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Silchar

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State rank: 6 out of 26 Places To Visit In Assam


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Best time: Oct-Jun (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Imphal (Check Flights)

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"Barak Valley"

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Situated on the Surma (Barak) River, and known for its scenic beauty and natural splendor, Silchar is surrounded by Manipur on the east, Bangladesh on the west, Mizoram on the south and the Barail hills on the north.

Silchar is the 2nd largest town in Assam and is one of the most stable areas in the North-East and hence locally referred as the Island of Peace. It is also one of the most developed areas with its own airport and institutes of higher education. Due to its picturesque location, Silchar is also used as the gateway to the neighbouring areas of Manipur and Mizoram. Approximately 90% residents of Silchar are Bengalis who speak the Sylheti dialect, the rest being Bishnupriya Manipuri, Dimasa Kachari (Barman), Manipuri (Meitei), Marwaris, Assamese and some tribal groups like Nagas. Silchar is popularly known as Barak Valley.

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There are a lot of Tea Estates around Silchar. These tea gardens not only provide breathtaking views, but bring you close to nature. North-east is famous for its tea estates, and Silchar is no different. The tea produced in Silchar is of high quality. As the climate and the soil in and around Silchar are apt for growing tea, it is surrounded by wide hills which are covered with tea plants.

The tea produced in Silchar is exported to many countries. These tea estates attract a large number of tourists due to their scenic views. Tea estates like Sindoora Tea Garden and Koomber Tea estate are the most famous ones in Silchar.

The place derived its name from two words: shil ('rocks') and char ('fields'), meaning rocky fields.

The history if this city dates back to the period of the British period. The shore of river Barka became a central location for trade and commerce, around which settlements started establishing, converting the place into a city. People came to know the place as Shiler Chor meaning bank of stones. Silchar used to serve as the headquarter for British Empire in the year 1833, after which they established the first polo club in 1850. The people of the valley witnessed various developmental revolutions throughout their history. The Assam Government captured the ruling after Britishers and tried changing the language to Assamese but faced protests from the people. Later, under the jurisdiction of West Bengal, it got Bengali as an official language. Developed as one of the important cities of Assam, it is still today of great historical enthusiasts for archaeological studies.

Assamese and Bengali cuisine is the most popular cuisine of Silchar. Shu?ki (the local name for dried fish), shidal chutney and chunga-r peetha, are some of the local delicacies.

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Start your day early morning by going to Bhubeneshwar temple. Since it is a 17 km hike, so you can keep a whole day for going up and coming down. If you are not too adventurous then you can start your day by going to Khaspur, followed by Badarpur Fort and Maniharan Tunnel and you can go for shopping in the evening. The next day you can go to Kancha Kanti Kali Mandir early morning, followed by Hajo and Maibong.

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9 months ago by Arampuii Ralte

the most unclean city



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  What's Great?

Beautiful tea estates. Natural beauty and gorgeous trails. Easy to reach, as it is connected via all modes of transportation. Accommodations are easily available. Connected to nature while having modern facilities like malls. An all-weather city.

  What's not so Great?

Limited options in terms of cuisine. Floods are common during the rainy season. Silchar can appear a bit bland as compared to other Assam cities like Majuli and Jorhat if you are searching for cities which can give you more landscape views.

For Whom

Silchar is the perfect place for those people who want to explore north-east India. It introduces you to the beautiful sceneries and nature trails of Assam without making you compromise with your basic luxuries. It also a good place for religious people, as Silchar is the abode to the infamous Iskcon Temple, Bhuban Temple and Kancha Kanti Kali Temple.

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Silchar is well-connected to the major cities like Guwahati and Kolkata through roadways, railways and airways. Many flights leave for Silchar Airport from Guwahati and Kolkata. Guwahati Railway St... (Read More)

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