Tinsukia in Assam is one of the tourist destinations that provides scope for enjoyment, education and entertainment. Rich in nature to let you enjoy breathtaking landscapes, rich in culture to educate you on its awe-inspiring past and stunning locations to keep you entertained, you could not ask for more on your vacation. Here are the top 12 places to visit in Tinsukia that give you an in depth view of the land and its culture.
1. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
Spread across 650 square kilometer, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park ranks amongst Assam’s largest parks. It owns the credit of being one amongst nineteen biodiversity hotspots the world over. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is 12 km away from Tinsukia. With Brahmaputra River and Lohit River to its north and Dibru River to its south, the park located at an altitude of 118 meter above sea level, sets your spirit soaring. The park has a wide range of wild species. Some of the animals found here include Royal Bengal tiger, jungle cat, leopard, sambar, Assamese Macaque, capped langur, Asian elephant, barking deer and Asiatic water buffalo. White winged wood duck and semi-wild horse are the main attractions in this park. Over 350 bird species are seen here and hence bird watchers love this place. The park is renowned for the varieties of fish found here.
2. Bherjan-Borjan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated 6 kms away from Tinsukia, Bherjan-Borjan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the leading attractions in the city. Bherjan, Borajan and Padumoni are three separate forests and together they occupy an area of 7.22 square kilometer to form this sanctuary. Semi-evergreen forests and stunning tea estates in the sanctuary attract tourists from across the globe. Some of the wildlife you find here include leopard, giant flying squirrel, slow Loris, pig tailed macaque, Assamese macaque and so on. The place is haven to bird watchers, as there are 84 species of birds seen here. Some of the birds found here include woodpecker, magpie robin, bulbul, Indian pied hornbill and many more.
Sadiya lies on Himalayan foothills and hence what more could be said to highlight its beauty? This small town is surrounded by rivers on three sides, which flow into the valley of the majestic Brahmaputra and has Arunachal Pradesh on one side. Sadiya is where the mighty Himalayan ranges meet the famous Brahmaputra River. The land has a rich culture too. It is mentioned in ancient Indian mythology however, it is referred to as Vidarbha kingdom. During Medieval times, Sadiya was mentioned in its present name. Sadiya was a center point for trading thanks to the various trade routes established during medieval period. Tibet, Myanmar and China are some of the countries to which trade routes were established from Sadiya.
Digboi, which is famous for its tea plantations, has yet another star attraction. Digboi is Asia’s first oil town with an oil refinery being commissioned in the year 1901. It is also world’s oldest functioning oil refinery. The 18 hole golf course in Digboi is set in a scenic environment. Yet another first in this place is the oil museum, which is the first of its kind in India. Also check out: Top 5 Places To Visit in Digboi.
Apart from Digboi, golfers could spot yet another heaven for them in Margherita, which has a wonderful golf course in the land. Surrounded by Burhi-Dehing River and Patkai ranges, Margherita is a scenic land with green tea plantations. It is called the Coal Queen of Assam. India’s fifth and Assam’s first plywood factory was established in Margherita in the year 1924. Till today, plywood products produced here are famous for their quality.
6. Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
Covering an area of 111.19 sq. km of land, Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the leading attractions in Tinsukia. Some of the wild animals you find here include tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, Himalayan black bear, Assamese macaque, Chinese pangolin, slow Loris, flying fox and barking deer. The sanctuary is home to a wide range of birds including white winged wood duct, white cheeked hill partridge, white-backed vulture, wreathed hornbill and green imperial pigeon. King cobra, monitor lizard and Asian life turtle are seen here.
Nature lovers will love the visit to Lakhipathar. With dense bamboo forests surrounding the village, the view it offers is amazing. While you are here, do not miss visiting Lakhipathar Reserve Forest.
Bardubi, meaning ‘big depression’ is situated 12 km away from Tinsukia. The village is one of the favorite picnic spots as it is surrounded by snow-clad mountains.
9. Rukmini Island
Covering an area of 3.25 sq. kilometer, Rukmini Island is situated on the mighty River Brahmaputra. The island attracts local and migratory birds to great extent. You would love the stroll on the long sandy beaches. Sports activities available here include parasailing.
10. Bell Temple
Bell Temple, famously referred to as Tilinga Mandir, is dedicated to god Shiva. Situated 17 km from Tinsukia, the temple draws devotees in great numbers. It is believed that tying bells in banyan tree would help in having one’s wishes fulfilled.
Na-Pukhuri is situated on the southeast of Tinsukia. It is a group of nine ponds. This pond stands proof of the rich history of the place being an historical monument constructed by King Sarbananda Singha. The pond in the center among Na-Pukhuri’s nine ponds covers 11.75 acres. It is rightly referred to as lake since the huge pond is filled with natural water. The tiled pathway and jogging pathway encourage you to give your body some exercise. Playing equipments are also available here.
The historically famous Stilwell Road starts from Lekhapani. Situated on the foothills of Patkai and on the borders of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the place is frequented by history lovers and nature lovers.
Tinsukia has many more attractions and those are mainly tea plantations in various parts of the land. You will love your stay here, as you will be amidst lush greenery through out your vacation. You will not be doing much of a trekking but you will be surrounded by rich greenery all around, which will elevate your spirits and rejuvenate your soul.
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