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About Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh is a city, well known as the Tea City of India and the headquarters of Dibrugarh district in Assam. The city of Dibrugarh is located in the eastern part of Assam. Along with, Guwahati, Jorhat and Silchar, Dibrugarh is one of the most significant cities of the state of Assam. Dibrugarh is linked with the rest of India by rail, road and air transport and thus serve as a gateway to eastern Assam and also parts of Arunachal Pradesh.The city of Dibrugarh is rising as a popular destination for business and leisure trips for tourists from India and abroad. Dibrugarh is situated on banks of the River Brahmaputra and the city is the entry point to a tea district in the state. Dibrugarh is also famous for its wood and bamboo work. There are various tea gardens that are in Dibrubagh which dates back to the time of the British.

Many tourists who visit the city also travel to the Namdapha National Park that is situated 160 kilometers away from the place. It is a large protected area and there are many species of wildlife that can be seen here. The park is also home to some species of flora. This makes for an interesting day trip.

There are four airfields that are located in the city and these are ideal for those who are interested in history. These airfields can be explored and they date back to World War II. One can also visit the various tea factories that are situated here. Visiting the tea estates is also a good idea, after obtaining permission from the owners. Driving through them can be a fun filled experience and routes are scenic.Best Time to Visit Dibrugarh is from October to April.

History of Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh derived its name from Dibarumukh (as a renowned encampment of Ahoms during the Ahom Sutiya War). Either the name "Dibru" evolved from Dibaru river or from the Dimasa word "Dibru" which means a "blister" and "Garh" meaning "fort". Both "Dibru" and "Dibaru" are Dimasa words. The Dimasas add the prefix "Di-" (which means "water") wherever there is small stream, a river, or a large river in a town or city. For example, "Diphu" (which means "white-water"), "Dimapur" (city with great river), etc. When the British came to this region, they built a fort on the bank of the river Dibaru. Therefore, this might be regarded as a source of the name "Dibrugarh".

The British arrived in Assam in the year 1826, following the Yandaboo Accord. They selected Dibrugarh as an administrative and commercial center in Upper Assam, making Dibrugarh a center of activity in this region of north-eastern India. In the year 1842, Dibrugarh was declared as the Headquarter of Lakhimpur District. During World War II, the town was the principal military base and was used as a transit camp for the evacuees from Burma. In 1971 the Dibrugarh Sub-Division itself became a full fledged district. Later, the Tinsukia Sub-Division separated as a District in 1989 from Dibrugarh District. Today Dibrugarh is a separate district, with the District Headquarter in Dibrugarh.

Tourist Attractions in Dibrugarh

Tourist Attractions in Dibrubagh are- 

1) Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuaries
The Dehing Patkai rainforests have an area of 111.19 km2 and these are situated in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts and are well-known for Assam Valley Tropical Wet Evergreen Forests bordering Arunachal Pradesh. The Sanctuary is a part of the Dehing-Patkai Elephant Reserve having the World War II cemeteries close by, along with the Stillwell Road and the oldest refinery of Asia in Digboi and ‘open cast’ coal mining at Lido.

2) Garpara Satra
Garpara satra is older than the Dinjoy Satra itself and is located in Rohmoria mouza, Assam. The head priest of this satra was Narimaider. In recent times, there has been a proposal of shifting the satra to a new safer location, because of soil erosion at the present site.

3)Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, Khanikar Chariali
It is a newly developed park for leisure of people , it is one of the most excellent in North East.

4) Raidangia Dol
Raidangia Dol is found in the Kalakhuwa area of Laruah mauza, under the Barbaruah Dev Block of Assam. It was founded in 700 AD, by Swargodeo Pramatta Singha, the place was initially devoted to the worship of Lord Vishn. Later on, it became prominent as Shiva Col. The dol contains relics of the powerful Ahom Kingdom. Originally, 24 statues were found carved on the walls of the temple, but now only 14 of them are to be found. There is a large pond situated nearby to the temple. It is said that the dol, along with the pond and 200 pura, was given as a dowry when Swargadeo Pramatta Singha married his sister to Raidnogia Barua.

5) Lekai Chetia Maidam
This maidam is dedicated to Lekai Chetia, an officer of the Ahom Kingdom, during the term of Swargadeo Pratapsingha. Located in the Sessa area, near Mankata road of the Dibrugarh district, the maidam has now become a revered spot in Assam.

6)Lakshminath Bezbaruah Udyan
A park for leisure in Dibrugarh city

7) Dibru - Saikhowa National Park
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is situated at about 42 km north of Dibrugarh town of Assam which covers an area of 350 km2. It lies between 27°30' N to 27°45' N latitude and 95°10' E to 95°45'E longitude at an average height of 118 m (range 110-126m). It is also a biosphere reserve. The park surrounded by the Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers in the north and Dibru river in the south. It is located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia District of Assam. It mainly consists of wet evergreen forests, tropical moist deciduous forest, canebrakes and grasslands. It is the largest salix swamp forest in north east India. The main rainy months are June, July, August, September. The average coldest and warmest temperature of the area ranges from 7°C to 34°C where June, July and August are the hottest while December and January are the coolest months.

8) Namphake Village
It is a distance of about 37 km from the township of Dibrugarh, on the banks of the river Burhidihing, is the Namphake village of Assam. A very striking Buddhist monastery is situated in this area. This monastery is considered as a meditation hub, due to its exclusive natural settings and peaceful atmosphere. It also serves as a very popular tourist attraction of Assam. Apart from this, the other attractions of the area are Ashoka Pillar, Pagoda, Nong Mungchiringta (Musulinda tank), and traditional stilt houses.

9) Paridhaan
 A Newly opened Readymade Garments Showroom with Latest new collection

10) Dinjoy Satra
This satra was first established by a prime follower of Gopal Atadev, Srimanta Aniruddha Dev, in a village of North Lakhimpur. Afterwards it was shifted to Khutiaputa, around the time when the Moamoria revolution took place. During this period, Astabhuj Gosain was the head of the satra. But after his end, this religious seat remained vacant for 14 years. Later on, Pitambar Chandra Dev was made the head. The satra fell into dilemma once again at the time of Burmese invasion of India. It was finally brought to the present site of Dinjan, about 5 km from the township of Chabua, after peace returned.

11) Dehing Namti Satra
It is about 8 miles from the town of Naharkatia, on the banks of river Disang. It is the age old Dehing Namti Satra of Assam. The satra was founded by Binandashyam Gohain and was firstly located between the roads of Hologuri and Sariyahtoli, in Dibrugarh. The current location of one of the chief sections of the satra is at Namti, in Nazira.

12) Radhakrishna Mandir
It is a temple, built of marble stones Near Assam Medical College campus.

13) Tilinga Mandir
It is a temple having many bells, 54 kms. Eastwards from Dibrugarh city centre.
14) Koli Aai Thaan
Koli Aai Thaan is a well-known tourist spot of Dibrugarh, which is dedicated to Koli Aai, the daughter of the head priest of the Dibaru Satra of Assam. It is said that due to the lack of male heir, the satra started disappearing. However, Koli Aai kept the Satra alive by preaching its ideals and principles. It is believed that Koli Aai was bestowed with godly powers and she vanished from the site one day, leaving behind a strong religious hold in the minds of the people..

15) Jokai Botanical Garden cum Germplasm Center
Jokai Botanical Garden cum Germplasm Center spreads over an area of 1.2 Ha. Amidst Jokai Reserve Forest is 12 km from Dibrugarh town on Mancotta-Khamtighat road. Apart from the storehouse of germplasm of some of the precious and rare species of flora of this region, the center is a showcase of what this region has in terms of floral biodiversity. The various zones of this center include Orchid house, Medicinal and aromatic plants plot, Rainforest specimen plot, a water pond etc.Other attractions to visit this botanical garden are Elephant ride to have an impression of the richness of Jokai Reserve Forest, a retreat to picturesque beauty of Era-suti along northern boundary of Jokai Reserve Forest well-known for migratory birds.The work of developing trekking routes inside Jokai reserve forest and introduction of boating facilities at Era-suti is in progress to make sure that a tourist has a complete date with nature here.

16) Bahikhowa Maidam
The Bahikhowa Maidam is found in the Khowang Tea Estate area of Dibrugarh. This graveyard is dedicated to Bahikhowa Dasarath Dowerah. He was the Chief of the Army staff of Ahoms, during the supremacy of Swargodeo Rajeswar Singha. Apart from this huge maidam, there are several other smaller maidams located in the nearby places, but all of them are in ruins now.

17) Dehing Satra
The ruins that are seen on the banks of the Dehing River under Larua mouza in present Dibrugarh, was a very well-known satra during the rule of the Ahom king Rajeswar Singha. During the famous Moamoria revolution, the satra received royal support from Rajeswar Singha and also from a number of other kings like Lakhi Singha and Gaurinath Singha.

18) Barbarua Maidam
It is at a distance of about 14 km to the south of Dibrugarh, just nearby to the NH37, there are two ancient graveyards that were raised to honor two officials of the Ahom Dynasty. Historian Sarbananda Rajkumar believes that these two maidams or graveyards were erected for Bura Dihinigia Barbarua and Deka Dihingia Barbarua. Apart from these, there are some other smaller maidams at the same site, which were built to honor other soldiers of the same regime.

19) Moderkhat Satra
Moderkhat Satra is actually an expansion of the Dinjoy Satra and was founded in the Moderkhat area of the Dibrugarh district. Chandrakantadev was the originator of this monastery. He was the brother of Sidanandadeb Dinjoy, who was the head priest of the Dinjoy Satra of Assam.

20) Sarumechlow and Bormechow Maidam
These two maidams are found in the Lengeri mouza locality of Dibrugarh city and are said to be the graveyards of Sarumechlow and Bormechow, who were the queens of King Sukhampha Khura (1552–1611) of the Ahom regime.

Shopping Places in Dibrugarh

1) Hongkong Market or Bhutiya market - Local shopping. Superb collection of winter cloths, casuals and shoes.

2) Jalan South Tea Estate - Dibrugarh is well-known for tea. It has the world's largest area covered by tea gardens. Even within the city there exists a tea garden. Besides tea you will find cane and bamboo furniture plus local garment products like Muga, Ari, and Mulberry Silk.

3) Junction Mall, R. K. B. Road - A modern mall with branded shops for jewellery, garments, foot - wear, kids' wear, toys etc

How to reach Dibrugarh

By Rail
Dibrugarh is connected with Guwahati by a broad gauge line. It is also linked with other cities of the country by express and super fast trains.

By Road
NH-37 links Dibrugarh and other important towns of Assam, from where A/C and non-A/C deluxe coaches are available daily.

By Air
Dibrugarh has regular air flight from major cities like Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati from its Mohanbari airport, which is 17-km from the town.



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