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Sivasagar Travel Guide

Blessed with a rich history and heritage, Sivasagar, also referred to as Sibsagar, lures travellers from every nook and corner of the country. The city is one of the top historical attractions in Assam. It has a large number of historical monuments, most of which were built by the Ahom Kingdom. The city is named after the pristine Sivasagar Lake which is more than 200 years old and a popular tourist site in the region. Sivasagar was once the capital of the Ahom Dynasty from the year 1699 to 1788. During that time, it was known as Rangpur. The Ahom rulers constructed many forts, temples and palaces in the city during their reign. These historical monuments can still be seen and are presently serving as the top tourist attractions in Sivasagar. Amongst the many historical attractions in the city, Talatal Ghar, Siva Dol Temple and Vishnu Dol Temple are the famous places of tourist interest in Sivasagar. Besides, the city also has amazing sightseeing places, Taj Museum being one of them. There are also various tanks that can be visited on a Sivasagar tour. Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary is another must-visit place which attracts a lot of travellers. Be it history lovers, nature admirers or wildlife buffs, Sivasagar is a place which has something to offer to all kinds of travellers.  

Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Sivasagar

From history to wildlife to pilgrimage, the city offers a range of attractions that lets you have an enjoyable holiday in Sivasagar.

Gaurisagar Tank

Built in the year 1723, Gaurisagar Tank is an artificial tank located near the city of Sivasagar. It was built by Rani Phuleshwari Devi – the first wife of Ahom King. On the banks of this renowned tourist site, there are several temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. 

Shivasagar Lake

Shivasagar Lake or Sibsagar Lake lies in the heart of the city. It is one of the scenic locations in the city and was built by Rani Ambika in the memory of her consort Swargadeo Sivasingha. It is the second largest tank in Assam. Such is the charm and significance of this lake that the city was named after it. On the bank of the lake, there are many temples, a Buddhist monastery, mosque, parks and gardens.  

Joysagar Tank 

At a distance of 5 km from the city’s downtown, Joysagar is a famous tourism place in Sivasagar. It is a man-made lake which was built by Swargadeo Rudra Singha, an Ahom King. He established this place in the year 1697 to commemorate his mother. On the northern bank of this lake, there are many temples that are flocked by oodles of devotees every day.   

Shiva Dol 

Located on the bank of Sivasagar Lake, Shiva Dol is yet another attraction in the city which dates back to the time when it was the capital of Ahom Kingdom. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is recognized as one of the top pilgrimage sites in Sivasagar.  Shiva Dol is also the largest Lord Shiva temple in the entire Northeast India.    

Talatal Ghar 

Often called as Rangpur Palace, Talatal Ghar is a magnificent historical monument in Sivasagar. It is known to be the largest of all Ahom monuments built in the world. It was originally constructed as an army base by Swargadeo Rajeshwar Singha. The structure has three underground floors and two tunnels that were built as escape routes for the king and his army. Its splendid architecture sets it apart from other historical structure built during the same period.     

Vishnu Dol 

Comfortably standing on the bank of Sivasagar Lake, close to Shiva Dol, Vishnu Dol is a highly revered religious place in Sivasagar. The temple is more than 200 years old and was built during the reign of Ahom Kingdom by the Queen Madambika. It is sacred to Lord Vishnu. Other than the religious significance, the temple is also known for its architectural beauty, which is a treat to the eyes.    

Ahom Museum 

For historical buffs, Ahom Museum is yet another delightful place to visit in Sivasagar city. The museum depicts the glory of Ahom Kingdom. For that, it houses a rich assortment of exhibits like royal armoury, clothes, swords, goblets, manuscripts and more. Founded in the year 1972, this museum in Sivasagar gives tourists a sneak peek of art, artefacts and jewellery related to the Ahom Dynasty.    

Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary

In the northern part of the Sivasagar district, Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls over an area of 33.93 sq km. The sanctuary is home to more than 267 species of birds and 70 species of migratory birds. Pani Dihing was established by the Government of Assam in the year 1999. Kingfisher, shoveller, open bill stork, and wigeon are some common birds that can be seen here.   

Top Things to do in Sivasagar 

Apart from the above mentioned tourist attractions, the city of Sivasagar also offers tourists a range of activities to do in the region.

Heritage Tour

Being the former capital of the Ahom Dynasty, Sivasagar houses numerous heritage monuments, and visiting them is one of the best things to do in Sivasagar. Visiting these monuments lets tourists admire the rich heritage of the Ahom Dynasty.

Nature Tour

Amidst the history and heritage, one forgets that the city of Sivasagar is also known for its natural beauty. The city is gifted with an abundance of greenery that makes a stay in Sivasagar unforgettable. There are numerous lake sites in the city that are perfect to relish the nature and serenity of this place. 

Pilgrimage Tour

Since the city is home to many temples, devotees from every nook and corner of the country come to perform a pilgrimage tour in Sivasagar. Joy Dol, Shiva Dol, Devi Dol and Shiva Dol are some few popular names in the long list of temples in Sivasagar.

Accommodation Options 

Being one of the top tourist attractions in Assam, Sivasagar offers good staying options to tourists. From budget to standard to deluxe, the city has a range of hotels to reside in. These hotels guarantee a comfortable stay along with offering basic modern facilities. The accommodation options in Sivasagar can be found in different regions of the city. For travellers, there are also a good number of homestays to stay in. 

Best Time to Visit Sivasagar

Summers in Sivasagar are scorching and humid. One should avoid visiting the city during this time, as it can be extremely exhausting. During monsoon, it witnesses sporadic rainfalls. Winter is the best season to visit Sivasagar. The temperature during this time ranges between 10°C to 23°C and the weather is cool and pleasant. 

How to Reach Sivasagar?

The city of Sivasagar is well-connected with all means of transport to the rest of the country. The nearest airport from Sivasagar is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati. The city can also be easily reached by railway. The nearest railhead is Simaluguri Railway Station, which is located at a distance of around 16 km. It is also connected to the rest of the country through road networks. Both government and private buses also run from the nearby cities and towns like Simaluguri, Bhojo, Cinnamora, Bishnu Nagar and Nazira to Sivasagar. 

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