Tinsukia Travel Guide
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Tinsukia is a place which is good from the communication point of view to places like Arunachal and other areas. The city is still developing and the places to visit are Shiv-dham, Pashuram kund etc. There are lots of pilgrimage visitors in the months of jan-feb.More »
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- Jatin Kocchar
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Tinsukia is the ideal stopover for tourist visiting Dehing Patkai region and eastern Himalayas (Arunachal Pradesh) . The commercial town of Assam is situated 500 Km away from Guwahati. The Shiv Dham and Marut Nandan Kanan Park are some of the added points of attraction for visitors in Tinsukia town. Tinsukia is well connected to the rest of the Country by rail and road.More »
Tinsukia is the ideal stopover for tourist visiting Dehing Patkai region. The commercial town of Assam is situated 500 Km away from Guwahati. The Shiv Dham and Marut Nandan Kanan Park are some of the added points of attraction for visitors. Tinsukia is well connected to the rest of the Country by rail and road.
Dibru Saikhowa National Park-Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is a part of one of the prominent biodiversity hotspots of the World, located almost 13 KM away from Tinsukia. This Park is famous for the presence of Feral horses. It is partly wetland, partly grassland and dense forests.It is the home of the globally endangered White Winged Wood Duck, Slow Loris, Gangetic Dolphin, Water Buffalo, Hoolock Gibbon, Elephant etc.
Bherjan-Borjan-Padumoni Wildlife Santuary-This Wildlife santuary is at a distance of about 6 Km from Tinsukia. It is famous for different species of primates including endangered Hoolock Gibbon.
Bell Temple-This temple of Lord Shiva, symbolised by a huge Banyan (pipal) tree, is at a distance of 17 Km from Tinsukia. It is belived that one may get his/her wishes fulfilled by offering a bell to this temple. Belivers hang the bells to the branches of the pipal tree and this is how the temple got its unique name.
Digboi-The first oil town of Asia, where oil well was drilled commercially in September 1889. A refinary was commissioned in December 1901, first of its kind in Asia and it was only refinary till India achieved independence and now it is the oldest operating oil refinery in the World. Digboi also has the distinction of establishing the first oil museum in India. The 18 hole Golf Course is an added attraction in Digboi close to Upper Dehing Reserve Forest. This golf course is known for its scenic beauty. A visit to the nearby War Cemetery and the Centenary park can offer a unique experience.
Sadiya-About 75 Km east of Tinsukia Sadiya is a sub-divisional headquarter of Tinsukia District. In medieval times, there were trade routes leading from Sadiya into Tibet, China and Burma (Myanmar). Sadiya was the central market for all hill tribes inhabiting the extreme North-East. The place of the Chutias, Sadiya is famous for Tameswari temple. It is one of the important centers of Shakti worship in Assam. A visit to Sadiya can also be an experience to relish as one has to catch a ferry at Dhola Ghat to cross the mighty Brahmaputra to reach Sadiya.
Parashuram Kunda-Situated in the Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh, Parashuram Kunda is abount 150 Km. from Tinsukia. It is one of the prominent centers of pilgrimage for the Hindus where thousands of devotees flock together to take a dip in it during Makar Sankranti(in mid January). The popular belief is that a holy dip in the 'Kund'(a small lake) washes away all the sins.
Rukmini Island-A beach island covering an area of 3.25 Sq.Km. is situated in the midest of the river Brahmaputra. It is a safe heaven for many indigenous and migratory birds. The best attractions are the long sandy beaches, sand banks for sun baths and parasailing. The place is ideal for a holiday that brings you away from the madding crowd,hustle and bustle of the modern life.
Margherita-One of the sub-divisional headquarters of Tinsukia district, the Coal Queen of Assam, Margherita is nature's own paradise. The splendour of the mystic Patkai ranges on one side and the river Burhi-Dehing flowing right across with a carpet of lush green tea gardens forming the natural landscape of the other, Margherita is a true gift of nature. It was the British who, exploring oil and coal, set up a company here, the first of its kind in the state called 'the Assam Railways and Trading company' as early as 1881. Margherita is famous for plywood products and the first plywood factory was established here in 1924, which happened to be the fifth in India.
A ride through the beautiful tea gardens contouring the hillocks of Dirok, Namdang and Namtok section, touching the foothills of Patkai Ranges will be a treat for one's eyes. Watching the process of making tea and a visit to a plywood factory may also be a pleasant experience.
The picturesque Margherita Golf Course, a favourite destination for Golfers, has also added a feather to the crowning beauty of this tiny little town.
War Cemetery-Down Memory-lane trips to world war-II cemeteries located in Digboi, Lekhapani and in Jairampur(A.P.) with epitaphs of hundreds of British and Chisese soldiers will be a touching experience.
Miao Carpet Factory-It is not simply a manufactory! It's not only a carpet producing unit!! But it is a centre of well organised effort to earn livelihood in a foreign land. It is the life line of the Tibetan Refugee Camp situted almost 5 Km. ahead of Miao Town. These Tibetan people have been here for generations and still they have a hope to get back their homeland. To sustain in a self suffecient way, they formed a socity which have a school upto VIII standard, a hospital, a creche, an old age home, a small market, a centre of religious activity(gonpa) and of course their bread and butter the carpet factory. The factory has a total of 38 skilled weavers who using raw materials brough from Ludhiana(Punjab) work as long as ten/twelve hours a day knitting their dreams on the carpet. The colourful hand woven carpets with their fine finishings, are of export quality. They are having emporiums in Arunachal Pradesh , Assam and Delhi etc. and have a retail outlet within the factory premise as well. The factory has a turn over of around 15/20 lacs per annum. The entire socity falls under the administration of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.
Pangsau Pass-Pangsau Pass in the Patkai ranges is abount 130 Km. away from Tinsukia in the Indo-Myanmar border. The area is in Arunachal Pradesh and located at a distance of just 12 Km. from the beautiful town of Nampong. The journey to Pangsau Pass from Nampong through the abandoned stretch of Stilwell road with dense forest on one side and deep gorges on the other can offer a thrilling experience to the adventurists. A forthnightly market is also held at the border where people from both side take active part. Interestingly, the age old barter system is still prevalent amoung the natives in this market. One can have a spectacular view of the mystic 'Lake of No Return' from Pangsu Pass.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Almost all types of Indian cuisine is available . The town is cosmopolitan and people from all other Indian states can be found there.Food is relatively less spicy though.Tinsukia being a commercial town , one can find lot of shopping options e.g handicrafts , Assam silk, artefacts, local tea and allied products, one can also visit cotage industries and buy produce from that place itself, some beautiful hand made products and collector's items are available.
Activities & things to do: Trekking, rock climbing, boating , rafting, wildlife park visit , bird watching,driving , visiting tea gardens and enjoying stay at one of the gardens and relish the hospitality and charm of British Era lifestyle, golf (9 good quality golf courses in and around Tinsukia),shopping etc...
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best time to visit is October to March, local people are friendly and polite. Tinsukia is well connected to the rest of the country by air, rail and road.
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- State: Assam
- Famous for/as: Heritage
- Altitude: 380 m
Situated 480 km north-east of Guwahati and 84 km away from the border of Arunachal Pradesh, Tinsukia covers a geographical area of 3790 sq km. With a total population of 1,316,948, the major towns of Tinsukia District are Digboi, Margherita, Doomdooma, Makum and Tinsukia. Known for its rich flora and fauna the major rivers that flow through Tinsukia are Bhramaputra, Lohit, Buri Dehing and Dibru. Tinsukia is divided into three sub divisions that are Sadiya, Tinsukia and Margherita.
According to an ancient map prepared by Captain Hamilton Vetch which dates back to 1841, some parts of the Tinsukia District were known as “Bengmara” country of Moamareeya Tribe. The first ruler of Tinsukia was Swargadeo Sarbanada Singha, who was the king of the Muttack Kingdom. The 18th century and the early years of the 19th century was when the Muttack Kingdom occupied the Ahom kingdom by waging the Moamareeya rebellion.
The rich culture which adds to Tinsukia’s vibrant history comprises of numerous ancient festivals such as Shapawang Yawng Manau Poi, Bihu, Ali-Aye-Ligang, Tuluni and Saghi which are celebrated with great zeal. Shapawang Yawng Manau Poi is known to be the most famous folk dance festival and is held on the 14th of February every year. Assamese, Bengali and Hindi are the major languages spoken in the region.
With an economy based on agriculture, plantation and forestry, the Tinsukia District is known for orange cultivation. Besides, the other crops grown here include tea, ginger and rice paddy. One of the major tourist spots of Tinsukia is the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park which attracts bird watchers from all over the world. This national park is also the natural habitat for the feral horse and is open to visitors from the month of November to the month of April.
Tinsukia can be reached by air very easily as the nearest airport to this destination is at Mohanbari which is 40 km away. Tinsukia is also well connected by rail and road. The best time to visit Tinsukia is during the monsoon and winters.
- Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
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- Place of Worship
- Rank 2
- Bherjan-Borjan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary
- Rank 3
- Place of Worship
- Shiva Dham
- Rank 4