the Waban Express leave at 9:50 pm every day of the week except Wednesday.
- By Air:
Biman Bangladesh, United Air, Regent Air, Novo Air, and US Bangla Air airplanes to go to Sylhet’s Osmani Airport at Shahjalal International airport in Dhaka.
Where to Stay:
There are a number of good quality hotels in Sylhet town. A brief list of hotel is given below.
- Excelsior Sylhet Hotel & Resort
Address: Zakaria City, Khadimpara, Sylhet City
- Nazimgarh Garden Resort
Address: Khadimnagar Sylhet City,
Most Attractive Things or What You Can See on Khadimnagar National Park:
Khadimnagar Park is located very close to 360 Sylhets Purnavumi. The first thing that will add your eyes to Khadimnagar Garden is that of the extraordinary tea gardens. Early course to the nursery at the elevated level of the hill.
Two leaves of a busted city in Sylhet. Khadimnagar Garden in Sylhet has natural rhyme, various animal species, snacks, various species of bamboo, wild orchid, Segun garden, bomb hut, Burjan tea garden. This tea garden will snatch your mind. There is sufficient guide for Khadimnagar Garden, with the assistance of these guides, you can take a gander at all the types of that place. This is a fascinating environment. Ongoing through the bamboo garden, shegun garden passing through the hills. The bamboo cranes on the charas, at that point the chapalish garden, the chapalish garden, the zodiac canal, the jalakana rhymes, and the thick teak garden. Birds are heard when feathered creatures experience a bamboo garden. Again if you look at the Magdala’s tree, Hanuman or monkeys play in a lot of fun. The sound of the water will make you a romantic nature lover.
Khadimnagar National Park is a very interesting area for eco-tourists to enjoy. During our survey and observation, a number of features have identified which have great values for conservation. Such features included tea gardens lock nature reserve, due to the location near from the city, the forest can play an important roles in education and research, serine environment for nature lovers, presence country threatened species, presence many wildlife and bird species, natural steam, wild orchids, medicinal plants and manmade ecosystem formation through short and long rotation plantation, presence ethnic communities and their culture and maybe revenue earning source for the forest department.