Place Of Interest

Golaghat

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.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS

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.



Garampani :

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. 91-0376-2480599.

Timings : From 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. (Museum)

Film : After 5 P.M. Open on Monday to Friday, Sunday by appointment.


HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Jorhat is well connected by air, with daily flights from Guwahati, and four flights a week from Calcutta.

Rail: Jorhat is connected to Guwahati by a direct rail line.

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.

NEARBY CITIES

Jorhat: 100-km

Sibsagar: 170-km