PLACES OF INTERESTS

Something profound

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

-Mother Teresa

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

-Winston Churchill

GAROBADHA

It is situated on the right bank of Ganol River, 30 kilometers away from Tura on the Western side of the West Garo Hills District. At present, it is a cross junction of Phulbari, Mankachar, and Ampati roads. This is one of the oldest weekly markets in the whole district. Tuesday is the market day for their trade. Garobadha market is known as ‘Nogil Anti’. Surrounding village comprises a mixed population of Garo, Koch Koches, Hajongs, Bengali Hindus and Muslims, Rabhas etc. The population was 989 in 1981. At present, there are number of High School, Middle and Primary Schools, Police Beat House, Post office etc. in this place. A branch of the Agricultural office is set up here for the benefit of the farmers for the distribution of fertilizers, and paddy seeds.

Earlier before the Britishers came, the highland Garos used to frequent the old market once in a week at Puthimari which is now on the border of Assam. This market is at least five or six kilometers away from the hills two or three days before with basket loads of their products to sell in the market. When they came like that they used to camp hear at the Puthimari market for the night. This camping place of highlanders became Garobadha or the camp of the Garos. The next morning they went to the market purchased their essential commodities, bartered and exchanged returned to the hills early.Hence the name Garobadha. The old market is known as Puran Puthimari or old Puthimari market. Police out post had been set up here before Tura became the headquarters of the district.

This Purana Puthimari is also historical place. It is located on the banks of Ganol River and once was the head quarters of a legendary king Rengtha whose nickname was Pagla Raja. The ruins of this ancient kingdom have since been extensively eroded away by the river. But the remains of the place are still fresh in the living memory of the people.

A royal bank ‘Talpukar’ can however, still be seen today. This pond is so named because of the palm trees growing around it (‘Tal’ means palm tree and ‘Pukur’ means pond).