Top Places to See in Assam

Top Places to See in Assam

Posted On : 27-09-2021

Assam- The Gateway to North-East India is every tourist's paradise. It is situated in the south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak river valleys. It is a land of striking hills, lush green tea gardens, wildlife forests, impressively beautiful rivers, and rich flora and fauna. The state with its lively culture and natural beauty is one of the most beautiful states in India that will surely allure you. Assam shares its international borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Bhutan.

Assam is known for its tea, petroleum resources, MUGA silk, and wildlife tourism. The state is the third-largest producer of petroleum and natural gas in India. It has 5 national parks and 18 wildlife sanctuaries (out of which the Kaziranga National Park and the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary are the most prominent ones). 

TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT IN ASSAM 

Planning to travel to Assam and wondering which places to explore within a limited number of days? Let's discuss the best 5 places you must visit.

Kaziranga National Park

One of the most sought-after wildlife vacation destinations, Kaziranga National park is located in the edge of the Eastern Himalayan districts of Golaghat, Karbi, and Nagaon. Characterized by tall elephant grass and dense forests, this park is the home to the largest population of one-horned rhinoceros on earth. In 1985, UNESCO declared the park as World Heritage Site

Apart from rhinoceros, the park also consists of elephants, wild water buffaloes, leopards, deers, and Bengal tigers. Due to the large population of tigers in the park, Kaziranga was also declared as the Tiger Reserve. It is also the home to special species of birds such as white-fronted goose, ferruginous duck, black-necked stork, Asian openbill stork, etc. These birds are specially migrated from Central Asia. The park receives ample amounts of rainfall each year and is filled with rich vegetation. Some of the famous trees like Indian Gooseberry, Kumbhi, Cotton Tree, and Elephant Apple are seen in the park.

To explore the best of the park, safaris in the jeep can be taken in both day and night. Also, elephant rides are very popular among tourists. The best time to visit Kaziranga is between November to April.

Major Attractions: Golaghat, Nagaon

GUWAHATI

Situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra river, it is the largest commercial city of Assam. The city is well connected to other regions via Gopinath International Airport and India's first fully solar-enabled railway station. There are various famous temples in the city that attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year. The Kamakhya temple is one such temple where lakhs of devotees traverse through the city.

Guwahati is also considered the best city in the field of education. It has some of the top-rated institutions in the country such as the Indian Institute of Guwahati and Guwahati Medical College. Apart from the institutions, the city is also the main shopping hub possessing many malls, cinema halls, and restaurants.

Major Attractions: Umananda Temple, Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati zoo, Umananda Island.

JORHAT

Jorhat is one of the largest towns of Assam and is the doorway to Assam and Nagaland. It is the home to many historical monuments of Assamese culture. This beautiful city has a history of the Ahom Kingdom; one of the Ahom warriors who freed the city from the Mughal rulers. The huge Brahmaputra river in the city forms the largest riverine island called Majuli

The presence of cultural diversities in the city encourages the locals to participate in cultural activities. Therefore, it is also named 'The Cultural Capital of Assam'. The city produces numerous writers, actors, musicians, and journalists.

Jorhat is also famous for its mosques, tombs, and most importantly tea gardens. There are approximately 140 tea plantations in the city, which makes it the most attractive tourist destination. 

Major Attractions: Shyamgaon, Mulai Forest, Digboi

MAJULI

Majuli is the world's largest river island on the river Brahmaputra, which attracts millions of tourists every year around the world. This island with a lush green, pollution-free environment and clean water, is approximately 347kms away from Guwahati. For decades, Majuli has been the cultural capital and hosts all the important events, festivals, and prayers. The festivals in Majuli are celebrated with full enthusiasm. One of the popular festivals- the Raas, which showcases Lord Krishna's life with a dance performance, attracts thousands of tourists.

Majuli is also the home to various rice plantations. There are around 100 different varieties of rice grown here. In addition, pottery, handlooms, fishing, and dairying are some of the activities you must explore while in Majuli.    

Major Attractions: Kamalabari Satra, Garmur, Tengapania, Auniati Satra 

KAMAKHYA TEMPLE

Located in the Nilachal hills in the western part of Guwahati, this temple is listed on every tourist's itinerary. Kamakhya temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya and attracts numerous Hindu pilgrims from all across the country. The temple has many individual temples dedicated to ten Mahavidyas. The Ambubachi Mela and Durga Puja (5-day festival) are the two main festivals that are celebrated on large scale in the temple.

While visiting the Kamakhya temple, you can enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the Nilachal hills. Also, there are various artistic sculptures of shrines you can explore. The best time to visit the Kamakhya temple is between November to May, due to the pleasant climate.

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