Best Tourist Places in Bongaigaon, Assam
Bongaigaon is a beautiful place, quite a likable and favored by travelers from North India especially New Delhi. The best season or months to visit places in Bongaigaon are October and November. There are many tourist places in Bongaigaon, which can of interest to travelers across India and abroad as well. Have a look at all the 10 places that might interest the traveler in you too.
Bagheswari Temple is one of the most eminent and oldest temples of the location. It is situated on the top of the Bageswari Hill in the Bongaigaon town.
The Bagheswari Hill
The hill is a part of a project of converting the site into an eco-tourism and recreational site. As a result of this project, a small artificial lake is to be created with a permanent stream. The Bagheswari hill also contains a natural watchtower that offers an aerial view of Bongaigaon and the nearby places.
Famous for the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, located inside a stone cave, Bagheswari Hill is placed to visit in Assam. The place is also known for its two other famous temples namely Baba Tarak Nath Temple and Bagheswari Temple. Each year during the course of Mahashivratri festivities a large number of devotees come to these temples to mark their devotions.
Kakaijana Proposed Wildlife Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is located on the bank of Aie River. Situated around 15 km away from the Bongaigaon town the site covers an area of about 20 sq. km. It was also acknowledged as a Reserved Forest in 1966. As planned, with effect from 1st April 1999, this forest was converted into a wildlife sanctuary.
This sanctuary is a home to various species of animals like hornbill, leopard, python, stork, golden langur, monitor lizards and pangolin, jungle fowl, barking deer, porcupine, mongoose and binturong and many more. Bird species like red-vented bulbul, pied harrier, and many others can be found in the reserved forest.
Lalmati-Duramari Ganesh Temple
Believed as one of the oldest temples of Assam, Lalmati-Duramari Ganesh Temple is situated near the town of Abhayapuri. The temple houses idols of Lord Ganesha and other gods like Lord Jagannath and Lord Mahadev.
The temple was destructed back in time and a possible reason considered is an earthquake. Historical and Antiquarian Department of Assam found the remains of this temple, following which an excavation work was undertaken. After a study, archaeologists reached to the result that the carvings, images, and idols of the temple belonged to 8th the 10th centuries AD.
Rock Cut Caves
Displaying the architecture of the Salasthambha period, the Rock Cut Caves are located on the banks of River Brahmaputra located at Jogighopa. The caves have roofs that are round in shape; these caves also possess a height of around 1.90 m with a breadth of 2.60 m and are about 1.8 m deep.
Though the caves do not have any kind of sculptural design, these possess a platform of mud and brick. The remnants of these caves substantiated the belief that Assam was not outside the movement of the particular type of art, which was developing in Western India at that time.
Situated in the Bongaigaon Region of Assam, the Tamranga Lake is a natural lake. This lake is also known as Tamranga Beel and lies nearby Bishnupur in the northern region of Salmara. Formed by the combination of two lakes, the source of its water is the flood water of River Brahmaputra. Renowned as the Ornithologists Paradise, bird lovers from all over the world can head towards this place. It caters to several migratory birds.
Kachugaon Game Reserve
This reserve is located at Kachugaon in the district of Bongaigaon. Kachugaon Game Reserve covers an area of around 214 sq. km and is handled by the Forest Department of Assam. The site houses some of the seldom found species like spotted deer, gaur, elephant and golden langur.
A small town known as Abhayapuri is situated in the Bongaigaon District on the National Highway 31. It is located at a distance of about 200 km west of Guwahati. It served as the capital of the ancient Bijni Kingdom, which was ruled by King Bijit Narayan alias Chandra Narayan.
Talking of the major tourist attraction of this town- Lungai Pahar Shiva Temple, which is situated at a distance of about 10 km from Abhayapuri is a prominent place, to reach this temple travelers have to climb around 227 stairs.
Jogighopa and Pancharatna
Jogighopa and Pancharatna are both counted among the major historic sites of Assam. Pancharatna is located on the southern bank of River Brahmaputra and is around 160 km from Guwahati. About 212 km from Guwahati on the northern banks of River Brahmaputra is situated Jogighopa.
Bijni, a town and a town area committee in Chirang District, was under the Koch Dynasty from 1671 till 1864 when it was attacked by Jhawlia Mech is also a site that tourists from all over the world prefer to watch.