Bhairabkunda is a scenic juncture adjoining Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Bhutan in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Bhairabkunda festival is aimed at tapping into the scenic beauty of the place and to boost its tourism. By Kumar Shree
The largest of the seven sister states, Assam, mainly known as the gateway to the northeast, has much to offer to travellers of all kinds. Delectable cuisine, warm and friendly people, the Kaziranga National Park, panoramic tea plantations, verdant rice fields, poro apong (rice beer), and an outstanding artistic heritage — Assam has it all. Today, we are focusing on Bhairabkunda, a small part of Assam that hosts the five-day-long Bhairabkunda festival.
The festival will take place between January 16 to 20 and is looking to introduce the location to a larger diaspora of tourists. Bhairabkunda is located 22 km from the district centre of Udalguri town and is one of the important pilgrim places for the locals. The Shiva temple here attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The members of the celebration committee see it as a reflection of the bond and integrity that unites the diverse population residing in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and even Bhutan. The festival will also feature cultural exchange programmes among the residents of these three regions.
Visitors attending the festival will surely have a gala time as there’s a lot on offer. The festival promises a bevvy of adventure sports options like elephant safari, helicopter joy rides, and paragliding. Apart from these, there will be a fashion show and many food festivals highlighting the ethnicity of the region. Seminars on eco-tourism will satiate your cravings for knowledge, and cultural nights by global artists as well as local talents will up the fun quotient for you.
The Army will also host a cultural show, and Krishna Mizar, a celebrated Assamese singer, will grace the cultural night along with other notable names. The Bhairabkunda festival will also be hosting a multilingual poets’ meet. We are sure no one would want to miss any of this. Bhairabkunda is waiting for you, go witness it all.