Situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and established in 1842, Dibrugarh [pronounced dib-roo-GOR] isn’t a primary travel destination but it can certainly be an excellent gateway to explore the northeastern corner of Assam and the neighboring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Direct flights from Dibrugarh connects Agartala and Imphal, the state capitals of Tripura and Manipur.
Planes and trains connect Dibrugarh to and from several Indian cities. The closest cities are Guwahati and Kolkata [formerly Calcutta]. There are various options for hotels in Dibrugarh, but not all might meet the requirements of a high-end traveler. Homestays are another option, in addition to specialized accommodations in a tea estate.
Winter is cold and summer is hot and humid. The monsoon falls between June and September. My recommendation is to visit Dibrugarh between December and February. During these three months, nighttime temperatures range between 47-55 degrees Fahrenheit and daytime temperatures are pleasant, hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pxley Extra: The following is a video excerpt from a traditional ceremony held in Dibrugarh, Assam.
A few interesting facts about Dibrugarh:
- Dibrugarh was part of the Chutia kingdom until 1523.
- The Dibrugarh Court was established in 1840.
- Dibrugarh Govt. Boys’ Higher Secondary School was established in 1840.
- Earliest known watercolour of the Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh. The Burhampootra & Tibet mountains from Dibrooghur, Assam, by Edward Augustus Prinsep, dated c.1848.
- Dibrugarh was declared a township in 1868.
- The first school for girls, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, was established in 1885.
- The Times of Assam, the first news weekly in the region, was published in 1895.
- Assam Medical College [formerly Berry White Medical School] established in 1900 was the first medical institution in Northeast India.
- During World War II, Dibrugarh was a military base and transit camp for evacuees from Burma. [Note: Read about “A Glimpse of Dinjan, Assam.”]