Travel Trivia: Margherita, a town in Upper Assam

Why does a little town in Assam in the North East corner of India share its name with a famous Pizza?

When the ARTC ( thats Assam Railway and Trading Company) was building the first railroad to connect the area with the river-side town of Dibrugarh, it employed an Italian engineer named Roberto Paganini.This was way back, sometime around the second half of the nineteenth century, when the three industries – oil, coal and tea were being developed in Upper Assam by the British. Roberto Paganini made the bridges that allowed the rail to gain access to the coal filled region.

To honor this Italian engineer the British named the settlement Margherita, after the Queen of Italy.


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