It is said that Digboi got its name from the English phrase ‘Dig Boy Dig!’ which was a phrase used by the British to tell local labourers to dig for crude oil. Though a small oil town, there are quite a few must-visit places that you should not miss out on.
Digboi Centenary Museum: Old engines used in the refinery, antique cars, old petrol pump and metre gauge Ruston and Hornsby 4wD train are displayed in the museum. Apart from that, miniature refinery models, historic photographs of the refinery showing the birth of Asia’s first oil refinery can also be seen.
Digboi Centenary Park: It is situated beside the refinery. This park covers an area of 40,000 sq metres where you can find beautiful natural ponds, a waterfall and a lake. After sunset, when the lights of the mighty refinery reflect on the lake, it is quite a sight. There are also hillocks that house old British bungalows.
Golf Course: Amidst the vast dense forests and exquisite tea estates, lies the 18-hole golf course of Digboi, known as the best golf course in the whole of Upper Assam. Every year, tournaments, at both national and international level, are played here.
Digboi War Cemetery: The cemetery now contains 200 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. During the Second World War, Assam was an operational area of Burma campaign, as Digboi was situated near the Burmese border. An army hospital was established there and the Digboi War Cemetery was started for burials. Earlier, the cemetery stood near the main road but after it suffered damages from the major 1950 earthquake and landslides from heavy rainfall, it was shifted to its present site.
Dibru Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary: Located 60 km from Digboi, the 650-sq.km sanctuary is Assam’s largest wildlife park. The sanctuary attracts migratory birds in great numbers. In the year 1999, the sanctuary gained the status of National Park. It also ranks amongst the 19 biodiversity hot spots throughout the world. Some of the wild animals seen here include Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Leopard, Wild Buffalo and many more. Some migratory birds found here include Bengal Florican, White-Winged Wood Duck and Spotted Billed Pelican.