Some of the significant tourist attractions of Barpeta District are -
Barpeta Satra: It is located at the heart of the city and it attracts devotees from all over the state particularly during Holi festival and anniversaries of various Vaishnava Gurus. The buildings within the Satra premise are considered as architectural achievements in its own right. Its Kirtan Ghar is considered to be the largest in Assam. The Three Guru Asanas are placed in these buildings in honour of Shrimanta Sankardeva, Shri Madhavdeva and Shri Badula Ata. The two Satradhikars sit behind the Asanas to hold Nam-Prasangas regularly.
Chinpara Vithi is the place where Srimanta Sankardeva landed from his boat at Barpeta on banks of Bori River; which is presently called Palangdihati. The Saint stayed here for six months to propagate his faith. This place is located around half km north of Barpeta Satra. The Namghar established by the Guru still exist.
Sundaridiya Satra: Located near the Barpeta town this is Satra that played an important role in spreading Vaishnavism and reformation. Shri Madhavdeva founded the Satra and composed the 'Bhakti Ratnakar' and 'Namghosa' here. The great saint during his vacation here dug a well that is preserved till today and people consider the water of this well holy. Three Guru Asanas are placed in the name of Shri Sankardeva, Shri Madhavdeva and Shri Badula Ata.
Patbaushi Satra: This Satra is located around 2 kms north of Barpeta town. This Satra is frequented by large number of devotees and visitors as it was a cultural centre from where Satriya culture, art forms and literature spread far and wide. Vaishnava Gurus like Shri Manta Sankardeva, Shri Madhavdeva, Shri Damodardeva and Shri Harideva stayed in this Satra for propagation of Vaishnava faith. Shrimanta Sankardeva lived here for 18 long years and composed various literary religious cultural texts. The scripts are carefully preserved here. Further, the state government has taken steps for preservation of these treasures of Assamese heritage and planning to setup a Shrimanta Sankardeva Museum at the premises of the Satra. The Damodar deva Satra is also located in the same premises.
Ganakkuchi Satra: Founded by Sri Madhavdeva, the reformer stayed here for more than 18 years. A number of Sachipat Puthis composed by Shrimanta Sankardeva is preserved here.
Baradi Satra: This Satra was established by Shri Madhavdeva. The common people were greatly influenced by the preaching of this great scholar. Thus, this Satra became an important centre of learning.
Pari Hareswar Devalaya, Dubi: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous dance form 'Devadasi Dance' is said to have originated in this Temple.
Dargah of Syed Shahnur Dewan, Bhella: A disciple of Muslim Sufi-Saint Ajan Fakir of Upper Assam came and stayed at Bhella region to spread the Sufi Philosophy.
Manas National Park:
Declared as a national park in the year 1990, Manas National park is located at Himalayan foothills where it is having unique bio diversity and scenic landscapes. It is one of the first reserves included in the tiger reserve network under project tiger in 1973. It is covering an area of 2837 sq. kms. Manas Riverflows through the park with unique blending of dense forests; it harbours the largest number of protected species of India including Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, buffalo, peacock hog, golden langur, Assam roof turtle, and more. This park is included as a site of international importance under UNESCO's world heritage convention in 1988 as well as Biosphere Reserve in 1989. There are as many as 60 species of mammals, 312 birds, 42 reptiles, 7 amphibians, 54 fishes and more than 100 species of insects in this park. The place can be easily reached from Barpeta Road, which is located at a distance of 20 kms. It is well connected with the rest of the country through proper railway services and Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is nearly 160 kms from Barpeta Road. However, visitors are required to obtain necessary permission for entry into this park from the Field Director of this park.
Brass Metal Industry of Sarthebari:
Sarthebari town is located in the easternmost corner of the Barpeta district and is renowned for the household brass metal industry. It expertises in making Sarais, Bota, Ban-Batis, Thals, glasses and more such things that are traditionally used by the Assamese people. These utensils are unique contribution towards Assamese tradition and culture carried for long period of time. However, due to increasing cost of raw materials that is to be imported from other state, the artisans are finding it economically difficult to continue the industry.
Apart from these attractions, tourism in Barpeta District also include several magnificent sightseeing options mainly river side views. The main rivers of Barpeta namely Manas River, Beki and Brahmaputra River present scenic beauty that offers an enriching tranquil experience. A visit to Baghbar hills also provides a scenic overview of the mighty Brahmaputra River. But, this district needs some developments in infrastructural facilities to enhance its tourism.
(Last Updated on : 29-01-2013)
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