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A winter trip
A winter trip to little pieces of the past and among family.
Last January me and my husband decided to take our son around our home town and also some historical places of Assam to introduce him about little bit of history of our state. We stay in Guwahati City, the gateway to North Eastern States of India which is almost 500 Kms away from our small home town. Digboi is the place where me and my husband were born and brought up. It was a time of festival around our region. Winter it was and after we started our journey by road we were very excited to enjoy our time. On 11th jan, 2012 we started our trip by road in an Innova Vehicle. We like to travel a lot. So after driving for four hours we stopped by a roadside eatery to have our breakfast. With steaming cups of Assam tea and puri sabji we again set of on our journey. Then next stoppage was at Kaziranga National Park for our lunch. At ‘Iora’ we had our lunch, the resort was very beautiful and we had some very sumptuous delicacies there. By evening we reached our first destination for the day. Its Jorhat….!
We checked in a nice Hotel, though we have relations there but did not feel like disturbing them and I mainly, wanted to have some relaxing time by not socialising with people. It was early evening when we checked in at the hotel. After a hot shower, all three of us had some Tea and snacks and Apurba (my husband) decided to go out around the town. I got busy in teaching some Assamese lessons to Reet (our son, in class VI). Reet hates me very much when I ask him to pack his school books for a journey, but as his exam was due in March and he had to be absent for some days from school for the trip so he could not even deny that. Even personally I do not like to make him study during a trip but that particular time as he was missing his classes we needed to cover the portion. We both were busy in his studies and after three hours as Apurba also arrived we decided to order our dinner. With some soup we relished some hot and soft roties with vegetarian delicacies. The hotel was a vegetarian hotel.
Next morning after a nice and heavy breakfast we left to meet some relatives in the town. We like to let Reet mingle with our family when we can manage time, as he needs to know the root and the relatives in Jorhat are all ageing and two of them even could not see Reet as they died. For the busy lifestyles the gap between relationships is increasing and so we try to make it point to take Reet for a family visit whenever we can manage. After that we decided to visit the ‘Lachit Borphukan Maidam’ which is on our way to Sibsagar, where we had planned to have lunch at one of our relatives place.
Lachit Borphukan Maidam:- Lachit Borphukan's Maidam was constructed in memory of Lachit Borphukan, an Ahom general. The General is remembered for his bravery and for commanding the army against the Mughals at Saraighat in 1672. The vault was constructed in order to honour this warrior of the 16th century, who helped the Ahom rulers in defeating the Mughals.
16 km from Jorhat at the Lachit Maidam, the last remains of Lachit are preserved. It was built in 1672 by Swargadeo Udayaditya Singha at Hoolungapara. Every year 24th November is celebrated as Lachit Divas in the state of Assam to pay tribute to General Lachit Borphukan.
Though it was a sunny day, the mere openness around the Maidam was very tranquil and we were the only visitor there at that particular time.
Then we left straight to Sibsagarh, the site of Ahom dynasty in almost Mid Assam. Sibsagar, meaning of the name is the ocean of Lord Shiva, is a town in the Sibsagar district in the state of Assam inIndia, about 360 kilometres (224 mi) north east of Guwahati. It is the district headquarter of the Sivasagar district.
Apart from its past, culture, and tanks, it is also famed for its Ahom Palaces and Monuments.Formerly this place was known as Rongpur. Sivasagar is also significant center for oil and tea trading. We visited all the important places there starting from the prayer at Shiva Doul., then we went Rang Ghar, Talatal Ghar and wonderful historic tanks like Joysagar, Rudrasagar etc. The feel of open air and vast ness of the manmade tank from the past has really made us so relaxed and kind of happy there. We had some hot pakoras with coffee. Then we went for our lunch in our relatives place. Had a nice time with them and then in the early evening we went toDibrugarh which is the head quarter of Dibrugarh district. We stayed there in friend Sonali/Rupali’s place. After a hearty dinner of table full of delicacies cooked by Aunty( their Mom) Apurba and Reet left for their Guest House as they did not wanted to spoil friend's long night gossiping( so kind of them !).
Next three days we roamed around Doomduma, Digboi and Duliajan to visit our numerous families and close relatives. We celebrated Magh Bihu , harvest festival of Assam with Meji, which Reet loves very much among much merriment. Meji is an Assamese way of bonfire to celebrate the community feast which we call Magh Bihu Bhoj. In Duliajan we visited the Bell Temple (Tilinga Mandir) early morning to offer prayer on Monday, 16 of Jan, 2012. It was a very foggy and chilled morning but the serenity of the Temple really made us so divinely happy. After a heavy breakfast in Moon Pehi (my paternal Aunty) we started our journey back to Guwahati. In night around 11pm we reached home.
Reet had enjoyed being among his cousins and relatives. We told about the history of Ahom dynasty and all, like short stories to him, during our journey so that its simple for his age to get attracted to know. He enjoyed the Magh Bihu, Bhoj, Meji, Tea Gardens, roaming around with his Grand Father, cousins etc etc. We consider it to be very essential to imbibe the culture of our origin in our child so that he has a feeling of grounded throughout his future life. It is much required for children to pass some time among the relatives for the warmth of their love, affection and care.
The other day Reet was asking me that, when our next trip to meet our family members and what is the next place will be about? Yes, son that is the question I was looking forward. One step ahead and we are little successful to grow some interest in son for the value of relationships and past. Though next trip is not yet planned but I am also looking forward for one. Amen !!!!