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Dehing Patkai Festival

by Madhav Srinivasan 1937 days ago

An extravaganza that mirrors the life, culture and ecology of one of the most mesmerizing parts of India, the Dehing Patkai festival has become a much awaited event on the tourist calendar.

The Dehing Patkai festival is held Lekhapani in Tinsukhia district, Assam. The festival was first organized in the year 2002 by the government of Assam and has now become an annual feature. It is traditionally held in the winter months of December or January.

One of the highlights of the festival is the scenic location where it is held. It’s named after the Patkai Mountains and the Dehing River – two of the spectacular features that make Assam one of the most beautiful regions in the country. The Patkai-Dehing region has a rich and startling bio-diversity. The blue of the Patkai Mountains combines with the lush green fertility of the Dehing river basin to create the perfect backdrop for the festival. The area has several tea gardens, wild life sanctuaries and heritage sites – which means that you have a lot to do while attending the festival on your Assam tour packages in India.


What to do at the Dehing Patkai Festival

The festival offers lots of fun, culture and adventure to visitors who make the trip. Here’s a peek into what the festival offers:

Tribal Insight

An interesting aspect of the festival is that it showcases the Assamese tribal culture. Representatives from more than 20 local tribes are normally invited to the festival, where they exhibit their traditional dance and music forms. In addition, the tribes also display their traditional cuisines, fashion and games.

Adventure Activities

It’s not all about culture at the Dehing Patkai festival. Adventure activities that add excitement to the festival include boating, trekking, angling, kayaking and parasailing. Nature lovers can go on an elephant safari into the wilderness in the forests of Assam. You can extend your holidays to Sikkim as well. 


The area is noted for its natural beauty. Sightseeing trips to Margherita and Digboi can be arranged, and they include visits to various tea estates as well as the Digboi oil fields.

Fairs and Exhibitions

There are several fairs and exhibitions that are organized during the festival time. These include craft fairs and food festivals. Various cultural programs are also held. 

Cemetery Visits

One of the rather unusual aspects of the festival is the cemetery visits. There are several World War II cemeteries in the area. The cemeteries give a glimpse into the history of the area and attract several visitors during the Dehing Patkai festival.

The Stilwell Road Trip

The Stilwell Road is the route taken to reach Myanmar during an earlier era, which was known as the golden passage earlier. It is located close to the festival venue and tourists are also advsied to include North East India tours when in Assam.

How to Reach the Festival Venue

The nearest airport is Mohanbari, and flights are available from Delhi and Kolkata. Those flying in will have to cover the 125 km to the festival venue by road. The Margherita railway station has good rail connectivity.

The Dehing Patkai festival is opportunity to explore an area of India that is relatively unknown and unexplored. 

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