A fair of stone, water, mountain and cloud!
Afsana Aziz Nitol
Bisnakandi is a place of crystal clear water, located twenty five kilometers North of Sylhet City. It is one of the few sites where one can have the opportunity to swim in clean and cool water. The place is surrounded by water, stones and rocks and a new travelling sensation of the country. However, be careful of going near the border-guards! Meghalaya, a state of India, located by it. It is situated in Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet district and union is --- Rustompur Union.
Good thing about travelling to Bisnakandi is that there are plenty of options. You can go to Hadarpar in the Sylhet-Gowainghat Road. In Hadarpar, tourists can hire local boats to finally reach the place. When you step out of the boat, you will get to see a beautiful quarry, a place of stoned loaded boats and mechanized mining.
Therefore, one can take the best out of this place during rainy season by watching the serene stoned-beauty in drizzling rain. In rainy season, tourists can choose both water ways and road ways to travel to Bisnakandi. CNG, car or bus can be used in the road ways.
If you travel from Dhaka, you have quite a few options to try. There are bus services such as Ena Paribahan and Hanif Enterprise. You can also go by train or by air, which is the fastest medium. Biman Bangladesh, United Airways provide services to go to Sylhet.
After reaching Sylhet, you need not to be worried about accommodation. Since Sylhet has gradually become one of the popular tourist spots in Bangladesh, there are lots of hotels. Hotels near Bisnakandi are --- Hotel Al-Madinah, Nannu Mia Hotel, etc. But you will not be able to find five-star hotel near Bisnakandi. Nearby restaurants are --- Piyain Restaurants, Pakasi Restaurants, etc. Also, if you feel like shopping, there is Hadarpar Market at the corner.
Many of us went to Jaflong before, when we visited Sylhet. However, very few of us know about Bisnakandi. Bisnakandi too is a stone koyari like Jaflong. High mount channel is situated at this place, where at one point, a number of steps of Khasiya hills matches. The travellers get to cork the flowing water over the stones. This is one of the major appeals of this place.
The appeals do not stop here. Over the sky, a glimpse of monsoon can be seen in the clouds. The mountains beside capture the monsoon essence and become thousands of clouds' nests. Sometimes the clouds are dark, which have their own charm. Anything that can heal the soul, mountains, clouds, flowing water, exquisite stones, are found in this awe-inspiring place. The beauty of this place touches the sky.
Another attraction of this place is Piyan, a cold water flowing mountain river. Its flow strokes the several sizes of large and small stones. During the rainy season, the mountains are even greener. Enriched with greenery and water, the place is bound to make the travellers fill with energy and joy. But you will not be able to touch the mountain spring water. Hence, it is suggested that tourists go to Bisnakandi during rainy season.
However, the most terrible time to go to Bisnakandi will be winter season because of the dryness of the weather. The flow of water is lesser and the amount of green reduces too. Heavy weighted instruments are used to carry the stones. The stone lifting boats, trucks and mechanized mines create a crack on its beauty. If you do not want to waste your time, then you should avoid going to Bisnakandi in dry season.
But, one terrifying scene that might break your heart after reaching this remarkable place is people throwing garbage, plastic bags and bottles out in the open. Littering can make any place look terrible, no matter in which season you travel there. As a concerned citizen, we should take this case into consideration and inform authority concerned as to it.
Furthermore, if you are planning to spend the entire day in Bisnakandi, you also need to think about food. Bisnakandi does not have any dining facilities but tourists are allowed to carry food inside. This is one of the reasons of littering.
All in all, this crystallised stony place can be your best escape from this chaotic city life. You can even watch your feet along with little pebbles and stones under water.