Top Places to Visit in Assam

Assam, the mystic land located in the north eastern part of India, it is also one of the least explored regions of the country. For nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, Assam is an absolute delight. Once you land there, you will be mesmerised by its serene beauty. The natural beauty, tribal traditions, tea plantations, islands, the Satras, wildlife, majestic Brahmaputra, exotic Bihu dance, fragrant cuisine and friendly people are the true identity of this amazing destination.

Divided into two major regions by the mighty Brahmaputra - Upper Assam and Lower Assam. While upper Assam is more of a plain area, the lower part is more mountainous and has a hilly landscape. Assam is famous for its customary handloom products, bamboo products and the exclusive silk, called Muga silk. Shopping experience in Assam will sure be a memorable one.

Here is some of the notable tourist attractions in Assam that will help you to explore more about this Golden Land.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park Spread over an area of about 430-sq-kms, Kaziranga National Park is located on the banks of Brahmaputra River in Assam state of India. It was included in the World Heritage Site List in 1985 for its unique natural environment. Famous for its one horn rhinoceroses, Kaziranga Wildlife sanctuary is a home for many rare and exotic species like wild water buffalo, swamp deer, elephants and Tigers supports the growth and survival of a unique and diverse wildlife. The park is beautiful and unique, open both for the Elephant or the Jeep safari. This is a wonderful place for nature lovers and there's plenty of flora and fauna to enthrall you.

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Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya Temple, Guwahiti Kamakhya also Kamrup-Kamakhya is the holy place of Hindus and is believed to be a part of Goddess Parvati. Kamakhya Temple is located on Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, this temple is over 2200 years old. It is among one of the Nine Shakti Peeths of Goddess and must visit location for the travellers visiting Assam. It is the only temple where female part of mata parvati fell and this temple is like womb of a woman. This place is hardly 6 Km from Guwahati Railway station. This temple was destroyed in early 16th century, and then rebuilt in the 17th century by King Nara Narayana.

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Manas National Park

Manas National Park In 1985, the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was inscribed as World Heritage Site for its unique natural environment. It covers an area of 50,000 hectares in the plains of the Manas River’s in the foot hills of the Himalayas on the border with Bhutan. The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a Tiger, Elephant and Biosphere Reserve and a home for number of endangered species like Hispid Hare, Assam Roofed Turtle, Pygmy Hog and Golden Langur. The park’s wildlife and landscape are incredibly diverse. Rolling grasslands; dense, tangled forests with massive Silk Cotton trees and tumbling rivers winding their way from the Himalaya foothills.

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Haflong Lake

Haflong Lake Also known as 'Switzerland of the East', Haflong Lake is a beautiful lake located at the heart of the Haflong. It is a picturesque and only hill-station in Assam. The surroundings of the lake offer a haven for hundreds of migratory birds in winter. It is located at a distance of about 85 kms away from the Northern Silchar and 345 km from Guwahati. The hill station caters well to the needs of adventure seekers as gliding, para gliding and trekking. The town looks awesome with unique orchids, azure blue hills, rivers, rare species of birds, pineapples, oranges and bright green rivers which attract tourists here.

It is one of the largest natural water bodies of Assam. Haflong Lake offers various leisure water sporting activities and boating facilities.

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Agnigarh Hill

Agnigarh Hill A place with a awesome view, Agnigarh hill is situated in Tezpur in Assam. It provides a mesmerizing view of the river Brahmaputra from top of the hill and also of Tezpur city. This place has a great historical significance and is a must visit for anyone who has such interests. A fort as per history was built by the Rakkhasha King Bana who during Kurukkhetra battle , faught for Kaurav. Its the place where Usha, daughter of Bana was kept in isolation so that she couldn't defy her father marry the man of her dreams.

Agnigarh is a small hill with some touristy features like statues telling story of Krishna's grandson and Usha. You can spend around an hour and enjoy the view from the hilltop.

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Majuli Island

Majuli Island Majuli is the largest island river island in the Brahmaputra River, state of Assam, India. Spreading over 1,250 sq km which has now reduced to 875 sq km due to soil erosion and every year this island changes its shape for that. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise; hundreds of migratory birds, various types of flora and fauna, culture, festivals and many other things make Majuli an interesting place to visit. You can find peace, calmness and can experience the lifestyle of the local tribes there. The main occupation here is agriculture.

The Island is about 200 kms east from Guwahati and 20 kms towards the north of Jorhat. The local languages here are Mishing, Assamese and Deori.

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Dibru Saikhowa National Park

Dibru Saikhowa National Park Dibru Saikhowa National Park is a national wildlife park as well as a Biosphere Reserve having an area of 340 sq. kms in Tinsukia, Assam, India. The park bounded is by the Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers in the north and Dibru river in the south. It's main attaraction is the white Winged Wood Duck which stays in its natural habitat, it is also the famous for its bright colored wild horses known as Feral Horses.

Amidst natural beauty of the sanctuary with frequent view of migratory birds, it's a perfect place for a day out with family or friends. If luck favours you may get a chance to see dolphins too. With over 400 species recorded here, Dibru Saikhowa is a heaven for birders. The major attractions include the Feral horses, River dolphins and migratory birds. Winter is the season to travell or else will miss all the migratory birds.

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River Cruise in the Brahmaputra

River Cruise in the Brahmaputra The Brahmputra River is nothing less than an ocean. A cruise in the Brahmaputra river of Assam is not just a travel escapade, it is a true lifetime experience. If you want to enjoy the serenity of the river and sunset try the cruise. Watching the majestic sun set over the Brahmaputra is a pure delight and not to be missed. For wildlife enthusiasts, it offers mind blowing wildlife viewing and bird watching. Many enthusiastic travelers and tourists come to experience a cruise in the Brahmaputra each year. Cruises on the Brahmaputra river are offered both by Assam Tourism and by private operators.

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Sivasagar

Sivadol Mandir Sibsagar is a historical city with cultural and natural diversity in Upper Assam, about 360 kilometres of Guwahati. The ancient name of Sivasagar is Rangpur, this name suggests about joy and happiness of this place. The most remarkable landscape of the town is the 200 year old Sibsagar tank which is a 129-acre artificial tank around which the town is built. The city is surrounded by a large number of monuments including historical tanks, temples, palaces etc. which attracts a lot of tourists every year to see these majestic configurations of the monuments constructed by the Ahom Kings.

The Ahoms ruled the Assam region for over 600 years until they were completely wiped out by the Burmese in the year 1817 and later annexed to the British. The presence of historical monuments belonging to the Ahom times is considered the pride of the town.

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Hajo

Hayagriva Madhava Temple Being an important pilgrimage site, this historic town of Hajo serves as the merging point of the three major religions, namely Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. Hajo is about 28 km from the city of Guwahati. Hajo has a large number of temples, the chief among them is Hayagriva Madhava Temple with its giant ancient turtle is famous. According to legend, Lord Buddha attained Nirvana and the temple is said to house his relics. It is also considered to be a Muslim pilgrimage centre, since muslim saint Pir Giasuddin Aulia built a mosque here which later came to be known as Pao Mecca. Best time to Travel is from October to April.

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