Sibsagar, also known as Sivasagar literally translates to the 'Ocean of Lord Shiva'. It is a historic town and was the capital of the Ahom kingdom for about 100 years.
The presence of historical monuments belonging to the Ahom times is considered the pride of the town. Today Sibsagar has grown from being merely a historic town to a town with oil and tea gardens surrounding it.
Having been the Ahom capital for a long time, many things in Sibsagar are reminiscent of the great rulers.
Charaideo is located about 30 km from the Sibsagar town. There are several burial grounds of Ahom royal family and it is also the place of ancestral gods of the Ahoms. The burials are shaped as hillocks that resemble the Pyramids of Egypt. There are close to 150 burial sites or maidams in Charaideo. It is a historic tourist destination for people visiting Assam and the burial grounds reflect the excellent architecture and skill of the sculptors and masons of those days.
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Gaurisagar Tank is located at a distance of about 12 km from Sibsagar town. This tank was built about 200 years ago and has three temples dedicated to Goddess Durga and her various forms built on the banks of the lake. Devotees from all over Assam and other parts of the country come to this place to offer their prayers. The tank and its adjacent areas also serve as a great picnic spot for tourists.
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Joysagar Tank is a man-made tank built by Ahom king Swargadeo Rudra Singha. This tank is the largest man-made tank in the country and has several temples around it. The temples are - Kesavarai Visnu Dol or Joydol, Devi-Ghar, Baidyanath Shiva Dol, Sri Suryya Mandir, Ghanashyam Dol or Nati-Gosai Dol and Ganesh Mandir. All these temples are located on the northern side of the tank and are must visit places for tourists.
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Kareng Ghar is situated 15 km from Sibsagar at a place called Gargaon. It is a seven storey structure, of which three storeys are underground and they are called the Talatal Ghar. The complete structure is popularly known as the Talatal Palace. Originally there were four watch towers of which only two remain now.
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Sivadol is the tallest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that stands on the banks of the Sibsagar Lake. The temple is capped by eight feet high golden dome that displays the magnificent craftsmanship of the Ahom artisans. This place attracts huge number of tourists every year during the Shivaratri. Alongside the Shivadol is the Devidol and Vishnudol that also serve as great attractions to tourists visiting this place.
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Located on the outskirts of the town of Sibsagar is the Talatal Ghar, the palace of the Ahom rulers. It is considered to be one of the grandest architectural marvels built during the Ahom dynasty. The seven storey structure has three floors below the ground which served as ta storage facility for the king and his subjects. The canons, staircase and the terrace of the palace are very popular with tourists.
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