Places of interest in Cachar, Assam
Offering a great variety the small Cachar in Assam is a tourist hub. Taking the immense natural beauty to architectural magnificence you will find the tourist places in Cachar to offer you a lot of places to visit in this beautiful place. The Barak River flows through the place; a majority of parts of the banks of the river are creased with small and beautiful villages covered in the foliage of palm trees, broad-leaved plantains, and feathery bamboos, and in all seasons of the year.
Let us have a look at the splendor of the place.
The ISKCON Temple is located in the heart of Silchar in a locality named Ambica Patty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It serves as a significant attraction for sightseers and the local residents of the town. The temple has idols of Gaudiya Vaishnava (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) along with the idols of Krishna and Radha.
Some of the major festivals celebrated here are Janmasthami and Durga Puja which gathers huge crowds every year. Thousands of people are served the Holy offerings from the temple.
Situated on the bank of Barak River, The Badarpur fort is a chief historic place of Barak valley. The Fort is about 16 km away from the main Badarpur Railway station.
Located at a distance of about 18 km from Silchar on the way to Hailakandi, Bharambaba Temple is situated at Silkuri grant. Known for its two stone images of Lord Brahma and Lord Lakhinarayan placed in the temple, a large number of people collect in the temple on Rash Purnima and Magha Purnima every year.
Dolu Lake is one of the most picturesque lakes in Silchar. One can get striking pictures of the lake; the Dolu Lake can be called a photographer’s delight. It is also a peaceful spot to spend a great time with your family and friends ones.
Situated about 20 km from Silchar (cachar), Bhairab Bari is in the west of Lakipur. The name Bhairab Bari comes from the shrine of Lord Shiva on a small mound about 50 meters high known as Bhairab Bari. The credit for the installation goes to the then King Lakshmi Chandra.
Named after Mahatma Gandhi, The Gandhibag Park is situated at the center of Silchar. It is a scenic, big park that is known for its vast greenery in the middle of the city. Exhibitions and fairs are regularly held at the Gandhibag Park. One of the most talked about fair held at the Gandhibag Park is the annual Gandhi Mela, held during the month of January, that celebrates handicrafts and handloom works and sees artisans from every walks of life.
If you want to understand the rich culture of Assam, you need to visit Khaspur. Located 20 km away from Silchar Khaspur was Kachari Kings’ capital. Built-in 1690 AD, Khaspur of today holds the ruins of ancient times to highlight the historical importance of the place. The Sun Gate and The Lion Gate are the most among the ruins.
Bhubaneswar temple is a well-known place visited by a large number of local people and tourists from all over the world, particularly during festivals. It is a very beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Bhubaneswar temple is located at a distance of about 50 km from Silchar and is on the top the Bhuvan hill.
Hajo is an ancient place, in the land of people following different faiths. It has holy shrines that stand for three religions namely Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. Located on Brahmaputra River banks, it is the most renowned temple in the land, the Hayagriva Madhava Mandir, which is on Monikut Hill. It is believed to belong to the 6th century. The place has all the faiths worshippers, the temple represents both Hinduism and Buddhism, and it is considered a holy site by followers of both faiths. It is believed that soil from Mecca was used in the construction of Hajo Powa Mecca; it is a holy site and a pilgrimage hub for followers of Islam, located on Garurachal Hill.
Jatinga is a scenic village situated south of Haflong. The valley in which Jatinga is located is famous for orange orchids. Apart from that, Jatinga is a place where a lot of migratory birds flock in every year and due to getting attracted to illuminated light sources they end up dying, hence this place is also known as ‘The valley of death for birds’. These bird species include tiger bittern, little egret, kingfishers and Indian pitta.
Kachari Fort is located at Khaspur, which was the capital of Kachari Empire. The fortress is an eminent historic monument of the bygone era. The remnants mirror the influence of non-Aryan culture during the 18th century. Then, Khaspur was conquered by Kachari rulers following the death of Koch king without any heir to the throne. After conquering Khaspur, Kachari rulers made it their capital and constructed Kachari Fort.
Lord Shiva Mandir
Located about 35 km from the town of Silchar is the famous Shiva Mandir. It is situated on the top of Bhuban Hills. Inside the main chamber of the temple are the idols of Lord Shiva and Goddesses Parvati. From Silchar, you can get buses operating to the base of the hill, from where the remaining distance can be covered on foot to reach the Shiva Mandir.
A picturesque destination and the former capital of Kachari is the Maibong. It is one of the prime attractions in Silchar which draws in a lot of tourists. It is primarily known as for its beauty and is also popular for Ramchandi temple. Stone carvings, sculptures, and ruins of ancient kingdom stand proof of the architectural fineness that the land has.
Shri Sidheswar Shiva Temple
An old shrine at Badarpurghat on the bank of Barak River, dedicated to the Supreme God of Hindu Religion “Lord Shiva” is the Shri Sidheswar Shiva Temple. This temple was built on an old rock. In this holy place, the image of Lord Shiva in the form of a lingam and some other divinity are placed and people from all the place come and pay their respect to this Hindu God. The main lingam of the temple was made of stone and was installed in the bygone era by a saint named Kapila. Every year on the occasion of Baruni, thousands of people gather there for the purpose of attending worship prayers. This gathering is known as “Baruni Mela”
The Maniharan Tunnel in Silchar lies around 5km away from the famous Bhubaneswar Temple. According to a popular belief, the tunnel was used by Lord Krishna a long time ago. It has become a great tourist spot as well as a pilgrimage center. The tunnel, which lies atop the holy river Tribeni, also has the famous Maniharan temple on its site which is dedicated to Lord Krishna.