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‘The Wheels of a bygone Era…’ ~ the Treasured Wheels Museum, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Perhaps the greatest example of a man’s power of dreaming, believing in his dream and working continuously to realize that dream is illustrated when you step foot into the ‘Treasured Wheels Museum’ near Guwahati in Assam. Mr. Piklu Deka or Piklu Da as everyone calls him is the man behind this dream. What started as a dream to own a vintage car thirty (30) years ago has finally transformed in the shape of a museum with a collection of over 50 vintage cars, 50 motorbikes and much more.

A short half an hour drive from Guwahati will reach you to the Treasured Wheels Museum. You are greeted at the Museum Entrance by a collection of helmets used by Soldiers during World War II announcing your expeditions across a huge campus filled with the memoirs of the War. From vintage Russian Army Trucks, American Motorbikes to Chinese Paratrooper Cycles you are sure to find them here. The amazing part is that all these Motorcars are in a perfect running condition.

The various collection of Antique Motorcars present in the museum are as below:

  • Renault 749 CC 1948 model (back engine) ,
  • Sunbeam 800 CC (convertible) of 1933,
  • Morries 800 CC (convertible) of 1948,
  • Perfect Ford (hard top) of 1948,
  • Volks Wagon (back engine) of 1949,
  • Ford Jeep of 1942,
  • Ford Care of 1939
  • Buick of 1945.

Motorbikes collection include-

  • Ariel 500 CC (Red Hunter) of 1944,
  • British-made Albion (belt model) of 1901,
  • Royal Enfield 350 CC (chain drive) of 1940,
  • Norton 650 CC (chain drive model) of 1932,
  • BSA 500 CC (Golden flash) of 1938,
  • BSA 500 CC (Gold Star) of 1940,
  • BSA 40 CC (Paratroopers) of 1938,
  • Royal Enfield 150 CC of 1948,
  • Paradrop Scooter (Paratrooper model) made in USA in 1933,
  • Sunbeam 500 CC (Swift Drive) 1942,
  • Triumph 350 CC (chain drive) of 1934 and several others.

Mr. Deka’s love or the environment can also be seen at the Museum that is covered with lush Green surroundings. Mr. Deka he has planted around 22,000 saplings of litchis, guavas, bay leaves and neem across the campus of the museum which now makes it an ideal retreat for a weekend getaway from the City. Adventure junkies can enjoy trekking and boating facilities. Stay is arranged at Tree houses in the campus and sumptuous Assamese Traditional Cuisine can be savored on prior request.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to  witness the ‘The Wheels of a bygone Era…’ ~ the Treasured Wheels Museum, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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Make your meals exciting and HOT! with flavors from the Second Hottest Pepper in the World ~ ‘Bhut Jolokia’ Pickle and others..

Imagine a chili so hot that you would need hand gloves to handle it! Well, this chili is the second hottest pepper in the world and is termed as the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ (Bhut meaning Ghost & Jolokia meaning Chili). Other names of this pepper are ‘Bih Jolokia’ (the poison chilli) and ‘Naga Jolokia’ (named after the ferocious Naga warrior tribe).

India’s North East has been home to the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ from times immemorial. But stories of this pepper have spread across the west and westerners too are aware of the hotness of the ‘Bhut Jolokia’. The pepper was inducted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the spiciest chili in the world in 2006 and it was only ’til 2013 that the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ lost this coveted title. 

Although there are many commercial uses of the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ but in North East this chilly is mostly used for pickle preparation, flavoring curries and for home remedies for ailments like gastritis, arthritis and chronic indigestion problems. Restaurants across North East take pride in offering this chilly on their menu cards. The famous fast food joint Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has included ‘Bhut Jolokia‘ as an ingredient for the new and unique Flaming Crunch Chicken, a signature crisp and juicy chicken dish of the company.

Jungleideas would like everyone across the World reap the benefits of this Chili and hence we introduce to you an option of having it right across your table to add a savory delight to your afternoon and evening meals. We have collaborated with households across the State of Assam and introduce to you the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ Pickle ~ the Spice of North East India!

Each of our pickle flavors have been carefully picked and processed with other natural ingredients of the State to make your meals tastier and Healthier! Ingredients in our pickle like Bamboo shoot are known to contain vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. Minerals found in bamboo shoots include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and iron. Other natural pickles available with us are Brinjal, Garlic, Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Green Chili and Mustard, Tamarind and many more.

Our Pickles being Home made do not use any artificial preservatives and hence can be consumed across all age groups (Bhut Jolokia might not be recommended because of its hotness level). Available across 80 gm pouches at a pretty reasonable price we would request you to try these flavors immediately and start reaping the benefits of Mother Nature from India’s  Paradise Unexplored ~ the Incredible North East of India!

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National Park of Nameri, National Parks in Assam, Ecotourism Assam, Homestays in Assam, Tiger Reserves Assam

Birdwatching, Tiger Sighting, River Rafting & Wildlife Trekking ~ the Nameri National Park, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Jungleideas welcomes you to the Nameri National Park, Assam. The Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, straddles the border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Located at a distance of 181 kilometers from Guwahati, it is just the place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers with its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. The Nameri National Park is one of the National Parks in Assam that provide tourists the option of trekking into the Wilds (accompanied by forest guards) to spot the majestic tiger species at the Nameri Tiger Reserve view point. It is also less frequented by tourists thereby avoiding the hustle bustle at other National Parks of importance in the State.

The Nameri National Park was declared a reserve forest on 17 October 1978. Priorly it was set up as a Nameri Sanctuary on 18 September 1985 as a part of Naduar Forest Reserve. Until then, the Nameri National Park was heaving used for logging. It was officially established as a National Park in 15 November 1998. The Jia Bhoroli river of Assam was famous since, the time of British for the Golden Mahseer Angling.

The Nameri National Park boasts of a wide variety of Flora, Fauna and Avifauna. The wildlife of the Nameri National Park include the likes of  tiger, leopard, sambar, dhole (the Asiatic wild dog), pygmy hog, muntjac, wild boar, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear,capped langur, Indian giant squirrel, etc.

Nameri National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 300 species of birds. The white winged wood duck, great pied hornbill, wreathed hornbill, rufous necked hornbill, black stork, ibis bill, blue-bearded bee-eaters, babblers, plovers and many other birds make Nameri National Park its home.

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During your stay at the Nameri National Park enjoy:

  • Angling At Nameri: Fishing is the famous activity which is held by forest department.Golden Masheer Fish is the famous in these region, it is also known as “Tiger of the Himalayan rivers”
  • Nameri River Rafting: The river rafting is held at the park on river ~ Jia Bhoroli. The rafting is up to 13 km around 3 hours

  • Nameri Wildlife Trekking: Wild life trekking is amazing experience at the Nameri National Park

  • Be a part of the Wildlife Wilderness at the Nameri National Park powered by Jungleideas

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to travel with us on an exotic wildlife journey and experience Birdwatching, Tiger Sighting, River Rafting & Wildlife Trekking ~ the Nameri National Park, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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Welcome to the Nameri National Park in Assam

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Sonitpur Elephant Reserve at the Nameri National Park in Assam

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Tourist Huts at the Nameri National Park in Assam

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At Nameri National Park in Assam

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Dining Halls at the Nameri Eco Camp at Nameri National Park

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Bon fire sites at a newly launched ecotourism camp at the Nameri National Park 

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The Might of the Ahom Dynasty Engraved on Rocks ~ the ‘Kanai Barasi’ Rock Incriptions, North Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The Mighty Ahoms of Assam were well renowned for their bravery. The Ahoms were the only Ruling dynasty that didn’t fall to the Might of the Mughal Empire. They were dedicated to their Motherland to an extent that one of their General ‘Lachit Borphukan’ didn’t hesitate to behead his own Maternal Uncle due to his negligence towards his duties in protecting his Motherland. His statement on his action was ‘Dekhot ke Mumai dangor nohoi’ meaning ‘My Uncle is not greater than my Motherland’! This statement is still sworn in by the members of the Assamese community when it comes to protecting their Motherland from any foreign invaders.

The ‘Kanai Barasi’ Rock Incription site is located on the northern bank of the river Brahmaputra lying by the side of a motor able road at a distance of about twenty five kilometers from the campus of Guwahati University. The site lies on a low hillock on the bank of the river Brahmaputra with scattered pieces of boulders and a large block of rock surrounded by other smaller blocks.

This area appears to be of significant strategic importance as is revealed by three important rock inscriptions – all relating to military victories of regional powers over foreign invaders that attacked Assam from the west. While Rock Inscription No.1 belongs to 1206 CE, Rock Inscriptions Nos. 2 and 3 were issued in 1665 CE.

Rock Inscription 1 ~ This inscription records the destruction of the Turks who invaded Kamrupa in 1206 A.D.

Muhammad-Ibn-Bakhtiyar Khilji an intrepid and bold Turko-Afghan leader after conquering Bihar and Bengal invaded Assam with an Army of 12,000 horsemen in 1206. In Bihar he had destroyed the World famous Nalanda University and burnt its Library.

King Prithu of Kamrupa decided to lay an ambush near this site. The central arch of the the stone bridge on Barnadi was destroyed. All boats were removed. Prithu struck when the Turko-Afghan army was trying to cross the river. The invading army was decimated. Most of its soldiers and horses were drowned in the River. Bakhtiyar Khilji with a handful of horsemen escaped but was killed soon after. This account is given in Tabakat-i-Nasiri by a contemporary chronicler Minhajjudin Abu-Umar-i-Usman.

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Kanai Barasi Rock Inscription 1

 

Rock Inscription 2 ~ This inscription records that the Ministers Burah Gohain, Borphukan, Brahat Gohain Phukan and Dihingiya Sandikai Phukan of Swarganarayan Deo (Chakra Dhvaj Singha) caused the erection of a Rampart here in 1665 A.D. after having defeated and slain Syed Sana and Syed Firoz.

Rock Inscription 3 ~ This inscription records that the Ministers Burah Gohain, Borphukan, Brahat Gohain Phukan and Dihingiya Sandikai Phukan of Swarganarayan Deo (Chakra Dhvaj Singha) caused the erection of a Rampart here in 1667 A.D. 

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Kanai Barasi Rock Inscription 2 & 3

The total number of rock blocks with petroglyphic engravings recorded at the site are six. The largest of the block has a girth of 37.8 feet and the smallest one measures 4.5 feet in length and 1.3 meters in breadth. The petroglyphic engravings consist of labyrinth, chessboard, circle, animal like figure, man, man riding animal, circle in a square, linear markings, circle, demon, lady, indeterminate objects etc. Fine grained granite are found to be protruded out of the alluvial soil cover in the area. These fine grained granite had been used for engraving rock arts and inscriptions. In the vicinity on the bed of the river Brahmaputra, many similar granite bodies are found to be exposed. Ancient ruins of a temple of Pre-Ahom period are found on scattered around on the river bed.

The site is protected by the Assam state department of Archaeology and basically known for the four plates of medieval stone inscriptions.The inscriptions, drawings and other rock arts indicate a multi layered and discontinuous history.

A temple has been constructed very recently over a rock cut engraving of Ganesha and worshiped mainly by the local Assamese caste groups inhabiting the area nearby. Another rock cut engraving of female has been considered by the 6 local population as a female goddess and beginning to be worshiped. Further down the site on the bank of the river Brahmaputra few blocks of stone are scattered over an area which show some ancient activity of a riverine population.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the The Might of the Ahom Dynasty Engraved on Rocks ~ the ‘Kanai Barasi’ Rock Incriptions, North Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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The Kanai Barasi Stone Inscription no 3

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The Ganesha Idol carved on Stone at the Kanai Barasi Site

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The Kanai Barasi Stone Inscription details by Archeaological Survey of India

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Details of The Kanai Barasi Stone Inscription no 2 and 3

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The Kanai Barasi Stone Inscription no 1

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The Kanai Barasi Stone Inscription no 1

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The Kanai Barasi Stone Inscription no 2

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The Neo-Vaishnavite Institutional Centers and the Prayer Halls of the Assamese Community – the ‘Satras’ and ‘Namghars’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The preaching initiated by the Great reformer of Assam, Srimanta Sankardeva, are practiced widely across the State in two unique institutions – the Satras and the Namghars, both of which are deeply associated with the social, cultural as well as religious life of the Assamese society. The Satra institution is one of the most distinguishing feature of Assamese Neo-Vaisnavism Cult. The Satra, literally meaning ‘holy areas’, is a network of decentralized monasteries each headed by a Guru (teacher) designated as the Satradhikar.  The Namghars which are found across the State of Assam are an ‘extended wing’ or a ‘miniature replica’ of the Satra institution.

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The Barpeta Satra at Barpeta near Guwahati in Assam

The Satras and the Namghars both, are basically a place of religious worship. It is at these places of worship in Assam where people gather to sing praised of the Lord and seek spiritual solace. The most important area inside the premises of these institutions is the Kirtanghar. The Kirtanghar is the nerve center of the entire place generally located in the center of the premises of the Satra that is surrounded with houses for the devotees within the compound its four sides. It is a long and open hall, where the devotees sit together to sing the glory of God. There is no idol in the altar, but only a book, generally the ‘Bhagavata Gita’, symbolizing God. In addition to prayers and cultural functions, religious discourses are also held in the Kirtanghar.

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Inside the Namghar of the Barpeta Satra where the Kirtanghar is located

The first stage of evolution of the Satras in Assam began with Srimanta Sankardeva. However, it was during the time of the equally able disciples of Sankardeva i.e. Madhavdeva and Damordeva that the Satra institution attained the glorious phase of its growth. The architectural structure of the Satra also received the final shape during this period. It thus came to possess the prayer hall (Namghar) and the Manikut with the wooden throne (Singhasana) attached to the former and containing a sacred scripture. By the middle of the 17th century, the Satra institution, firmly established itself and the royal authority had to accord recognition to Srimanta Sankardeva’s faith. Subsequently, the Ahom kings and nobles accepted Neo-Vaisnavism. The Satras played a great role in the social life of the people. One component of the Satra institution, the Kirtanghar, became an integral part of every Assamese village in Assam over time. It became popular by another name too, the Namghar. Over time it came to be an integral part of every Hindu village of Assam. As a result every Assamese village came under the religious influence of one Satra or the other and its influence even penetrated gradually into the neighbouring tribal areas. The Satras gave Assam a rich religious literature, besides reviving and popularizing the art of classical music and dance.

The establishment of the village Namghar came about with the idea of popularizing the Neo-Vaisnavite faith to the masses. The Namghar came to serve as a forum of not only religious but also socio-cultural activities of the community. The village Namghar has for the last four hundred years has been serving as the village public hall: it is at once a village prayer hall, a cultural center and a ‘village court’, thereby providing a common forum for the villagers to assemble in an atmosphere of goodwill and cooperation. The Namghar becomes the venue for congregational chanting of prayers, singing of Borgeets or classical devotional songs composed by Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciple Madhavdeva and enactment of Bhoanas – a cultural art event on various occasions. No discrimination is made in terms of class or caste in distributing roles in the Bhaonas held at the Namghar.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Grandeur of the Neo-Vaishnavite Institutional Centers and the Prayer Halls of the Assamese Community – the ‘Satras’ and ‘Namghars’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Satras at Ahom Dynasty, Satras of Assam, Namghar in Assam, Barpeta Satra, Auniata Satra Majuli, Satra Guwahati
Home to Oldest Burning Oil Lamp in the World – the Dhekiakhuwa Bornamghar at Jorhat

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Satras at Ahom Dynasty, Satras of Assam, Namghar in Assam, Barpeta Satra, Auniata Satra Majuli, Satra Guwahati
The Entrance to the Auniati Satra at Guwahati in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Satras at Ahom Dynasty, Satras of Assam, Namghar in Assam, Barpeta Satra, Auniata Satra Majuli, Satra Guwahati
Inside the Auniati Satra Namghar at Guwahati in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Satras at Ahom Dynasty, Satras of Assam, Namghar in Assam, Barpeta Satra, Auniata Satra Majuli, Satra Guwahati
The Namghar of the Auniati Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Satras at Ahom Dynasty, Satras of Assam, Namghar in Assam, Barpeta Satra, Auniata Satra Majuli, Satra Guwahati
The Margherita Namghar at Margherita

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Assam, Satras of Ahom Dynasty, Neo Vaishnavism of Assam, Majuli Island Satras
The ‘Monikut’ within the premises of the Bordowa Satra in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Assam, Satras of Ahom Dynasty, Neo Vaishnavism of Assam, Majuli Island Satras
The ‘Namghar’ or the place of Worship at the premises of the Bordowa Satra in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Assam, Satras of Ahom Dynasty, Neo Vaishnavism of Assam, Majuli Island Satras
Age Speaks ~ a 90 year old Neo Vaisnavite Monk standing with the 600 year old tree at the Bordowa Satra in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Auniati Satra at Majuli River Island

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Uttar Kamalabari Satra at Majuli Island

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Garmur Satra at Majuli Island

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Prayer Hall at the Garmur Satra in majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Uttar Kamalabari Satra at Majuli River Island

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Museum at the Garmur Satra in Majuli River Island

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

The Capital of the Muttack Kingdom and the present Commercial Capital of Assam – Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Many of our readers might have heard about the State of Assam in India and some might have even visited to sight the pride of Assam at Kaziranga – the ‘One Horned Rhinoceros of Assam’. It is no doubt that people would carry back one memoir from Assam that this is indeed a beautiful State! It is our quest to bring forth to the World that Assam’s beauty is not only limited to Kaziranga and the spectacular drive from Guwahati to it. Our State has many a story to narrate to showcase its rich culture and history. From the legends of the Kamakhya Temple to the Architectural Marvels of the Ahom Dynasty at Sivasagar. From the finest Tea Estates in the World to the its history in playing a pivotal role in the victory of the Allied Forces in World War II at the Stilwell Road. From the Grandeur of its five (5) exotic National Parks to the Rich Cultural Heritage of the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island at Majuli. From the Silk Town (Manchester of the East) of the World at Suwalkuchi to the World’s smallest river Island at Umananda. From Asia’s Oldest Refinery and Plywood Factory at Digboi to India’s largest Road Bridge and Road cum Railway Bridge at Sadiya and Dibrugarh. From the always welcoming Tribes of Assam to the perfect Ecotourism Getaways and Tribal Cottages, the journey across this State will indeed leave any visitor mesmerized and not to forget, we at Jungleideas will ensure to adopt all possible measures for your visit here to be the most memorable experience of your lifetime!

During your journey across Assam one must halt is at the Commercial Capital of Assam – the busy town of Tinsukia. Although a quick glance would seem it to be just like a normal modern day city; this place has been an important landmark in the history of Assam. Tinsukia was the capital of the one of the mighty empires of Assam after the Ahoms – the Muttack Kingdom founded by Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha. During his rule Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha instructed his Minister Gopinath Barbaruah to dig a triangular pond which later came to be known as Tinikunia (meaning Triangular) Pukhuri (meaning Pond). In the year 1884, a Railway station was constructed near this pond, when the historic Dibru-Sadiya Rail line was laid by the Assam Railways and Trading Company (AR&T) Limited during the British Raj. This Station was named as Tinsukia and since then this has been known as Tinsukia. The railway junction at the Tinsukia Station is the largest in North East India. Tinsukia proves to be an important connecting point on your journey to Digboi (Oil town of Assam), Sadya (India’s Longest Bridge), Margherita (the Coal Queen of Assam), Stilwell Road and the State of Arunachal Pradesh (the Namdapha National Park and the Pansau Pass).

Places of interest in and around Tinsukia and its onward journeys are:

  • Railway Heritage Park and Museum – Highlights the history of the Dibru Sadiya Railway and displays the Steam Engines that built the World’s Second Largest Rail Network operated under a single management – the Indian Railways
  • The Dhola Sadiya Bridge – At a length of 9.15 kilometers the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge at Sadiya Ghat is the Longest Bridge in India!
  • The National Park of Dibru-Saikhowa – known for its population of White winged wood duck in its natural habitat and also for its bright colored wild horses known as Feral Horses. The only National Park of Assam that offers a River Cruise to view its Grandeur.
  • Borajan Wildlife Sanctuary – Some rare and endangered animals of this sanctuary are Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Slow Loris, Water Buffaloes, Gangetic river dolphin, etc.
  • Wathai Heritage Tea Bungalow – An imperial Bungalow of the British Era built around the majestic Tea Gardens of Assam
  • The Tilinga Mandir or the Bell Temple at Bordubi
  • The Nao Pukhuri dug during the rule of King Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha in 1791
  • Legendary Oil Town of Digboi – Home to Asia’s Oldest Refinery and the World’s Oldest Operational Oil Well. The World War II cemetery built and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Mission is also at Digboi. Digboi also one of the best golf courses in India and many colonial Bungalows of the British Era.
  • Coal Queen of Assam ‘Margherita’ – Margherita has some of the oldest coal mines in the World. India’s only Coal Museum and Asia’s oldest Plywood Factory is located here. Margherita is home to some of the Oldest and Legendary Tribes of North East India. The Singpho Eco Lodge here is one of the best destinations in North East India to experience Ecotourism with the Singpho Tribes. The Ketetong Village here is home to many other principal tribes of North East India. An important trade center of the British Era this place has many Heritage British Bungalows at the nearby Tea gardens and Coal India Limited. Some of the Oldest Operational Steam Locomotives in the World of the likes of David, 796, John etc. are stationed at the Tipong Colliery. Remains of one of the best American Military Hospitals i.e. the 20th General Hospital is located at Margherita
  • Namdapha National Park – Located at Deban in Arunachal Pradesh, the Namdapha National Park is the third (3rd) largest National Park in India and is home to the Big Four Cat Species of the likes of Snow leopards, Clouded leopards, Common leopards and Tigers
  • Digboi Golf Course – One of the finest in India
  • Ledo Club – the Office of the First Governor General of India Lord Mountbatten and the place where the Notorious Dictator of Uganda Idi Amin served as a butler during the Burma Campaign of World War II
  • The 20th General Hospital at Magherita – One of the Finest of the American Army
  • The Historic Stilwell Road built by the American Army during World War II
  • The Lake of No Return and the Pangsau Pass aka the Hell’s Pass

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to visit the Capital of the Muttack Kingdom and the present Commercial Capital of Assam – Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj

Railway Heritage Park Tinsukia, Coal Museum Margherita, Oil Museum Digboi, Dibru Sadiya Railway Assam, British raj Tour of Assam, Dibru Saikhowa National Park Tinsukia

The History of the Dibru-Sadiya Railway and its memories at the Heritage Railway Park and Museum, Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The British had come to Assam in the early 1800’s much before the State had gone under the British rule. They had come to seek for alternates to the Tea of China when their Tea trade with China had run into rough weather. It was here in Assam that they discovered the “Camellia Asamica” (better renowned today as the Assam CTC Tea) and in 1839 the Assam Company was incorporated that started producing and exporting the famous Assam Tea).

But as history tells us, no successful business is established without initial hurdles. The tea factories in upper Assam mostly in the region of ‘Chabua’ (‘Cha’ meaning Tea and ‘Bua’ meaning to Grow) were located at a far of distance from the nearest available River port at Dibrugarh. Transportation from the tea factories to the port became an impossible task due to non availability of proper transportation facilities as at that time most of this region was under thick forest cover. Though God was bountiful enough to provide all the required natural resources for the Tea industry to flourish in this part of the country like coal and oil; transportation of these resources to the tea garden became a much bigger challenge for the British! And as per the teachings of the Best Management Courses courses in the World today, the British too were aware of the fact that only manufacturing a product was not sufficient for it to gather the attention of the buyers – effective selling, marketing and customer reach was necessary to make the product an instant hit!

Learning from this management principle the British decided to set up an efficient Rail route across this part of the country to ensure not only a viable transportation mode to the Dibrugarh port but also to ensure the requisite mineral resources to run these tea factories efficiently reach on time. This Rail route came to be known as the ‘Dibru Sadiya’ railway.

It was in 1881, that the British Raj under the able guidance of Dr. John Berry White and Mr. Benjamin Piercy established the Assam Railways and Trading Company (AR&T Company). This company was constituted with three (3) objectives in mind:

  • To constitute an efficient Rail route across the Dibru Sadiya terminal
  • To develop the coal mining techniques across the Coal reserves in Makum – namely Tikak, Namdang, Tipong, Tirap, Baragolai and Ledo
  • Improving the shipping route and services in the region

Keeping in mind their objectives to reach the above mentioned mission statements the Assam Railways and Trading Company started the construction of the Dibru-Sadiya Railway and it was on the 15th of August, 1882 that the rail route was opened from the Dibrugarh Port to Dinjan. The construction continued and on 23rd December 1882, the rail route was opened ’til Chabua. The route for the passenger train from the Makum junction was opened to public on the 16th of July, 1883.

The memoirs of the Dibru-Sadiya Railway are well preserved at the Railway Heritage Park and Museum at Tinsukia where one can also view Steam Locomotives that built the success story of one the World’s largest Railway Organization – the Indian Railways!

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the History of the Dibru-Sadiya Railway and its memories at the Heritage Railway Park and Museum, Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj