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"Land of the Satras"

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One of the major towns in Western Assam, located around 98 kilometres northwest of Guwahati, Barpeta is the administrative headquarter of Barpeta district which is known as the 'Land of Satras'. The town is referred in the local tongue as 'Satra Nagari' or 'the town of temples' due it being home to many Vaishnavite Satras. The name Barpeta is derived from 'Bar' meaning big and 'Peta' meaning pond. Hence, as the name suggests, Barpeta translates to a land of big ponds. In the olden days, before much of the urbanisation, there were many ponds in the town giving birth to its name.

The many Satras in Barpeta stand testimony to the teachings and work of the Assamese scholar Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciple Shri Madhavdeva. These Satras have stood as educational and cultural hubs influencing the lifestyle of the people who live around them. On the Hindu festival of Holi, many devotees flock to the district, particularly to the town of Barpeta itself, to observe Doul Mahotsav and celebrate the teachings of Srimanta Sankardeva.

Barpeta is also the gateway to the rich natural reserve of Manas National Park. One of the major national parks in Assam and within India, it gets its name due to the Manas river, a tributary passing through it. This park is primarily regarded as a tiger reserve but is also home to animals such as the Hispid Hare, Asiatic Elephants among others.

Things to do in Barpeta

1. Manas National Park

Manas National Park
Established in 1928, this park is one of the prime attractions of the town. Located at the foothills of the great Himalayas, it is a combination biodiversity and beautiful natural landscapes. It is al (Read More)so a Tiger reserve.

2. The Barpeta Satra

The Barpeta Satra
One of the most popular Satras in Assam, the Barpeta Satra was originally known as 'Barpeta Than'. Located centrally in the town of Barpeta, it was established by Sri Madhabdeva around 500 years ago s (Read More)ometime in 1583 AD. Sri Mathura Das Burha Ata, a disciple of Sri Madhabdeva, became the first Satria of Barpeta Satra. Today, the Barpeta Satra functions as a 'Kirtanghar' and stands as an important site for Vaishnavite devotees and aims to spread the teachings and culture of Vaishnavism. An important festival celebrated here is Holi, where devotees flock from across the state to observe Doul Mahotsav.

3. Sundariya Satra

Sundariya Satra
Sundaridiya Satra, is one of the religious places in the destination and was constructed by Shri Madhavdeva after he left the Ganakkuchi Satra. Apart from serving adobe to Shri Madhavdeva, the premise (Read More)s of the shrine played a vital role in spreading Vaishnavisim and reformation.

4. Dargah of Syed Shahnur Dewan

Dargah of Syed Shahnur Dewan
Dargah of Syed Shahnur Dewan, one of the spots for tourists, especially those of the Muslim faith is located at Bhella, nearly 8 km away from the destination.

5. Beki river

Beki river
The Beki River, originating in Bhutan, is one of the right bank tributaries of the River Brahmaputra. A significant portion of this river flows through Assam. It serves as a source of livelihood and m (Read More)ode of transport for the many communities in Assam. A great view over the river can be had from the bridge along NH-31 which runs across the river.

6. The Brahmaputra River

The Brahmaputra River
Known as Yarlung Tsangpo River in Tibet, the Brahmaputra river originates from the south-western part of Tibet. It enters India through the Himalayas, where it is known as Dihang.

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The Land of Satras

Barpeta is based in the district of Barpeta in the Indian state of Assam. It is the headquarter of its district. Barpeta is notable as a temple town or the Satra Nagari. It is also one of the many administrative districts of Assam. The Satras or the temples that can be seen here bear a witness to the reforms of an Assamese scholar, reformer, saint and exponent, Srimanta Sankardeva. The Satras have influenced the lifestyle and culture of the people living here. The Satra have opened universities drama, ivory work, sculpture and music are taught. Barpeta Satra is among one of the must visit places in the town. This Satra is about 500 years old and still hold equal significance like the older days.

Suggested Itinerary for Barpeta

Reach Barpeta in the morning. Spend your day at the Manas National Park. Visit the Brahmaputra river in the evening to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

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How to Reach Barpeta

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Barpeta lies at a distance of around 98 kilometres in the northwest direction from Guwahati, the capital of Assam. The nearest international airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport is in Guwahati. Barpeta is well connected by roads via which bus services ply to the town from across the state. The nearest railway station is at Barpeta Road, which is situated at about 22 kilometres from the town centre.

How to reach Barpeta by flight

The nearest airport to Barpeta is the Lokriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati, which is at a distance of about 98 kilometres from Barpeta. From Guwahati, direct taxi services can be availed to Barpeta. At more affordable prices, shared modes of transport such as buses or minivans also ply from Guwahati to Barpeta on a daily basis. 

How to reach Barpeta by road

There are regular bus services available between Barpeta and Guwahati (ASTC from ISBT and Private buses from Adabari). Smaller minivan services (called cruisers) are also available from Adabari/Hatigaon of Guwahati to Barpeta town.

How to reach Barpeta by train

If you are travelling by train, you will have to get down at Guwahati station from where the train route is connected through Barpeta Road (18 Km from Barpeta Town). Local train service is available in between Guwahati - Barpeta road, morning and evening.

Local transport in Barpeta

Rickshaws are, by far, the best modes of intercity transport, which are readily available and that too at very low rates. You can get auto as well as cycle rickshaws within the cities, from which you can choose one depending upon the distance to be covered as well as the budget in hand. There are taxi services available as well.

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Barpeta, Assam
Panoramic View of Barpeta Satra
Landscape of Manas National Park
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FAQs on Barpeta

What is famous about Barpeta?

Rich in culture and history. Loads to sightsee.

What is not so good about Barpeta?

Not very conveniently linked. It is kind of isolated.

Who should visit Barpeta?

Barpeta is ideal for those who love travelling to destinations that are rich in culture, traditions and history. It can be visited on the way to Manas National Park. This historical place attracts tourists from all corners of the country. It has a beautiful landscape making it quite apt for nature lovers as well. 

What is the best time to visit Barpeta?

The best time to visit Barpeta is from late October to early March. This period marks the winter season in India, wherein at Barpeta, the temperatures are cool during the day with dips below 20° C after sundown. The cooler temperatures with lower humidity, as opposed to the summer season, makes winter the ideal time to visit Barpeta.
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What is the local food in Barpeta?

Assamese cuisine is a blend of cooking habits from the hills, that is drying and fermenting and the use of fresh vegetables and lots of fishes from its ponds and rivers. The main ingredient here is the rice. This cuisine is known for its very little use of spices, little cooking and strong flavors, due to the use of fruits and vegetables that are either fresh, dried or fermented. They use a wide variety of fish, duck, squab etc.
They usually make use of the Bhuna cooking technique, that is gentle frying of spices before adding the main ingredients of the dish.
Here, the must tries are bhaat (rice) with dal (lentils), masor jool (fish curry), with mangso (meat curry). Fish curries made of rou, illish, or chitol are a favorite. If not a curry, simply fried fish. Birds like ducks and pigeon are also used in dishes. Pork and Mutton dishes are mainly popular among the younger generation
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What is the best way to reach Barpeta?

Barpeta lies at a distance of around 98 kilometres in the northwest direction from Guwahati, the capital of Assam. The nearest international airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport is in Guwahati. Barpeta is well connected by roads via which bus services ply to the town from across the state. The nearest railway station is at Barpeta Road, which is situated at about 22 kilometres from the town centre.
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What are the things to do in Barpeta?

The top things to do in Barpeta are Manas National Park, The Barpeta Satra, Sundariya Satra, Dargah of Syed Shahnur Dewan, Beki river, The Brahmaputra River. You can see all the places to visit in Barpeta here

What are the places near Barpeta?

The top places near to Barpeta are Manas national park which is 47 km from Barpeta, Gangtok which is located 263 km from Barpeta, Darjeeling which is located 283 km from Barpeta, Nameri national park which is located 47 km from Barpeta, Shillong which is located 121 km from Barpeta

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Surbhi Parashar

4 years ago
- The weather is slightly on the colder side, make sure you carry clothes accordingly.
- This place is extremely famous for it wildlife, make sure you capture the beauty to bring lots of memories (Read More)back home, by this we mean, make sure you carry cameras and charging devices.
- Then again, usual travel tips to carry first aids, some extra clothing in case of an emergency, sunblocks, moisturizers etc.
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