It was a long-standing plan to leave the dusty city and breathe fresh air in Srimangal, the land of tea. Between engagements, there are times when there is no partner and sometimes there is no partner. A day trip to Srimangal was fixed as there was a bat-ball match in the meantime.

Travel time from Sylhet to Srimangal is about 2 hours 30 minutes. So I planned to go out. Because the earlier I arrive, the more I can explore. It will be seven in the morning, our four-wheeler pilot Palash bhai’s phone. I didn’t want to wake up on a winter morning.

In the end, I had to wake up on the phone of another travel companion. I woke up and got ready. We ran to Srimangal Pan with four wheels. Srijan, Anik, Archi, Kripa, and Arpa are my travel companions. In the morning everyone got into the car and started to relax. Accompanied by Suryadev, we are moving forward across the highway.

It looked different, warmed by the sun’s glow. Clockwise we reached Srimangal. Our four-wheeler was in motion and we were greeted by two leafy buds on either side.

We reached the entrance of the tea museum. I bought tickets for Rs.20 per person and proceeded. A gentle breeze was blowing, and the chirping of the birds was quite pleasant. We proceeded on foot. We entered the first room. The first contains the chair table used by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first Bengali chairman of the tea board.

An attractive portrait of the Father of the Nation in a white Punjabi pajama hangs behind the empty chair table. There are several stills in the room, including a picture of Bangabandhu drinking tea. It is good to say that on June 4, 1957, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became the first Bengali to become the chairman of the country’s tea board. He held office till October 23, 1958.

During his tenure as Board Chairman, Bangabandhu visited the Srimangal Nandrani tea plantation in Moulvibazar, the capital of tea. Meeting with garden officials. The chair Bangabandhu sat in during that meeting and the table placed in front of him are now part of the history of the country’s tea industry at the ‘Tea Resort and Museum’ in Srimangal.

In the next room, I saw furniture made using tea trees. In this room of the tea museum, we also saw part of old tea drying equipment collected from the Lalchand tea garden. Wedding thorn spades and ring spades collected from Cole, Baromasia, and Karnaphuli tea plantations are kept in this room.

Steps used for planting tea seedlings and uprooting tea plants during the British period, lotuses used for pruning tea plants collected by handsome tea garden workers, tools used for pruning tea plants during the British period, used for digging soil and cutting roots. Ring spade used for tea plantation

In 1960, a service book containing various information including names and wages of workers in the Shahbazpur tea plantation was kept in this room. There are also iron papas used for tea workers and special silver and copper coins. There are bone sticks, counting sticks used by the British, hard stone plates used in workers’ worship, antique radios used in the manager’s bungalow, tea leaf pickers with records of mill songs, and silver ornaments used by women workers in the gardens. Collected at home.

The third room contains British-era turbine pumps used in the tea industry, lift pumps, hand-operated taps, survey chains for garden boundaries and land measurements, ceramic water filters, ceramic jars, 19th century antique electric fans, and old radio telephone sets. , pruners, typewriters, antique pH meters, and tea processing equipment.

There are bows and arrows, wall clocks, and parts of fighter planes that crashed in Lauachhra Forest during World War II. Four fossils, transformed into wood and stone over a long period of time underground, are housed in a glass frame. There are medium fridges powered by kerosene canisters collected from Neptune tea plantations, hand-crafted telephone sets from Mathura tea plantations, and cash boxes used by plantation accountants.

The tea industry began its journey in this region of undivided India in the early 19th century. In 1828, an initiative was taken to start a tea garden at Kodala in Chittagong. The first experimental tea plantations were planted in 1840 at the present site of the Chittagong Club. However, the first commercial journey of the tea industry started in Sylhet.

In 1854 Malnichara tea garden was established on the outskirts of Sylhet city. From there the indigenous tea industry originated. 170 years later history is completely different. Currently, the tea industry plays an important role in the national economy, including employment generation, export earnings, and rural poverty alleviation. Multifaceted development of this industry is also taking place.

The clock is ticking, it’s our turn to say goodbye. I did not understand how I passed an hour. Our history and traditions have been washed away.

Entry Fee and Schedule

The tea museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entry ticket here is 20 taka per person.

how to go

You can go to Srimangal in Sylhet by train and bus from Dhaka. Srimangal can be reached by Upaban, Jayantika, Parabat, or Kalani Express from Kamalapur Railway Station. The fare will be from Rs 220 to Rs 1000 depending on the category. If you want you can also go to Srimangal by bus like Hanif, Ena, Shyamoli, or Sylhet Express. You can visit the tea museum located four kilometers from Srimangal by easy bike or autorickshaw.

where will you stay

Adjacent to the tea museum is a tea resort with modern facilities surrounded by tea plantations. Stay here by advance booking. Besides, there are several residential hotels like Hotel Marina, Tea House, Rest House, Paradise Lodge, Hotel Mohsin Plaza, and Hotel Al Rahman for overnight stays in Srimangal.

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