Tezpur, best point to view the Himalayas

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Tezpur, Sep 23: After Pokhra, Darjeeling and Gangtok, the sleepy town of Tezpur in Assam has emerged as the latest destination to view the Great Himalayan range.

A four hour drive from Guwahati, Tezpur provides the complete treat to the eyes as at least eight peaks of this majestic mountain range is visible from here. Whereas from Pokhra and Gangtok only one peak can be sighted Moreover, the Tezpur University campus, 10 km from the town is the most ideal location to get a clear view of the peaks in a sunny day.

''Generally the peaks are visible between November and December. But this time the sight is clear even during September,'' said Mr P Anbarasan, Head of Mass Communication&Journalism department of the university.

The tall buildings and dust in the atmosphere usualy block the sight in the town, he added. Mr Anbarasan said eight to nine peaks, towering over the Arunachal Pradesh hills, can be sighted during the wee hours.

''However, but for some reasons or other the people are unaware of the importance of the place. The Himalayas also can be seen from Balipara, Gohpur and Jamuguri area near here,'' Mr Anbarasan said.

Despite being situated near the banks of Brahmaputra, the view of the himalayas is even more wonderful before the sunrise on a clear winter day.

''With the first crimson rays of the sun, the peaks get even more serene. The rays invading the fog and piercing through the thick Sal forests makes the sight more amazing,''Anikita Gogoi, a student of the university averred.

She also said that the Assam government should market the place and convert it into a tourist spot.

Gorichen (22,500 ft), the tallest of all peaks located between Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal-China borders is the most clearly visible peak from here. The peak is referred as 'Sa-Nga Phu' which means the 'kingdom of the deity' in Arunachal.


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