Picnickers throng Bhairabkunda in Udalguri
TANGLA: With the onset of winter, Bhairabkunda, the picturesque triangular junction of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan, has become one of the most sought after picnic spots. People from neighbouring places as well as distant districts like Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Karbi-Anglong, Kokrajhar, Baksa and Nagaon have been visiting the place for picnicking. It is located 137 km away from Guwahati and falls under Udalguri district in North Central Assam.
- Narzari, a member of the picnic spot management committee, said that till January 6, a total of 1,565 picnic parties visited Bhairabkunda for picnic this year. “It is a good sign for us to earn a few bucks as we eagerly wait for this season and all the petty shops of the locality are happy to welcome the picnickers,” Narzari added.
Compared to last year’s total visit, picnic parties from various districts have declined as people are not in a jovial mood owing to the anti-CAA protest but still many are visiting the place. The picnic spot management committee at Bhairabkunda has taken up the responsibility to beautify the riverbank by launching cleanliness drive every day and have drawn images of wild animals on the giant rocks in and around the picnic spots to attract the visitors. Interestingly, many small four wheelers and bike riders opt for Bhairabkunda for another reason - cheap fuel prices in neighbouring Daifam town of Bhutan where petrol is sold at an average price of Rs. 61 per litre.
The Jampani River, originating in Bhutan, and Bhairabi River merge in Bhairabkunda to form Dhansiri River. Dhansiri Rver is a major tributary of the Brahmaputra. A special attraction of Bhairabmubda is the thrill of visiting a foreign land - Bhutan with ease. People can cross the international border on foot and enjoy the scenic beauty of the adjacent Daifam town. There is also a suspension bridge made with steel cables that connects Bhairabkunda with Daifam.