Known for pristine beauty, pretty parks, ancient temples and colonial buildings, Tezpur stands between the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas and verdant hills on the northern bank of Brahmaputra. Known as Sonitpur in the olden days, Tezpur is accepted as the cultural capital of Assam as some of the prominent cultural stalwarts of Assam like Jyoti Prasad Agrawalla, Bishnu Rabha and Bhupen Hazarika were connected to this city.
Also known as the ‘City of Eternal Romance’, the tale of Agnigarh is an inseparable part of Tezpur. Once a mythical jail, present day Agnigarh is the living testimony of the immortal love between Princess Usha and Prince Aniruddha. The Chitralekha Udyan, formerly known as the Cole Park is another tourist destination here. Other destinations like Padum Pukhuri, Kanaklata Udyan are worth visiting.
Tezpur is also home to several ancient temples and archeological ruins. The most famous is the Mahabhairav Shiva Temple, which date back to the age of Mahabharata. The Holeswar temple here is said to date from 18thCentury. Bhairabi temple in the city holds immense religious and historical significance. It is said that King Banasura’s daughter Usha often came to worship here.