Sonitpur, as ancient Tezpur was known in the olden days is a city steeped in Mythology, legend and folklore. The "city of Blood" ( Sonit- Blood pur-city) conjures up images of the romantic legend of Usha and Anirudha and of the fierce battle between "Hari" and "Hara".
The ruins and remains of Agnigarh where the immortal romance blossomed and stands testimony to the eternal time. Situated on the North Bank of Brahmaputra, present Tezpur town of Magnificent scenic beauty and exquisite archaeological ruins is headquarter of Sonitpur District. With snow-capped peaks of Himalaya as the northern backdrop, lush tea gardens and magnificent archaeological ruins have all contributed to make Tezpur a tourist delight.

Places of Interest in Tezpur

Da Parbatia-oldest specimen of iconoclastic art of Assam
Da Parbatia temple is known for its arts and carvings. Remains of the doorframe of the temple is the oldest specimen of sculpture art in Assam.

Agnigarh-sweet memories of young lovers:
This hillock on the banks of the river Brahmaputra is the site of the legendary romance between princess Usha the only daughter of King Bana and Aniruddha, grandson of Lord Krishna.Usha was kept on this hillock which was surrounded by fire hence it got its name Agnigarh.Recentlly it has been developed as a beautiful park.

9th century ruins of Bamuni Hills:
The ruins of Bamuni hills are famous for their exemplary artistic finnesse. the sculpture remains date back to the 9th century A.D. The main attraction here is a cross shaped bracket lintel ornamented with horned Kirtimukha panels containing the figure of 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Cole park in the heart of the city established by a British Administrator:
Established by a British Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Cole in 1906, the park has two massive ornamented stone pillars and other sculptural remnants. It has been recently renovated and revitalized in 1996. Water sports facilities are available, lush green walkways and small amphitheatre are the added attractions.

Bhomoraguri a mammoth stone inscription made by Ahom General Kalia Bhomora Phukan:
Besides the stone inscription is the Kalia Bhomora Bridge which is 3 Km long over river Brahmaputra. It is one of the longest bridges in India.

Padum Pukhuri:
A beautiful lake with an island, which has been developed into a beautiful park witha musical fountain. An iron bridge provides access to the Island. Boating facility is also available.

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