Through the Borail Hills

Even though I had spent the first twenty-two years of my life not far from the laps of the Borail Hills which overlook the Barak Valley, I had never had a chance to visit them up close. The reasons were many. From trivial ones like really bad roads to the serious ones like having to cross militant-infested areas. Over the years however things have gotten better. The militancy in the region is now non-existent and the road that connects the region to the rest of the country is it a much better shape than it used to be few years back. The fact that this road is part of the East-West corridor, the largest ongoing highway project in India, has definitely helped in this aspect.

The east-west corridor just out of Silchar

The east-west corridor just out of Silchar

I had decided to ride up to Haflong, a beautiful hill-station in the Dima-Haso district of Assam in March this year.… continue reading

Khaspur – A kingdom in ruins

About twenty-five kilometers from the town of Silchar in southern Assam, lie the ruins of one of the most powerful kingdoms of its their times, the Kachari kingdom, also known as the Dimasa kingdom.

Not much is known about the origin of the Kachari kingdom which was established in the thirteenth century and was finally annexed by the British in 1854 but legend has it that that they were the off-springs of Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima.

 ruins in Khaspur

The Chandi temple – Khaspur

During start of their rule, Dimapur (capital of present day Nagaland) used to be the capital of the kingdom which was later moved to Maibang in Assam before finally being moved to Khaspur (locally known as Rajbari, meaning the King’s palace).

Khaspur, where the ruins lie scattered inside the Pathemara Tea Estate is easily accessible by narrow but good enough roads.… continue reading