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Entry Fee : Museum timings: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Digboi, Tinsukia Overview

Famous as the Oil City of Assam, this town houses the oldest refinery of India. Crude oil was discovered here in the late 19th century. It is a primary source for raising the economic status of Tinsukia district. However, the city is more than just oil. It is also known for its golf courses which are traces left by British colonialism. Dolls made of wax and traditional textiles are also found. Tourists can find accommodation in Italian-style architecture apartments and guest houses.

There is an interesting story as to how the town got its name. It is believed that it is derived from the phrase "dig-boy-dig" as said by the English to the labourers digging for crude oil. It can be seen from lush green tea gardens that the town nestles cosily in the lap of Mother Nature, quite unaffected by the whole industrial scenario.

Ornithologists and bird watchers will be delighted to visit because of the diversity of the birds that are sighted here. A whopping 453 number of species have been spotted including the black-breasted parrotbill, Jerdon’s babbler and marsh babbler.

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Places of Interest in Digboi

Apart from the Digboi Oil Refinery, the town also has other different attractions. The Digboi Lake is serene and has a picturesque view. The Digboi Oil Centenary Museum is dedicated to the history of the Assam oil industry exhibiting some of the best original engines and pump models. It gives its visitors a sweet taste of time travel with grand photo halls and facts listed on them.

The Digboi Golf Club is also a place worthy of a visit with 18 holes to boast of. Founded in 1888 and spanning an area of over 6300 yards, it hosts several major tournaments to date. The War Cemetery is also a place of interest to some tourists.

Tips For Visiting Digboi

1. Best time to visit is October to March.

2. Photography is allowed inside the museum.

How To Reach Digboi

Regular buses, trains and taxis ply from Tinsukia which is at a distance of 40 km.

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