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Sibsagar

Sibsagar or ‘the ocean of lord Shiva’ was the capital of the erstwhile Ahom kingdom and is known for its ancient monuments belonging to the Ahom dynasty that ruled the area for nearly 600 years.
Sibsagar which was earlier known as Rangpur was once the capital of the mighty Ahom empire. The Ahom dynasty ruled the area of Brahmaputra valley in Assam from 1228–1826. This medieval kingdom was able to maintain its dominion for nearly 600 years, successfully warding off 17 attempts by the Mughal rulers including Aurangzeb, until British took control of the region in 1826.
Remains from a bygone era are visible in the forms of palace ruins, some exquisite temples and numerous tanks.
The presence of a 200 year old artificial pool on whose periphery  stand the three ancient temples (= ‘dols’) – Siva Dol, Vishnu Dol and Devi Dol,  verifies the name Sibsagar, which literally means the ‘Ocean of Lord Shiva’. It is believed that these temples were constructed by Queen Madambika, wife of Ahom ruler Swargadeo Siba Singha, in the year 1734.
The ancient monuments at Sibsagar appropriately depict the architecture and lifestyle of Ahom rulers. The natural and serene environment around these monuments further accentuates their beauty and charm.
Sibsagar Tank
Located in the centre of Sibsagar city, this artificial 1.04 km2 pool, popularly known as Borpukhuri was constructed by Queen Madambika nearly 200 ago. The most characteristic feature of this pool is that it has a higher water level than the surrounding ground. The pool attracts many migratory birds during the winter months.
Shiv Dol, Devi Dol and Vishnu Dol
These three temples are situated on the periphery of Sibsagar pool. Shiv Dol is known to be the tallest Shiva temple in India. It is a major attraction for travellers and pilgrims. Constructed in 1734, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is nearly 35m high with a perimeter of 65m at the base. The two smaller temples Devi Dol and Vishnu Dol are located nearby. One of the striking features of Vishnu Dol is that the temple, although devoted to Lord Vishnu holds a Shiva ‘lingam’ or shrine in the sanctum sanctorum.
Rang Ghar
This ancient royal sports pavilion is a double storied building which was utilized by Ahom rulers to watch elephant and buffalo fights as well as other sporting activities especially during festivities. This oval shaped amphitheatre is known to be the oldest amphitheatre in Asia and was constructed by Swargadeo Pramatta Singha in 1746. The Building is characterized by an inverted boat- shaped roof and a pair of majestically carved stone crocodiles. This ancient building is an architectural marvel, because the mortar used to join the thin bricks was made of a paste of rice and eggs.
Kareng Ghar and Talatal Ghar
Kareng Ghar lies ruins today; it is the former royal palace of the Ahom kings, who used it as the military station. The palace was constructed by Rudra Singha between 1696 and 1714 when Garhgaon was the capital of the Ahom kingdom. This ancient seven storied palace is located about 14 km from Sibsagar. The most unique aspect of this palace is that it has three underground floors which are popularly known as Talatal Ghar. It is also believed that this structure has two underground tunnels that connect Talatal Ghar and the Gargaon palace.
Joysagar and Joydol
This is the largest man-made lake in India and spreads over 318 acres. This huge lake was constructed by King Rudra Singha in 1697 and has three temples Joy Dol, Shiv Dol and Devi Dol on its bank. This extraordinary mix of nature and spirituality is truely a beautiful sight .
Ahom Museum
The museum offers an insight into the grandeur and prosperity of the Ahom kingdom. It houses artefacts, weapons, jewellery, clothes, and manuscripts belonging to that era.
Namdang Stone Bridge
This unique bridge, built over the Namdang river was cut out of a single rock. It was constructed by King Rudra Singha in 1703 is still used today as part of the National Highway 37.
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Charideo is the old capital which was built by Sukapha, the founder of the Ahom dynasty. Though later the capital of the Ahom kingdom has moved many times, Charaideo remained the symbolic center. It contains 42 sacred burial vaults (Maidams) of Ahom kings and queens and is also the place of ancestral Gods of the Ahoms.
58 Km 00H 54m
Surrounded by picturesque tea plantations, Jorhat was the last capital of the Ahom dynasty. It was completely ravaged after a series of the Burmese invasions between 1817 - 1824. It is considered the cultural heart of Assam and is the gateway to the Majuli Island.
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The largest city in the North-east India is located on the banks of the mighty Bramhaputra river. In addition to being the gateway to the north-east, Guwahati is famous for its ancient temples.
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 15 °C 28 °C
Winter 7 °C 18 °C
Sibsagar has a pleasant climate. Summers are not too hot. In winter some times the mercury dips below 10 degree C. May - September experiences heavy rains.
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