Considered to be Assam's oldest city, Tezpur is bursting with culture, beautiful parks and gardens, and endless paddy fields. Climb to the top of Agnigarh hill to see the feisty Brahmaputra river and distant snow-clad Himalayas below or hire a paddleboat to cruise around the lake in Cole Park.
Tezpur is also known as the City of Blood, from the legendary battle to rescue of Aniruddha, grandson of Krishna. The vibrant red buildings are said to be a result of the bloodshed during combat. But today, Tezpur has a much more laidback vibe and a great place to visit.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Tezpur is Agnigarh, a hill on the banks of the Brahmaputra River with a tall viewing platform offering amazing panoramic views of the town. A circular stairway leads you to the top of the hill where you can find sculptures depicting Usha's abduction of Aniruddha (the grandson of Krishna) and the subsequent battle by Krishna to free them. Legend has it that the former fortress on the site was built by Banasura to keep his daughter Usha in isolation, and was surrounded by fire to prevent any visitors! The name Agnigarh comes from 'Agni' (‘fire’) and 'garh' (‘fortress’ or ‘wall’) in Sanskrit.
Dating back to the 6th century, the Da Parbatia is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Assam. The temple contains absolutely beautiful carvings in its doors and walls, and the main entrance with its intricate designs and floral patterns is a joyous sight to behold. The temple is listed as a protected site by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Recently renamed as Chitralekha Udyan, Cole Park, Tezpur is a picturesque park near the centre of Tezpur. The park is dotted with medieval stone carvings rescued from sites all over the region and has a lake with small rowing and paddle boats. There is also an engine-less Valiant MIG 21 jet fighter (the first supersonic aircraft for the Indian Air Force), a large concrete-made map of India and bumper cars.
One of the best ways to visit Tezpur is by river cruise, or as part of your own bespoke Indian holiday. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org