Sibsagar was once the capital of
the Ahom rulers who dominated
for more than 600 years. They ruled
virtually uninterrupted for 6 centuries until their kingdom fell to the British,
in the 1826. This city’s main feature is the water body from which it gets its
name: a 257 acre tank, that is at a higher elevation than the rest of the town,
with three temples on its banks. Of these temples, the most prominent is the
Shivdol, which draws large crowds at Shiv Ratri . The other temples are the
Vishnudol and the Devidol.
Other attractions include Rang
Ghar, the double-storied, oval shaped amphitheatre; the seven- storied Talatol
Ghar, with three underground floors, is a palace with a difference-there are two
secret tunnels here. Joysagar, said to be the biggest man-made lake in the
country, is spread over 318 acres of water on the edge of the town.
A new addition
on the bank of the Sibsagar. It stores artifacts of the rulers, including swords
and clothes, manuscripts, goblets and platters. The ancient capital of the Ahoms
is Gargaon, about 13 kms. east from Sibsagar, where the major draw is the Kareng
Ghar, a seven-storied palace built by 18th century architects.
situated nearby, is another old capital which was built by the founder of the Ahom
There are numerous maidans or vaults for the kings and members
of royal families here. Travellers cross the Namdang stone bridge, carved out of a
single boulder hundreds of years ago, over which a busy highway still runs today.
Take a day trip from Sibsagar to
Dibrugarh, one of the major tea producing centres of the subcontinent. Near
Dibrugarh are major oil and gas installations. The road to the city is flanked by
tea gardens on either side, a carpet of green bushes; women and men stand in the
shade and sun, plucking the leaves at a surprising pace and tossing them into the
conical cane baskets they carry on their backs. And in
Dibrugarh, there are tea
plantations even within the city limits.
produces most of
’s tea and a visit to a tea factory should be included in an itinerary.
Jorhat, another major tea
producing area, located on the edge of the
, south-west of Sibsagar, is a major cultural centre.
Majuli, the world’s largest
inhabited riverine island, which is revered for its satras or Vaishnavite
monasteries, is near Jorhat. It can be reached by ferry. The satras here are
because they were set up by Sankardeva, the leader of Vaishnavite revivalism, in
the 16th century. Majuli is dominated by the Mishing tribe, which came
down from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh many years ago and is among the only
tribal riverine community in the
. Their handlooms are exquisite, particularly the colourful Mirizen shawls &
blankets which can be used as wall hangings or even as bedcovers.
The best time to visit :- The best
time to visit is between October
||The nearest Airport is Tejpur
||The nearest rail head is Guwahati , 156