Places of Interest

Katta Beel

Katta Beel, popularly known as Chimite, is a placid lake, situated at the South Western side of Ampati, in Nogorpara village. Rectangular in shape, with an area of 80 bighas, Chimite, which means “water God”, was evidently not built by any ordinary person, as it was built with concrete steps from bottom to top on all four sides, which was possibly built by someone who was rich and powerful. It was believed that Katta Beel was associated with super natural events, where offerings placed on the bank of this lake used to float into the middle of the lake and the containers would return to the bank empty. The locals also witnessed blood flowing for six months from a tree that was cut from its surrounding. The Garos believe that Sangkni or water serpent lives in the lake. Legend has it that the lake was dug at the order of Rengtha Raja also known as Lengthia Raja, a Garo King (zamindar), who wore only loin clothes. Till this day, locals believe that the lake is guarded by unnatural forces. Though there is no written record available about the origin of this lake, it emanates the idea on the life and civilization of early Garo people.

The tomb of Mir Jumla II

The tomb of Mir Jumla II, the great Mughal General, who was instrumental in the Mughal expedition to the East/North-East during Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s rule, is located at Thakuranbari village on the Assam- Meghalaya border about 8 kms from Ampati. History has it that Mir Jumla, who was appointed as Governor General of Bengal in 1659 by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, invaded Assam heading a vast army, but difficult terrain and malaria prone climate of the region took a toll on Mughal army. Before he could return to Bengal, the General succumbed to Malaria on 30th March, 1663 after which his mortal remains were buried on a hillock near Thakuranbari, which is still being maintained by the local Mazar Sharif Committee. The tomb reflects a remarkable history of North East India during Mughal era.