Dhubri District - the gateway of western Assam happened to be in the past a meeting place of different racial groups which mingled together and formed a unique Cultural Heritage and Historical Background. The growth of blended culture in this region particularly in case of Language, Art and Religion is due to continuous process of assimilation of various races, caste & creed of local people, invaders & migrated people. Dhubri District is bounded both by inter-state and international border i.e. West Bengal and Bangladesh in the west, Goalpara and Bogaigoan district of Assam in the east, Kokrajhar district in the north, South Salmara-Mankachar district and state of Meghalaya in the south.
Dhubri district is primarily dependent on agriculture and forest products. Main source of income is paddy with surplus production than its requirement Jute and mustard seed occupy the major share of cash crops. From forest mainly timber and bamboo add to the income though boulder and sand also available. Fish, milk, meat and egg have small contribution to the economy.
Why Visit Dhubri ?
The Mosque of Rangamati
Terracotta of Asharikandi
Chakarasilla Wild Life Sanctuary
Best Time to Visit ?
Winter : November – February
Summer : March – April
How to reach :
By Road: Regular buses (both private and government) are plying from Guwahati to Dhubri. The distance is about 290 KMs. and time takes 5.30 to 6.00 hours. Also one can reach Dhubri from Siliguri, Cooch Behar (West Bengal) via road as there a good no. of buses are plying regularly. The distance from Siliguri and Cooch Behar to Dhubri is about 240 KMs and 85 KMs respectively..
By Train: There are two no. of trains from Guwahati to Dhubri. One is Passenger runs regularly and another weekly. From Siliguri also there is one train runs via Cooch Behar on regular basis.
By Air: Nearest Airport is Rupshi-Airport which is situated about 15 km away from District head quarter. Available flights are from Guwahati and Kolkata, flying thrice in a week.
Dhubri District is bestowed with attractive scenic beauties. Both the banks of the River Brahmaputra with its lush green fields, blue hills and hillock is a feast to the eyes of the onlookers. The Gurdwara Tegh Bahadur Shaibji, the Rangamati Mosque, Mahamaya Dham , Chakrasila Wildlife Sanctuary, Matiabagh Hawa Mahal, Ramraikuti Satra, Panch Peer Dargaha, and other royal palaces attract the people for their unique structures, religious sanctity and mythological importance.
People & Culture :
Dhubri possesses a rich Archaeological and Cultural heritage from the ancient time. This region came in contact with the foreign invaders earlier than the rest of Assam. As Dhubri is called the gateway of Assam, people of diverse ethnic identity came to this region with different aims and a major portion of whom settled in this region. As a result of which Dhubri District witnesses the growth of blended culture, particularly in case of language, art and religion due to the continuous process of assimilation of various races, castes and creed of local people , invaders and migrated people.
The main local language of this district is Goalporia, popularly known as "Desi Bhasha". Other than this, Assamese and Bengali language are simultaneously spoken in the urban area.
Regarding dress, Sari is commonly used by both urban and rural women folk. In earlier days the rural women wore a piece of unsewn cloth which was called "Patani". This style of clothing is still seen in some rural areas. Male hindus generally wear Dhuti and Lungi is used by Muslims.
The most important ingredient of the cultural built-up of this district is its rich and indigenous folksongs and dances which are very popular from ancient time. The themes of these songs and dances are mainly based on religion and love affairs. Goalporia folk song is the soul of every people of this district.
The material evidences of rich cultural heritage of Dhubri Dist. are marked by the existence of heritage buildings including temples, shrines and some archaeological reins and various crafts which are scattered all over the District
Do you Know ?
Dhubri Dist. also witnessed the glorious visit of many of the historical personalities like - Guru Nanaka, Srimanta Sankardeva, Guru Teg Bahadur, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Gopinath Bordoloi and others.
Pratima Barua Pandey, The Queen of folk music and a legend of Goalpariya folk music an awardee of Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi for her pioneering efforts in popularising Goalpariya lokageet was also from the district.
Pramathesh Baruah, one of the pioneers of Indian Cinema who was an actor, director and screenwriter in the pre-independence era born at Gauripur.
Priyadarshini Chatterjee, is an Indian model and beauty pageant title holder who was crowned Femina Miss India world in 2016 is from Dhubri. She represented India at the Miss World 2016 pageant also.
Javed Zaman, First cricketer from Assam to play for India A team. A veteran Ranji player for Assam and Railways is also from Dhubri.