Dispur is a city with historical and mythological importance. It is culturally rich and known for its natural hubs and cultural places. Dispur showcases a cultural assimilation of its inhabitants who have come from different ethnicities and history. The city also has its unusual culture. An example of it is the two unique dance forms: Bihunas and Husari that are so popular among the masses that people from far flung areas come to the city to watch these folk dances. The traditional folk music is also an integral part of the city that has been popularised by some of the renowned musicians of Assam like Bhupen Hazarika.
Places to Visit
Shilpagram: It is an emporium run by the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC). It is the storehouse of the cultural and handicraft heritage of Assam and other north-eastern states. Traditional jewellery, ethnic costumes, silk saris, hand-woven carpets and metal and wooden handicraft items are some of the products available at the emporium.
Basistha Ashram: It is a Shiva Temple that is located at a distance of six kilometres from Dispur. It is named so as it is located on the mountain banks of a river known as Basistha. It is believed that it was the home of the famous sage Basistha, also known as Vashistha. It is spread over an area of 135 hectares. This ashram also has a waterfall. Just a few kilometres away is the Garbhanga Reserve Forest, where you can catch the glimpse of elephants and different species of butterflies.
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra: It is a museum that preserves and exhibits the yesteryears handicrafts of Assam. It has articles, statues, inscriptions, jewellery, etc. of Assam and other north-eastern states. Bamboo and cane products are available in abundance in Dispur. It also hosts cultural programs, such as traditional dance and drama performances, in its open-air theatre. It also has the Artists' Village, which replicates the village society of Assam. The Sahitya Bhavan is the library within its premises that has a huge collection of rare books and manuscripts. Along with the heritage park, the Lalit-Kala Bhavan is the centre used for exhibitions and workshops on art and culture.
Ganeshguri Bazaar: It is a local bazaar in the city that sells handloom products. Although the city is the capital of Assam, it does not offer entertainment opportunities. Guwahati, which is hardly 7-10 km away from the city, is considered as an entertainment zone with shopping malls, theatres and other similar places.
Dispur Law College and Dispur College are two important education institutions in the city. These two colleges fulfill the need for the higher education in the city. There are many government and private schools in the city as well.
How to reach?
Guwahati Airport is the nearest airport to the city that is located at a distance of few kilometres from Dispur.
Guwahati Railway Station is the headquarters of the North-East Frontier Railways. Auto rickshaws, taxis and cabs regularly ply from the railway station to the main city.
A national highway connects Dispur to other major cities. Government-aided buses run by the Assam government and many other privately owned buses connect Dispur to the other cities in the northeast.
Last Updated on : May 11, 2015
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