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Interesting Facts You Should Know About Cachar, Assam

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Imtiaz Ullah
Imtiaz Ullahhttps://nomadlawyer.org/about/
Imtiaz Ullah is the founder of travel website - NomadLawyer. A Corporate Lawyer, Senior Travel Correspondent, The Traveller Trails magazine and also acts as an Advisory Member, NGO - Sarvahitey. His travel philosophy is exploring new places, meeting new people, knowing the culture, eating like a local. He always believes in the idea-“ Don't just be a traveller but a Responsible one”.

Cachar is a district located in the southern part of the Indian state of Assam. Silchar is a city and the headquarters of the Cachar district of the state of Assam, India.

Here are some interesting facts about Cachar:

Cachar, Assam Silchar

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1. Cachar is known for its scenic beauty, with lush green hills, tea gardens, and rivers.

2. The district is home to a number of ethnic communities, including Bengalis, Manipuris, and Dimasas.

3. The district has a rich cultural heritage, with a number of festivals and traditions unique to the region.

4. The district is known for its cuisine, which includes dishes like pitha, doi chira, and fish curry.

5. The district has a number of tourist attractions, including the Khaspur archaeological site, the Maibong Hill, and the Badarpur Fort.

6. The district has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters.

7. The district is well-connected to the rest of the country by road, rail, and air.

8. The district has a number of educational institutions, including the Assam University, which is located in Silchar.

9. The district is also known for its handloom industry, with products like silk and cotton sarees, shawls, and dhotis.

10. The district has a number of natural resources, including coal, limestone, and timber. 

Other than the above, here is a list of unknown facts of Cachar as explored by NomadLawyer volunteer Jahid.

Museum Constructed by Arun Kumar Das

The 80 year old, retired teacher by profession, Shri Arun Kumar Das hailed from Ganganagar Village, Amraghat near Bhuvan Hill, Cachar district. He built a one room museum with systematic arrangements and shelving of the antiques. Master Arun Kumar Dasji devoted the entire life in the passion for collecting several antiques across the country since 1960. 

This multipurpose self-built museum, located at his own residence. The museum has rich collection and objects on display include old books, coins, musical instruments, different types of tools and instruments, fossils, stones, weapons, old map, handicraft products, etc. The museum has been visited by so many eminent personalities and also felicitated on different occasions. The museum is located at a distance of approximately 35 kms from Silchar town.

The Bio-Diversity Park, Dholai, at Cachar district has a wide range of plant communities ranging from grasslands, shrubland, tropical thorn forest to broad-leaved deciduous forests. The Park with its unique and beautiful undulating landscape harboring Hawaithang’s Range natural heritage, is a paradise for nature lovers. The Park has network of nature trails passing through the dense recreated forest communities, grasslands and seasonal water bodies. Nature Education at this Biodiversity Park involves activities to inculcate love for Nature and its conservation among people, especially the younger generation.

Every one will cherish a walk through the splendid natural pathways within the Bio- Diversity Park. One can enjoy nature’s beauty in silence and immerse in deep thought.

It is the only place in Cachar district which provides unique environmental education in natural ambience to school children. One can approach the Biodiversity Park Dholai from Silchar town to Rangirkhari and then Dholai area via Aizawl road approximately distance at around 40 kms.

Durga Puja- Rejoice in the festive mood…!!!

The city of joy Silchar is known for its liveliness and rich culture and heritage. The city comes alive in the festival of Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Laxmi Puja, etc.

The most prominent festival of Silchar, Durga Puja, is the soul and pride of Barak Valley. Durga Puja brings great enthusiasm, joyous moments and a chance to get together with families and friends in the most amazing manner like never before. Durga Puja is never celebrated in the same manner every year. It is celebrated for 6 days and you will witness the best of Durga Puja Festival because it is the main cultural festival of Barak Valleys. Lakhs of people participated in the festival with joy and enthusiasm. Maha Aarati was performed in different parts on the bank of the river Barak. Thousands of tiny earthen lamps were illuminated. The local clubs, organizations are also organizing cultural programmes taking in religious events apart from the usual prayer meets. The markets of Silchar are thronged by huge crowds of people from neighboring  Jiribam, Dima Hasao, Aizwal and other district like Karimganj, Hailakandi coming to Silchar for shopping. 

As the weather is cloudy in some parts of the city many people have not been able to decide whether to venture out or not.

Traffic Jam, festive rush and road restriction will be there. People have begun to throng various shops from the morning. It is expected that all the roads in the city will lead to Barak valleys and neighboring areas shopping destinations in the next few days with the countdown to Durga Puja already beginning. 

Thengal Cultural Centre and Museum representing life, culture and heritage Thengal Kachari Tribe with an amusement park. It is located in Titabor (Balijan Gaon). Constructed by the Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council, it is popularly known as the Thengal Kachari Sanskritik Kendra Aru Sangrahalaya. The beautiful and eco-friendly environment in and around the museum gives us a glimpse of everything we want to know about the Kachari tribe. The museum also exhibits the unique culture, tradition and diversity of Assam culture.

The museum features several sections such as Epigraphy, Sculptures,  Cultural History, Crafts, Anthropology & Folk Art section, 

Miscellaneous. And also put on display the various handicrafts and handmade objects of North-east India along with the reconstructed tribal huts.

The main concept behind the development of Thengal Cultural Centre and Museum is to properly and effectively use local and rural resources with their added value, while respecting nature. The museum is spread across two floors with every floor having a different theme, from agriculture, clothing, food, handicrafts, weapons, and much more.It consists of  galleries which depict tribal life, their aesthetics and the religious beliefs etc. that are all kept alive by making use of creativity and artistic expression. 

There is even a children’s park within the premises of the museum.

Thengal Cultural Centre & Museum    museum remains open all days of the week. One can visit this place from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. However, since it is situated in Jorhat district, Assam which has sub tropical weather.

Contributed by Jahid Ahmed

Travel & Food Blogger,

Community Health Counsellor, Social Worker.

Silchar, Assam.

Edited by 

Imtiaz Ullah

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