Haflong DIMA HASAO assam DJI 0080


A Civilisation grew on the Barak River's Bank
On the banks of the Barak River lies one of the most beautiful places of Assam, Silchar. With Manipur on the east, Bangladesh on the west, the Barail Hills on the north and Mizoram on the south, Silchar, the headquarters of the Cachar district, is widely known as the 'Island of Peace' and has everything that amazes – from nature to culture, all you experience in this town is breathtakingly beautiful!
At a distance of around 343 kilometres from Guwahati lies Silchar, the second largest town in the state. A quiet part of the country is now a bustling town, and it all happened during the British Raj. Docked at the bank of Barak River, the loaded ships of the British merchants needed a flourishing market nearby, which gave birth to an important financial centre. Covered with stones, the dock helped to anchor ships and vessels without any difficulty. Moreover, the newly developed marketplace was also covered with gravel. This is probably the reason why people started calling it the bank of stones or 'Shiler Chor' in their native language. 'Shiler Chor' which gradually became 'Shilchar' with time for verbal simplification, got accepted by the British officials very soon. The name 'Silchar', therefore, became a part of their official documents and slowly a flourishing town from a mere market area.
As per records, most of the inhabitants of Silchar speak Bengali. So, it evoked many grievances among the natives of Barak Valley when Chief Minister Bimala Prasad Chaliha passed a circular to make the Assamese language mandatory for the entire state. This brought hundreds of protesters to the streets. Silchar observed one of the most significant uprisings during this time. On 19th May in the year, 1961 it opened fire on the protesters and shot down 11 agitators on the spot. The revolt ebbed subsequently and forced the Government to withdraw its decision. Bengali was given official status in the three districts of Assam, including Cachar.
Silchar, of late, has gained massive popularity across the country and the reasons are wide-ranging. With attractive tourist destinations, prospects in the fields of education improved medical facilities, a growing real estate market and various commercial enterprises – Silchar today is a prosperous modern town inviting professionals and individuals from neighbouring States and all over India.

Attractions in Silchar

  • Khaspur:

    Roughly 20 kilometres away from Silchar Town is Khaspur, a place famously known as the medieval capital of the Kachari Kingdom. Although in ruins, the palace of Khaspur is still a majestic specimen of Silchar's glorious past. Served as the royal seat of the Kachari kings for a long time, the place is a vital tourist spot and an important historical site.

    Read More
  • Bhuban Hill and Bhuban Mahadev Temple:

    Around 40 – 50 kilometres away stands a widely visited hillock with one of the most celebrated Temples of Assam on the top. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Bhuban Mahadev Temple was erected by Kachari King Lakshmi Chandra and built of solid rock. This temple houses the idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Devout Hindus positively adore the place, and thousands of people throng the area during festive times.

    Read More
  • Maniharan Tunnel:

    Maniharan Tunnel is just around five kilometres away from Bhuvan Hill and is a widely admired destination among Hindu devotees. Here stands a famous temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in the vicinity of the tunnel. It is said that the reference to this tunnel is found in the Mahabharata. As per the legend, this tunnel was used by Lord Krishna once upon a time. With the Triveni River flowing below the tunnel, this holy shrine has gained attention across the country and remains jam-packed with devotees during Holi and Shivaratri Festivals every year.

    Read More






Accommodation Standard

Expected Budget range for the whole tour

Preferred Destinations


Contact ID

Nearby Places

Location of Silchar

Image Gallery