A Travel Guide to Dibrugarh

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Dibrugarh is popularly known as the 'Tea City of India' because it has the largest tea cultivation in the state. This amazing city is located on the banks of the River Brahmaputra. With swathes of lush tea gardens amid paddy fields, Dibrugarh, along with Tinsukia and Sivasagar, forms a triumvirate of tea-producing districts in Assam. Historically, an encampment for the great Ahom kings, its name is said to be derived from the riverside fort built by the British in 1824 on the banks of the Dibru (Dibaru) river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. 

Best time to visit Dibrugarh

The best time to visit Dibrugarh is October to March. It is the ideal time to enjoy the perfect weather. The temperature remains at an average of 22.9 degrees Celsius annually. 

Most commonly spoken languages in Dibrugarh

  • Assamese
  • Hindi
  • English

How to reach Dibrugarh

  • By air: You can book your flights to Dibrugarh at Mohanbari Airport. It is the closest airport, around 15km from the city. IndiGo operates non-stop daily flights between Dibrugarh, Kolkata and Guwahati.
  • By train: Dibrugarh has a vast network of trains, connecting Dibrugarh railway station to the metros and all other cities in the country.
  • By bus: NH37 connects Dibrugarh with the rest of the country through a vast network of buses run by Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC).

Getting around Dibrugarh

Local buses, auto and cycle-rickshaws are economical and convenient transportation modes to move around the city. Taxis are also available to travel in the town.

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Places to visit in Dibrugarh

  • Mancotta Chang Bungalow: The manicured tea gardens are an unmissable sight around Dibrugarh. Go on a guided tour and understand the journey from leaf to cup while staying in a plantation itself, like the colonial Mancotta Chang Bungalow.
  • Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary: Catch the rich biodiversity of rare flora and fauna, just 60km south of Dibrugarh at Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam's only evergreen tropical rainforest has several World War II cemeteries nearby.
  • Religious places: Religion plays an essential role in Assam, known for its various satras or monastic Vaishnavite centres of worship. Among the main satras and thaans is Koli Aai Thaan, dedicated to the divine Koli Aai, daughter of Dibru Satra's religious head priest. Other places to visit in Dibrugarh include the marble Radha Krishna Temple, the royal burial grounds Barbarua Maidam, Lekai Chetia Maidom, Bahikhowa Maidam and the Raidongia Dol (which dates from 700 AD), known for its collection of ancient relics.

Places to eat in Dibrugarh

Eat Repeat, RNC Path
Eat Repeat, RNC Path

A new but favourite multi-cuisine restaurant, it serves excellent fast food at a decent price. Regulars vouch for the pizzas, burgers, dosas and vada pav. They also serve great mocktails and desserts.

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Mambooz Dhaba, Amolapatty
Mambooz Dhaba, Amolapatty

Lively yet cosy with an ambience that reminds you of a pleasant village home. Come here when you’re craving some comfort food.

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Moung Phi Inn, AT Road
Moung Phi Inn, AT Road

A popular hangout in a narrow lane, it has the young university crowd drooling over its smoked chicken, pork steak and stir-fry dishes. They serve spicy baby corn, and non-vegetarians can try the prawns, fish, mutton or pork.

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Chawla Dillivala, KC Gogoi Path
Chawla Dillivala, KC Gogoi Path

True to its name, this eatery is making waves with an excellent north Indian fare. Don’t leave without digging into their buttery naans and rotis, and yes, tandoori momos. They serve half portions too, so there’s no wastage.

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Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail, Hotel Rajawas
Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail, Hotel Rajawas

Part of the reputed Delhi franchise, it promises excellent tandoori cuisine with delicious kebabs, curries, dal and more!

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Shopping places in Dibrugarh

Being a tea country, you are spoiled for choice, so don't forget to pack some original Assam tea to take back home. The street shopping scenario is quite unusual. You can pick up traditional items like exquisite cane and bamboo crafts, silk saris and traditional garments like mekala chador, gamocha, japi and xorai.

But along with shopping for tea and local spices, you can also head to the air conditioned malls and do some shopping for clothes in places like -

  • The Junction Mall
  • Westside
  • Vishal Mega Mart
  • City Kart, and
  • Ranghar Plaza

You can also visit New Market for branded electronic goods, fashion, apparel, leather items, jewellery, and amolapatty for furniture. Chowkidinghee Bazaar has many eateries, so after a tiring round of shopping, there's plenty of choices to beat post-shopping hunger pangs. If you prefer malls' ease as a one-stop-shop for significant needs, try Sohum at RKB Path or Reliance Trends.

Nightlife in Dibrugarh

  • Zaffran Bar on HS Road is an excellent place for an evening drink or dinner.
  • Dreamland Bar is another option is to hop into the local watering hole for a drink.
  • Dibrugarh Gymkhana Club is a lovely place to wind down in comfort but is only open to members and guests.

Where to stay in Dibrugarh

MancottaChang

Mancotta Chang Bungalow, Jalan Nagar Live the life of a burra sahib in an 1850s colonial plantation bungalow with antique décor. Balconies on the upper floor present grand views of the lawn and estate. With friendly staff at your beck and call, guided estate tours and exclusive horse riding trails, it’s a complete plantation experience.

HotelRajawas

Hotel Rajawas, AT Road Clean and hygienic rooms, a restaurant, bar and lounge with prompt service in a convenient but crowded location are what the hotel has to offer. A bit far from the airport, but only a sneeze away from the primary market and shopping mall.

LittlePalace

Hotel Little Palace, AT Road A decent, affordable option near the Dibrugarh railway station and bus station, this 48-room hotel has a restaurant called Four Seasons serving regional, Indian and international fare.

Monalisa

Monalisa Hotel, Mancotta Road For thirty odd years, their comfy, clean rooms have been an ideal choice for backpackers and tourists alike. Accommodating staff and a convenient bar and restaurant Jonki n Panei serve authentic Assamese fare besides Chinese and Indian dishes.

More reasons to visit Dibrugarh

  • Namphake Village: Your visit to Dibrugarh can't get completed without exploring Namphake Village. Located 37 km away from the city and settled amidst abundant natural beauty, next to the river Burhi Dihing, the village is home to several Tai Phakey families. The beautiful Buddhist monastery with essential spots like Ashokan Pillar and the Buddhist Pagoda are the significant reasons for making Namphake popular. The main temple comprises a gold Lord Buddha statue and a holy water tank named Mucalinda Tank.
  • Tilinga Mandir: If you are done inhaling the aromas of tea from the factories around and feel like going for a long drive, take a 54km detour along the Dibrugarh–Tinsukia Highway. Visit the Tilinga Mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva famous for its vast collection of temple bells (tilinga in Assamese) suspended from the ceiling. It is a sight to behold when you find bells made of brass, copper, aluminium in all shapes and sizes hanging all around the temple and even from the trees! For the faithful, the bells are given offerings for every fulfilled wish, making it one of Dibrugarh district's most popular and atypical tourist attractions. Make a wish here, and who knows, you may return to tie a bell yourself! Incidentally, the first railway services in the Northeast region began from Dibrugarh, so it holds a prime position in the history of the India Railways.

Festivals in Dibrugarh

There are many festivals celebrated here, but Dibrugarh comes alive during the bunch of Bihu festivals - Ringtail (spring), Bhogali (harvest) and Kangali (pre-harvest). The spring festival is the best time to see the whole city organising community pandals or stages where games, literary events, traditional Bihu dance, music contests and cultural programmes are held. It is quite a sight to catch dancers in their lovely gamocha, mekhala, dhoti and chadar (ethnic costumes) perform in the green fields to the beat of dhols and the pepa (hornpipe).

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