Last year, while slacking at home after leaving the earlier job and building this particular site, I made a brief visit to Goalpara, a district in Assam on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra river. On the southern side it borders the state of Meghalaya. While it is not very far away from Guwahati, it is lagging far behind in terms of economic development. There is no tourism infrastructure to speak of and neither did I notice any sincere attempt to build the same. It does have some places of interest including an archaeological site that dates back to the first millennium but the region is yet to realize its potential. I was there because I have several relatives in the area but for independent travellers there not too many options are likely to be there.
Nevertheless, I had a good time photographing the area that still seems to be caught in a time warp. I stayed in Dudhnoi, the second largest town in the district and barely two hours drive from Guwahati. The Highway is decent nowadays and apart from a few small settlements, it mostly passes through a serene patch flanked by “Sal” (Shorea Robusta) plantation maintained by the Forest Department. For some reason I could not locate the place in the map creator I am using. Anyways, in this part I am bringing you a few photographs from the local market in Dudhnoi where mostly locally produced agro products including vegetables, food grains and edible caterpillars are sold.
Daranggiri Banana Market:
Another place I visited was the Banana market in Daranggiri, which is a small place near Dudhnoi. The Banana market here is supposed to be the largest in the entire North-Eastern India. Scores of trucks load and unload here everyday and I found it to be pretty busy even during the late evening. Apparently, the Banana supply in the entire region is controlled from this small settlement and it also caters to the markets of Bengal, Bihar, Bangladesh and Bhutan.
In the next couple of posts I will bring you more about the people, history and culture of the region and some delightful landscapes. Till then, enjoy these landscapes.
3 thoughts on “Goalpara Diaries 1: Dudhnoi Market and the Banana Cartel”
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Great pictures, Jitaditya.
Banana Market — that’s interesting. 🙂 Nice to hear about the edible caterpillars too; any idea in what fashion it’s locally cooked?
Thanks for dropping by D…
There are various ways to cook as far as I know, but for veggies like me its not possible to know the details!