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Golaghat is a district in the southern bank of Brahmaputra River. It is surrounded by the state of Nagaland in south, Jorhat district in east and Karbi Anglong districts in west. River Dhansari, a tributary of Brahmaputra, intersects the western part of the city. Golaghat was the seat of Kachari and Ahom kings .The Kachari’s were pushed back to Karbi hills by Ahom rulers in 16th century .They supervised the area through Morongi - Khowa Gohain who distinguished in establishing harmony among people of various cultures residing in this place. Golaghat is a renowned tourist destination of Assam for nature lovers. This place is the home of three natural parks. Most eminent of which is Kaziranga National Park which has its fame established throughout the world. The park is a World Heritage Site and is a biodiversity hotspot. The twin sisters Garampani and Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary are distinguished in Assam for its hot water springs which hold great medicinal value. A visit to Golaghat is must to every nature and wildlife lover.

The best time to visit Golaghat is between the November to April.

Sight in Golaghat

New Golaghat Gymkhana

New Golaghat Gymkhana is hangout for those who would not mind spending some time playing billiards, taking a plunge in the pool and drinking their heart out in the bar. Golaghat Gymkhana is a clubhouse with facilities like restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, gymnasium and billiards. It was constructed in 1910 by Raibahadur Ghanashyam Baruah.

Golaghat Baptist Church

Golaghat Baptist Church is one of the oldest church of Assam constructed by Dr. O.L.Swanson, a missionary from America, and his wife in 1893.It was constructed with the help of locals.

Science and Nature Museum (Uncle Robin’s Children Museum)

Uncle Robin’s Children Museum is an enchanting cottage surrounded by a beautiful garden on the Mission Road of Golaghat town. Dr. Robin Banerjee was a renowned naturalist born in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. He interest in the subject won him degrees from Edinburgh and Liverpool Universities and established him as a reputed naturalist of international fame. He was even awarded the prestigious Padmashree Award for his excellent work in this field. Being a naturalist of distinguished merit, Dr. Banerjee was attracted to the floral and faunal diversity of Assam. He made Assam and his permanent home and established children museum in Golaghat.

Dear Uncle Robin’s Children Museum contains interesting collection of dolls and showpieces that would land up to be a dream house of every child. It has 587 dolls and 262 showpieces gifted to Dr. Banerjee during his visits to foreign and within the country. There are about 194 paintings of wildlife and 19 award-winning photographs displayed in the museum. Lastly, there are 93 pieces of artifacts including a Turquoise horse.

Sight Near Golaghat

Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary

As the name suggests, Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary is the oldest sanctuary of Assam with hot springs and waterfalls. More information here

Neghereting Shiva Mandir

Neghereting Shiva Mandir is a beautiful Shiva temple about 20 kilometers drive from Golaghat town. The temple is located on a hilltop and is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens. Legend says that a sage named Ura wanted to create a second Kashi on this place. For this reason, he collected as many Shiva lingas as he could and brought to this place. Initially, the temple was a stone temple worshipped by Ura. The present structure of the temple was re-built by Rajeshwar Singha in 18th century. The temple was of utmost importance to Ahom Kings. It houses a Bana Linga of diameter 3 feet. The walls of the temple are sculptured with images and it’s accompanied by four temples in the same premises.

Deopahar Ruins, Numaligarh

Deopahar is the most famous tourist spot of Golaghat. It is both a historical and natural spot attracting naturalists and historians at the same time. It is completely covered with deep forest(Deopahar Reserve Forest) holding same valuable trees and herbal plants like Hatidhekia,Sam,Bahat,Outenga(Elephant Apple),Ghandhakoroi,Sarpaganda,Mezankari(),Pannial,etc.The forest is inhabited by quite a number of wild animals like elephants,python,monkeys etc.Numaligarh Refinery Limited has helped in the establishment of the most sorted butterfly park of Deopahar named Pakhila Uddyan.The park is within the forest and houses unique collection of butterfly species.

From the historical point of view, Deopahar has a flabbergasting remains of sculptures and temples belonging to pre-Ahom era. The remains can be found on a hilltop which provides spectacular view of Karbi Anglong hills and Numailigarh tea estate.

Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary

Nambor-Doigrung Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected wildlife area 25 kilometers from Golaghat district and 65 kilometers from Kaziranga National Park. The park is distinguished for its hot water springs and easy sighting of Gaur and Hoolock Gibbon. Some animals and birds found bountiful in Nambor-Doigrung Wildlife Sanctuary are Elephant, Hoolock Gibbon,Assamese Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Barking Deer, and white winged wood duck, Great Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Tortoise, Monitor Lizard and Python. There are abundant lodges and private hotels to accommodate the tourists visiting Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to March.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is iconoclastic park which represents whole Assam.Infact you’ll find the state symbol of one-horned rhino as logo in many government institutions of Assam. So what makes it so special it that it exhibits two-third of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. It has the highest density of tigers among the protected area of world and is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International because of the large concentration of avifaunal birds. The park is also notable for tall species of grasses covering this region like elephant grass, spear grass, sugarcane and common reed. The park is a World Heritage Site. Kaziranga was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006 and the presence and visibility of diverse species has ascribed it a biodiversity hotspot. Tours guided by jeeps and elephants is available but hiking is banned in the park to avoid conflicts between humans and wildlife. For wildlife viewing observation  minarets and towers are positioned. A centre is being set-up for informing more about the park to the tourists.4 tourist lodges and 3 guest-houses are located inside the park as well as private resorts is accessible outside the park. Legitimated guides are provided by the forest department to the visitors and rides like elephant and jeep are always booked in advance.

Location-Kaziranga situated at the southern banks of Brahmaputra between the Kaliabor subdivision of Nagaon district and Borakhat subdivision of Golaghat district of Assam.

Physiography-Brahmaputra forms the northern and eastern border of Kaziranga therefore one can find vast expanse of fertile alluvial plains and riverine lakes called Beel (like Daphlong Beel,Borbeel Lake and Dighali Beel).One can also find elevated regions called ‘chapories’.

Total Area- The total area of the park is 430 square kilometers.

Wildlife - Great One-horned Rhinoceroses, Wild Asiatic Buffalo, Eastern Swamp Deer, Elephant and Indian Tiger. Other Animals of the Park include Leopards, Jungle Cats, Fishing Cat, Indian Gray Mongoose, Sloth Bear, Golden Jackal, Bengal Fox,Assamese Macaque,Capped,Golden Langur and Hoolock Gibbon.

Birds- Lesser White-fronted Goose,Ferruginous duck,Black-necked  Stork, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Dalmatian Pelican, Rey-headed Fish Eagle,Vultures,Great Indian Hornbill and many others.

Other Places close to Golaghat

Jorhat, Sivsagar, Karbi Anglong.

Map of Golaghat

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