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History

Sibsagar was known as the former capital of the Ahoms, who ruled Assam for more than 600 years till the advent of British. One of the oldest towns in Assam, Sibsagar - "The Ocean of Shiva"- lies 60-km east of Jorhat and 369-km from Guwahati and is an important centre for the tea and oil trades. It`s cluster of monuments from six centuries of Ahom rule are still of significance to modern Assamese culture.

A huge artificial tank, constructed by Queen Madambika in 1734, lies at the heart of the complex. Rising from its southern shore, the massive plain 32-metre-high Shivadol is the tallest Shiva temple in India, flanked by smaller temples dedicated to Durga and Vishnu. Pilgrims come from all over the state visit this temple during the Shivaratri festival. On the western shore of the lake next to a park, the Tai Ahom Museum contains a few ill-labeled artefacts.

Modern Sibsagar is a fast developing town and is the headquarters of the district of the same of name. The Eastern Regional Headquarters of the Oil and natural Gas commission is located at Nazira only a few kilometres away from the town.

Rang Ghar

Rang Ghar - BindaasTravel.com

Nearly 4 km from Sibsagar west of the centre of the town is the Rang Ghar pavilion from which the royal family watched traditional games such as buffalo fighting.

Kareng Dhar and Talatal Ghar

Kareng Dhar and Talatal Ghar - BindaasTravel.com

A seven-storied palace having three storeys underground is known as Talatal Ghar and the upper storey is known as Kareng Ghar were built by King Rudra Singha (1696-1714) and are situated 6-km away from Sibsagar town. There were two underground tunnels from the Talatal Ghar connecting Dikhow River and Gargaon place, which were later blocked by the East India Company.

Gargaon Palace

Gargaon Palace - BindaasTravel.com

Gargaon, the principal town of Ahoms built by the XV King Suklenmung in 1540, lies 13-km east of Sibsagar. The old palace was destroyed and King Rajeswar Singha rebuilt the present seven-storied palace around 1762.

Jaysagar Tank and Temples

Jaysagar Tank and Temples  - BindaasTravel.com

The tank was built by King Rudra Singha in memory of his mother, Joymoti, a patriotic martyr in 1697 at Rangpur (5-km). It covers an area of 318 acres and on its bank 3 temples were built in 1698 by the same monarch. These are the Joydol (Vishnu temple), the Shivadol and the Devidol, which are highly revered.

Surface

From the ASTC bus stand, 300m east at the junction of Hospital road and AT road, one can find regular bus services to Jorhat, Kaziranga, Guwahati, Tezpur and Tinsukia. The private bus stand is situated across the road. Three daily buses serve Charaideo from the Saheli stand, by the same junction. For Gaurisagar, tempos can be picked up at the central market. Other local destinations are best reached by auto-rickshaw.

Train

Simaluguri, the nearest railhead, 20-km east, is served by frequent buses from the junction 200m north, all passing through Gargaon.

Ronghor Hotel

Ronghor Hotel - BindaasTravel.com

Address:
Babupatty Road
Sibsagar
Assam - 785640
India

Talatal Hotel

Talatal Hotel - BindaasTravel.com

Address:
Boarding Road
Sibsagar
Assam - 785640
India

Siddharth Hotel

Siddharth Hotel - BindaasTravel.com

Address:
Near YMGC Colony
PG Road
Sibsagar
Assam
India

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