Having a significant place in History, Tezpur in Assam is considered to be the cultural capital of Assamese culture. Situated on the North bank Brahmaputra, Tezpur is crowned with magnificent scenic beauty and outstar archeological ruins, surrounded by flourishing green hills of Arunachal Pradesh The district headquarter of Sonitpur, Tezpur features in Assamese folklore as the legendary capital of Banasura, whose beautiful daughter Usha fell in love with Krishna's grandson Aniruddha. Usha's friend Chitralekha transported Aniruddha Agnigarh "Fort of Fire"-where Banasura had confined Usha to shield her from unwanted attention Krishna subsequently attacked Tezpur to free Aniruddha b Banasura a big devotee of Lord Shiva sought his help. The clash between the two Gods covered the town in a river of blood, hence giving Tezpur (City of Blood) its name. Tezpur is also called the City of Eternal Romance because of Usha and Aniruddha.
Places to see in and around Tezpur:
Situated on the bank of mighty Brahmaputra,this fortress on a hilltop was constructed to isolate King Bana's daughter Usha, from Lord Krishna's grandson Aniruddha. As it was surrounded by fire on all sides, it was named Agnigarh. To reach the fortress one needs to climb a circular staircase, and the hilltop features splendid view of Tezpur and the River Brahmaputra
A popular tourist destination, Bamuni hills features Sculptural ruins dating hack centuries. The stone carving depicted on the walls of Bamuni Hills are fine specimens of architectural brilliance of the ancient age. One can find Lord Vishnu's ten incarnations depicted in the bracket lintel. Once there one could visit Bhairabi temple.
Chitralekha Udyan :
Popularly known as Cole Park, Chitralekha Uddyan is one of the most famous tourist places in Tezpur. It was established in 1906 and later renovated in the year 1996. The scenic park is set in a stunning landscape with many hillocks and lakes adding beauty to the atmosphere. One can enjoy boat ride in the lake.
Nameri National Park:
35 km away from Tezpur, lying on the Himalayan foothills, this 200 sq km park opens the door to some of the rarest species of flora and fauna The park boasts of dense elephant population apart from being home to Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopards, different species of deer and other Mammal Reptiles, butterflies, orchids etc. the park is also referred to as The Last House of White Winged Wood Duck the state bird of Assam
Located at 56 km away from Tezpur in Assam Arunachal Pradesh border and the southern reaches of the Himalayas, Bhalukpong is nature lover's paradise. The extension of Nameri and Pakke Tiger Reserve as well as River Jia Bharali added more beauty to this place. One can enjoy Riverside trekking and rafting in the river.