Explore Biswanath Ghat In Assam, India's Best Tourism Village

The town gets its name from the ancient Biswanath temple, also known as 'Gupta Kashi', for its resemblance with Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi
Biswanath Temple, Biswanath Ghat, Biswanath
Biswanath Temple, Biswanath Ghat, BiswanathBiswanath District/Official Website

In a boost for rural tourism, Assam's Biswanath Ghat has been selected as the 'Best Tourism Village of India.' Named after the ancient Biswanath Mandir, the beautiful ghat is on the Brahmaputra River.

Confirming the development, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Central Ministry of Tourism shortlisted his state from amongst 791 applications from across the country.

Tweet by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma
Tweet by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarmahimantabiswa/Twitter

What Makes Biswanath Ghat Special?

The ghat gets its name from the ancient Biswanath temple, also known as 'Gupta Kashi', for its resemblance with Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi.

The area has a collection of temples dedicated to various gods, including a Shiva temple at the meeting point of the Bridhaganga River and the Brahmaputra. However, the Shiva temple is now in ruins and remains submerged during the summer. Only in the winter do tourists gather to worship by setting up a temporary shelter. There's a tradition of carrying the idol of Lord Shiva to a nearby village called Bhiragaon, about five kilometres away, for a day of worship initiated by Ahom King Gadadhar Singha in 1684.

Biswanath Ghat, Assam
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Where To Stay

When visiting Biswanath Ghat in Assam, lodging options are primarily centred in the nearby town of Biswanath Chariali. Here, you can find various hotels and guesthouses catering to various budgets, offering comfortable bases for exploring the region.

While luxury options may be limited, these accommodations often provide essential amenities for a pleasant stay. For a more tranquil experience, some resorts are scattered around the area, set amidst picturesque landscapes.

Additionally, staying in a tea estate bungalow can be a unique highlight of your trip, allowing you to immerse yourself in Assam's tea culture. For a deeper cultural experience, consider homestays hosted by welcoming local families.

How To Reach

To get to the ghat, start by reaching Biswanath Chariali town. From there, it's just a 30-minute ride by taxi or autorickshaw to the ghat. You'll also find various hotels and lodges in the town for accommodation.

Places To Visit Nearby

  1. Kaziranga National Park: Situated approximately 90 kilometres from Biswanath Ghat, Kaziranga National Park is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. It's famous for its population of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. You can take a day trip to Kaziranga for a wildlife safari and spot other animals, such as tigers, elephants, and bird species.

  2. Manas National Park: Manas National Park is located about 150 kilometres from Biswanath Ghat. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its incredible biodiversity and lush landscapes. It's ideal for a day trip or an overnight stay to explore the rich wildlife, including tigers, elephants, and diverse birdlife.

  3. Tezpur: Tezpur, situated around 45 kilometres from Biswanath Ghat, is known for its historical and scenic attractions. You can visit Agnigarh, a hillock with panoramic views, and explore Cole Park, a beautiful green space. Tezpur offers a pleasant day excursion from Biswanath Ghat.

  4. Bhalukpong: Located approximately 100 kilometres from Biswanath Ghat, Bhalukpong is a haven for adventure seekers. The town offers opportunities for river rafting on the Kameng River and is the gateway to the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary. It's a great place to immerse yourself in nature and thrilling outdoor activities.

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