A river runs right beside it… Tezpur in Assam is beautifully situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in the Sonitpur district, a picture-perfect setting for the town’s magnificent scenic beauty and outstanding archaeological ruins. Deep green valleys surrounded by hills, with snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas as the northern backdrop, these sights could not be more perfectly rendered. It is often considered to be the state’s most beautiful town and for Assam, that’s saying a lot.
Sights to See
District Museum Tezpur is an archeological museum established in 1986. The museum has a wide collection of the traditional Assamese textiles, several inscriptions, stone sculptures, old bricks, silver and copper coins, wooden objects and manuscripts.
Agnigarh or “the rampart surrounded by fire”, is perhaps the most beautiful tourist location of Tezpur. It is believed that Princess Usha, the only daughter of King Bana, was kept inside the palace which was surrounded by a rampart of fire.
The sculptural ruins of Bamuni Hills, dating back to the ninth and 10th centuries and lying in the Cole Park and Missionary compound, are famous for its aesthetic beauty.
Cole Park is one of the most interesting places in the Tezpur and a haven of peace for solace seekers. It is from here that the two impressively ornamented stone pillars and the sculptural remains of the famous Bamuni Hills can be seen.
Mahabhairab Temple is an ancient temple where King Bana worshipped Mahabhairab, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
The Hazara Pukhuri is a large tank covering an area of 70 acres which was excavated in the early part of the 19th century.
The Padum Pukhuri, which literally means “lotus pond”, is a famous lake with an island. The island has been converted into a park with a musical fountain and the park is connected with the mainland by an iron bridge. A Toy Train is another attraction here.
Ouguri Hill on the banks of Brahmaputra River has a rugge terrain that is perfect for rock climbing. On the top of the hill there is a statue of Kanaklata, a martyr of the Quit India Movement. The hill top offers a spectacular view of the river and the town.
Excursions from Tezpur
Bhalukpung is 60km away from Tezpur, on the border of Arunachal Pradesh, which is a beautiful picnic and angling spot.
The Nag-Sankar Temple is a famous shrine situated at Jamuguri, to the east of Tezpur, in Sonitpur District. The temple is believed to be built by King Narasankar of Nagakha in the fourth century. The temple complex has a large pond with hundreds of rare variety of soft-shell turtles. A large number of peacocks are also found here.
The Orang Wildlife Sanctuary, a miniature Kaziranga covering an area of 72 square km is only 65 km to the west of Tezpur, and is home to the one-homed rhinoceros, buffalo, leopard, sambar, barking deer, tiger, a variety of water birds, green pigeon, florican, teal, geese and wild elephant.
The Nameri National Park, about 35 km from Tezpur, lies at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Assam’s second tiger reserve is on the banks of Jia Bhoroli River and is home to several endangered species such as the Assamese macaque, capped langur, wild dog, golden-backed jackal, Bengal fox, civet cat, hog deer, barking deer, mouse deer, tiger, leopard, jungle cat, leopard cat, fishing cat, Indian grey mongoose, wild boar, Indian porcupine, Indian pangolin, fulvous fruit eating bat, flying squirrel, white-bellied heron and white-winged duck.
The Tezpur airport is seven km from the city centre and there are direct flights from the city to Kolkata and Guwahati. Tezpur is just 180 km from Guwahati, which is well-connected to all of India, so you can also fly in to Guwahati and hire and cab or take a bus to Tezpur.
The Tezpur Railway Station is well-linked with all major trains from different parts of India.
Deluxe bus services (both day and night) are available from Guwahati and other important towns. Government and private bus services ply between the city and Kaziranga (1 ½ hours), Jorhat (4 hours), Sibsagar (5 ½ hours), Guwahati (4 ½ hours), Itanagar (5 hours), Bamdila (6 hours), among others.