Tanguar Haor, full of majestic aquatic beauty, is located between Tahirpur and Dharmapasha upazilas of ‘Haor Kanya’ Sunamganj. This haor is one of the most beautiful, large and rich biodiversity sanctuaries in the country.
Tanguar Haor is the second largest freshwater haor in Bangladesh while the largest freshwater haor, Hakaluki, is also located in Sylhet’s Moulvibazar. Besides, followed by Sundarbans it is the second internationally recognized ‘ramsar’ site in Bangladesh.
The most interesting feature of Tanguar Haor is that it takes different forms in different seasons. During the monsoon, the whole haor area is submerged under water. But the water started to decrease when winter comes. Finally, a large part of the haor dries up at the end of winter. The rainy season is the ideal time to travel to Tanguar Haor. However, many visits in winter to enjoy the presence of guest birds in the haor.
Tanguar Haor consists of 120 beels of Sunamganj district. However, as per the locals, the number of main beels is 54. Inside the haor, there are innumerable canals scattered like nets. During the monsoon, all the beels and canals of the haor take the form of the sea.
The entire Tanguar Haor, including 46 villages in the two upazilas, covers an area of about 100 sq km, of which 280,236 hectares are wetlands.
Tanguar Haor is called the ‘mother fisheries’ as the haor is the home of more than 141 species of freshwater fish. Besides, the haor is home to 150 species of plants, about 208 species of birds, 11 species of amphibians, 6 species of tortoises and 21 species of snakes. In addition, rare species of Pallas’s fish eagle can be seen here.