: 181-km Northeast Of Guwahati, Sonitpur District,
Formerly Known As: Sonitpur Main
Da-Parbatia Temple, Agnigarh & Bamuni Hills
Best Time To Visit:October To May
Tezpur in Assam is situated on the banks of river Brahmaputra, in Sonitpur district. Tezpur Assam has a significant place in history. Situated on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra, Tezpur in Assam is a town of magnificent scenic beauty and outstanding archaeological ruins.
Flourishing green valleys surrounded by hills of Arunachal Pradesh, with snow covered peaks of Himalaya as the northern backdrop, lavish tea gardens and magnificent archeological ruins have all contributed to make
Tezpur Assam a tourist's delight. It is the headquarters of Sonitpur district and is considered as one of the most beautiful towns of Assam.
According to the legend, Darang was the capital of demon King Banasura, an ardent follower of
'Bhairavnath', incarnation of Lord Shiva. Usha, the beautiful daughter of King Bana happened to see her love in her dream.
Following the description of Usha, her confidante Chitralekha portrayed it in painting. The lover was none other than
Aniruddha, Grandson of Sri Krishna, King of
Dwarka, who was finally found out and the wedding of Usha and Aniruddha took place according to 'Gandharva' tradition.
When it came to the knowledge of Bana he sent Aniruddha to prison. To rescue his grandson Sri Krishna came from Dwarka. In response to the call of his devout Bana, Shiva also came there. When the appeal for rescue failed sword fight ensured between Hari (Lord Krishna) and Hara (Lord Shiva in the form of Banasura), resulted in bloodshed in the entire town.
preserves the sweet memory of young lovers. Agnigarh or the rampart surrounded by fire, is perhaps the most beautiful tourist location of Tezpur. It is believed that, princess Usha the only daughter of King Bana was kept inside the palace which was surrounded by a rampart of fire.
The ruins of the Bamuni Hill is famous for its aesthetic beauty. The sculptural ruins, dating back to the 9th and 10th century A.D. now lie in the Cole Park and Missionary compound.
This is one of the most interesting places in the Tezpur. The park is the perfect place for the peace lovers. This is the place, where the two impressively ornamented stone pillars and the sculptural remains of the famous Bamuni hill can be seen.
An ancient temple where king Bana worshipped Mahabhairab, another incarnation of Lord Shiva. A holy place for the religious-minded.
The Hazara Pukhuri
The large tank preserves the name of Hazara Varman in Tezpur. It was excavated in the early part of the 19th century. This is the third largest tank covering an area of 70 acres.
A mammoth stone inscription made by the Ahom General Kalia Bhomora Phukan, who planned to construct a bridge over
Brahmaputra could be seen here. About two centuries later, a bridge over Brahmaputra at the same place has now been constructed. The 3.05 km. Bridge named after the great
Ahom general, connecting Nagaon district with Tezpur was opened for vehicular Traffic on 3rd April 1987.
Opposite the Tourist lodge, Chitralekha Udyan, with its central lake, was established by a British deputy commissioner in the 1800's to house remnants of Asura's palace. The park is at its best in the early evening when the fairy lights and pathways are lit up.
There is little left of Da-Parbatia temple, 6-km west of town, except its finely carved doorframe depicting Ganga and Yamuna, said to be the oldest specimen of religious art is Assam.
The ruins of the doorframe of Da-Parbatia Temple are perhaps the finest and oldest specimens of sculptural of iconoclastic art in Assam. Its carving has the characteristic of the style of early Gupta School of sculpture. The doorjambs having two Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna standing below with garlands in hands in artistic pose and elegance are decorated with beautiful ornamental foliage.
Bhalukpong, a beautiful picnic and angling spot was the capital of 'Bhaluka', the grandson of King Banasura. It is 64-kms from Tezpur under the foot of Aka Hills (Arunachal Pradesh ). Remains of old fortifications are still visible. This picturesque place lies on the way to Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh . Other attractions of Bhalukpong are a hot spring, a big orchid garden at Tipi and the unspoilt beauty of nature.
About 50-km from Tezpur, off the road to Arunachal Pradesh , drive over a dirt track and creaky bridges to reach the Eco Camp, a unique experiment by the Assam anglers Association and the state's Forest Department.
The Eco Camp is near the Jia Bhoroli River and across the river, on the other side, is the Nameri Tiger Reserve.
A mammoth stone inscription made by the Ahom General Kalia Bhomora Phukan, who planned to construct a bridge over Brahamputra could be seen here. Almost two centuries later, a bridge over Brahmaputra at the same place has now been completed. The 3.05-km bridge named after the great Ahom general, connecting Nagaon district with Tezpur was opened for vehicular traffic by the than Prime Minister of India Late Rajiv Gandhi on April 3rd 1987.
The Nameri Tiger Reserve
The Nameri Tiger Reserve sprawls over from Assam into Arunachal Pradesh. The best way of traveling here is on elephants as there are no roads inside the park. The thick jungle, with patches of swamp, is home to a variety of animals and birds. Among the animals that one can spot over here include the powerful Mithun or Indian Bison and the rare white winged Wood Duck, counted among the most endangered bird species on earth.
Orang Wildlife Sanctuary
A miniature Kaziranga covering an area of 72-km is only 65-km to the west of Tezpur town.
The animals to be seen in this sanctuary are One horned Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Leopard, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Tiger, varieties of water birds, Green Pigeon, Florican, Teal, Geese and Wild Elephant.
Kaziranga National Park
The first national park of Assam, Kaziranga is 80-kms from Tezpur via Kalia Bhomra Bridge.
The park is world famous for its one-horned Rhinoceros. Kaziranga is the abode of varieties of wildlife life such as
Tiger, Elephant, Indian Bison, Buffalo, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Hog-Badger, Cap Langur, Hillock Gibbon, Swamp Deer, Sambhar, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Sloth Bear, Goose, Hornbill, Ebisse, Cormorant, Egret, Heron, Fishing Eagle and Pelican.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air : Tezpur is connected by air, rail and bus. Indian airlines NEPC airlines connect Tezpur with Calcutta & Guwahati.
Deluxe bus services (both day & night) are available from Guwahati and other important towns.
Govt. & Private Bus Services are plying between the city and Kaziranga (1:30hr), Jorhat (4hr), Sibsagar (5:5hr), Guwahati (4:30hr), Itanagar (5hr), Bamdila (6hr), Tawang (14 hr), Siliguri.
WHERE TO STAY
Assam Tourism Department has well furnished tourist lodge with modern amenities for accommodation purpose. Circuit House, Dak Bungalow and a number of hotels also offer comfortable accommodation with reasonable tariff.
State : Assam in India.
Best time to Travel : October to May
Weather Conditions : Summer: 32.2 °C Winter: 10 °C; Average Rainfall: 160 cms.
Tezpur is at a distance of 180 km from Guwahati, the commercial capital of Assam.
Journey to Tezpur
Staying in Tezpur
Tezpur offers excellent accommodation facilities for its tourist from all over the world. You may not find a luxury category accommodation near Tezpur in Assam.
Sightseeing in Tezpur
Some Important Destinations Near Tezpur
Tezpur is just 180 km from Guwahati, the commercial capital of Assam. As Guwahati is well connected to all of India, Tezpur can be reached very easily from any part of India. There are numerous interesting destinations in & around Tezpur, which fascinates every traveler to Assam in North East India.
Tezpur leads to Bhalukpung 60 km ahead on the border of Arunachal Pradesh.
A few kilometers further into Arunachal Pradesh from here, brings one to Tipi, where Asia's third largest orchidarium has been set up. You can also find some old fortifications at this place. Bhalukpung is a beautiful picnic and angling spot near Tezpur.
Orang Wildlife Sanctuary, a miniature Kaziranga covering an area of 72 sq. kms. is only 65 kms. to the west of Tezpur town. One can find one homed rhinoceros, buffalo, leopard, samber, barking deer, tiger, varieties of water birds, green pigeon, florican, teal, geese and wild elephant at this sanctuary.
One can also visit the nearby town and cities like - Barpeta Rd. 50 km,
Itanagar 212 km, Bamdila 160 km, Tawang 300 km, which have many interesting things to see.