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The Secretariat of Assam
The Secretariat of Assam
Dispur is located in Assam
Dispur is located in India
Dispur is located in Asia
Coordinates: 26°14′09″N 91°59′10″E / 26.23583°N 91.98611°E / 26.23583; 91.98611Coordinates: 26°14′09″N 91°59′10″E / 26.23583°N 91.98611°E / 26.23583; 91.98611
RegionWestern Assam
DistrictKamrup Metropolitan
 • TypeDemocratic
 • BodyBJP
 • Chief MinisterSarbananda Sonowal
 • Governor / ChancellorJagdish Mukhi
55-290 m (180-955 ft)
 • Total957,352 [1]
 • OfficialAssamese[2]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91 - (0) 361 - XX XX XXX
ISO 3166 codeIN-AS
Vehicle registrationAS - 01

Dispur /dɪsˈpʊər/ ( About this soundpronunciation ) is the capital of the Indian state of Assam.

Dispur, a locality of Guwahati, became the capital of Assam in 1973. This was after Shillong, the erstwhile capital, became the capital of the state of Meghalaya that was carved out of Assam.

Dispur is the seat of Government of Assam. The Assam Secretariat building is located in Dispur along with the Assam Assembly House, MLA Hostels and the State Emergency Operations Centre. The Assam Trunk road and the G S road passes through Dispur. To the south of Dispur is the theologically important site of Basistha Ashram and the Shankardev Kalakshetra, a cultural centre created in the 1990s. Next to Dispur is the ancient township of Jatia.

Though it is well known as the capital of Assam, Dispur is also known for the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre.


The river Bharalu (also Bhollobri[3]) flows through the heart of the town.


Dispur, being a part of Guwahati, has warm summers and cold winters. Winters are also accompanied by occasional rainfalls that bring down the temperature further. Monsoon season in Dispur commences from the month of June. Dispur monsoons are usually accompanied by severe thunderstorms along with heavy showers.


Dispur is part of Gauhati (Lok Sabha constituency).[4]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Being the capital it is a well-planned locale. There are many tourist spots in Dispur -

  • Shilpagram is famous for cultural and handicraft heritage of Assam and other northeastern states. Ethnic jewellery, carpets, silk sarees, wooden and metal handicrafts are available here among others.
  • Basistha Ashram is six kilometers from Dispur. It is popular for Lord Shiva temple. The temple spread across 835 bighas of land. It stands on the bank of mountain streams which originates from the hills of Meghalaya which in turn becomes river Basistha and Bharalu that flows through the city.
  • Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra is a cultural institution located at Panjabari area of the region. The museum preserves the culture and tradition of Assam as well as the Northeast. It is named after the great cultural exponent and scholar of Assam Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva. Inside the museum could be found traditional jewellery, costumes, statues, articles, weapons, stone and inscriptions displaying the not only the culture of Assam but the whole northeast as well.


Dispur is home to many important hospitals like Guwahati Neurological Research Centre (GNRC) Hospitals.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Guwahati City Census 2011 data". census2011. census. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ "52nd REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN INDIA" (PDF). nclm.nic.in. Ministry of Minority Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  3. ^ Bishnu Rabha (1982). Bishnu Rabha Rachanavali Vol. 1.
  4. ^ "List of Parliamentary & Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Assam. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2008.

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