Tucked away in a little corner of Assam is the unassuming town of Pandu. Dating back to the times of the Mahabharat and the Ramayana, the city was named after King Pandu, the father of the five famous Pandava brothers. With the mighty River Brahmaputra flowing along the north of this town, Pandu is a major hub of river transport that is run by the Port Trust Authority of India.
There is an ancient and beautiful Pandunath Temple in this area, located in the rolling hills of Tilla, and many believe that the town was named after this instead of the king. The combination of the hills and the flowing river gives Pandu a lovely, scenic quality that Assam is already well known for. If you’re planning a trip to the Northeast, make a stopover at Pandu for a day or two and experience the true spirit of this beautiful town.
The Navgraha Temple in Pandu is one of most popular pilgrimage spots in the city. Also known as the ‘Temple of the Nine Planets’, it is built in a red dome-like shape, surrounded by trees populated with scores of monkeys. The central lingam at this temple is surrounded by elements depicting the nine planets, which is why this temple has long since been the seat of astrology and astronomy in the region. A visit to this temple while you’re in Pandu is a must.
There are a number of other small yet stunning temples dotting the landscape that also should be visited. These include the Umananda Temple, the Madan Kamdev Temple and, of course, the well-known and highly revered Kamakhya Temple nearby.
The Assam State Museum in Pandu is another popular tourist attraction where you can learn a lot about the history of the state. From archaeological and ethnographic displays to terracotta items, costumes, and stone and copper inscriptions dating back to the 5th century, the museum is replete with various eras of history.
You can opt for local buses in Pandu that can take you around the city as well as to nearby regions. Private taxis and tourist vehicles are good options when you want to go sightseeing. For an authentic experience, take a boat ride up the Brahmaputra River.
On a daily basis there are approximately 76 flights that operate at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
By road Pandu is surrounded by Guwahati, Hajo, Shillong which are 3.6 km, 11.52 km, 42.03 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.