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Tezpur

 

Set among tea gardens, military cantonments and built around several lakes, Tezpur is located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in the district of Sonitpur, central Assam, and only a 20-minute drive from Wild Mahseer. With the snow-capped Himalayas as its northern backdrop, this scenic town has a fascinating history.

The name Tezpur is derived from the Sanskrit words teza (meaning blood) andpura (meaning town or city) and it is located on the ancient site of Sonitpur (meaning City of Blood) so named, as legend has it, because of an epic battle fought there between Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. It is steeped in mythology and folklore and renowned for its magnificent archaeological ruins and scenic beauty.

Tezpur is the administrative headquarters of the Sonitpur district and largest of the north bank towns with a population exceeding 100,000. It is a commercial, administrative and educational centre and its economy mainly depends on its many Tea Gardens.