Dispur is the capital of Assam, in northeast India. Dispur has existed as a locality on the outskirts of Guwahati, took its place as 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 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 center 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 its tea auctions market. It is easily accessible from Guwahati. As is the case of Assam, Dispur too is on the earthquake belt.
Dispur has warm summers and cold winters as with the case Guwahati. 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.
The population of Dispur is very low when compared to Guwahati as a whole.
Important Buildings In Dispur:
Assam Assembly House
State Emergency Operations Centre
NABARD - Assam Regional Office
French Motor Car Company Limited
SBI - Local Head Office, North Eastern Circle
Guwahati Tea Auction Centre
Shilpagram: Shilpagram is famous for cultural and handicraft heritage of Assam and other northeastern states. Ethnic jewelry, carpets, silk sarees, wooden and metal handicrafts are available here among others.
Basistha Ashram: Basistha Ashram is six kilometres from Dispur. It is popular for Lord Shiva temple. The temple spread across 835 bighas of land.
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra: Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra is a cultural institution located at Panjabari area of the city.