Goalpara is a town located 140 kms West from Guwahati which is about a 3-hour drive away. It is the headquarters of the district of the same name. The word 'Gwaltippika', roughly translating to Guwali Village or the Village of the Milk Men is the origin of the name 'Goalpara'. The surrounding regions of Goalpara are generally vast green plains with the banks along the Brahmaputra river giving rise to fertile agricultural lands. Two water bodies, Urpad Beel and Kumri Beel, located within 15 km from the town are known for hosting a variety of migratory birds during the winter season. Certain parts of the district are hilly with evergreen trees forming continuous canopies.
The town of Goalpara and the district are well known for housing important cultural centres and archaeological sites. The Shyamrai Sattra is an important centre for the preservation and education of Vaishnavite culture started by Srimanta Sankardeva. Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, another cultural hub aligned to the Sri Krishna Chaitanya culture, hosts many event and festivals according to the Shri Krishna Chaitanya calendar. Archaeological sites such as Pir Majhar and Sri Surjya Pahar also are of great historical importance.
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