Visiting Digboi and Playing Golf at this Picturesque Place

M G Singh By M G Singh, 6th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Digboi isin the far east of India and is a lovely place. developed by the British during the days of the Raj, Digboi is a place with plenty of charm

A Picturesque place in the East of India

Digboi is in the far east of India. It is very close to Dibrugarh, which can be reached by air from any part of India.In addition the Indian railways run the Rajdhani express train to Delhi. Digboi can be easily reached from Dibrugarh either by bus or taxi. Digboi is the home of Indian oil and the first oil well in India was drilled here.

How Oil was Discovered

There is an interesting anecdote of how oil was discovered at Digboi. An English man once traversing the jungle observed an elephant moving in the jungle with a shining skin. He was intrigued as an elephant does not have a shining or glistening skin. He followed the elephant and saw that it went inside a pond of water and squatted there for some time. When the elephant emerged from the pond he observed that its skin was shining even more.

The Englishman took samples of the water and went back to England and got the water tested. This was how he observed that oil contained water and on his return set up the first oil well in India. Digboi thus has the oldest oil field in Indi and is over 120 years old. Presently it is managed by the Oil and Natural Gas Commission of India (ONGC).

ONGC and the Golf Course

Digboi is thriving only because of the presence of the e ONGC. It still houses the ancient oil well and also has a small refinery. In addition the ONGC has a sprawling complex that includes a spacious and fairly luxurious guest house and one of the best golf courses in Upper Assam. I have had the privilege of playing at this Golf course which is unique as it traverses the jungles. The course is an 18 whole course with excellent greens which I would rank at par with the best golf course in India. The golf course also conducts regular golf tournaments and golfers from all over India come to play here.

I will recommend a visit to Digboi for any tourist to this part of India. Most Indians are daunted by the long travel, but in the 21st century Digboi and Dibrugarh can be easily reached. In case required you can request the Golf club to arrange accommodation for you and then you can have a swing at the golf ball. For after all the charm of visiting Digboi is to play golf in this thick jungle that is at night traversed by wild animals including elephants.

You can also have a look at the small museum maintained at the ONGC ( Oil and Natural Gas complex) and it will show the history of oil in India. The fact remains that we are all indebted to the British rule for opening up this lovely forest are, discover oil and set up the Golf course. The Golf course was set up by the British when they ruled India and is one of the oldest courses in the country.

Accommodation can be arranged at the Company guest house or the club and you can be on your way to a holiday that you will remember.


Dibrugarh, Digboi, Oil And Golf

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks for a nice share, Madan - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you siva

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author avatar Teila
6th Oct 2012 (#)

Very nice!

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