Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Places to Visit in Eastern Assam -- Sivasagar District

+++++____________Rang Ghar_____________++++++
+++++____________Siva Doul________++++++
+++++____________Joysagar Tank___________++++++

-------------------------Kareng ghar-------------------------------


How to Reach Sivasagar

One can reach Sivasagar by Air, Rail and Road. Nearest Airport Jorhat is only 55 kms away. Nearest Railhead is Simaluguri (16 km) Deluxe bus services (both day & night) are available from Guwahati and other important towns.

Visitors to the Northeast will be entering a land steeped in history as well as cultural and natural diversity. All of our programmes have been designed to give our guests a glimpse of this historical legacy.

For centuries, before the arrival of the British, this part of the world was controlled by a number of tribal chieftains. Foremost amongst these was the Ahom dynasty who ruled a large part of Upper Assam for six centuries. At their capital in the town of Sibsagar you can see the well preserved relics left behind by these people. Palaces, forts, places of worship and burial sites are all there to see. The richness of this highly evolved civilisation shows just how advanced these people were.


A little distance towards the North-east from this royal palace and by the side of the Assam-Trunk Road stands another imposing two-storeyed building. This is Rangghar, the royal sports-pavilion of Ahom kings which was constructed during the reign of Swargadeo Prmafta Singha in 1746.

Kareng Ghar & Talatal Ghar

About four kilometers south to Sivasagar town, the seven storyed Kareng ghar, the capital and military station of the Ahom kings, is: situated. First constructed by the Ahom king Rudra Singha in 1700, alterations, additions and new constructions to this palace were made by the, successors,of Swargadeo Rudra Singha. The Talatalghar made of brick and an indigenous type of cement was constructed by king Rajeswar Singha. It is a building of seven stories- four above and three below the-ground- over and above the two underground ways-the one leading to the Dikhow river is about three kilometers i length which were later blocked by the East India company.

Gargaon Palace

The principal capital of the Ahom kings was constructed by the 15th Ahom king Suklengmung in the year 1540. The structures were made of wood and stones. It lies 14 kilometers to the east of Sivasagar town and three kilometers west of Simaluguri Railway Station near Nazira. The present surviving brick palace of seven storeys was rebuilt by Swargadeo Rajeswar Singha in 1752. Swargadeo Pramatta Singha constructed the brick wall of about five kilometers in length, surrounding the Gargaon palace, and the masonry gate in 1747.


The tombs of Ahom kings and queens at Charaideo hillock which are comparable to the Pyramids of Egypt are, even in the present time of astounding scientific progress and development, objects of wonder revealing the superb skill of sculptors and the fine form of architecture of Assam in those days. About 30 kilometers from Sivasagar town towards the east and at the foothills of Nagaland, the first capital of the Ahom kingdom was established by Swargadeo Sukapha. This is also the place of ancestral Gods of the Ahoms and the sacred burial ground of the monarchs. The brick floor and stone pillers of "Deo Sal" are still lying on the summit of the hillock Deo Sal in Dol Bagan. Sivasagar Tank In 1734, the second queen of Siva Singha got the Sivasagar tank dug to commemorate the victory of her husband, and named the tank as Sivasagar tank.The tank covers an area of 129 acres of land including the four banks. The area of the tank is 257 acres of land. Although situated within the heart of the town, the water level of the tank is above the level of the town. On its banks are three temples- the Shivadol, the Vishnu dol and the Devi dol. The Sivadol is believed to be the highest Siva temple in India. Its height is 104 feet and the perimeter is 195 ft., at the base. It is capped by an eight feet high golden-dome.

Joysagar Tank

The largest tank in India and perhaps the biggest man-made tank in the world comprising an area of 318 acres of land including its four banks, out of which 155 acres, is filled with crystal clear water. An earthen water pipeline runs from this tank to the Rangpur palace (Kareng ghar) which is about two kilometers in length, for supplying water of this tank to the Royal Palace.

Gaurisagar Tank and Temple:
The Gaurisagar tank was built by Queen Phuleswari Devi (1722-1791) and was dedicated to Goddess Durga. It covers 150 acres and on its bank stand the Devidol, Sivadol and the Vishnudol temples. Gaurisagar is 12 kms from Sivasagar Town.

Rudrasagar Tank and Temple:
Built in 1773 by King Lakshmi Singha in memory of his father King Rudra Singha. On its bank stand a Siva Temple and it is situated 8 kms away from Sivasagar Town.

Namdang Stone Bridge:
The bridge, a cut out from a single solid rock over the River Namdang 12 kms from Sivasagar tawn was constructed in 1703 by workmen brought from Bengal during the reign of King Rudra Singha . Today the NH 37 passes over this bridge

Ajan Pir Dargah Sharif:
22 Km away from the SivasagarAt Saraguri Chapori stands Ajan Pir Dargah Sharif. Ajan Pir was the first Muslim saint to compose "Zikir" in Assamese Language (160 Nos. Approx.). On the day of the "URUS" thousand of devotees gather here to pay homage to the memories of this great Muslim reformer.
Name of Temples/ Buildings Year of Construction

Rangghar 1744-1757
Talatalghar and Karang ghar 1696-1714
Gargaon palace 1752
Gulaghar 1704
Siva Doul 1734
Davidol 1734
Bishnudol 1734
Namdang Stone Bridge 1703

Tour Note
Ideal time to visit Sivasagar is from September to April. As rain stop and weather becomes pleasant on that part of the year. You can visit the historical monuments to feel the power of Ahom Kings and to see the advance architecture of their time.

There is a big Tai museum situated in the Sivasagar town with a good collection from Ahom period to satisfy your queries.

Two Bird Towers are Situated at the bank of 'Sibsagar Tank '& 'Joysagar Tank'. Visitors can watch the migrated Birds from this Towers.

You can visit the nearby Tea gardens to see how your cup of tea is prepared.

You can also visit the worlds largest River Island Majuli by just crossing the mighty river Brahmaputra. 'Majuli' is the nerve Centre of the Assamese "Baishnava" culture. There you can collect valuable information of Assamese culture.

If you plan to come in the middle of January then you can join in the post harvesting festival "Bhogali Bihu" .

Otherwise if you come in the middle of April then surely you can participate in the festival of spring the joyful "Rongali Bihu", and can take part in the world famous Bihu Dance. We feel proud to say that the festival of Bihu in Assam is originated from this district.

Sivaraatri Mela is one of the big occasion, when people are come to Sivasagar. You can also plane to attend this Mela. 'Aajan pir Dorgaah 'is one of the place, in where people are come for Pray and get together.

If you are interested in wild and scenic beauty of the region then you must visit the world famous Kaziranga National Park which is only two and half hour drive from the city. Where you can find world famous one horned Rhino, Elephants, Tigers, Dears, Wild Buffalo and different kinds of rare birds. You also get thrilling Elephant riding experience there. You may also make a sortie to Dibru-Saikhua Bird century to view rare birds. But for all these it will be wise if you inform about your plan in advance to the tourist department so that they can make necessary arrangements for you.

The District is the largest producer of the natural gas and oil of this region. The world famous "Galeki" and "Rudra Sagar" oilfield is nearby the city. So, if you interested you can also witness how crude and natural gas is extracted from the mother earth.




Near Joysagar Tank

Paani Dihing

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