Places To Visit In Dibrugarh
Dibrugarh is one of the most important cities in the state of Assam. It is situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and is home to the famous Radha Krishna Mandir, a temple constructed almost completely out of marble. There are a few other temples and important places to visit in Dibrugarh that draw people from across the world. Since it is part of the seven sisters, a name given to the Northeastern states of India, many tourists make it a part of their itinerary when they visit this part of the country. The city is culturally rich – you will find delicious local food to eat, native clothes to wear and see almost everyone conversing in their local language. However, it is interesting to note that most residents of this part of the country are fluent in both English or Hindi as well.
There are many interesting places to visit in Dibrugarh. However, here we have listed some of the most popular ones that are bound to put it on your bucket list.
Top 7 Places to Visit in Dibrugarh:
- Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
- Joypur Rainforest
- Brahmaputra River
- Namphake Village
- Radha Krishna Temple
- Shri Jagannath Temple
1. Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
Dehing Patkai is a beautiful rainforest in Assam and is spread over an area of approximately 111 sq. km. Some parts of the wildlife sanctuary are located in Dibrugarh while some spill over into the Tinsukia district. Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is divided into 3 main parts, namely Dirok Rainforest, Upper Dihing River, and Jeypore. Also, Dehing Patkai is home to two elephant reserves – the first one is called Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve and the second one being Dibru-Deomali.
The rainforest is one of the primary choices of places to visit in Dibrugarh as it is covered with a wide variety of flora and fauna. There are beautiful orchid flowers and wild bananas for visitors to enjoy here. It is estimated that there are over 293 species of birds, almost 50 species of mammals and reptile species each, and about 30 butterfly species here. Some of the animals that you may chance upon in this jungle are Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Pig-tailed Macaque, Asiatic Elephant, Black Panther, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, and Black Bear. Thus, there are high chances of visitors coming face-to-face with residents of the jungle. But don’t worry, as long as you treat them with respect, they will do the same!
2. Joypur Rainforest
The well-known Joypur Rainforest is spread across an area of 108 sq. km. There is a great deal of biodiversity here making the forest a major tourist attraction in the region. While visiting here, look forward to exploring the102 species of orchids grown here, in addition to Hollong tree as tall as 50 meters. Other trees found here include Ajae, Segun, Nahar, Bohot, and Sam. A huge variety of animals are found here, as the natural surroundings are apt for animals like Elephants, Hornbills, Leopards, Flying Squirrels, Pythons, Spotted Deer, and Langurs. The best option to reach here is by renting a car from Naharkatia. One may also choose to board a bus from Naharkatia or Guwahati, which also happens to be the most economical option.
3. Brahmaputra River
This is one of the most revered rivers of India and also happens to be one of the longest in the world. However, what makes it a must-visit during your stay in Dibrugarh is the ample activities it provides. Rafting in this part of the river is a magnificent experience, as it is not very crowded and has some great waves sure to give you an adrenaline rush. The rafting expedition starts from the upper Brahmaputra (Siang) river in an area called Tuting. The rafting route is spread over a distance of 180 km, and along the way, there are some gorges and thick tropical rain forests to enjoy. Depending on how experienced you are and what your preferences are, you may choose to cover any stretch of the rafting route. But no matter how long you choose you to spend rafting, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.
4. Namphake Village
This village is located at a distance of 37 km from the city of Dibrugarh close to the river Burhi Dihing. The village is resplendent with natural beauty and serves as a home for several Tai Phakey families. Residents of the village mostly follow Buddhism so it’s common to stumble upon a beautiful monastery while walking around. This is a big reason why Namphake is one of the most popular places to visit in Dibrugarh. In the main temple, there is a statue of Lord Buddha, which is made of gold. Also popular in the monastery are the Ashokan Pillar and the Buddhist Pagoda housed within. One can also find a holy water tank here, known as Mucalinda Tank.
5. Radha Krishna Temple
It is one of the most popular places to visit in Dibrugarh, especially for followers of Hinduism. One is likely to experience spiritual peace here, as the place is extremely serene. Apart from the unique aura of the temple, the architecture of the temple is notable and much talked about. There is also a lot of greenery in the premises of the temple, which further helps relax the mind and body. Assam Medical College is very close to Radha Krishna Temple making for a lively atmosphere around the temple. Public transport, as well as personal taxis, are good options to reach the temple.
6. Shri Jagannath Temple
Another place of worship, as well as a notable tourist spot in Dibrugarh, is the Shri Jagannath Temple. The temple here is considered to be a replica of its counterpart in Puri. It’s also known as Shikshetra Dham and is located close to the Mahatma Gandhi Park at Khanikar. Apart from this, there are many other temples that one can visit in the city. Raidongia Dol is one of the main shrines in the city. There were once 24 statues here of which only 14 are present today. Each of the statues is approximately 45 feet high. Notably, the temple was initially dedicated to Lord Vishnu. However, later it came to be known as Shiva Dol.
Naharkatia is the hub of tea plantations in Assam, and visiting the area is an experience of a lifetime for tourists. The story of the namesake of this town is interesting but tragic. Prince Nahar was beheaded by an Ahom noble called Kalia, and that is how the place got its name. Currently, the place is easily accessible and serves as a central point for those visiting other places in the region like Namphake, Sasoni Gojpuria, Gobhuro Dolong, etc. The oldest oil pool in the state of Assam also exists in the town of Naharkatia. There is a railway station in Naharkatia and it’s convenient to take a train to and from here. Apart from this, one may choose to board a bus for Naharkatia from Dibrugarh, Namrup, Moran, Sibsagar, or Jorhat.
Best Time to Visit Dibrugarh
To experience the places in Dibrugarh to the fullest, you should preferably plan your visit from October to March. The winter months are the most pleasant, making visiting the thick jungles or temples an experience to remember forever. In fact, the Dehing – Patkai Festival is held in February, thereby adding to the list of activities for the tourists visiting here during this time. In addition to this, the two popular festivals of Poi-Nen-Chi and Poi-Nun-Hok are also celebrated here during this time. With a sub-tropical monsoon type of climate, Dibrugarh is best visited during winters. The summer temperatures go up to approximately 35 degrees, so if you plan to visit during the summer, make sure to stay hydrated! The tea gardens in Naharkatia are beautiful during the monsoons. The skies are strewn with clouds during this time, and the surroundings are green. However, abundant rains may hamper the travel plans to some extent, so make sure to pack a raincoat and an extra pair of clothes!
Apart from the places to visit in the city of Dibrugarh, there are several places around the city that one may consider visiting during a trip to the city. The Brahmaputra River flows through the region in its full glory, and there are numerous beautiful spots along its banks just waiting to be enjoyed. There are several national parks and conserved areas in the region that one may like to visit. Not to forget, the tea plantations in the state of Assam add to the overall natural beauty of the region. During a stay in Dibrugarh, apart from the other places to visit, tourists can also consider visiting the local markets to try the delicious cuisine of the area. On the way back from the city, some locally made artifacts can be bought as a memory of a visit to this beautiful place.
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