A visit to the tea gardens
There are many tea gardens around Silchar (must be around 100 in number) both small and big. Some of the tea gardens are really very beautiful. To name a few, the Sindoora tea garden is really very picturesque. The Silchar airport at Kumbhirgram is also located at a tea garden called the Koomber tea estate, which is again very beautiful. Here are some photographs of beautiful tea gardens.
*Some 5 kilometers from the Bhuvan hill is Maniharan tunnel. Mythology has it that Lord Krishna used this tunnel. Holy Tribeni River flows down the tunnel. Over this tunnel, there is a temple where Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Garura and Hanuman are worshiped. Festivals are held at this place during the Holy festival (festival of colours), Baruni and Shivaratri (Shiva festival)
Martyrs' Tomb at Gandhi Bag
One finds the 11 martyr's tombs at Gandhi Bag on the bank of a lake, who sacrificed their lives during the language movement in 1961. There are 11 monumental pillars there for the 11 martyrs. This is a must visit for all Bengalees. The object of the language movement was to make Bengali the Official language of the Cachar district of Assam (a feat well achieved)
Train ride from Lumding to Silchar
For anybody who visits Silchar, the train ride from Lumding to Silchar (at day time) is a 'should not miss' experience. The entire rail track passes through hilly region, very tall trees and vegetation. There are 33 tunnels in between and the longest of them takes 3 minutes to cross by the train. There are many rivers and mountain cut roads on the way. The interesting part is that the train also passes through Jatinga, the place famous for the mystery of mass birds' suicide. Jatinga is a place uphill and to pass though this place the train needs two engines, one at the front and another at the rear. The train ride is unique although there are some negative aspects also, such as, lack of foodstuffs in the journey (be sure to take your food along), chances of train running much behind schedule because of landslides, uncomfortable seats because they are meter gauge trains and finally, while passing through the tunnels, be cautious to hold on to your luggages as everything turns into total darkness and and there are chances of theft
Paper Mill at Panchgram
The Paper mill of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited at Panchgram, a few kilometers from Silchar, on way to Badarpur, is one of Asia's largest paper mill. It is surrounded by greenery but as is expected, the air is highly polluted.
Shiva Mandir at Bhuvan Hill
About 35 kilometers away from Silchar is the Shiva Mandir located on top of the Bhuvan Hill. There is the Bhubaneswar temple where there are idols of Hara-Parvati, the god and the goddess. From Silchar one can reach Bhuvannagar by bus and the rest of the distance (composed in climbing a hill called the Bhuvan hill), one has to climb it on foot.
Picturesque Assam University
The location of Assam University at Silchar is a pituresque one and I must confess, it is one of the best views I have ever seen in my life. The area is called Dorgakona and is made up of small hillocks covered by greenery and each Department building is built on the top of a small hillock. So when one enters the main gate, which is at the top of a larger hillock taller than many hillocks on which the Department buildings are built, one has a eye catching view of numerous red coloured tin roofed buildings on tops of many hillocks, a narrow concrete lane (about 1.5 meters in width) leading the way to each of them. From that point, each department building is visible separately and no small hillock is equal in height to another so that no one building blocks the view of another.
National Institue of Technology
If one visits Silchar, one must consider a visit to the National Institute of Technology. It presents a beautiful view. The institute is built on hillocks and vales and on vast stretch of greenery. There are also ponds and lots of trees in the area. To arrive at NIT, one has to take a bus from the city.
Palace of Kachari Kings
The palace of the Kachari kings can be found at their last capital KHASPUR, about 10 kilometers from Silchar. It was a powerful and advanced kingdom in medieval Assam. The rulers belonged to the greater Bodo-Kachari ethnic group. Ruins and archaeological remains of the Kachari kingdom still exists in Khaspur. Khaspur was originally a part of the Tripura kingdom but was taken over by Chilarai in the 16th century and was ruled by Kamalnarayana, the brother of Chilarai. After the decline of Koch power, Khaspur became independent. In the middle of the 18th century, the last of the Koch rulers died without an heir and the control of the kingdom went to the ruler of the Kachari kingdom. After the merger, the capital of the Kachari kingdom moved to Khaspur. The last Kachari King was King Gobin Chandra. He was assassinated in 1830 without leaving a natural heir. The region thus went under control of the British rulers under the terms of an agreement.
Kanchakanti Kali Mandir
It is situated at a place called Udharbond, about 15 kilometers from Silchar on way to the Silchar airport. It is a temple of Goddess Kancha Kanti, a union of Goddess Kali and Goddess Durga. She is known to be very powerful.
It is said that the king had a dream in which he was asked to build such an idol of the four-armed goddess. Accordingly, he got prepared this gold idol in 1806 and a temple around it. The old temple is no more found there and the present one was built up later. It is said the dreams and wishes of devotees are fulfilled in this temple.
To visit this temple, the best mode of transport is to take a shared taxi/cab from Sadarghat at Silchar. It takes about Rs. 30 per person for one way ride. The road to the temple, however, is very dusty.