Golaghat, one of the oldest erstwhile subdivision of the northeast Indian state of Assam, created during the pre-independence era in the year 1848, has become a full fledged district (139 years later) on 23rd October, 1987. The district comprises of three subdivisions, Golaghat, Dhansiri and Bokakhat.
Geographically, it is situated at a height of 71m above sea level near 26 degree North and 94 degree East. It is bounded by river Brahmaputra in the North, Nagaland state in the South, Jorhat district in the East, and Karbi Anglong and Nagaon districts in the West.
Dhansiri, Doyang, Gela-Beel and Kakodonga are the main tributaries of the river Brahmaputra that flows across the district. Tea, sugarcane, rice, mustard, oranges and pineapples are some of the principal cultivated crops.
According to old folklore, Golaghat got its name from being a place of business ('Gola') near the river port (Ghat) of Dhansiri. A famous Assamese satirical saying associating Golaghat is showing up a Golaghat-face, meaning a gloomy, sickly person. Golaghat at one time was famous for its frequent outbreaks of Malaria and Kala-Azar.
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park, famous for its one-horned
Rhino worldwide, and the Nambor reserve forest are
the two natural reserves of wild flora and fauna
that are situated within the district.
A major oil refinery is now under construction at
Numaligarh. People believe that this will perhaps
usher in the much-needed industrialization of the
predominately residential district.
It is a hot water spring inside the Nambor Reserve
Forest, about 18 Km South of Golaghat town; only
about 50 M. from the NH 39 on the way to Dimapur in
Nagaland. One can visit it by hiring a taxi from
Golaghat town or by public buses plying on the
Golaghat Dimapur route. During winter season lucky
visitors may get to see herds of wild elephants
grazing by the side of the highway as NH 39 passes
through the thickest portion of Nambor Forest.
Neghereting Shiva Mandir :
Perched on a hill top, it is an ancient Shiva temple
built by Ahom kings. It is surrounded by lush green
tea gardens and is a popular picnic spot. From the
NH 37, it is only about 1 and 1/2 Km to the north.
From Golaghat town, it is about 30 Kms and from
Jorhat town it is about 32 Kms. Neghereting temple
is also the home of hundreds of monkeys.
Uncle Robin's Children Museum
The museum is located on the main road in Golaghat
town and within the residence of Dr Robin Banerjee,
a naturalist of International repute. The museum is
full of dolls, artifacts, mementos, movies and other
personal collections of Dr Banerjee's lifetime.
Dolls : There are 587 dolls and 262 other show
pieces. They have mostly been presented by admirers
and children during his many trips to abroad and
within the country as well.
Paintings/Photographs : There are 194 Paintings and 19 Award winning Photographs. All the paintings were done by Dr. Robin Banerjee and all the photographs taken by himself in very adverse conditions related to wildlife.
Artifacts : There are 93 pieces artifacts. For instance, (a) Naga Warrior's head hunting basket, (b) Dalai Lama from Patala palace, Tibet made up of Fish Bones and (c) One small beautiful Horse made up of Turquoise and was gifted from China.
Films : 26 documentary films started from 1953 to 1998 which were shot by him and six films are still in the cans without editing etc.
Contact name & Tel. No. :
Mission Road, Golaghat - 785621. Tel No.
Timings : From 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 2 P.M. to 4
Film : After 5 P.M. Open on Monday to Friday, Sunday
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Jorhat is well connected by air, with daily
flights from Guwahati, and four flights a week from
Rail: Jorhat is connected to Guwahati by a direct
Road: There are Assam state transport as well as
private buses, which operate in thissector.
WHERE TO STAY
Jorhat has got some excellent options for
accommodations, which range from comfortable and
reasonable tourist lodges to luxurious hotels.