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Tezpur - 'City of Eternal Romance'

Tezpur is a historical city and a very popular tourist destination in Assam. It is located within the Sonitpur district along the mighty river Brahmaputra. The place is gifted with natural scenic beauty as well as many ancient ruins of archaeological importance for which it is regarded as one of the historical city of the state of Assam.

Mahabhairab Temple

The Mahabhairab Temple can be listed as one of the first tourist attraction which is situated in the centre of the city and the same is also considered to be the best place for the pilgrimage. It is an ancient temple which was erected by the famous king ‘Bana’ to worship Mahabhairab in the temple. The Shiva Linga or the stone-phallus which exists inside this ancient temple is also popular as it is said to be one of the largest of its kind in the entire world.







Chitralekha Udyan (Cole Park)
It is, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful places in Tezpur. Established by a British Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Cole in 1906, the park has two massive ornamented stone pillars, and other sculptural remnants . It was recently renovated and revitalized in 1996 under the stewardship of the then Deputy Commissioner, Mr. M.G.V.K.Bhanu, IAS. It has water sports facility, walk ways, restaurant and open air stage.

Agnigarh
This hillock on bank of river Brahmaputra is the site of legendary romance of princess Usha (the only daughter of king Bana) and Anirudha, grand son of lord Krishna. Usha was kept on this hillock which was surrounded by fire, hence the name of Agnigarh. Agnigarh provides a panoramic view of the great river and Tezpur. Recently Agnigarh has been developed as a beautiful park by district administration. It has a series of sculptures depicting the mythology ,open air stage, giant mushrooms and huge water fall.



Padum Pukhuri
This is a beautiful lake with an island. The island has been developed into a beautiful park with a musical fountain. There is an iron bridge to take you to the island. On the lake one can boat.

Da Parbatia
Ruins of the door frame of Da Parbatia temple, a few kilometres away from Tezpur, is perhaps the finest and oldest specimen of sculptural art in Assam. Its carving is characteristic of the early Gupta school of sculpture.






Bamuni Hills
The Bamuni Hills, also known as Usha Pahar is located nearby to the town and also attracts the tourist to visit the city. The scenic beauty and the sculptures of the hills are the central attraction of the Bamuni Hills. The sculptures of the hills is said to have existed since the period of 9th and 10th century A.D.

Hazara Pukhuri
The Pukhuri is an Assamese word which has the meaning of a pond. It is a large tank that is named after Hazara Varman and thereby preserves his name to be called the Hazara Pukhuri in the city and holds the credit to be considered as the 3rd largest water tank that covers an area of around 70acres.




Trimurty Udyan
This is a park along Borpukhuri. This has been named after the three jewels of Assamese culture: Rupkowar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Natasurjya Phani Sarmah.

Bhomoraguri
The Bhomoraguri can also be treated as another important place of tourist attraction in Tezpur town where the longest bridge called ‘Kaliabhomora’ of North East India is located. The bridge extends to a length of about 3 kilometers approximately and is built over the Brahmaputra River. It is named after the popular leader named Kalia Bhomora Phukan who was the General of the Ahom who planned the constructions of such a bridge over the mighty river.

Bhairabi Devalaya
Bhairabi temple is situated on a small hillock on the bank of river Brahmaputra. It is in the eastern side of Tezpur. Tradition has it that "Usha" the daughter of King Banasur, used to offer puja to the Goddess Bhairabi regularly. Bhairabi is another form of Durga.. The temple we see here now, is newly built. There is no sign of the old temple. It is believed to be destroyed by various natural calamities. Ruins of old temple are lying scattered around the temple.

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Madhuri Lake

The Himalayan landscape with its own beauty are bound to captivate nearly any visitor from around the world. Round the year irrespective of the months, it has something to unfold during visitors arrival. Locally known as the Sangetsar Lake, this high altitude lake is a fusion of spirituality, the mighty Himalayas surrounding it and the tree trunks jutting out of the lake water add to its majesty. This Lake is also known as Madhuri Lake after the famous Bollywood movie Koyla (featuring Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit) that was shot here. This place should not be missed out on your travel plan if you are in love with the Himalayas.



Tawang Monastery
Tawang Monastery is one of the largest monasteries of Mahayana sect in Asia. It was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, situated in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh state of India. The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa school and has a religious association with Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, which continued during the period of British rule in India. The Monastery is at a close proximity to the Tibetan border, in the valley of the Tawang-chu which flows down from Tibet. The monastery is also known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to 'celestial paradise in a clear night.' The library of the monastery has valuable 400-year-old scriptures, mainly Kanjur and Tanjur, numbering 850 bundles. The monastery is located at an elevation of about 3,300 metres (10,000 ft) in the district capital, Tawang Town. It inhouses about 700 monks and presently is home to more than 450 lamas. The most fascinating part is the Dukhang or Assembly Hall — a three-storied building housing the temple and the 8.3 m (27 ft) high Golden Buddha. To the left of the altar on the northern wall is a silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddess Dri Devi (Palden Lhamo), the principal deity of the monastery. There is also a Buddhist Cultural Studies center where young monks are taught arithmetic, English and Hindi as well as their traditional monastic education.

Sela Pass
The Sela Pass locally called Se La with an elevation of 13,700 ft (4170m), located in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India is considered as the world’s highest motorable high-altitude mountain pass. It is the main road connecting Tawang with the rest of India, while Guwahati is at a distance of 340 km from the Pass. Within the periphery of the Pass the vegetation is very rare and is usually snow covered to some extent all through the year. Adding to your enthusiasm, during winter the temperature in the pass goes down to minus 10 degrees. The snow capped pass offers a panoramic heavenly views for the visitors. This particular Eastern Himalayan range is full of lakes, in and around the pass there is a pretty beautiful lake called Sela lake or commonly known as Paradise lake for its exotic beauty. Lake water remains frozen during the winter and during the grazing season you might see the Yaks grazing around the lake or by the bank of the small rivers originating from the lake.

Jaswant Garh
Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat the true son of Indian soil, who won the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously for his supreme sacrifice at the battle of Nuranang. This Garh was built in the memory of the brave Indian soldier who was serving the 4th Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles. Year back on 17 November 1962 the battalion was subjected to repeated Chinese intrusion. The war reached its final phase, his company was asked to fall back, Jaswant Singh single handedly being assisted by two local Monpa girls named Sela and Nura held back the Chinese intruders for three days at an altitude of 10,000 feet. They install weapons at different spots and fired in volume that made the Chinese to assume that they were opposed by a body of troops. Finally the Chinese came to know about the situation and attacked with a big force, Sela died in a grenade blast, Nura was caught and Jaswant shot himself with the last cartridge. It is alleged that the Chinese beheaded Jaswant Singh’s and took it to China. After the ceasefire, the Chinese commander, in honor of the brave Indian soldier’s bravery, returned the head along with a brass bust of Jaswant Singh. The bust, created in China to honor the Son of India, now is installed at the battle ground.

Tawang War Memorial
Dedicated in the honor of the unsung heroes of the 1962 India-China War. The 40 foot high memorial is locally known as the ‘Namgyal Chortan’ wherein the names of 2420 dead soldiers is etched in golden letters on 32 black granite plaques. This distinguished war memorial, blessed by Dalai Lama is nestled among the panoramic snow-capped ranges of Eastern Himalaya. Reach in scenic beauty the memorial ensures that the visitors gets recreated among the pristine nature, while admiring the deeds of the brave Indian soldiers who made their supreme sacrifice for the cause of the country. During the evening the Army personal organize a sound and light show depicting the heroic deeds of the martyrs. While you are on a holiday to Tawang, this pride of Tawang is bound to touch your heart and soul.



Pangkang Teng Tso
‘Tso’ meaning Lake in Monpa. About 17 kms away from the town towards the northern corner, the lake looks like a blue carpet warp around the nature. The lake is surrounded by various colours of flowers in October and during the winter months, it is stark white.

Bumla Pass
The Pass is within a distance of 37kms from the town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, elevation being 16,500ft above sea level standing at the Indo-China border. It is often covered with heavy snow throughout the year. Among the most off-beat passes in the world, Bum La pass is the one and is also referred to as the pass through which Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet. Historically this is the route through which Chinese army marched towards India during 1962 Sino-Indian war. A special permit is required to visit Bum La Pass. The Permits can be requested at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Tawang District, and the same has to be stamped in the Indian army cantonment of Tawang.