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