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Morigaon

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Morigaon Tourism

The town of Morigaon, located 80 Kms east of Guwahati, is the administrative headquarters of the Morigaon district. Enriched with a strong regional history, fascinating legends and unique traditions and culture, the town and the surrounding regions are home to many religious and cultural sites. The River Brahmaputra marks the northern limits of the district and the west offers the sight of snow-capped Himalayas. The district of Morigaon is also an agricultural land where vegetables, jute, mustard, wheat and paddy are mainly grown and provide a steady source of income for the locals. Dotted with many attractions and enriched with flora and fauna, Morigaon is also known as Marigaon.

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Jonbeel Mela

Every year on the weekend on Magh Bihu, a three-day festival is organised by the Tiwa community in Jonbeel in the Marigaon district. Jonbeel in Assamese refers to a crescent moon shaped water body. This festival is one of a kind and has been celebrated since the 15th century in the region. For the occasion, a huge bazaar is set up, and people from far and wide come to participate in the mela. The Tiwa, Karbi, Khasi, Jayantia tribes of the north east come down to the hills to barter what they want with what they own with the locals. This is perhaps the only form of festival dependent on the barter system in the country today.

The larger theme of the festival has always been peace and harmony and true to its theme, it always begins with an Agni Puja to seek blessings from the almighty for the prosperity of mankind and good for brotherhood. During ancient times, the Gobha kings would visit the fair with their courtiers to be a part of the celebrations with their public and collect taxes. Even today, the 19 customary successors of the kings from the Gobha kingdom run this tradition very proudly. Since a couple of years, these kings have been provided with the royal allowance by the government to maintain and survive the royal heritage. Over the years, this festival has become a huge attraction for tourists as it serves as a chance of meeting with a world completely different than theirs, knowing what it was like in the ancient times, experience the rich heritage of Assam and be a part of the joyous occasion which the locals celebrate by singing and dancing on their folk songs.

Suggested Itinerary for Morigaon

If you are visiting Marigaon and are a wildlife enthusiast, make sure you visit Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary and visit as early as possible as being lying in the east it tends to get dark early. Make sure you carry your food along as there may not be proper eating outlets there. Have breakfast and move on to Kachasila Hill, a ancient temple of 9th century. From there on you can move to Deosal Siva Temple where once there was the ashram of Maharishi Valmiki. Make sure you break for delicious Assamese lunch. Now itâ??s time to visit the Asia's largest dry fish market and do some shopping there. Finally, end your day with a hearty dinner at hotel.

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FAQs on Morigaon

What is famous about Marigaon?

Unparalleled natural beauty with very less pollution. An offbeat destination offering peace and tranquillity.

What is not so good about Marigaon?

Vulnerable to floods, been a constant victim of heavy rains and haywire commutation and hygiene routine as the town immerses in water.

Who should visit Marigaon?

Couples, families and individuals looking for a breath of fresh air, experience beauty and tranquillity, escape from the fast-paced life of the metros, this is the place to be. 

What is the best time to visit Marigaon?

Marigaon experiences almost similar weather conditions as rest of the Assam. The summers are quite hot with mum temperature going up to 39 degrees Celcius while monsoon season brings with heavy rainfalls and strong storm. The winter season is cold with December and January being the coldest when the temperature drops to the minimum of 6 degrees Celcius. Winters, overall are recommended to be the best season to travel to the town.
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What is the local food in Marigaon?

Marigaon as any other city or town of Assam is known for its authentic Assamese Cuisine. If you are visiting Marigaon, do try out the different fish dishes. Dhaniar Maachor Jhol, Adar Torkari Tiyahor Khar, Masur Dailor Bor and Manxor Jhol are among the specialties of the town.
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What is the best way to reach Marigaon?

Morigaon is only about 80 km away from the main town Guwahati in Assam. This physical proximity makes it accessible to visitors from various parts of India through Guwahati.

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What are the things to do in Marigaon?

The top things to do in Marigaon are Sitajakhala, Sivakunda, Kachasila Hill, Mayong Assam, Deosal Siva Temple, Asia's largest Dry Fish Market. You can see all the places to visit in Marigaon here

What are the places near Marigaon?

The top places near to Marigaon are Guwahati which is 61 km from Marigaon, Darang which is located 38 km from Marigaon, Shillong which is located 87 km from Marigaon, Orang national park which is located 39 km from Marigaon, Nongpoh which is located 60 km from Marigaon

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Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
- Avoid travelling during monsoon season owing to heavy rainfall and strong winds.
- Winters are cold, so carry extra woollens.
- Make sure you have enough information beforehand of wherever you go sightseeing or have a guide with you.
2 years ago
Deosal Siva Mandir is located at Jagiroad just near the boundary of Jagiroad Paper Mill. it is not located near Pabitora Wild Life Sanctuary, which is far away from this place. it takes more than 1 hour to reach from Jagiroad to Mayong Pobitora Wild Life Sanctuary. Deosal is the village mostly populated by Tiwa, Bordo people. This temple is considered one of the most famous temple among the Tiwa people.
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