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Dibrugarh Tourism And Travel Guide
11.4° C / 52.5° F
October to March
1 to 2 Days
Guwahati (15 kms)
One of the largest cities in Assam, Dibrugarh’s located about 439 km from Guwahati and is a developing industrial and commercial centre in North East India. With an airport that’s connected to the major Indian cities, Dibrugarh is one of the two main towns in Assam to have received aid for urban development from the Asian Development Bank and is one of the most popular tourist destinations from a business and leisure perspective. Tourism in Dibrugarh is all about nature, adventure and lots of ancient sightseeing. So if you are interested in any or all of these, then here's a travel guide to help you plan a trip.
How to Reach
Dibrugarh has excellent connectivity with regular flights daily between the country’s major metros like Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata. One of the best ways to reach Dibrugarh is to fly from New Delhi in 2 hours and 35 minutes at an estimated fare of INR 4,000 via Indigo or Spicejet and then take a cab to the city. The flights operate 4 times a day.
One of the cheapest ways of reaching Dibrugarh is to take a train, which takes about 38 hours and 50 minutes at an estimated fare of INR 950-1,100. You can board the train at the New Delhi Railway Station and arrive at Dibrugarh Town Railway Station. Alternatively, you can catch a train from Kolkata, which takes about 30-37 hours in travel.
There are a number of state-run and private buses operating between New Delhi and Dibrugarh, including Volvo A/C, A/C sleeper, and non-A/C sleeper buses. You can also hire a cab if you like taking a road trip. The road distance between New Delhi and Dibrugarh is roughly 2278km. You can also explore taking a flight from New Delhi to Guwahati and then travel by bus to Dibrugarh.
To get around the city comfortably, you can use the city’s bus services in addition to the usual autorickshaws and cycle rickshaws that can be seen in plenty. There’s the option of traveling by taxis for longer routes and battery-operated ricks as well. If you prefer a private car tour, then a chauffeur-driven car is your best bet.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
March through May in Dibrugarh is spring, which is warm owing to the humidity and temperature levels, ranging between 27°C and 31°C. With almost 7 to 13 days of rainfall each month, rains are quite common during this season and tourism is at its peak in the city, also making it ideal for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities.
The mid of the year months are comfortable with high temperatures which are still bearable and rainfall of about 15-20 days every month. Summer is the second busiest time of the year for tourism in Dibrugarh when lodging and accommodation can be expensive, so its best to make travel reservations in advance.
September through November witnesses temperatures ranging from 32°C to 28°C, which makes the weather rather pleasant despite the humidity and the wind level. There are possibilities of rain or snowfall every month which may vary from 2 to 12 days, slowing down tourism. This would be a window of opportunity for travelers looking for lucrative deals.
Dibrugarh’s weather is moderately cooler from December through February, which can be comfortable for warm weather enthusiasts. The average temperature during winter oscillates between 27°C-23°C, with possibilities of rain or snowfall between 1-3 times in a month. This also slows down the tourist traffic during winters.
Things To Do
One of Assam’s most significant and widely celebrated events is the Bihu Festival, which is enjoyed with great fervor and enthusiasm, specifically three of them, of which Bohag Bihu’s most popular, celebrated in April in lieu of spring with a variety of traditional dances and with multiple colors. The Tea Fest of Dibrugarh, Dehing Patkai Festival’s celebrated near the River Dehing, celebrated with traditional dances, cultural events and fairs in honor of the first crop of tea, cultivated in the area. There’s another tea festival celebrated in November in Jorhat District, around which time the state department holds guided tours to nearby areas that include the Majuli Islands and has other activities like river cruises and golf games, folk dance programs, adventure sports.
The Subansiri River, one of the largest streams of the Brahmaputra runs along Tibet before running through A.P. India. The river is pretty swift with ample opportunities to Kayak for a memorable experience, descending through the lush green rainforests of A.P.’s tribal area, along with some excellent river rafting expeditions. One can not only kayak of the difficult rapids whilst enjoying the tranquility of the remote camping area, but also kayak to their heart’s content, best during March, November and December.
Nature & Wildlife:
Spanning an area of 111.19 sq.km. and situated in the Dibrugarh-Tinsukia Districts, the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is popular for Assam Valley’s tropical wet evergreen jungles, where part of the sanctuary’s an Elephant Reserve with WW II cemeteries close by and one of Asia’s oldest refineries as well in Digboi, with an open cast coal mine at Lido. You can expect a number of bird species, reptiles, mammals here that are best observed in September through March.
Where To Eat
Assamese Delicacies are known for cooking techniques and drying & fermenting styles, with inclusions of vegetables and fish species. With rice as the main ingredient, the Assamese cuisine is renowned for minimal use of spices, its strong flavors and cooking and you’d find a wide range of fish, ducks, squabs, etc in their cuisine with some noteworthy & not to be missed dishes that include rice with dal, fish curries, mutton curries, fried fish and pork. Some popular eateries include Riddhi Restaurant with pocket-friendly dishes with a blend of Indian and Chinese cuisine, soups and moms being the most delicious. Then, there’s Flavors for a quick bite, with the popular Shikanji that’s priced only at INR 20. The H20 restaurant at Mancotta Road is a tranquil place with a warm & welcoming vibe and the choicest selection of rich food
Where To Shop
The Champa shopping complex is renowned for its handicraft offerings, slippers and pickles. One of the most popular tourist spots in the state, people come visiting Dibrugarh and head for the local shops, malls and shopping arcades like the Vishal Megamart, Khusi Megamart and the Leela Mall. The city besides its assorted teas is also famous for its traditional silk garments, specifically, the mekhela chaddar made of paat or muga, with the local-made Gamocha, which is one of the most known cultural symbols of Assam and popular among visitors, can be brought from the numerous local markets with an assortment of clothes, shoes and bags.