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Awesome Assam: Top places to visit in the city of Sivasagar

By Buvaneshwari Gopinath - August 9, 2020
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The city of Sivasagar is located in Assam, India. The name literally means the ‘Ocean Of Shiva’. The name of the city is derived from the beautiful lake named Sivasagar. Situated in the heart of the city, the city is one of the famous attractions in the state of Assam. Because there are several beautiful places to visit in Sivasagar. The Dehing rainforests surround the city and it is the place where the Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers meet. This place is famous for its Ahom palaces and monuments. Here are the top places to visit in Sivasagar.

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How to reach Sivasagar, Assam

The city of Sivasagar is easily accessible by road. You can also hop into a private or government bus from Guwahati or Dibrugarh or Jorhat to arrive into Sivasagar.

The Jorhat Airport is the closest one located at 75 km from Sivasagar. There is a rich wetland ecosystem of around 34 km on the southern bank of the river Brahmaputra. It is a bird’s paradise in the state of Assam. So, if you love nature then this is the place you must visit.

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Places to visit in Sivasagar

1. The Historical Talatal House

The Talatal Ghar is also known as the Rangpur Palace. Located in the northern region of Assam, it is considered to be one of the most impressive attraction. In the entire world, The Talatal Ghar is the largest of all Ahom monuments present. The spot stands as a worthy testament to the colourful Assamese culture and history.

The royalty of Assam popularly known as the Kareng Ghar. You can spot this on the upper ground floor of the Talatal Ghar. Raja Swargdeo Rudra Singha, the successor of Swargadeo Rajeswar Singha, added these top floors. Thus making the Talatal Ghar a beautiful and marvellous seven-story royal palace.

Do you know that the palace is constructed with purely organic materials? Yes, organically made bricks and cement was used for the construction. And even for centuries, this monument has been standing tall and strong which makes this palace a must-visit attraction.

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2. The Eastern Colosseum of India

The Rang Ghar is located at a distance of 3 km from Sivasagar town near Rangpur Palace. It is one of the oldest surviving Asian amphitheatres. It is also known as the “Colosseum of the East”. Above all, the name itself translates to “House Of Entertainment”.

The Rang Ghar reflects the architectural precision and grandeur of the past. Swargadeo Pramatta Singha, ruler of Ahom was the man who built the two-storied building. It was used by Ahom Kings and nobles for watching sports like buffalo fights.

During the Rangauli Bihu festival, it served as a sports pavilion where different sports were held. When the 33rd National Games were held in Assam in the year 2007, the Rang Ghar was used as a logo considering its rich historical importance. Now due to frequent earthquakes and seismic surveys, there are 35 visible cracks on the walls. Due to this, the condition of the monument is quite fragile. Above all, its grandeur and magnificence will make it worth the visit at least once.

3. The Ahom Museum

Ahom Museum is located on the banks of Sivasagar Lake. You can find artefacts such as royal armoury, manuscripts, clothes, etc. If you like to know about Assam’s past and the Ahom dynasty, you can’t find a better place than the Ahom Museum.

Your trip to Sivasagar would be incomplete if you fail to visit the museum. It holds all the history and major attractions of the Ahom dynasty who ruled over the land between the 13th and the 18th centuries. The government of Assam maintains the Ahom Museum. Above all, when you are here, you will realise that there cannot be the best place to know more about Ahom dynasty.

4. The Capital of Ahom Dynasty

Charaideo, the capital of Ahom dynasty is located 28km away from Sivasagar. Sukhapa, the founder of the Ahom dynasty built the district of Charaideo in 1253. People from around the world come and visit Charaideo as the main attraction in Sivasager. Here, you can find the burial vaults of the king and members of the Ahom dynasty. These vaults were built of stones and bricks, are in ruins today. Even after several years, Charaideo still remains as the symbol of Ahom power. This place is called as the “Pyramids of Assam”.

Located in the foothills of Nagaland, 30 km away from Sivasagar town you can find the Charaideo district. Above all, at the top of the hill of Charaideo, you can spot 42 tombs of kings and queens who ruled the Ahom dynasty. In conclusion, if you would like to know about the lifestyle and culture of Ahom rulers you must visit this place.

5. The Tallest Shiva Temple in India

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Shivadol is a famous Shiva Temple, in the city of Sivasagar, Assam. It was constructed in the year 1734. Bar Raja Ambika, queen of Ahom King Swargadeo Siba Singha was a devotee of Lord Shiva and she built the Shivadol. Visit. More than that, it is one of the most photogenic locations in the city of Sivasagar.

At a height of about 32m and base perimeter of 59m, Shivadol is considered as the tallest Shiva temples in India. You can also find other two small temples, The Vishnu Dol and Devi Dol, surrounding the Shiva temple.

The massive dome on top of the Shivadol is known as the Kosoloi. Do you know that it is made up of pure gold? During the month of winter, you can find many migratory birds and thus it is an ideal place for birdwatchers. Above all, the best time to visit this place is during the winter.

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If you are looking for a way out of the city’s hustle-bustle or an escapade, try visiting Sivasagar in Assam. Get packing and plan your vacation right now! Check out the Pickyourtrail website and browse for more options. Need help? Leave us a Whatsapp message and we will get back to you. Unwrap the world of safe travel with Pickyourtrail.

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