Darrang is a district in the central part of Assam. It is located on the Southern side of the River Brahmaputra. Mangaldai is the district head-quarter.
The principle attraction of Darang includes its historical forests, wildlife, natural beauty, temples and tea gardens. Darang can be reached from Guwahati through the National Highway 52 which connects Darang to the neighboring districts of Kamrup, Udalguri & Sonitpur. There is also Steamer service from Upper Kurua to Guwahati. The nearest Airport and Rail station are at Guwahati, 77 kms and 65 kms respectively. The Tezpur airport is 110 kms away. However there are some meter-gauge trains also runs in Darrang district, Udalguri railway station, 67 kms from Mangaldai is connected with Rangiya Junction railway station. Through Rangiya Junction one can access broad gauge trains to other parts of the country.
The district of Darrang is spread over an area of 3481 sq km. The district is surrounded by Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan in the North, river Brahmaputra flows through the South. The district Sonitpur and Kamrup are in the east and west respectively.
Mangaldai is the only sub division in the district. There are other smaller towns including Kalaigaon, Orang, Tangla, Majbat, Paneri, Udalguri, Kharupetia & Rowta. There is a National Park in the district named Orang National Park, one wildlife sanctuary named Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary & two reserve forest namely Khalingduar Reserved Forest and Rowta Reserved Forest. These make the district an ideal destination for wildlife and forest enthusiasts.
The Bodo, Rabha, Koche are the main residents of the district. There are substantial number of migrant communities such as Bihari, Marwari and Nepali. Bodo, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi are commonly spoken in the area.
What to See
Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary – Barnadi sanctuary is situated 70 kms from Mangaldai, close to the Assam-Bhutan border. Pigmy hog, Elephant, various Butterflies are common here.
Gandhi Smriti Park – Located in the heart of the Mangaldai town this is a well maintained park to spend an evening.
Patharughat Swaheed Minar – It is located 16 kms away from Mangaldai town. The place commemorates the Jallianwalabagh victims of Assamese origin.
Kamakshya Devalaya –19 kms from Mangaldai, near Lakhimpur village the Kamakshya Devalalay is a temple with stone fetish. Doul Festival (the festival of colour) is celebrated here in Spring. It was founded during the 12th century.
Batha Beel (Pond) –is located 16 kms from Mangaldai near Sipajhar. A nice spot for bird watchers.
Pukhuria Beel (Pond) – This is another choice for Bird watchers. Hundreds of migratory birds come to this beel every year.
Baladev Pukhuri (Pond) –70 kms from Mangaldai near Baldevpara, west of Sipajhar, is a beel (pond) covering 48 Bighas created during the reign of King Dharma Narayana.
Jaypal Pukhuri – 70 kms from Mangaldai this pond is spread over 20 Bighas at Barkaliyajhar village. The lake is said to be created by King Jaypal.
Bhairabkunda –76 kms away of Mangaldai near at Udalguri. This is a famous pilgrim center. Bhairabkund is also a famous for the natural beauty of the place.