State : Assam, in the north east of India.
Best time to Travel : October to March.
Location : Digboi is a town in the north eastern state of Assam in India.
Digboi Tourism in Assam
Digboi is known as the Oil City of Assam where the first oil well in Asia was drilled. The first refinery was started here as early as 1901. Digboi is the oldest oil well in operation. This place has also come up as tourism destination as it still retains the British ambience, complemented by the clubs and Golf courses nearby.
Digboi tour of Assam will take you to the famous oil town that can be traced to the early 18th century, when oil was first discovered here. Digboi can proudly boast of two unique features - a 100-year-old extant oilfield and the world's oldest operating oil refinery.
Today, though the production is very low, Digboi still has the distinction of being the worlds oldest continuously producing oilfield. Digboi Assam oilfield is not another oilfield, but an oil museum with a history to be proud of.
Digboi is well connected by road, rail & air communication.
Airport : The nearest airport of Dibrugarh is 65 km from Digboi.
Railhead : Tinsukia is nearest railhead from here.
Road Transport : NH-38 runs through Digboi. A/C and non A/C deluxe coaches ply regularly from Guwahati to Digboi both day and night.
Staying at Digboi in Assam
You will find several accommodations in wide range at Digboi in Assam India. The Accommodations are comfortable planned for the tourists coming from all around.
Sightseeing at Digboi in Assam
Saikhowa National Park
60 kms from Digboi is the Dibru - Saikhowa National Park. Covering an area of 340 sq kms the park have seven parts, one being wetland and rest are mainly grassland and dense forest. Some rare species found are Semi Wild (feral) Horses and white- winged Wood Duck. Apart from it Leopard, clouded Leopard, Elephant, Sambar, slow loris, Asiatic Buffalo, Capped Langur, Gangetic Dolphin, Indian Wild dog, etc. More than 250 varieties of local and migratory birds are also found here.
Digboi oil-field is not just an oil-field, but an oil museum and a wildlife sanctuary of surpassed beauty. One can stand near the continent's oldest oil well-- the Discovery Well completed in 1889 AD. In the evening you may also bump across a herd of elephants or a royal Bengal Tiger, besides some rare species of birds.
The most dramatic event in Digboi's history took place during the World War II days when the belligerent Japanese got closer and were within three days marching distance of Digboi. These images come back as one kneels at the headstones at the Digboi War Cemetry, praying for a young life nipped in the bud at battle in a strange land far, far away from home...
Dibru Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is a safe haven for extremely rare white winged wood duck and many migratory birds. Speciality of Dibru Saikhowa is it's wild horses, called Feral Horses.
14 kms east of Digboi, this is the centre of Tea Gardens, Plywood factories and coal mines.
100 km east of Digboi in Arunachal Pradesh beyond Margherita is a true wilderness--not widely known and is a vast stretch of enchanting beauty of lush green vegetation.
Other tourism attractions of Digboi includes an 18 holes Golf course considered the best in the entire upper Assam, where all important tournaments are held. There are 8 other 9 hole Golf courses with tea estates between Dibrugarh and Doom Dooma. Tingri Golf Club, Samdang Golf Army Golf Club, Dinjan Kanjikoah Golf Club, Margherita Golf Club, Zoloni Golf Club, Dibrugarh District Planters Golf Club, Naharkatia Golf Club.