Dihang and Debang rivers
flow along the west of Sadia and merge with Lohit. From
Sadia the three flows constitute Brahmaputra.
Sadia was once developed as a modern town.
Consequent upon the earthquake in 1950, Brahmaputra
changed course and Sadia was destroyed. Today it is like
an island. Digaru is not very far. Panra (sweet) is
renowned here. On the way plenty of Mithuns (cross-bid
of cow & buffalos) may be seen. Tezu js 64 km fromjiadia
by bus. Nearest airport is Dibrugarh (140 km) or
Mohanbari (148 km). There is an airport 20 km away from
Tezu town, however no air-service is available
Tezu the district HQ of Lohit district is
called the Kashmir of Arunachal. Tajeb
river flows by the side of the town, hence name Tezu. It
is believed that it was part of ancient Sonitpur.
Natural beauty is pleasant, climate is healthy.
Buildings are made of wood. This is the homeland of
Mishmi tribe. They are very simple and calm and it is
believed that they are the descendents of Parsuram. Tezu
has also a Shiva temple, the deity brought from
Bhismaknagar and a Buddhist monastery. Cane hat crafted
by the Mishmi is well renowned.
On one side of Tezu is Himalaya standing as a wall, on
the other side at the foot-hills of Sourasila mountain
is ever green land watered by rivers i.e Dikrang
Valley. To the east of Dikrang is Sourasila and
to the west is Swarnasree river, to the south is
Brahmaputra and to the north is Manas Sarovar. Dikrang
is mentioned in Kalikapuran as Dikkarabasini. The river
Dikrang flows and is merged with Dibang at Sadia. First
rays of the rising Sun fall on this Sourasila.
Another attraction of the valley is Wallong—hilly
sanatorium in the midst of beautiful natural beauty. In
1962 Indo-China war Wallong was the victim. Today
however it is normal and smell of gunpowder evaporated
On Tezu-Sodia road at 22 km away at Somrapith, the
Baghrabahini Devi or Ksaisakati temple of
Adi tribes is located. It is also called the ferocious
Tamreswari temple. The deity is titled as
Kheko i.e green-horn eater. It has similarly with
Goddess Kali. In the past the top of this rectangular
shaped temple was covered with copper (lama). Hence it
is called Tamreswari. Human sacrifice was the ritual
here. However currently neither is deity nor is the
temple—yet the ruins of the temple is a holy-place even
Parsuram Kunda: To
the N-East of India as well as to the east of Arunachal
is Lohit district. Mismi, Khamti & Sinko tribals
live here. Khamtis are expert warrior class and
are developed in education and knowledge. They are
Buddhist, script and language are Thai. Lohit river
originated in Tibet flows here. Not much is known about
its past. In 1840 a British named Dalton discovered a
Kunda i.e a small tank (70x30') on the southern bank of
Lohit at one of its bend. This is a holy pilgrimage
centre for the Hindus. The story of this Kunda is
relating to emotional love and passion between the
beautiful wife Amogha of Rishi Santanu & Lord Brahma.
Kalikapuran illustrates however that Renuka wife of
Rishi Jamadyagni became the victim of youthful King
Chitrarath. Angry Rishi ordered his son Bhargab to kill
his mother Renuka. Accordingly he killed his mother with
the Parsu (the axe) and then took bath here in this
Kunda, drank its water & got rid of the sin he
committed. Since then Debpani or Brahma Kunda in
the past has become Parsuram Kunda. The
new Parsuram temple was built in 1971. The idol
of Parsuram is made of stone.
One month mela is held during Makar Sankranti, the
pilgrims take bath here. The word goes that a person
will get rid of all the sins committed by him in case he
takes a dip here. However dip is not allowed as long as
the parents are alive. The ancient Kunda is no longer
there. The flood in 1843 and the earthquake in 1950 have
destroyed it & now under Lohit.
For Kolkata tourists the easiest route is via New
Bongaigaon/Guwahati/Dimapur/Tinsukia/Tezu. From Tezu one
has to travel 21 km by jeep. Crossing the mountain and
Digaru river, through a forest route he has again to
cross Lohit, 3 km further up the hill is Dharmashala.
Beyond Dharamshala desending a little is the location of
Kunda. Beyond Kunda on the hill is Parsuram temple.
Ancient Tamreswari temple is no longer there. Instead a
new temple of Ram, Lakshman. Sita & Hanuman has
been built. The tourists are amazed to see the beauty of
the road. Interested tourists may trek a bit on the hill
and visit Glo lake. Direct bus service is
available from Tinsukia. The road was built in 1986. Bus
travels along Tinsukia/Dumduma/Dirakgate/Wakro route to
17 km farther at Parsuram Kunda.
IB & Dharamsala are available at Dirakgale, Namsai,
Chowkham, Wakro on the way. No need to walk on this
route. Conveyance facilities increase during fair (mela).
Special bus & ILP are easily available then. Temporary
accommodations are created at the foot-hills. At Kund
Dharamsala, PWD IB, DB are available. There is a Rest
House at Timaia ghat. CH, IB, DB, H Shanna and ordinary
hotels are Tezu. Midway between the airport and town is
the Tourist L of tourist dept. Hence it is convenient to
stay overnight at Tezu while travelling on this route.
Hotels, Dharamsala & Forest Bungalow are available at
Namsai too. At Saikia ghat IB of Arunachal Govt or Assam
Govt & at Sadia IB & DB of Assam Govt are available.
Booking for Bungalow: DC, Tezu. Dharamsalas are
available at Dirakgate, Chowthan and Wakro.