Dibrugarh is a district in Assam which offers the most unique mixture of tourist attractions. Tea tourism, Wildlife tourism, River tourism are important sectors which have attracted tourists to this small but beautiful town. The tea gardens of Dibrugarh have been one major retreat for travel lovers. The Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow brews some of the best tales with the perfect blend of colonial soul with contemporary spirit.
Dibrugarh has also been a major educational hub for students pursuing technical and higher studies. The Assam Medical College, the Dibrugarh University, the Dibrugarh Polytechnic are the most important educational institutions in Dibrugarh.
Natural and wildlife habitats like the Jeypore Rainforest of Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Jokai Botanical Garden are also important tourist attractions in Dibrugarh. The Bogibeel bridge across river Brahmaputra is recently attracting a lot of domestic and international tourists since it is the gateway to Arunachal Pradesh.
But in the recent years there has been more buzz on the industry and resources Dibrugarh has to offer. The Oil India Limited (OIL) located in Duliajan is a very important industry boosting the economy of the State and improving living standards in the region. The Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) in Borboruah, Dibrugarh established in 2007 has converted Dibrugarh into a buzzing Industrial town. This has generated employment in the region and also created means for entrepreneurship and small business.
What to see:
Located at Chiring Gaon, Khanikar Road is Dibrugarh’s Jagannath Temple which is a replica of the original one in Orissa. This is a major tourist attraction in Dibrugarh and is just beside the newly opened highway which means it’s easily accessible. Rath Yatra is an annual festival organized here with proper rituals and customs. The architecture of the temple and its color are really unique.
Radha Krishna Temple
Radha Krishna Temple located at Jalan Nagar has always been the major tourist attraction in the town. The white marbled temple, its peaceful location amidst the tea garden is one place where people come to meditate quietly. The temple dedicated to Sri Krishna and his beloved Radha celebrates Jhulan Puja every year on a grand scale.
Bogibeel Bridge across the river Brahmaputra connects Dibrugarh with Dhemaji district of Assam. Connectivity between the two districts earlier was very poor and people suffered a great deal. But the bridge has not only improved communication for everyday commuters but also paved the way for smooth commerce and trade. Entrepreneurial steps to promote River tourism have been already initiated in the region with hope for a better future.
Assam Medical College
Assam Medical College established in 1947 has been a boon to the people of Dibrugarh and its neighbouring places. In terms of providing quality education and quality medical services, AMC has great credibility. The college provides undergraduate and post-graduate courses in medicine, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, orthopaedics, cardiology, general surgery, anatomy, pathology, biochemistry, ophthalmology, pediatrics, microbiology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, dentistry, neurology, pharmacology, anesthesiology, forensics, dermatology, plastic surgery, radiology, physiology, psychology and otorhinolaryngology.
Dibrugarh University is another important educational institution in Dibrugarh establishedin 1965. Aspiring students from all over the state dreams of studying in this elite institution. The campus is spread across an area of 500 acres complete with the different departments, the administrative building, the library, indoor stadium, boys and girls hostel, dispensary, canteens, professors’ quarters, etc. The University has been accredited with an ‘A’ grade in their last assessment in 2017.
Jokai Botanical Garden
Jokai Botanical Garden cum Germplasm Center situated in the Jokai Reserve Forest is another important tourist place here. This is a storehouse of some of the valuable and endangered species of flora of this region. The various zones of this center include Orchid House, Medicinal and aromatic plants plot, Rainforest specimen plot etc.
Jeypore Rainforest spread across an area of 108 sq. kms is home to 102 species of orchids with many other varieties of animals and plants. This is a very important destination for those who love wildlife. The forest also has the distinction of having seven wild cat species.
Namphake Village is located at Naharkatia, a few kilometers from the main town of Dibrugarh. This is a village which belongs to the Tai- Phake ethnic community. The Tai- Phake have their own separate script and preserved manuscripts. They are mainly followers of Theravada Buddhism and have a very rich history and culture.
How to reach:
Located at Mohanbari is Dibrugarh’s own airport, Mohanbari Airport with major flights service. The main town is at a distance of 15 kms from the airport and cabs are available for hire at the premises.
Dibrugarh Railway Station located at Banipur has direct train connectivity with all the major cities of the country.
Where to stay:
Hotel Tea County
Hotel Tea County is a boutique hotel located opposite Chowkidinghee field in Dibrugarh. The bus station is hardly a 5 mins walk from the hotel, and the market a 5 mins drive away. The property amidst tea gardens offers all modern amenities and is a comfortable stay to choose from.
Hotel Nataraj is centrally located at H.S.Road which is close to the central market. The hotel provides all modern amenities and is in close proximity to some if the major Landmarks of the town.
Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow
Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow is a boutique heritage hotel with a history of over 150 years. The tea estate bungalow is perfect for those who want to have a taste of colonial style ambience.
Hotel Little Palace
Hotel Little Palace is located at A.T.Road, Marwaripatty which is just minutes away from the central market. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation and has their in-house restaurant and bar.
How to travel:
Dibrugarh doesn’t have the cab service companies but private cabs are available for booking with private agencies. You can contact the hotel front office for cab bookings.
City bus service has been resumed in the town after a long gap. These cover the major route Banipur-Jokai and Dibrugarh University-Assam Medical College.
Trekker services are available in the town and these ply in huge numbers along the major routes.