Tezpur is a historical city of Assam whose existence dates back centuries. It is on the North Bank of the Brahmaputra and has a population of about 100,000.


Origins and history

Tezpur means town of blood. The story behind this name is that when Tezpur was ruled by Bana Raja, his daughter Usha and Anirudha, grandson of Lord Krishna, fell in love with each other. When this came to the King's notice he sternly objected and isolated Usha in a place called Agnigarh. But when Anirudha tried to take Usha away, there was a war between Lord Krishna and Bana Raja, leading to a major bloodshed with loss of many lives. Study from the history also says that the vicinity of the town has historical ruins of the 8th-9th century like Bamuni Hills. The ruins of Da Parbatia are a shining example of the architecture around the 4th Century AD. Modern Tezpur was founded by the British colonial administration in 1835 as the headquarters of Darrang district.

Tezpur today

Tezpur is the major commercial cum administrative centre of North Assam. It is also said to be the cultural capital of Assam, with many historical ruins attesting to its past. It is also a major tea and tourist centre of Assam and its scenic beauty is breathtaking, especially in the winters with the snow-capped Himalayas as its backdrop. In view of its hot summers and beautiful winters, the best time to travel to Tezpur is from October to May.


Summer: 32.2 °C Winter: 10 °C; Average Rainfall: 160 cms.

Get in

By car

State and National Highways connect Tezpur with other cities of the state and the neighbouring states. State Government Buses and Tourist Buses ply regularly to and fro from Guwahati to Tezpur. Deluxe buses are available from Guwahati to Tezpur during the day time and night as well.

By train

Tezpur has its own railway station, which is connected with Guwahati railway station. Guwahati is the nearest major railhead, which has several trains from all the important destinations of India.

By plane

Tezpur is well connected by Air with Guwahati and Kolkata. Air India Regional and NRPC airlines operate direct flight from Kolkata thrice a week and every day from Guwahati. Taxis are available from the airport to the city centre.


Aginarth Hill
Bhairabi Temple

Near Tezpur


Angling and water rafting in Jia Bhoroli River. Eating There

Try out in eating Joints like Chinese Oasis Veggie Foods Flora's KF House Of Ming.

Gateway to Arunachal Pradesh. Go to Tawang ( 10,000 + Ft. high, Dirang (India's Switzerland), Sella Pass (13,000 + Ft. High) Hire a SUMO Jeep vehicle from Tezpur and visit these places. Takes about 3/4 days.




Go next

Nameri National Park is located around 35 km from Tezpur on the Tezpur-Bhalukpong-Bomdila route to have some wildlife experience. Guwahati, the commercial capital of Assam, is at a distance of 180 km from Tezpur.

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