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Dispur

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Dispur has been the capital of Assam since 1973.

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This small city remains very much in the shadow of its neighbour, Guwahati, which is the largest city and business centre of Assam. In 1973, Assam was reorganized to form the smaller states of Meghalaya, Manipur and Mizoram. Assam lost its capital, Shillong, to Meghalaya. A search for a new capital ensued and the choice settled on Dispur, then a suburb of Guwahati.

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Basistha Ashram (Temple)
  • 1 Basistha Ashram (Pancha Kanya Ashram). A place of pilgrimage and a picnic spot near the Sandhychal hills south of Dispur, the seat of the state government lies at the confluence of the three streams Sandhya, Lalita and Kanta, names of the wives of legendary sage Vasistha who had set up this Ashram. It is near the Balaji temple which is near the ISBT-inter state bus terminus.
  • 2 Shilpagram (Shilpgram), +91 361 213 0483. Crafts center next to Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalaksetra
  • 3 Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra. This museum preserves the culture and traditions of Assam. It contains collections of jewellery, various costumes, statues, stone inscriptions and examples of weapons.
  • 4 Sualkuchi. Area renowned for its silk production.

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