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Goalpara

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Best Time: Oct-May Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Guwahati Check Flights

"A blend of natural and spiritual abundance"

Goalpara Tourism

Assam is considered one of the top tourist spots in all of India, thanks to its stunning landscape, picturesque hill towns and all around ataraxy. One such hidden gem of the state is the district of Goalpara. Goalpara not only gives you a let-out from the regular monotony of life with its natural wilderness, but it is also a popular pilgrimage place owing to its umpteen number of temples and rich culture. Stupas and monuments are the key highlights here. The place also offers myriad trekking, rock climbing and other adventure activities.

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Sustainable Development in Goalpara

Goalpara is one of the cleanest towns in the state, thanks to its sustainable development techniques and the cleanliness drives. More than 2000 buildings in the town have been painted blue to give an overall calm to the city. In addition to that, the place gets a uniform look and hence, appears to be neater. It stands next in line to the pink city Jaipur. Also as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the number of cleanliness workers have been increased significantly. Large numbers of dustbins have been installed outside shops and houses. Tree Plantation drives keep taking place on a regular basis to promote afforestation. Besides, several direction plates have been installed on the roads for the convenience of the public with overhead sodium lights. Thus, making Goalpara one of the greenest and most regulated town in the whole of Assam.

Natural Habitat

Goalpara is known for its rich wildlife and dense forests. It is home to numerous rare and endemic plant and animal species. But lately, due to tremendous tourism pressure and human traffic, there has been a considerable loss of biodiversity and disbalance in the ecosystem. The forests were originally covered with Sal (Shorea Robusta) trees, however, there has been a large-scale decline in the vegetation due to exploitation and encroachment. The rapid depletion of the forest cover has not only brought about environmental changes but has also led to the extinction of various floral and faunal species.

Festival of Bihu

Though the people of Assam celebrate the traditional festivals like Diwali and Durga Puja, there are some unique and enthralling festivals which are celebrated with vim and vigour. One of them is the festival of Bihu. There are three Bihu celebrations which depend on the timing of crop cycle. The Rongali Bihu is a prominent one since it marks the beginning of an Assamese new year. The other two are Magh Bihu and Kati Bihu.

This festival is associated with farming, and people enjoy by performing Bihu dance. It is a secular festival which people celebrate with unity. The most colourful of all the three Bihu festival is the Rongali Bihu which is celebrated in April. On the first day, women make sweets like larusfrom rice and coconut. Cows are washed and worshipped. Rongali Bihu ends after fourteen days after which the other two Bihu festivals start. The energy and ecstasy of Assamese during this festival reach another level which you should witness.

Restaurants and Local Food in Goalpara

The cuisine of Assam is a fresh and natural standout a country's cuisine which is full of spices and elaborate cooking styles. The food here is subtle, simple, cooked with lesser oil and local herbs, making it one of the most natural and healthy menus of the country. In Goalpara you can either venture out and try local cuisines such as Laksa, Tenga, Khar , fish delicacies and more at the local street outlets or relish the same richness of the food of Assam in the handful number of restaurants found here.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Goalpara by morning and check into your hotel. After relaxing for a while, you can start your trip by visiting Surya Pahar. Then, you can head out to Tukeswari Temple. Both these places are located at a distance of around 15 km. So, exploring these places will take around five hours. Have lunch and go to Barpeta. It is just one hour drive from Goalpara.

Day 2: Start your day early in the morning to visit Kokrajhar. It is a small town and has many interesting places like temples and sanctuaries. If you manage to come back by evening, then you can head out to Nandeswar Devalaya.

Day 3: Get ready for an exciting trip to Manas National Park. Enjoy seeing the different kinds of flora and fauna. Then, you can visit the famous Dadan hills or if you want to visit some more religious places, Goalpara has many temples to offer you like Shyamrai Satra and Joybhum Kamakhya Temple.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Mild summers. Pleasant weather almost throughout the year. A variety of tourists places. Generous people.

What's Not So Great?

You might face language problems. Infrequent public transport.

For Whom?

Goalpara is perfect for those who want to know the crux of Assam culture. Great place for religious people.

How To Reach Goalpara

There is no airport in Goalpara. The closest airport from the city lies in Guwahati. The airport is connected to many major cities in India. Regular trains commute between Goalpara railway station and nearby cities. There are various cabs which connect Goalpara to nearby places. However, public transport is infrequent.

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