Silchar is the headquarters of Cachar district in the state of Assam in India. It is 343 kilometres (213 mi) south east of Guwahati. It is the second-largest city of the state in terms of population and municipal area.
It also has the 2nd busiest Airport(76 civilian flights/week) in Assam and 4th busiest in North east after Gauwhati, Agartala and Imphal. Silchar airport is hosted in, along with Guwahati, Agartala and Imphal in the NE region.
Silchar at night, December 2014
Language Martyr's Memorial at Silchar Railway Station
    1st in the world :In December 1985, Indian Airlines (now Air India) operated the first all-woman crew flight in the world from Kolkata to Silchar using a Fokker F-27 Friendship aircraft which was commanded by Captain Saudamini Deshmukh along with first officer Nivedita Bhasin.
    1st in the World: the 1st polo club was established by the British at Silchar known as CACHAR CLUB.
    1st in India : Silchar is the only place to host 2- NATRIP campuses out of the total 6 in INDIA
    1st in Eastern India : Silchar Airport is the 1st non- State Capital Airport in Eastern India to be hosted in as it has such huge flight movement and foot-fall.
    1st in Eastern India : The NATRIP Campuses in Silchar are the only two in eastern India.
    1st in North East : The First REC/NIT (NIT-Silchar) in North East was established in Silchar.
    1st in Assam : The first Central-Government University of Assam was Established at Silchar in 1994
Being politically stable in the otherwise disturbed Northeast earned it the bon mot of "Island of Peace" from India's then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Approximately 70% residents of Silchar are Bengalis who speak the Sylheti dialect, the rest being Bhojpuri people, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Dimasa Kachari (Barman), Manipuri (Meitei), Marwaris, Assamese and some tribal groups like Nagas. Silchar is situated by the banks of the Barak River in what is popularly known as Barak Valley. Rice is the staple cereal. Fish is also widely consumed. Shuţki (the local name for dried fish), shidal chutney and chunga-r peetha are some of the local delicacies.