Sivasagar

The Capital of the Mighty Ahom Kingdom, Sivasagar, ex. Rongpur is a town in Upper Assam located 360 km from the city of Guwahati. The term Sivasagar is derived from Sibsagar meaning “Ocean of Lord Shiva”. Sivasagar town is the district headquarters of the Sivasagar district and today is famous for its Oil and Tea industries.

The Ahom Kings ruled Assam for more than 600 years and Sivasagar earlier known as Rongpur was the capital of the Ahom Kingdom. Because of this,one can still see the influence of this Kingdom at Sivasagar in the form of various Historic Monuments. The Ahom Kings were a patron of Architecture and it was under their regime that various Temples, Monuments and Neo-Vaishnavite Satras were constructed not only in Sivasagar but across the State of Assam. Their love for Architecture can be clearly seen especially at the Rang Ghar and Talatal Ghar in Sivasagar.

Places of Interest in Sivasagar ~ 

1| Rang Ghar Sivasagar

Rang Ghar (meaning the House of Entertainment) is one of the Oldest surviving Amphitheatres of Asia and was built by the Ahom King Swargadeo Rudra Singha with bamboo and wood and later reconstructed by Swargadeo Prathama Singha in 1750 Ad. The Rang Ghar at Sivasagar is a double storied monument with a roof shaped like an inverted boat. This Amphitheatre was mostly used by the Ahom Kings and their families for watching various indigenous games like Bird fights, Buffalo fights, Elephant fights, Wrestling, etc. particularly during the Rongali Bihu Festival. What makes the Rang Ghar unique is its construction using special thin baked bricks and instead of cement, a unique paste of rice and eggs was used as mortar.

2| Kareng Ghar Sivasagar

Of all the Ahom ruins, the Kareng Ghar is an example of the grandest of Ahom architectures. Also known as the Gorgaon Palace, the Palace’s structures were made of wood and stones. The Kareng Ghar was the Royal house of the Ahom Kingdom and was constructed by Ahom King Swargadeo Rajeshwar Singha in 1752 AD.

3| Talatal Ghar Sivasagar

The Talatal Ghar is a palace located in Rangpur, 4 km from the city of Sivasagar, in Upper Assam. It has two secret tunnels and many floors below ground level which were used by the Ahom kings and soldiers as exit routes during the wars.

The Talatal Ghar is not a usual kind of a monument. It speaks of Architectural Expertise of the people of Assam several hundred years ago. The Talatal and the Kareng Ghar together constitutes the Rongpur palace. One end of the Talatal Ghar was situated below the Kareng Ghar which helped the kings and the army to escape during the war times. After Swargadeo Rudra Singha’s death, the Talatal Ghar, went through many architectural alterations to its structure, which resulted in its irregular shape.

4| Charaideo Maidam Sivasagar

The Charaideo Maidams or the graveyard of the Ahom Kings is a sacred place for the Ahom people of Assam. It is located 32 km east of Sivasagar on an area of around 12 sq. km. Protected by the Archaeological Survey of India, this place is home to over 150 tombs of Ahom Kings and Queens. The unique structures of the tombs here are comparable to the Pyramids of Egypt and an object of wonder speaking of the majestic architecture and skill of the sculptors of Assam hundreds of years ago. The Charaideo Maidams has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since a few years now.

5| Sivadol Sivasagar

The Sivadol is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most visited Temple shrines of Upper Assam. The Sivadol was built by Kunwori Ambika, wife of Ahom King Swargadeo Siba Singha in 1734 AD. The Temple Dome is made out of gold and the Temple has a height of 104 ft.

6| Joysagar Tank Sivasagar

Located around 5 km from Sivasagar town, the Joysagar Tank is the largest man made tank in the World covering a total area of 3 km.

7| Namdang Stone Bridge Sivasagar

Constructed by the Ahom King Swargadeo Rudra Singha in 1703 AD, the Namdang Stone Bridge was cut out of a single piece of Rock. The bridge stands functional til today with a busy National Highway running across it. The Bridge runs over the Namdang River, a tributary of the Dikhow River.

How to reach Sivasagar from Kaziranga National Park –

By Road – Sivasagar is located at a distance of around 170 kilometers from Kaziranga National Park. It takes around 4 hours by road to reach Sivasagar from Kaziranga. Private Bus operators ply from Guwahati to Sivasagar and can be boarded from Kaziranga National Park. We operate our Taxi Service to Sivasagar from Kaziranga National Park. Our well maintained fleet makes your journey from Kaziranga National Park to Sivasagar a comfortable one.

By Air – Sivasagar is well connected to the Jorhat Airport by road. You can choose to fly to Jorhat from the Guwahati Airport. We operate taxi service from Jorhat Airport to Sivasagar.

By Train – Sivasagar has a railway Station and the many trains arrive and depart from the Sivasagar Railway Station from Guwahati.

Sample Itinerary for Kaziranga National Park to Sivasagar:

Day 1 ~ Kaziranga National Park – Kaziranga Orchid Park ~ Majuli Island

Early morning go for a Jeep Safari into the Kaziranga National Park from the Bagodi/Kohora Safari Range at the National Park. Later in the day visit the Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park at Kaziranga National Park. The Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park is the Largest Orchid Park in India. Later depart to Majuli Island. Night halt at a comfortable Resort/Homestay at Majuli Island.

Night Stay: Resort/Homestay at Majuli Island

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 ~ Majuli Island

Today we visit the Satras (Assamese Monasteries) and learn about the Neo Vaishnavite culture that is practiced by the monks. Explore the mysteries of the Largest River Island in the World also learn about the lost art of Mask making. Spend time spotting rare birds and fishing. Spend the later part of the day at Majuli with the local people learning about their traditional arts & crafts. Spend time Bird-watching and at leisure. Evening, spend time savoring the locally brewed ‘Apong’ and other servings prepared by the locally by the Bonfire.

Night Stay: Resort/Homestay at Majuli Island

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 ~ Majuli Island – Jorhat

After Breakfast depart to Jorhat. Visit the ‘Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar – home to the oldest burning oil lamp in the world’ and the Lachit Maidam. Lachit Borphukan was the bravest General of the Ahom Army. The best cadre from NDA gets awarded with the Lachit Borphukan title honor. In the evening visit the Silk Showroom at Jorhat to buy a memoir of the Grandeur of the Silks of Assam. Night halt at Jorhat.

Night Stay: Hotel MD’s Continental at Jorhat

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 ~ Sivasagar and Depart from Dibrugarh Airport

After breakfast depart to Sivasagar – the land of the Mighty Ahom Kings. Admire the Engineering marvels of the ‘Talatal Ghar’ and the ‘Rang Ghar’ at Sivasagar. We will drop you at the Dibrugarh Airport for your onward destination. Trip Ends. Bid Adieu!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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