Dibrugarh - Tea City of India is Gateway to 3 Tea Producing Districts

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Dibrugarh - Quick Facts

Area: 66.14 sq.km
Population: 15,4019
Altitude: 474mt. (approx.) above sea level
Season: Oct to April
Clothing: Summer- Cottons, Winters- Woolens
Rain Fall: (Average yearly) 276 cm
Languages: Assamies, Hindi & English
Festivals/Fairs: Majuli, Elephant Festival

Dibrugarh is the fourth largest town after Guwahati, Jorhat, and (Silchar) in the state of Assam. It is situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, in Upper Assam, India, is the gateway to the three tea producing districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, and Sibsagar. These three areas account for approximately 50% of India's Assam tea crop and this gives Dibrugarh its leftly earned sobriquet as the Tea City of India. Oil and Timber are the other big two industries in and around Dibrugarh.

In 1950, the Medog earthquake measuring over 8.6 on the Richter scale, changed the course of the Brahmaputra River, and this caused the destruction of more than 3/4ths of the city. The city has since then been rebuilt over the years, but the Brahmaputra River nearby is, as it always has been, a constant reminder to its people that live in its shadow, of its turbulence and all encompassing journey to the sea.

By Air
Changlang Township is 136 km from the nearest Airport at Mohanbari, Dibrugarh, Assam.

By Rail

It is 96 km from the nearest long distance Railway station Tinsukia Railway Station, Assam. And 45 km from the nearest Passenger Railway station, Margherita Railway Station, Assam.

By Road

Good motorable road is connected up to Changlang Township. It is 140 km from Dibrugarh, 95 km from Tinsukia, 44 km from Margherita and 110 km from Miao.

Koli Aai Thaan
Koi Aai Thaan is a very famous 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 divine powers and she vanished from the site one day, leaving behind a strong religious hold in the minds of the people.

Barbarua Maidam
At a distance of 14 km to the south of Dibrugarh, just adjacent 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 several other smaller maidams at the same site, which were constructed to honor other soldiers of the same regime.

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.

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.

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 reign 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.

Dehing Satra
The ruins that are seen on the banks of the Dehing River under Larua mouza in present Dibrugarh, was a very famous 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.

Namphake Village
At 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 beautiful Buddhist monastery is located in this area. This monastery is regarded as a meditation center, due to its unique natural settings and serene atmosphere. It also serves as a very famous tourist attraction of Assam. Apart from this, the other attractions of the area are Nong Mungchiringta (Musulinda tank), Ashoka Pillar, Pagoda, and traditional stilt houses.

Naharkatia Town
Naharkatia is a town situated in the Dibrugarh district of Assam, which is renowned for its petroleum and gas reserves. The place is especially famous for its tea gardens and is considered to be an important commercial hub of the state. At a short distance from the town lie the historic Jaypur, Tipam and Namrup. Besides this, the oldest oil pool in the state is also located here.

Dehing Namti Satra
Around 8 miles from the town of Naharkatia, on the banks of river Disang (under Sasoni mouza), is the age old Dehing Namti Satra of Assam. The satra was established by Binandashyam Gohain and was initially situated between the roads of Hologuri and Sariyahtoli, in Dibrugarh. The current location of one of the chief wings of the satra is at Namti, in Nazira.

Dinjoy Satra
This satra was first established by a prime devotee of Gopal Atadev, Srimanta Aniruddha Dev, in a village of North Lakhimpur. It was later shifted to Khutiaputa, arund the time when the Moamoria rebellion took place. During this period, Astabhuj Gosain was the head of the satra. But after his demise, this religious seat remained vacant for 14 years. Later on, Pitambar Chandra Dev was made the head. The satra fell into trouble 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.

Moderkhat Satra
Moderkhat Satra is actually an extension of the Dinjoy Satra and was established in the Moderkhat area of the Dibrugarh district. Chandrakantadev was the founder of this monastery. He was the brother of Sidanandadeb Dinjoy, who was the head priest of the Dinjoy Satra of Assam.

Dibrugarh city is one of the popular tourist destinations in Assam, India. The people who come to visit the city definitely like to take back something, as souvenirs, for themselves as well as their near and dear ones And it is a surety that the city of Dibrugarh will never disappoint them in this respect. Apart from the indigenous alternative shops, a number of malls and complexes are present here and some others are still in the process of being constructed. Some of these are the Vishal Megamart, the Leela Mall, Khusi Megamart etc. Dibrugarh city is famous for its tea. It is, in fact, called the nerve centre of the tea industry in India and even within the city; you will find a number of tea gardens, like the Jalan South Tea Estate. Hence, a visit to the city without getting a sample of the local tea is simply not done. Besides tea, Dibrugarh is also famous for its traditional silk garments, like mekhela chaddar (made of muga or paat).

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