Silchar city lies at the bank of river Barak. During British Empire, they docked their ship at bank of this river. Gradually, place developed as market place and major source of income for habitants. This river bank is covered with stones to help dock ships. People started to refer to the place as Shiler Chor, meaning "a bank of stones". With the passage of time, Shiler Chor was simplified to Silchar, and ultimately the British officials started to use the name Silchar in their official documents referring to the surrounding area of the market. Thus Silchar became the official name of the place.