Chitralekha Udyan Assam- Ideal for Children

After exploring the Hayagriva Madhava temple, we were a bit hungry and so we had our lunch at a roadside restaurant on the way. I am an avid lover of food and was extremely happy to taste noodles and various other dishes in their true form. From there, we moved on to our next destination which is known as Chitralekha Udyan Assam. It is also known as Cole Park and located close to the heart of Tezpur. We were simply fascinated by the picturesque construction of the park.

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Chitralekha Udyan Assam | Image Resource : allresourceupdates.wordpress.com

One of the visitors told us that both the names i.e. Cole Park and Chitralekha Udyan are synonymous and not different. He also told us that the name of the park has been derived from a love story of Aniruddha and Usha, found in Agnigarh. The park acts as a host to different types of painting and drawing competitions organized by schools located nearby. Inside the park, we could spot the famous Bhomoraguri inscriptions which showcase plans of building a bridge over the Brahmaputra. Incidentally, there is a bridge called Koila Bhomora Setu at the same site.

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Koila Bhomora Setu | Image Resource : commons.wikimedia.org

We also went to the pond where we hired a paddle boat and had some fun. After that, we moved on to the next section of amusements called Bumping Cars. We could see that the cars were brand new and in good condition which clearly showed. My child was also fascinated to have a sight of Valiant MIG 21 which is considered to be one of the premiere jet fighter models of the Indian aviation industry. The actual aircraft is considered to be the first supersonic airplane to become a part of Indian Air Force.

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Jet Fighter Monument, Chitralekha Udyan | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

There was a map of the country’s states as existed before 2000 and made of concrete. We also had fun near the lake where small sized paddle boats and rowing are allowed. The name of the park is derived from its founder Mr. Cole. It came into existence in the year 1906 and comprises of a restaurant, open air theatre and beautifully decorated walkways. We also came to know that the park underwent renovation in 1996 due to the efforts of the then Deputy Commissioner, Mr. MGVK Bhanu

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Hayagriva Madhava Temple Assam- A Place of Pilgrimage for Hindus As Well As Buddhists

From the Guwahati Planetarium, we moved on to our next destination which was the Hayagriva Madhava Temple Assam. It is located on what is known as Monikut Hill in an area called Hajo at a distance of 30km on the western side of Guwahati. We came to know that the present form of the temple was built in 1583 by King Raghudeva Narayan. There are some legends which state that the original form of the temple was built during the sixth century by a King from Pala dynasty.

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Hayagriva Madhava Temple | Image Resource : hunt.in

We were really mesmerized by the manner in which a temple was carved out of stone. Inside the temple, there is an image belonging to Hayagriva Madhava. One of the local devotees told us that the some of the Buddhists think that Lord Buddha attained the stage of Nirvana at the site where Hayagriva Temple is located. The temple was huge in size and we were amazed with its imposing construction. On the body of the temple, we could see images of elephants arranged in rows. Some of theartistic works represented the fineness of the then Assamese form of art.

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View of Guwahati City | Image Resource : flickr

We also visited the massive pond which is located close to the temple and is known as Madhab Pukhuri. One of the guides lingering around in the premises of the temple told us that every year festivals like Janmashtami, Bihu and Doul are celebrated with great pomp and show at the temple. One of the most peculiar things about the temple is its rich association with both Buddhism and Hinduism.

Many Buddhist monks, Bhutiyas and lamas from different corners of the world visit this temple. One of the legends associated with the temple tells that a number of paiks was donated by the Kaila Bhomora Borpukan’s first wife called Sayani. She even donated a huge plot of land in order to take good care of the Hayagriva Madhava Temple. Inside the temple, there is Lord Vishnu’s image which is similar to Lord Jagannath of Puri. We also came to know that the name Hayagriva stands for an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the head of a horse.

Travel Photo of The Week : Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Assam

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Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Assam | Image Resource : snipview.com

Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Assam : On my way back to my hotel I decided to make a stop at the famous Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. This huge infrastructure has some quite interesting attractions. The stadium holds major Olympic meets and is among one of the best stadiums in India.

Guwahati Planetarium Assam- A Treat for Science Enthusiasts

After exploring the Kamakhya Temple in a complex full of many temples, we moved on towards our next destination which was the Guwahati Planetarium Assam. It is considered to be an all exclusive astronomical research centre in this part of the world.

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Kamakhya Temple Assam | Image Resource:  rltgo.com

We had to pay a very nominal entry fee of Rs 30 per person for entering the planetarium and enjoying the sky shows. One of the members told us that the planetarium stays open on six days, except Sunday, from 11pm to 4pm.

The presence of the unique dome and slopes of walls make it an unparalleled beauty in the entire north eastern part of India. Inside the planetarium, we spotted the Goto GX instrument found in Japan. The hardware of the instrument works on the principle of GX Starfield projector and is composed of high quality theatre like sound system along with 60 projectors to render out of the box special effects.

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Guwahati Planetarium | Image Resource: assammind.blogspot.com

The software on which the entire equipment functions belongs to Goto as well. We came to know that in addition to the daily shows, the Planetarium frequently organizes different types of conferences, workshops and seminars related to the astronomy field.

The planetarium is also known for arranging outdoor viewing provisions and quizzes at the time of eclipses. There is a library which maintains a huge collection of some of the most unique space oriented books. There is no doubt about the fact that Guwahati Planetarium Assam is a great way of reaching out to the younger section of the society and inspiring them with fascinating scientific facilities. The planetarium also enables students to explore the different types of items being assembled by human explorers for centuries.

In addition to the common sky watching programs organized by professionals, there were some special shows which utilize an overhead screen created on the dome shaped ceiling. Despite being a person from commerce, I was extremely impressed after gathering knowledge about the extent to which science has advanced. We came to know that the Planetarium organizes shows in English, Hindi and Assamese. The planetarium is equipped with all the things which can keep a science enthusiast busy.

To the Ancients, Kamru Fort – Sangla, Kinnaur

Every City has its own history and definitely some standing remains or relics of what the city has faced in its past. Seeing something that belongs to generations before our time is something very special to me as it talks about the value of a city or of its people and how it came to be. I thought this might be one trip that could teach my kids about the value of things in life. And that’s how folks, began our day to Kamru Fort at Sangla.

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Kamru Fort | Image Resource : theoktravel.com

It was a pretty steep walk to the fort but completely worth every step. The fort is built atop the valley and as you reach the top point you get this absolutely breathtaking view of the entire of Sangla. We were able to see the high quality wooden carvings that were part of the fort too. The Kamru fort is a work of art, unlike the other traditional forts we have come to see. The architecture and the workmanship of art is something to praise.

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Kamru Fort Sangla | Image Resource : panoramio.com

En Route to Kamru Fort

Built atop a hill, it takes almost an hour to trek to the top. And pack your bags well, as there are no shops along the way. The fort itself is a little complex with a temple and scenic greenery for a backdrop. The path gives you lovely apple and apricot gardens to walk through as you trek to the top. The fort’s main gate bears an exotic image of Lord Buddha and that of Kamkhya Devi, which supposedly was brought from Assam and restored in the third floor of the fort.

One of the significant artifacts at the fort is a 15th century shrine of Lord Badrinath, which hosts a spark of light once in three years. Placed at a stunning altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level, it is surrounded on either sides by high snow-clad mountains and thick lush forests of Deodar Trees and fruit orchards.

Shrine at Base of Entrance to Kamru Fort

Shrine at Base of Entrance to Kamru Fort | Image Resource : theoktravel.com

This five storied fort that rests on a 55 square feet stone platform is a must visit for all those history and archaeology lovers. Check out the pictures I clicked for you to see.