Place Of Interest

Nagaon

Nagaon is the rice bowl of Assam. Located in the very heartland of Assam,it falls directly at the center of the entire North-East of India. An old district which dates back to 1833.It is Assam's second most populous district, which probably prompted its old British administrators to jocularly describe Nagaon as a district of 3 c's.. chickens, children and cases.

Nagaon presents a fascinating and bewildering mix of cultures, Hindu and Islamic. Batadrowa, gave birth to the famous Vaishnavite reformer Sankardeva, who brought
 
about a Renaissance in Assamese society, at the same time the call of the azzan also blends equally well into the unique mosaic and cultural tapestry of Nagaon. The multi-crore Agar perfume industry whose fragrance wafts all the way to the Middle East, is also processed at Hojai, making Nagaon, in its many undiscovered facets- Assam's best kept secret.

Among places of interest are Batadrava, birthplace of Srimanta Sankardeva, the outstanding vaishnava reformer of the sixteenth century. Dabaka, located 35 Kms away from Nagaon, is mentioned in the Allahabad inscription of Samudra Gupta and littered with ruins of ancient temples. Hojai renowned as Assams's granary, is famous for agar, an aromatic substance which is used in perfumes and is widely exported to Arab countries. The SOS village in Hojai, opened in the aftermath of the Nellie massacre in 1983, is a unique institution for orphaned children. Jugijan in southern Nagaon, boasts of the remnants of a fort, and temples decorated with bas-reliefs. Kaliabor, by the Kolong river, has been the scene of several critical battles of the Ahoms. The great peasant's uprising of 1861 took place at Phulaguri, where Lt. Singer, the Assistant Commissioner, lost his life in attempting to subdue the sentiments of an aggrieved peasantry.
Major river is Kalong which divided the town in to two halves Haibargaon and Nagaon. It is comparable with Poe river of Italy which divided the town in two divide lines, these divide lines are Levees of the river Kalong. Haibargaon is slope down towards west and then south west to river Sonai, and Nagaon is slope down towards south east and then south to the beels and then to Kalong near Bebejia.

Nagaon is well connected by road, rail and river. The North -East Frontier railway has its Divisional headquarters in Lumding which is connected with all important centres in the district. The conversion of the meter gauge track to broad gauge from Guwahati to Lumding has eased the transportation problem of the region. While the Brahmaputra offers tremendous scope as a waterway, rivers like the Jamuna , Kolong and Kopili are frequently used for water transport. Dhing town on the Brahmaputra was a well known steamer ghat in days past. Even now, milk and agricultural products are transported from Dhing by boat.

 

 
 
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