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During the British rule, ships were docked at the bank of the river Barak. Gradually, a market developed at the bank and became a major place of economic activity. The bank was covered with stones to help dock ships and vessels, and the market was developed at a place that was fully covered with stones. People started to refer to the place as Shiler Chor, meaning "a bank of stones". With the passage of time, Shiler Chor was simplified to Silchar, and ultimately the British officials started to use the name Silchar in their official documents referring to the surrounding area of the market. Thus Silchar became the official name of the place.

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Place of Interest / Things to do
Khaspur ruins

Khaspur is a small archaeological site in Silchar. This ancient village belongs to the times of the Dimasa Kingdom. During the rule of the Dimasas, Khaspur was a flourished village with all the necessities. The palace of the king and the residences were built in the traditional Dimasa style. Different monument complexes never fail to attract the visitors.

Maniharan Tunnel

Maniharan Tunnel is located about 5 km from the Bhuvan Hill where the Bhuvan Mahadev Temple is located. This ancient tunnel finds a mention in the epic Mahabharata, legend has it that Lord Krishna had used this tunnel. The holy Tribeni River flows below the tunnel. This place is thronged by tourists from around the country and the world making it one of the must-visit places during your trip to Silchar. Every year the festivals of Holi and Shivaratri are celebrated adjacent to this tunnel bringing this place to life.

Kanti Devi Temple

At Udharband is located the famous temple of Sri Sri Kancha Kanti Devi. The Goddess is widely recognized as very potent and that she is a union of Goddess Kali and Goddess Durga. Being commanded in the dream, the king established this four-armed gold picture of the image of the Goddess in 1806. There are various legends centering on the Goddess. The old temple is no more present on the site instead a new one had been built up. 

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