Talatal Ghar


The Talatal Ghar palace was the heart of an Ahom capital complex founded by King Rudra Singha. Built in the 1750s over an earlier wooden palace, it originally had seven storeys, three of which were underground (including secret escape tunnels). You can visit the two surviving above-ground levels, which have labyrinthine galleries and a large flat roof holding several pavilions. The remains of Talatal Ghar are about 4km south of central Sivasagar along AT Rd, easily visited in conjunction with nearby Rang Ghar.

Off to the left as you approach is the Gola Ghar, an elegant structure with a vaulted roof, believed to have been the royal armoury. On the northern bank of Joy Sagar, 1km south of the Talatal Ghar, is a temple group reminiscent of those beside the Sivasagar tank in town, presided over by the tall-domed Joydol, dedicated to Vishnu and built between 1696 and 1714.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Assam attractions

1. Rang Ghar

0.33 MILES

About 4km south of central Sivasagar along AT Rd, look right to see the rather beautiful Rang Ghar, a two-storey, oval-shaped pavilion that has been…

2. Ahom Temples

1.67 MILES

Three typical Ahom temple towers rise proudly above the partly wooded shore of Sivasagar tank. The centrepiece (and tallest) is the 33m-high Shivadol,…

3. Gauri Sagar

5.57 MILES

The somewhat grandiose complex of Gauri Sagar comprises an attractive tank and a trio of distinctive 1720s temples – Vishnudol, Shivadol and Devidol –…

4. Kareng Ghar

7.72 MILES

Dramatic if largely unadorned, this brick palace is the last major remnant of the Ahom kingdom’s pre-Sivasagar capital at Garhgaon. You can climb to the…

5. Charaideo

15.47 MILES

Charaideo was the first Ahom capital, established in 1228 by the dynasty's founder Sukapha after his arrival in eastern Assam while seeking new lands with…

6. Samaguri Satra

22.21 MILES

This small satra, out on a country road 11km east of Kamalabari, was founded in 1663 and has been making traditional dance masks from bamboo, cloth, clay,…

7. Tocklai Tea Research Institute

29.45 MILES

To delve into the science and processes behind a good cuppa, visit the Tocklai Institute, the world's largest and oldest tea research centre (founded in…