Digboi - A Major Oil Town Surrounded by Tea Garden & Mystic Blue Hills

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Digboi - Quick Facts

Area: 340 sq. km.
Population: 20,405
Altitude: 54 mt. (approx.)above sea level
Season: Oct to April
Clothing: Summer- Cottons, Winters– Woolens
Rain Fall: (Average yearly) 155 cm
Languages: Assamies, Hindi & English
Festivals/Fairs: Majuli, Elephant Festival

Surrounded by numerous Tea Gardens and mystic blue hills, Digboi is a major oil town. A hundred year old Refinery and its hundred and twelve year old oil field still exist here. The Digboi Refinery came into being in 1901 as the first refinery of Asia and as the second one in the world. Today, the oil field and refinery are the oldest continuing oil field and refinery in the world.

By Air
Nearest Airport to Digboi is at in Dibrugarh. It is at a distance of around 65 km from here. Dibrugarh is connected by flights from Guwahati and other domestic airports in Assam. Hiring a taxi is the most convenient way of commuting to Digboi from the airport.

By Rail
Tinsukia is the nearest railway station which is at a distance of around 40 Km from Digboi. It is connected by regular trains from Guwahati. From the station you can catch a bus or hire a taxi to Digboi.

By Road
Digboi is connected by NH 38 to Guwahati which is at a distance of 527 Km from here. You will find state transportation buses and luxury coaches plying between the cities.

Digboi has some special places to visit in the day. The most famous being the oil reserve that has brought Digboi on the world tourism map. It is also a very scenic place which proves to be an absolute treat for people looking tranquil holidays.

Saikhowa National Park
Situated around 60 Km from Digboi, Saikhowa National Park is in the Dibrugarh district By covering an area of 650 sq. Km, Saikhowa National Park is the largest wildlife park in the whole of Assam. The park is situated on the banks of River Brahmaputra making it an ideal spot for many rare and endangered species. The park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1986 and today is considered as one of the 19 biodiversity hot spots in the world. The park is most famous for the variety of avifauna found here. Around 300 species of avifauna, both local and migratory, have been recorded in the park. Whitewinged wood duck, spot billed pelican, Pallah's fishing eagle, Bar-headed goose are the main bird attraction of the park. Saikhowa National Park is also known for wild horses known as Feral horses, slow loris, tigers and elephants. It is just 13 Km from Tinsukia and there are regular bus services to the park. The best time to visit the park is from November to April.

National Oil Park
National Oil Park of Digboi is not just an oil refinery, but also has a national wildlife park and an oil museum. Digboi oil well discovered in the year 1889, is the oldest one in entire Asia. In the wildlife park one can also come across a tiger or an elephant during evenings.

War Cemetery
War Cemetery is one of the two in Assam and 23 in entire India. The other one is in Guwahati. Here is the eternal resting place of those brave people who lost their lives during World War II. Earlier the War Cemetery was located on a hilltop, but after the earthquake of 1950, the cemetery got destroyed. It was then relocated to its present location afterwards. On the morning of second Sunday in November, there is a prayer ceremony held in remembrance of the souls where important verses from Bible, Geeta, Koran and Gurugranth Sahib are read.

Golf Course
Golf Course in Digboi is among the best in North Eastern Part of India. It is a 18 hole course where many national and international tournaments are played. The entire setting of the course is so beautiful that wish to come here again and again. You will find other golf courses too in the city, but none come close to this one.

Margherita is a small town in the Tinsukia district of Assam, situated at a distance of about 14 km to the east of Digboi. The prime attraction of this place is the collieries that were established by the British. Coal India Limited, one of the biggest coal industries in India, is situated in this place. Besides this, Margherita is also famous for its plywood factories and is the centre of the Tea Gardens in Assam.

Around 15 km from Margherita, on the border of Assam- Arunachal Pradesh, is a small town of exquisite natural beauty. Surrounded by greenery and lush tea gardens, Duliajan is one of the frequently visited places of Upper Assam. The place is one of the biggest tea growing areas in the world and a visit to any one of them is definitely a pleasurable experience. Besides this, the headquarters of Oil India is also located here.

Saikhowa National Park
The park is situated at a distance of 60 km from Digboi, in the Tinsukia district of Assam. A number of rare and endangered species, like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Gangetic Dolphin, Barking Deer, Greater Adjutant Stork, Indian Shag and Grey Heron, can be found in this park. Its prime attraction is the Pearl House, where 79 feral horses that had escaped from the Army Camps of the Second World War or were left loose during the earthquake in 1950 are living wild and free. These horses are actually the third or the fourth generation of those tamed Army horses.

Naharkatia, a town situated in the Dibrugarh district of Assam, is about 32 km from Digboi. The place is considered to be the commercial hub of the state and has a number of petroleum and gas reserves within its vicinity. In fact, the oldest oil pool in the state is located here only.

Namphake Village
A few kilometers from Naharkatia, on the banks of the river Burhidihing, is the Namphake village of Assam. The main tourist attraction of this region is an exquisite Buddhist monastery set amidst beautiful natural settings and serene environment. Apart from this, the other attractions of this area are the Musulinda tank, Ashoka pillar, Pagoda (1937), and traditional stilt houses.

Ridge Point
The Ridge Hill Point is located near Digboi town, in the Tinsukia district of Assam. The view from this point is simply magnificent and breathtaking. People often come to this place to have a bird’s eye view of Digboi. On clear days, one can even see the snow- capped mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, from here.

A trip, be it to any part of the world, is incomplete without shopping. Whether for your own self or as a souvenir for a friend or relative, shopping forms a part and parcel of traveling experience. Assam is well known for its traditional handloom products and the exclusive silk, called Muga silk. In fact, every region of the state has its own specialty, especially in terms of handlooms and handcrafts. Besides this, the state is also famous for its intricate cane and bamboo products. Hence, your shopping experience in Assam is sure to be a memorable one.

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