On a random weekend, I thought about sorting out the old pictures I had on my hard drive. I was mechanically deleting the random pictures when suddenly stopped at some pictures. The most beautiful shades of green I had ever seen. Oh! These pictures were taken on our trip to Dibrugarh long ago.
I had saved them to use later. Time just went by and it slipped out of my mind. I started going through the pictures one by one with a smile on my face. That’s the beauty of time. The memories seem more beautiful than that time probably was.
Sitting on my balcony while sipping on my hot tea, I look outside. The sky is filled with dark clouds. I close my eyes and feel the cool breeze on my face. The fragrance of wet soil and tea transports me back to the tea estates of Dibrugarh.
The North Eastern part of India has so many gems that are still away from the crowds and have managed to stay in their natural form to a great extent.
Dibrugarh is one such beautiful Assam city famous for its tea gardens, wildlife, and greenery. It is situated on the banks of the Brahmputra river. It is also renowned for its oil industry.
The more you travel, the more you realize that traveling is not just about ticking off the boxes. It has become a more immersive experience with looking for offbeat places, learning about the local culture, and traveling slowly.
Where is Dibrugarh located?
Dibrugarh is located at a distance of about 435 Km from Dispur, the capital of Assam. It is a place that will remind you to slow down and enjoy the scenery.
If basking in the sunlight with a cup of rejuvenating Assam tea while looking at the lush green tea estates all around you, is your cup of tea, then Dibrugarh is the place for you.
How to reach Dibrugarh?
Dibrugarh is easily accessible by air, rail, and road. The nearest airport is Mohanbari Airport which is located 15 km from the city. Direct flights are available from Delhi and connecting flights are available from a few other airports.
National Highway number 37 connects Dibrugarh to other main cities of the country. A good network of roads connects Dibrugarh to Guwahati, Itanagar, and Tezpur. You can also take buses within the state which connect them to neighboring states.
Dibrugarh Railway station connects the city with other major cities of India. Many express trains and local trains pass through this railway station. Exploring India by train may be slow but it’s fun and interesting.
The best way to explore the serene beauty of Dibrugarh and the surrounding area is by car. Having your own vehicle or renting one would give you the liberty to plan everything according to your own convenience. You can make a stopover any place you like. Most of the roads are well maintained and it’s a reasonably comfortable journey by road.
Local food and rice beer
A trip to any part of India is not complete if you don’t try the local food. Assamese thali and rice beer are something that you must try.
The journey from Dibrugarh to Dhemaji is an astonishing one. You get to enjoy the sprawling views and open pastures. Bogibeel bridge has been a boon in connecting various areas in Assam. This has further helped in industrial and economical development and tourism.
With 4.9 Km in length, it is the fifth longest bridge in India. The bridge has a rain line on the lower deck and a highway on the upper deck. In the area around Bogibeel bridge, you can find many locals and tourists fishing and having a picnic on weekends.
This is a great spot for watching the sunset. Find some beautiful sunrise and sunset captions for Instagram here.
Assamese, Bengali, and Hindi are the languages spoken in Dibrugarh.
Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow
What other amazing place to stay than Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh? One of the highlights of this trip for us was our stay at Mancotta Chang Bungalow. A tea garden surrounds this bungalow on all sides. It is a marvelous example of British architecture.
Earlier, this bungalow was used as the residence of the tea estate manager. In 2001, it was converted into a heritage property to welcome guests who wanted to experience staying here
You can wake up to the view of lush green tea gardens and warm sunshine. The rooms are huge, airy, and very well decorated. You also get to enjoy freshly cooked delicious local food. If you are looking for a peaceful stay or spending quality time with your significant other, this is the right place to stay.
We spent most of our time here doing nothing. If you too are a fan of that indulgence, you must choose this place to stay.
When it’s raining and all you see around is lush greenery, find a cozy, comfortable corner in the bungalow, and order some tea, you won’t feel anything less than royalty. They say time is a luxury; splurge and create some memories for you to look back on later.
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The most interesting thing to do in Dibrugarh would be a tour of tea estates. If you are a tea fanatic, make sure to take a guided tour. You can take a walk through the tea gardens and learn about the process of growing, harvesting, and making tea at one of the best places.
Places to visit near Dibrugarh
Jeypore Rainforest is located 60 km southeast of Dibrugarh. The rich biodiversity of this sub-tropical evergreen rainforest attracts many nature lovers.
Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over the districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. It holds a diversity of mammals, reptiles, and birds.
Jokai Botanical Garden
Experience being in a tropical rainforest in Jokai Botanical Garden located 12 Km away from Dibrugarh. Nature lovers would love to spend some time here and this garden is famous for migratory birds. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera!
Best time to visit Dibrugarh
The weather is mostly pleasant throughout the year. October to March would be the best time to visit Dibrugarh.
It rains heavily from May to September so these months may be avoided. The tea harvesting season (March and June) is a great time to visit if you want to relish freshly harvested local tea.
If possible, plan your visit around the Bihu festival in order to witness the celebrations of this harvest festival.