Tucked away beside the northern banks of the Brahmaputra, Tezpur is a quaint town dotted with hillocks, tea gardens and old planters clubs. Immersed in history, town in Assam is all about unwinding.
If you are planning to visit it, this 2-night itinerary should come in handy.
(Day 1) 9:00 am – Check into the Wild Mahseer Heritage Bungalow in the Addabarie Tea Estate. Characterised by its Victorian architecture, elegant décor and enveloped by sprawling tea gardens, Wild Mahseer is an ideal place to stay. Experience the best of hospitality as you sit back and enjoy a cuppa amidst the tranquil beauty.
11:00 am – Start your tour of the town with a visit to the Mahabhairav temple. Dating back to several centuries, this temple is a centre of Shiva philosophy. Covered with inscriptions on stone, it depicts the period of time when ruler Banabhatta sided with the Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra.
2:00 pm – Return to Wild Mahseer where a buffet of Anglo Indian fusion cuisine awaits you. Feast on traditional Assamese delicacies made with indigenous ingredients, along with generous amounts of pickles and condiments being doled out.
4:00 pm – After your evening cuppa, it’s time to venture out to Cole Park. Take a stroll by the lake inside the park as the evening breeze blows. One of the most picturesque locations in Tezpur, this park dates back to colonial times and is a haunt for nature enthusiasts and photographers. There are numerous activities for the adventurous, and for those wanting to sit back leisurely, this park has it all.
5:30 pm – As the sun sets over the mighty Brahmaputra, head out to Agnigarh (fire fortress), a hillock by the river bank. A feast for the eyes, this famous tourist spot is one of Tezpur’s major attractions. A haunt for photographers, this is a moment worth capturing and taking back with you. Legend has it that Banasura isolated his daughter Usha who fell in love with Aniruddha in her dreams.
7:30 pm – End your day with a trip to the Missing village to experience the tribe’s rich culture. Inhabiting the northern banks of the river, they produce exquisite weaves. Best known for their hospitality, one must try some of their ethnic pastes and pickles. Packed with unique flavours, it is time to indulge in their cuisine by a bonfire as the stars light up the sky.
(Day 2) 5:00 am – Take jeep safari ride at the Kaziranga National Park to explore the habitats of the one horned rhino. If you are lucky, you may witness a tiger crouching about. An elephant Safari is never amiss if you’re feeling adventurous. Follow this with a visit to the orchid park where you see various species of flora unique to the place. A Traditional Assamese meal served in banana leaves makes this trip complete.
9:00 am – Make your way down to the Nameri Eco Camp for adventure to begin. Start with a trek in the reserved forest, followed by rafting in the Jia Bhorolu river to beckon the spirit of adventure in you.
1:30 pm – Drop by the Misa Polo Club. Dating back to 1888, it is one of the oldest polo clubs in the world. After an action packed day, it is time to put your feet up and unwind as you soak in the past history and glory of the club. You can sum it up with planters’ lunch and an afternoon siesta.
3:30 pm – Stroll in the local market as you sample cookies and butter biscuits at the famous Delight bakery. A quick visit to the house and theatre of Shri Jyoti prasad Agarwalla, the doyen of modern Assamese literature and arts, will take to back the days when the first Assamese movie was being made.
5:00 pm – Soak in the ambience of the old world charm as you make your way to the Station Club. Catch up on old tales of the Raj over a cup of aromatic tea and sandwiches.
(Day 3) 9:00 am – Check out from Wild Mahseer as you depart for Guwahati with memories of a bygone era.