Digboi is a small town in the state of Assam, in the north eastern part of India. It is a small town area committee located in the Tinsukia district. It is believed that the place got its name from the word dig-boy-dig, which the Englishmen used prominently when the drillers dug crude oil from this area at the time of the British rule. The town is known for its oil production and the refinery located here.
The town gained prominence in the year 1867, when the rich oil reserve here got accidentally noticed by a small group of men. The black mud they got stuck in while strolling here was actually the oil, which Digboi later got famous for. This incident caused an increased awareness, which lead to installation of a small oil refinery in 1889. Since, then the place has never looked back, and the Assam Oil Corporation came to be established here in 1899. This refinery was the first ever in Asia and became fully functional by 1901. The refinery was of ample significance during the entire duration of World War II. The 7000 barrels of oil this produced everyday played a significant role in the war.
The Digboi oil field is currently the oldest operational oil well in the world. This oil refinery has helped the town in becoming a renowned place in the present scenario. Many industries, wide infrastructural development and well fashioned bungalows owe their existence to the oil refinery here in town.
Diigboi club is one of the most renowned spot of the town. With its extravagant eighteen golf courses, its splendour cannot be overshadowed. The place adds greatly to the tourism in Assam, all due to the many tourist residential apartments and guesthouses, which are known to offer great hospitality while enclosing a rich Italian architectural makeup.
Digboi was a fine example of the influence of the British Raj in Assam, and even in current day scenario is still maintains a bit of the old world charm. The town boasts of an exquisite diversity, and is known for its century old oil refinery that is the oldest on earth, alongside clubs and golf courses that truly portray the erstwhile British lifestyle.
The places that attract visitors in great count at Digboi include the War Cemetry, Dibru Saikhowa, Margherita, Namdapha, Wildlife Sanctuary, Golf Course and National Park. With the best golf course in entire Assam and oldest refinery of the planet in its arsenal, Digboi is truly a diverse place. This place depicts a complete picture of old living and contemporary, rich lifestyle, at a glance.
The best time to visit the town is during the autumn and winter season as the weather is pleasant. Summers are hot and humid.