Tourist places in BTAD districts of Assam

Background: The Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) was created as per the Memorandum of Settlement signed between Government of India, the Government of Assam and the Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) on February 10, 2003. Prior to that, a series of talks was held between Government of India, Government of Assam
and BLT since March 2000 which resulted creation of an autonomous self governing body known as Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) within the State of Assam for constitutional protection to the autonomous body to fulfill economic, educational and linguistic aspirations and the preservation of land-rights, socio-cultural and ethnic identity of the Bodo people and to speed up the infrastructure development in the areas under BTC. The 12 member interim council of the BTC was sworn-in on December 7, 2003. Having Headquarters at Kokrajhar the jurisdiction of BTAD extends over 8,970 sq kms covering the four districts, namely KOKRAJHAR, CHIRANG, BAGSHA and UDALGURI.

Location and Climate of BTAD1. The main district KOKRAJHAR lies roughly between 89.46' E to 90.38' E longitude and 26.19' N to 26.54' N latitude. Having the total population of about 8,98,991, Kokrajhar district has a humid sub-tropical climate where there is high rainfall and humidity.

2. The CHIRANG district is bounded by Bhutan on its North, by Kokrajhar district on the West, by Bongaigaon district on the South and by Bagsha district on the East. The population of this district is about 3,43,626. Chirang is one of the most favourite districts of attraction to tourist.

3. The BAGSHA district is situated in between 25.50' N and 27.00' N latitude and 90.15' E and 96' E longitude. With approximate population of about 7,17,642 the Bagsha district has sub-tropical climate with semi dry hot summer and cold winter. During summer (generally May to August) there is heavy rainfall, which causes flood in some areas of the district.

4. The UDALGURI district is bounded by Bhutan on the North, Darrang and Sonitpur districts on the South, Sonitpur district on the East and Bagsha district on the West. It's population is approximately 6,71,030. The district has sub-tropical climate with semi-dry hot summer and cold winter. Rainfall occurs during May to August every year which causes floods in the some areas.

Communication – How to Reach? Kokrajhar is one of the main railway stations of BTAD. The distance from Guwahati railway station to Kokrajhar railway station is more or less than 220 kms and it may take approximately 4 hrs by train. Up and down train services of Indian Railways for Kokrajhar railway station are available every day.

The aerial distance from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati for Kokrajhar Railway Station is almost 150 kms. One can take a surface drive from LGBI Airport / Guwahati to Kokrajhar by Taxi at an affordable return fare.

NH-31(C) passes through Srirampur-Gossaigaon-Kachugaon-Sefanguri-Karigaon-Kajagao-Dhaligaon and NH-52 passes touching the Udalguri district.

Tourist can also take bus and taxi services from Inter State Bus Terminus, Guwahati and/or Adabari Bus Stand, Guwahati to Kokrajhar town or other places of BTAD.

Bus and taxi services are available from Kokrajhar town to different locations of tourist attraction.

On the other hand, places of tourist attraction under Udalguri district, as it is attached to Sonitpur district, easily accessible from Tezpur town by road. Tourist can opt to reach there by bus services ply from Guwahati also. Then the nearest Airport will be Salonibari under Sonitpur district.

Accommodation and Food – Where to Stay?
For comfortable stay and food there are some good HOTELS, LODGES AND RESTAURANTS IN KOKRAJHAR TOWN, some of which are mentioned below.

1. Hotel Sifung, R.N.B. Road

2. Hotel Sahara, R.N.B. Road
3. Prashanti Lodge, R.N.B. Road
4. Hotel Luxury, R.N.B. Road
5. Hotel Omshree, J.D. Road
6. C.R. Lodge, J.D. Road
7. Seven Brothers, Bazar Road
8. Hotel VIP, Vivekananda Road
9. Pari, R.N.B. Road for food.
10. Dolphine, Vivekananda Road for food.
11. Food Plaza for food.

Besides common Assamese and country foods, tourist may feel lucky to taste Bodo traditional recipes in some of the hotels and lodges also.

Important places of Tourist attraction in BTAD:
Diplai Lake cum Eco-Tourism Park

1. Chakrasila Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located in Kokrajhar district of BTAD. Forest covering of approximately 50 sq km, it was declared as wildlife sanctuary on 14th July, 1993. It is stated that 23 species of animals and 273 species of birds and 173 species of trees including medicinal plants are found in this sanctuary. Besides, seasonal waterfall attracts the visitors. Moreover, deep lakes, many historical relics, old caves and white stones are some main attractions of the sanctuary.

To facilitate for exotic stay of visitors, resorts / houses are constructed behind the beautiful and evergreen foothill of Baokhungri, which is 5 km from Kokrajhar town. The three tourist houses Chakrasila, Baokhungri and Dangdupur are available at very economic rate for single as well as group visitors.

2. Manas National Park: The only Tiger Project in Assam, Manas National Park is located I Bagsha district of BTAD. With an area of 519.77 sq km it has a core area of 360 km. The Manas River flows through this park. It is one of the nine tiger reserves National Park in India. The dense jungles and grassland Manas is the protected reserve of some species including Tiger, Leopard, Civet, Buffalo, Pygmy hog, Elephants, Golden langur, Rhinoceros, etc.

It is stated that the Park has been included as a site of international importance under the UNESCO's World Heritage Convention in 1988 as well as Biosphere Reserve in 1989.

It is a distance of around 176 km from Guwahati by road and the nearest railway station is Borpeta Road which is 40 km away from Manas. Visiting tourist can stay at Forest Lodges inside the Park at Mathanguri, which is 40 km from nearest railway station Borpeta Road. The best season to visit Manas National Park is from November to April.

3. Orang National Park: This Park is under Odalguri district of BTAD and it is known as mini-Kaziranga, which has an area of about 78.81 sq kms covering thick grassland.

The one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, leopard, sambar, barking deer, tiger, varieties of water birds, green pigeon, great adjutant stork, king vultures are the main wildlife attractions of this Park.

Orang National Park is situated at a distance of about 150 km from Guwahati and 31 km from Tezpur. Nearest railway station is Rangapara and nearest Airport is Salonibari. Government and private buses ply from Guwahati regularly.

4. Bhairabkunda: At a short distance of 10 km to North of Udalguri town, a place of pilgrim, Bhairabkunda is one of the most beautiful places of Udalguri district on the boarder of Assam, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.

Bhairabkunda is located at 26.8900°N 92.1150°E26.8900; 92.1150, and has an average elevation of 703 feet.

This picturesque popular Picnic Spot of enormous beauty Bhairabkunda is surrounded by hills, water fountains, rivers and lush green forest.

Jampani river originating in Bhutan and Bhairabi river originating in Arunachal Pradesh meets here to form Dhanshiri River. Dhanshiri river is a major tributary of Brahmaputra river on its north bank. An irrigation project has been constructed on Dhanshiri river at Bhairabkunda.

It is easily accessible via Tezpur town. The countless visitors throng to this place all the time of the year.

5. Sikhanjhar: It is located at the foothills on boarder of Kokrajhar district with Bhutan.

Moreover, there are some recreation parks and picnic spots in around Kokrajhar town. To name a few are - Diplai Park, Gaurang Park, Upendra Nath Brahma Park at Dotma, etc. The Diplai is really very beautiful with fresh water Lake and hillocks.

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