Month: January 2020

Bodoland, Assam: What To See & Do

Exploring offbeat places remains my biggest fascination as a full-time traveller. And when those offbeat destinations are rich in culture, history and natural beauty too, things become even more interesting. Bodoland, for me, was one such place. I happened to visit Bodoland to attend a 12-day cultural fest called Dwijing Festival that takes place in Bongaigaon town in Bodoland, Assam. Other than the festival (that I attended for 3 days) visiting a couple of wildlife sanctuaries, a few local villages, and getting a basic introduction to the lives of indigenous communities in Bodoland, was on agenda. Also Read: My First Impression of Bodoland So out of my nearly 5-day travel in Bodoland (three days at Dwijing and two days at Manas) here are some places/experiences I will recommend. What To See In Bodoland: Popular Tourist Places Dwijing Festival, Bongaigaon: Dwijing Festival is an annual river festival celebrated for 12 days (from 27 December to 7 January) on the banks of the Aie River near the Hagrama Bridge in Bongaigaon. The idea of the festival is …

MY First Impression Of Bodoland, Assam

Planning to visit Bodoland in Assam? Here’s what I think of Bodoland after my visit… As we slowly made our way through Guwahati’s peak hour traffic, to Bodoland, a quick Google search about the place and getting the background information, felt like a good plan. But as I typed ‘Bodoland’ and got a few popular searches, I understood why it was rather a bad idea. ‘Insurgency’, ‘territorial dispute’, and other similar terms were only to be seen on Google. In less than a minute I understood why Bodoland has always feared people – those who cared to Google about it in the first place – to come and visit it. I put the phone down and let Bodoland show its colors. Surprises are, in fact, good sometimes! Bodoland: A Quick Introduction Officially known as Bodoland Territorial Area (or BTA), Bodoland is an autonomous region in Assam. It is made up of 4 districts, namely, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, and Udalguri… all located the north of Brahmaputra river and by the foothills of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. …

A Travel Guide To Dwijing Festival In Bodoland, Assam

An annual extravaganza of various cultural and regional activities with a keen focus on promoting tourism in Bodoland… that’s what Dwijing festival is, in nutshell. It’s a great place for those who want an introduction to Bodoland but don’t know where to start from. Think of the Hornbill festival in Nagaland, that’s what Dwijing is for Bodoland, in Assam. I happened to attend Dwijing festival as a part of the Bodoland Ambassadors trip where I, along with 8 other bloggers from across India were invited. Attending Dwijing festival and spending the night of 31st December on site was on agenda. Though Dwijing festival was a 12-day festival with different performances lined up every night, we attended it for just three days. To be honest, if I was travelling on my own, I would have attended Dwijing for all the 12 days – just go to the festival premise every evening, hang around, eat, drink some Druk Beer or rice wine and enjoy the vibe. But before we get into discussing my experience of Dwijing and …