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Darrang

Darrang is a district of Assam sharing international border with Bhutan and state border with Arunachal Pradesh. Mighty Brahmaputra runs horizontally in the southern part of the district puffing its way to Guwahati. Mangaldai is the district headquarter and Patharughat, Sipajhar and Dalgaon are some important towns. Darrang district has won its name among the popular tourists destinations of Assam because of the provision of some alluring natural and historical sites mentioned below.

Places of Interest in Darrang

Orang National Park

Orang National Park is located in the northern banks of Brahmaputra with the major part falling in Darrang district of Assam. Its strategic location on the banks of a major river of India makes it all and more appealing national parks of northeast region. Another park with the same geographical feature is Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary of Assam. Orang National Park is dominated with the landscape of alluvial flood plains which has given rise to marshes, streams and grasslands. A picture very similar to Kaziranga National Park which has resulted in the naming of Orang as the mini Kaziranga. The dominant species of the park is Great Indian one-horned Rhino sharing inhabitance with other species like Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Pygmy Hog, Indian fox, Gangetic Dolphin and Indian Pangolian. The site is the home of 50 species of fishes, 222 species of birds and several species of reptiles. The park is also very rich in vegetation.

Batha Beel

Batha Beel, located near Hazarikapara, is a big pond visited by many migratory birds every year.

Baladev Beel

Another big man-made pond created during the reign of Koch Kings is Baladev Beel. Baladev Beel is a huge pond build by King Dharma Narayana west of Sipajhar. The pond covers an area of 48 bighas (land area varying from 1/3 to 1 acre) and is presently used for fishery by government.

Jaypal Pukhuri

Jaypal Pukuri is a big pond of 20 bighas along the Silpajhar-Patharughat road at Barkaliyajhar village of Darrang district. It is believed to be created by King Jaypal and has gained popularity of its serene and clear water.

Bar Masjid

Bar Masjid is a beautiful mosque in Mangaldai town. It is one of the oldest mosques of district.

Engil Baba Mazaar

Engil Baba Mazaar is situated at a graveyard. The building is known for its marvelous architecture. Prayers are provided here every Thursday.

Gandhi Smriti Park

Gandhi Smriti Park is a beautiful park in Mangaldai town.

Satras

Darrang district is the home of two important satras-Khatara Satra and Dihing Satra. Both the satras are located at a little distance from the main town of Mangaldai. The satras were founded by Sankardeva and his followers.Khatara Satra is one of the oldest Satras of Assam.

Kamakshya Devalaya

Kamakshya Devalaya is a popular temple of Darrang district south-west of Kalaigaon.It was believed to be founded before 12th A.D and was immensely popular among the Ahom and Koch kings.Doul Festival is celebrated here with great pomp.

Map of Darrang

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