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Tezpur is an urban city in the Sonitpur district, Assam. Located on the banks of river Brahmaputra it is one of the largest cities in Assam. Tezpur has a great historical significance as well, due to which it attracts a great number of tourists on an annual basis. Some of the ancient places which are still very much intact even after the sad effects of time are the Mahabhairav Temple, the Hill of Agnigarh, Nameri National Park and its outskirts, and many more.

History of Tezpur

Modern History of Tezpur 

The new age Tezpur was founded by the Britishers in 1835 as the headquarters of the Darrang district. Even after the independence of India, Tezpur had remained to be the headquarters of the Darrang district. After that, a major change in the history of Tezpur came during the Indo-China war which had happened in the year 1962. The army of China had moved inside Arunachal Pradesh. Seeing this, the town of Tezpur was evacuated. Even the jails had to be opened for releasing the prisoners. 

Places to Visit in and Around Tezpur

Agnigarh. A famous spot for the sightseers, Agnigarh is also referred to as the fire fort. The destination got this name as per Hindu mythology as it is believed that this place always remained covered with fire. This was mainly done so as in order to stop the entry and exit of anyone in the fort, without proper authorization. The spot denotes the story of the romance of Prince Aniruddha and Princess Usha as well.

Bhairabi Temple. Encircled in Tezpur, this temple is devoted to Goddess Bhairavi who is worshipped as one of the powerful forms of  Goddess Durga. According to history, Usha, the daughter of Asura King, Banasura used to come here regularly to worship Goddess Durga. If you travel to this place then you also get to see a bunch of small fascinating shops.

Also Read: This city is popular among tourists for a 400-year-old historic scenic pond which is called 'Rani ka Talab'

Things to do in Tezpur

Visit Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary. The Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the southern banks of the Brahmaputra river in Sonitpur at an approximate distance of around 30 km away from Tezpur. The sanctuary covers 44.06 sq. km. in area, where various plant species, animal species, along with many exciting views of flora and fauna can be found.

Visit Nameri National Park. Placed on the foothills of the Himalayas, 35 km away from Tezpur, this national park covers an area of around 220 sq. km. From here one can even view the rare Himalayan species flora and fauna along with different species of mammals, a large population of elephants. People can also explore water sports activities here like river rafting, swimming, sunbathing, etc.

Events and Festivals in and Around Tezpur

Karam Puja. The Karam Puja is considered as one of the most sacred festivals of Assam. It is celebrated as a kind of thanksgiving to celebrate Mother Nature. Celebrated on Ekadashi, this festival falls sometime between the months of August and September. On the occasion of this festival, the Karam tree is worshipped and is represented as the God of youth and power. People seek blessings from the deity to reward them with abundance in their harvests.  

Ambubachi Festival. This festival is hosted in the Kamakhya Devi temple every year in the monsoon season. Celebrated for a period of four days, this festival, in its essence brings out the Tantric culture practiced in many parts of Assam. If the legend behind this festival is to be believed then, for the first three days of this festival, Goddess Kamakhya goes through a period of her menstrual cycle. 

Best Time to Visit Tezpur

One can visit this destination in summer as the temperature remains between 25 degrees Celsius and 35 degrees Celsius. However, you can also consider traveling here during winter and monsoon season as well. However, the rains can be a bit unpredictable, thus you would need to watch out for the same.

Famous Food and Clothing of Assam

The people in Assam are very hospitable. Especially, the culture of this place is really incredible to explore and discover. The women of this place wear a motif rich Mekhela Chador or the Riha Mekhela which gives an impression of a kind of skirt. The men here wear Suria, which can be also be called a dhoti in the local language. The men in Assam wear Dhoti and Gamosa which marks their full traditional dress. Fish, Chicken, Duck, Fish Curry, Dried Fish, Pork and Pigeon are some of the popular cuisines of Assam. Pitha, a sweet dish, is also very popular here which the Assamese people make from rice. 

How to Reach Tezpur

Tezpur is an urban travel getaway and is a must-visit for anyone. It is located at a distance of 2,035, 2,859, 1,138, 3,068 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Let’s see how you can reach Tezpur via the following means of transportation.

By Air. The nearest airport is the Saloni Airport (TEZ). This airport is also known as the Salonibari Airport. This airport covers an area of 22 acres. This airport can also accommodate 1 Airbus A320 and 2 ATR in a single time.

  1. Delhi - Board Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, Spicejet flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airfares start from Rs.7,000
  2. Ranchi - Board Air India, Vistara flights from Birsa Munda Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.6,000
  3. Raipur - Board Air India, IndiGo, Vistara flight from Swami Vivekananda Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.8,000
  4. Jaipur - Board IndiGo, SpiceJet, Air India flights from Jaipur Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.10,000

After you deboard at the airport, you will need to travel further by some means of public transportation like a cab. 

By Train. Tezpur has its own railway junction of the same name. It is located in the Sonitpur district of Assam. However, it doesn’t have very good connectivity with other Indian cities thus it is recommended (depending upon your location) to either take a flight or some way of traversing through road like a cab or bus. 

By Road. Depending upon your location, you can also travel to Tezpur by road. For this, you can consider traveling by your own vehicle, cab or bus. 

You can book a bus via the ASTC (Assam State Transport Corporation) website. This service is responsible for connecting all the nearby regions of Assam in a fairly good manner. Depending upon your budget you can choose to hire a luxury or a regular bus. 

From Guwahati, the bus fares start from Rs.300. From Siliguri, the bus fares start from Rs.500. From Aizawl, the bus fares start from Rs.900. 

Otherwise, you can follow this route to travel here. 

  1. Patna - 1,033 km via NH27, NH31
  2. Ranchi - 1,189 km via NH20, NH27
  3. Varanasi - 1,260 km via NH27
  4. Gaya - 1,138 km via NH27 or NH15
  5. Jamshedpur - 1,192 km via NH27 or NH12

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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