Tinsukia is a district in Upper Assam which is a major commercial hub and trading center. Historically this part of the region was ruled by the powerful Chutia kingdom during the medieval period after which the Ahoms took over. Sadiya, a town situated at a distance of 66 kms from Tinsukia town has many ruins which indicate the existence of a powerful kingdom. The ruins of Bhismaknagar, Rukmininagar, Tamreshwari temple, Shiva temple, Pratima garh, Bura- Buri temple were all built during the Chutiya period.
Tinsukia is home to many tea gardens and factories which make it a popular tourist destination. Tea tourism has great potentially in this region and is gradually making a breakthrough. However, the Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary and Dibru-Saikhowa National Park are the main attractions here and therefore a perfect destination for nature and wildlife lovers. While the former is an Elephant Reserve, Dibru-Saikhowa is an island park which is home to some very rare species of animals.
Tinsukia shares its borders with Arunachal Pradesh and has easy access to some tourist places there like Namsai Golden Pagoda, Miao, Parashuram Kund, etc. This is another reason why tourists love to visit Tinsukia. Some local tourist attractions of Tinsukia are:
- Dibru-Saikhowa National Park: Dibru-Saikhowa National Park located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam, and situated on the south bank of river Brahmaputra was declared a National Park in 1999. Boat rides and nature trails are the most important activities here. River dolphins and Feral horses are the highlight of this Park.
- Tilinga Mandir: Tilinga Mandir is a Hindu temple situated at Bordubi, about 7 kms from Tinsukia town. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple doesn’t have any idol or deity, but a sacred banyan tree. It is widely believed that if you make a wish under this tree then it is bound to be granted. Later as thanksgiving a bell is hanged on the bars. To this day thousands of bells can be found hanging in these bars.
- Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary: Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest stretch of lowland rainforest located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam. This is totally a virgin rainforest rich in flora and fauna. The Sanctuary was also declared as Dehing-Patkai Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant.
- Dhola-Sadiya Bridge: Also named as Dr.Bhupen Hazarika Setu, this bridge is the longest in India. Constructed over the Lohit river, a tributary of river Brahmaputra, the bride connects Sadiya town with Dhola village, both under Tinsukia district. The bridge significantly reduces the travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
- Na-Pukhuri: Na-Pukhuri is a group of nine ponds centrally located in Tinsukia town. This was a historic monument built by Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha.
Read: Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
Situated at a distance of around 49.2 kms from Tinsukia town, Margherita is the coal queen of Assam and a major industrial area. Surrounded by the Burhi-Dehing River and the Patkai mountain range, Margherita is a small picturesque town with some luscious green tea gardens to explore. Coal India Limited has the biggest industrial plant here, and many collieries function here including the open cast mining of Tikok. Plywood and Tea are the other major industries functioning in this area. The historic Stilwell Road is also located here near Ledo.
Munglang Buddhist Monastery located at Ledo is a very famous temple visited by devotees around the year to seek blessings from the monk. A kind of sacred stone for rings is available at this temple which is considered auspicious for which people come from far and wide. The local Singpho Village is that very place where the “medicinal herb” tea was discovered by Bessa Gam, the chief of the ethnic tribe. Singhpho Eco Lodge and Singhpho Villa are two popular places which serves authentic ethnic Singpho food which one should definitely not miss.
Read: India’s Longest Bridge: Dhola-Sadiya Bridge
Digboi, 39 kms from Tinsukia, is known as the oil city of Assam because of its crude oil production. Digboi is Asia’s first oil town with the first Refinery commissioned in 1901. Digboi Oil Refinery is a popular tourist attraction along with the War Cemetery and Digboi Centenary Museum. The War Cemetery was a burial ground for Burmese soldiers during the Second World War which was much later built as a memorial ground. The Centenary Museum or Park opened in 2002 as a part of the centenary celebration of Digboi Oil Refinery, displays preserved machinery.
How to reach:
The nearest airport to Tinsukia is Dibrugarh Mohanbari Airport which is located at a distance of around 49 kms. Cabs are available from the airport to Tinsukia.
Tinsukia Railway Station is a major station centrally located and well connected by trains from all over the country.
Where to stay:
- Padmini Resort: Nestled amidst the lush green tea gardens, Padmini Resort is eco-friendly and provides modern luxury comfort. It is spread across a 10 acre plot with landscaped garden, private villa, swimming pool with a bar and a restaurant.
- Wathai Heritage Bungalow: This is a boutique plantation bungalow at Limbuguri Tea Estate in Tinsukia and around Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. Only 3 rooms are available at this heritage bungalow.
- Hotel Royal Highness: Located at GNB Road, Tinsukia this is a luxurious 3 star hotel approved by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.
- Aroma Residency: This is a boutique hotel located at Rongagora Road, Tinsukia.
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