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Assam Tourism

Beautiful landscape and enchanting scenic beauty makes a place worth visiting and Assam is blessed with this attribute. Assam, the gateway to the seven sister states, is a land of exceptional natural beauty. With its hills, rivers and wildlife Assam is truly a nature’s paradise. The beauty of Assam lies in its very beautiful landscape, sanctuaries, ancient buildings, monuments, temples and flora and fauna. Assam, stretched along the mighty Brahmaputra, is a tourist hotspot for people who want to escape amidst nature. Things that make Assam the best place to visit (needless to say ones you won’t find anywhere in India) are the Kamakhya temple, the Brahmaputra river, Assam tea and the world famous one horned rhinoceros. So, come let us make a tour of the real nature’s paradise—Assam.

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Assam: History, Geography & Culture

The state of Assam is geographically located in the northeastern part of India surrounded by the states of Nagaland in east, West Bengal in west, Arunachal Pradesh in north and Mizoram and Tripura in south. The countries of Bangladesh and Bhutan form international boundaries with the state.

Assam is a very ancient state in India as the mention of the state is found in ancient texts like the Mahabharata, Kalika Purana and Yogini Tantra. In these scriptures Assam was known as Kamrupa. In the beginning of ancient Assam many dynasties were formed. The Ahom dynasty later emerged as the most influencing and important dynasty in Assam. On August 15, 1947, Assam was established as a state and Dispur was made its capital.

Assam

Assam is a land of myriad races, caste and language. The culture of Assam is a mix of tradition, lifestyle, faith and belief of different communities living here. The culture of the state dates back to thousand of years back which influences the festivals, food habit, dance and music and art of Assam. Amongst the festivals Bihu is the most important one celebrated here. The culture of Assam is also interesting in respect of the food culture here. The art and craft of Assam is also a rich aspect of the culture of Assam.

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Profile of Assam


Assam Tourism Fast Facts

Capital: Dispur

Major Tourist Cities: Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Tezpur, Silchar, Lakhimpur Sibsagar

Climate: Temperate and moderate

Summer temperature: Within 38 degree Celsius.

Winter temperature: Not below 6 degree Celsius.

Major Festivals: Bihu, Ambubachi Mela, Durga puja.

Major River: Brahmaputra

Summer Cloths Required: Cottons

Winter Cloths Required: Light Woolens
Best Time to Visit: October-April

Top Destinations in Assam

Destinations of AssamGuwahati

Guwahati is the nerve centre of tourism in Assam. Being the most important city in Assam, Guwahati offers tourists with many place of tourist interest. While in Guwahati one should visit Kamakhya, Umananda, Doul govinda temple, Assam State Museum, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati Planetarium, Accoland, Assam State Zoo, Deepor Beel Sanctuary and so on.

For more information on Guwahati tourist places click here

Top Places in AssamJorhat
Next to Guwahati the topmost place in Assam is Jorhat. Important tourist places in Johat include Majuli island, Gibbon wildlife sanctuary, Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar, Jorhat Gymkhana club, Chandrakanta Handique Bhawan and so on.

For more information on Jorhat tourism click here

Destinations in AssamDibrugarh
Dibrugarh is another exceptionally beautiful place in Assam. Tourist spots in Dibrugarh include Dibru Saikhowa national park, Dihing namti satra, Jokai botanical garden, Koli aai than among many others. Dibrugarh is also known as the tea capital of northeast due to the immense production of tea here. Tourists can always visit the several tea gardens located in the city.

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Cities in AssamTinsukia
Situated in Upper Assam area, Tinsukia is a popular place in Assam. Tinsukia is basically a commercial area. Nevertheless there are many places of tourist interest in Tinsukia. So, while in Tinsukia you can visit Dehing patkai sanctuary, Dibru saikhowa national park, Tilinga mandir and so on.

For more information on Tinsukia tourist places click here

Top Cities in AssamTezpur
The ancient monuments and temples and awesome wildlife make Tezpur a fantastic tourist place in Assam. The places of tourist interest in Tezpur include Agnigarh, Chitralekha Udyan, Trimurty Udyan, District museum, Mahabhairab temple, Kolia Bhumora bridge, Nameri national park, Bura Chapori wildlife sanctuary and so on.

For more information in Tezpur tourism click here

Lakhimpur CityLakhimpur
Lakhimpur in Assam is primarily a green place and a paradise for nature lovers. While in Lakhimpur tourists can visit Bordoibom Bilmukh bird sanctuary, Pabha wildlife sanctuary, Sri Sri Vasudev than and the numerous sattras and thans located here.

For more on Lakhimpur tourism click here

Sichar CitySilchar
Tourist spots in Silchar include Sri Sri Kancha Kanti Devi temple, Khaspur, Maniharan temple, Martyr's tomb at Gandhi bag and Bhubaneshwar temple.

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SibsagarSibsagar

Sibsagar is a historical town in Assam. Located here in Sibsagar are monuments belonging to medieval times. So, once in Sibsagar one can visit Rang ghar, Kareng ghar, Talatal ghar, Shiva dol, Vishnu dol, Devi dol, Charaideo, Joy Sagar tank and so on.

Tourist Attractions in Assam

The land of Assam comprises of both hilly and plain areas. There are hillocks, mountains and valleys of innumerable numbers in Assam. Assam is also a state of lush green tea gardens. It is a scenic sight when one travels by road to have a glimpse of the sprawling tea gardens in many places of the state with the smell of the tea leaves in the air. The rarest flora and fauna of Assam forms a beautiful part of Assam tourism. There are many numbers of animals, birds, reptiles and precious trees in these dense forests of Assam. Orchids are found in abundance in Assam as also grassland. Assam tourism is therefore essentially nature based with national parks and wild life sanctuaries, rivers and lakes and hot water springs and wildlife which are the basis of tourist attractions of Assam.

Brahmaputra


Rivers in Assam


The beauty of Assam is multiplied by the mighty river Brahmaputra, which is a source of inspiration for the people of Assam. The tourism aspect of Brahmaputra lies in the river cruise facility on the river. The river along with its tributaries provides picturesque sights which adds to the beauty of the state. There are some bridges which span through the Brahmaputra connecting both the upper and the lower parts of Assam. These bridges over the Brahmaputra connect the banks of the river for easy commuting and transportation. Some of the notable bridges of the state are Saraighat Bridge, Kolia Bhomora Bridge and Naranarayan Setu.

Majuli


majuli

Majuli Island situated in Assam also calls for special attention as it is the largest river island in the world. On Sep 8, 2016 it was declared first island district of India. Other than being famous as a river island, Majuli is known for the number of sattras (religious spots) located here. These sattras were created by religious preacher Srimanta Shankardeva.

Kaziranga National Park


Kaziranga

Situated in the Golaghat District, Kaziranga National Park is the first and the oldest national park in Assam. Spread over an area of 430 square kms, Kaziranga National Park is the natural home of the great one-horned Indian rhinoceros. The other major attraction of the park include Elephant, Swamp Deer, Hollock gibbon, Indian bison, Samber, Sloth Bear, Hog Deer, Tiger, Jungle cat, Jackal, Leopard cat, Capped langur, Goose, Ibis, Hornbills, Cormorants among others.

Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary


Gibbon

Located in Jorhat, Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary contains India's only gibbons – the hoolock gibbons. The sanctuary contains Northeastern India's only nocturnal primate – the Bengal slow loris. Other primates in the sanctuary include the stump-tailed macaque,  eastern Assamese macaque,  northern pig-tailed macaque,  rhesus macaque, capped langur. Also found here are Indian elephants, tigers,  leopards, jungle cats, wild boar, civet, squirrel, different types of birds and snakes.

Haflong

Attractions in Assam


Haflong is the most popular hill station of Assam that derived its name from the Dimasa word "Ha-floong" or "Hangkhlong" which means "Ant Hill".  Located at a distance of 345 kms from Guwahati at an altitude of 680m above sea level. Mother Nature is at its best in this hill station where one can find more than two lakh varieties of flowers. It has a pleasant weather all round the year and therefore making it one of the must visit places of Assam.

Kamkhya Temple

Top Attractions in Assam


If you are in or near Guwhati, you simply cannot afford to miss Kamakhya Temple. It is the the most important religious place of the whole of Assam. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya, one of the oldest Shaktin Piths. It is an important temple for the tantrics of the region.

Agnigarh Hill

Places in Assam


Agnigarh located in Tezpur is an ancient site built by Banasura to keep his daughter Usha isolated. According to legend, the fortress was surrounded by fire all round so that nobody could enter or leave without permission.

Digboi


Digboi

Digboi a town in Tinsukia district of Assam is known for its oil refinery. The Digboi Oil Refinery is the first refinery in India that became functional in 1901. Digboi had a well developed infrastructure with a number of superior bungalows as many British professionals worked there before independence.
 

Wildlife in Assam


Assam, situated at the northeastern part of India, is known for a possessing a large variety of flora and fauna. Assam has favorable climatic conditions and geographical location which have made the state a favored destination for animals, birds and natural vegetation. Located in Assam are number of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks with a wide variety of animals, birds and plant life. Assam is the home of the world famous one-horned rhinoceros and other rare species of wildlife. When one talks of wildlife sanctuaries in Assam, Kaziranga is the first name that comes to our mind. Kaziranga National Park is popular not only in Assam, but the in the whole of India. It is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries in India. Let us discover more about the wildlife in Assam.

Manas National Park


manas

Situated in Barpeta District, Manas National Park is the only tiger project in Assam. The National Park covers an area of 519.77 square kms. Wildlife seen in this park include Tigers, Indian Rhinoceros, Pigmy Hog, Hispid Hare, Asiatic Buffalo, Golden Langur, Elephant, and Leopard among others.

Nameri National Park


Nameri

Situated in Tezpur, Nameri National Park covers an area of about 200 square km. The park has a high density of elephant population. Wildlife seen in the park include Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Indian Bison, Capped Langur Himalayan Black Bear, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Gaur,  Indian Wild Dog, Pangolin, Civet Cat among others. Nameri is a heaven for bird watchers which include the most endangered White Winged Wood duck, small and beautiful Scarlet Minivet and four species of Hornbill.

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

Dibru saikhowa

Lying partly in Dibrugarh district and partly in Tinsukia district, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is the fourth National Park of Assam. This national park covers an area of about 340 square kms. The primary attractions of the park are its semi-wild horse and White winged Wood Duck. Other animals in the park include Leopard, Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Sambar,  Indian wild water Buffalo, Slow Loris, Capped Langur, Indian Wild Dog and Gangetic River Dolphin among others. More than 250 varieties of local and migratory birds are also found in this park.

Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary


Sonai rupai

Located in Tezpur, Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of  covers 175 km2. Wildlife of the sanctuary include Tiger, Wild Boar, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Elephant, Qaur, Lesser Cats, Hornbill, Pelican, White Winged Wood Duck etc. 

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Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary


Dehing

Located in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts, Dehing Patkai is the only rainforest in Assam. The sanctuary covers an area of 111.19 km2 . Wildlife of the sanctuary include Hoolock Gibbon, Pig-tailed Macaque, slow loris, Stump-tailed Macaque, Asian Elephant, Capped Langur, Tiger, Leopard, Black Panther, Gaur, Himalayan Black Bear and Chinese Pangolin among others. Bird species here include Yellow-vented Warbler, Marsh Babbler, Broad-billed Warbler, White-naped Yuhina and Tawny-breasted Wren Babbler among others. The Dehing Patkai Forest is one of the most important forests of Assam in terms of orchid diversity.

Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary


Deepor Beel

Located in Guwahati, Deepor Beel Sanctuary is the only Ramsar Site in Assam. A picturesque wetland of 4.14 sq. kms, Deepar Beel Sanctuary is known for its wide species of bird. Bird species seen here include Greater Adjutant Stork, Open Billed Stork, Shoveler, Whistling Teal, Pintail, Garganey.

Bordoibam Bilmukh Bird Sanctuary


Bordoibam Bilmukh

Located in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts, Bordoibam Bilmukh Bird Sanctuary covers an area of 11.25 sq. kms. The sanctuary is a breeding ground of large Whistling Teal. Bird species like Kingfishers, Pheasant tailed Jacana, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Spotted Dove, Large whistling Teal, Bronze winged Jacana, Black Headed Gull, Indian River Tern, White Wagtail and Black Headed Oriole among others are seen here.

Pabha Wildlife Sanctuary


pabha Sanctuary

Located in Lakhimpur district Pabha Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Milroy wildlife sanctuary, has been created exclusively for the protection of the magnificent wild water buffalo.

Orang National Park


Orang

Situated in Darrang District, Orang National Park is also known as a mini Kaziranga National Park. The park covers an area of 78.81 square kms. Wildlife of the park include One-horned Rhinoceros, Sambar, Barking Deer, Tiger, Otters, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Leopard, Elephant, Hog Deer, Civet cat among others.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary


Pobitora

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Morigaon district and covering an area of 38.8 km2, consists of population of the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Wildlife include wild boar, leopard, Barking deer, wild buffalo. It is also an Important Bird Area.

Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary


Bherjan Borajan

Located in Tinsukia district, Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area covering an area of 7.22 km2. Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary consist of 3 separate forests namely Bherjan, Borajan and Padumoni. The sanctuary is very important in terms of conservation point of view including the habitats like Hoolock Gibbon, Pig-tailed Macaque, Capped Langur, Slow Loris Leopard and Rhesus Macaque etc.

Borail Wildlife Sanctuary


borail

Located in the southern part of Assam, in Cachar and N.C. Hill districts, Borail Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over 326.24 sq. kms. The sanctuary consists of the North Cachar Reserve Forest and Borail Reserve Forest. These are classified as tropical moist evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. The wildlife of the sanctuary include mammals like serow, Hoolock gibbon, Himalayan black bear, Langur, Jungle cat, macaques, Barking deer, Clouded leopard and so on. Bird species found here include White-backed vulture, partridge, Slender-billed vulture, pheasant and hornbill among others. Reptiles include rock python and King cobra.

Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary


Bornadi

Situated in Darrang district, Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary is a 26.22-square-kilometre wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is named after the river Bornadi which flows on its western border. Biodiversity of the sanctuary include Pygmy Hog, Clouded Leopard, Golden Langur, Hoolock Gibbon and White-Winged Woodduck etc. Bird species in the sanctuary include Peafowl, Swamp partridge, Hornbill, Bengal florican, Peacocks, Kingfisher, Bengal Florican and Woodpecker among others.

Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary


BuraChapori

Located in Sonitpur district, Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 44.06 km2. The sanctuary is considered to be an ideal habitat for the Bengal Florican. Biodiversity of the sanctuary include mammals like Indian Rhinoceros, Leopard, Tiger, Wild Buffalo, Wild Pigs and Hog Deer etc. Birds like Bengal Florican, Mallard, Black Necked Strok, Open Billed Stork,  Wisteling Duck and Teal among others are also found here.

Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary


Chakrashila

Located between Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts, Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for the Golden Langur and is the second protected habitat for Golden Langur in India. Species of mammals recorded in the sanctuary are Indian Short-tailed Mole, Fruit Bat, Indian Flying Fox, Indian False Vampire, Rhesus Macaque, Indian Pipistrelle, Chinese Pangolin, Bengal Fox and Asiatic Jackal. Hornbills are also spotted here. Birds like Black Francolin, Lesser Whistling Duck, Jungle Bush Quail, Cinnamon Bittern, Cattle Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Purple Heron among others are found in the sanctuary.

Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary


Garampani

Located in Karbi Anglong district, Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 6.05 sqkm. It is one of the oldest sanctuaries containing hot water spring and waterfalls. The sanctuary is home to hoolock gibbons and golden langurs. Other wildlife of the sanctuary include Tiger, Gaur, Elephant, Bear, Barking deer, Sambar, Rhesus macaque, Wild pig, Hoolock gibbon, Hill myna, The Great pied Hornbill, Cobra, Python, Monitor and lizards etc.

Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary


Nambor

Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Karbi Anglong district. Biodiversity of the sanctuary include Elephant, Stumped Tailed Macaque, Hoolock Gibbon, Slow Loris, PigTailed Macaque,  Hill myna, Parrot, Horn Bill, Rock Dove, King Crow etc.

Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary


panidihing

Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary is a 33.93-square-kilometre wildlife sanctuary in Sivasagar district. Wildlife of the sanctuary include  Bar-headed goose,  Spot-billed Duck, Open bill Stork, White necked Stork, White-rumped Vultures, Ferruginous Duck, Adjutant Stork, Shoveller, Red crested Pochard etc

Monuments & Museums in Assam

Assam has a good number of monuments located here belonging to the medieval period. Tourists interested in history, would be delighted to visit the monuments of Assam, each having its own story to narrate. Monuments in Assam are known for their architecture and paintings. There are a good number of monuments located in the Sibsagar district of Assam belonging to the Ahom rule in the state.

Madan Kamdev


madan kamdev

Situated barely 40 kms from Guwahati Madan Kamdev is an exceptionally beautiful archaeological site in Assam. Madan Kamdev is a marvel, enigma and a mystery in itself. Known as the Khajuraho of Assam, Madan Kamdev is a  magnificent archaeological ruin. According to legends, Love God Kama or Madan was turned into ashes by angry Lord Shiva and was reborn here. Madan was reborn and united to Rati on this tiny hillock. Here could be seen the embraced idols of Uma Maheshwar and carvings on the stones. The main statues here are that of Sun God, Ganesha and Vidhyadhar.

Agnigarh


Agnigarh
Agnigarh is a hillock located in the beautiful town of Tezpur. Agnigarh preserves the sequences of love story of Princess Usha and prince Anirudha. Therefore, the rampant preserves the sweet memory of young lovers. There is a circular stairway leading up to the crest of the hill where there are sculptures depicting Usha's abduction of Aniruddha, grandson of Krishna and the ensuing battle by Krishna to free them. One should never miss Agnigarh, the hillock facing the mighty Brahmaputra.

Rang Ghar


Rang Ghar

Rang Ghar, situated in Sibsagar, is the first amphitheater built in Asia. Rang Ghar is a two-storied building which served as the royal sports-pavilion during Ahom rule where Ahom kings and nobles used to view games like buffalo fights and other sports at Rupahi Pathar particularly during the Rangali Bihu festival. Built by King Pramatta Singha, the monument stands close to the Kareng Ghar.

Kareng Ghar


kareng ghar

Kareng Ghar, situated at Sibsagar, 369 km from Guwahati, is a palace with three underground floors. It is the largest of all Ahom monuments. The upper storeys are know as the Kareng Ghar and the latter ones the Talatal ghar. Built by Rudra Singha, Kareng ghar served as the residential place to the Ahom kings.

Talatal ghar


talatal ghar

A unique form of Ahom architecture, Talatal ghar is a three storied building where the upper part is known as Kareng ghar and the latter one the Talatal ghar. The Talatal ghar houses two secret tunnels and three floors below ground level which were used as exit routes during the Ahom wars. The architecture of Talatal ghar is exceptionally beautiful and makes it a fine example of ancient monument in Assam.

Charaideo


Charaideo

Established by the first Ahom king Chao Lung Siu-Ka-Pha in 1228, Charaideo was the first capital of the Ahom kings. Charaideo contains the sacred burial ground of the Ahom kings and queens and also the place of ancestral Gods of the Ahoms. The tombs of Ahom kings and queens at Charaideo hillocks are compared to the Pyramids of Egypt. These are objects of wonder which reveal the excellent architecture skill of the sculptors of Assam.




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Located in Assam are various museums that bears testimony to the rich culture and heritage of Assam. Museums in Assam are the storehouse of different articles, weapons, paintings and sculptures which belong to thousand of years back. Top museums in Assam are:

Assam State Museum


assam State Museum

Located in the heart of Guwahati city, the Assam State Museum was established in 1940. One of the biggest multipurpose museums in northeast, Assam State Museum is a unique museum with rich cultural heritage of Assam. The collections in the museum comprises the stone sculptures of thousand years back. In the museum are displayed various weapons, old royal garments, utensils, coins, stone and copper plate inscriptions and age old metal sculptures paintings. The museum also houses many rare specimen of the Ahom dynasty like equipment, articles and dress materials. Also displayed in the museum are antiques, statues, articles, beautiful age old illustrated manuscripts of ‘Sanchi Bark', collection of paintings and special monuments of World War II.

Regional Science Museum, Guwahati


Regional Science museum

Located in Guwahati, the Regional Science Centre, popularly known as Science Museum, is a vibrant science park with an adjacent Prehistoric park, science shows and 3D science movies. The attractions of the park include indoor and outdoor expositions like mirror magic, Children’s corner, large aquarium, Fun science, Butterfly corner and many more.

Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra


Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra

Named after the medieval poet-playwright and reformer Srimanta Sankardev, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra is a cultural museum in Guwahati. The Kalakshetra is divided into several complexes. Central museum exhibits the articles used by different ethnic groups of Assam and  several cultural objects of the state. There is an Artists' Village in the Kalakhetra which replicates the village society of Assam. There is also an open-air theater. A heritage park is also a part of the huge complex of the Shankardev Kalakshetra.

Uncle Robin’s Children Museum in Golaghat


Robin museum

Uncle Robin’s Children Museum is situated on Mission Road at Golaghat near the residence of Dr Robin Banerjee, who was a naturalist and a well known figure. In the museum there are collection of artifacts owned by Dr Robin Banerjee as well as paintings, dolls, mementos, artifacts and other personal collections of Dr Robin Banerjee. As many as 587 dolls and 262 other showpieces are there in the museum. There are 194 paintings and 19 award winning photographs in the museum which are Uncle Robin’s creation. Among the 93 artifacts present in the museum, worth mentioning are the Naga Warrior’s head hunting basket, Dalai Lama from Patala palace, Tibet made up of fish bones and a small beautiful horse made up of turquoise. There are also a collection of 26 documentary films from 1953 to 1998 shot by him and six other films which are there without editing.

Tezpur District Museum


Tezpur District Museum

Situated in Tezpur, The Tezpur District Museum was set up in 1986. Displayed in the museum is a wide collection of modern and traditional artifacts and structures. A wide collection of traditional Assamese costumes could also be found here. Apart from these exhibits in the museum include stone sculpture, stone inscription, coins and manuscripts.

Lakes and Parks in Assam


Assam is a place of exotic natural beauty. Located in Assam are beautiful lakes and parks which make the state all the more beautiful. Deepor Beel, Chandubi Lake, Dighalipukhuri Park,
Trimurty Udyan, Haflong Lake, Padum Pukhuri Lake are among some of the beautiful lakes situated in Assam. Let us discuss more about them.

Deepor Beel


deeporbeel

Deepor Beel is a famous lake situated in the south-west of Guwahati city. Considered as one of the largest beels in the Brahmaputra valley of Lower Assam, Deepr Beel is a permanent freshwater lake in the Brahmaputra River.

Chandubi Lake


Chandubi

Located at a distance of 64 kilometers from Guwahati, Chandubi Lake is natural lake known for possessing absolute scenic beauty. The major attractions of the lake area is its calmness, peaceful cover of deep forest and tea gardens. This lake also attracts migratory birds. The beauty of the lake lures a huge number of tourists who visit the place to relax in the lap of nature. The natural lagoon formed in the lake makes it a place of superb sightseeing. Tourists also have the opportunity to go fishing and rowing in the waters of the lake. November to April is the best time to visit the lake.

Dighali Pukhuri


Dighali pukhuri

Dighali Pukhuri is one of the most popular lakes in Guwahati. Situated at the heart of the Guwahati city, Dighali pukhuri is one of the primary attractions of the city. Among the recreational activities boating is most famous here.

Haflong Lake


Haflong

Haflong Lake is a beautiful and charming lake located at the heart of the Haflong Town in Assam. Haflong Lake is an extremely scenic spot and offers various leisure water sporting activities and boating facilities. Haflong lake also offers fishing lovers an angling spot.

Kumri Beel


Kumri beel

Located 11 km north-west of Goalpara, Kumri Beel is a natural lake. Surrounded by lush green forests and vast area of marshy land, the lake is splendid to look at and provides boating facilities and spot for picnic. The lake is a favourite spot of migratory birds.

Urpad Beel


Urpad Beel

Situated in Goalpara District, Urpad is a natural lake. The lake is one of the biggest of lower Assam. Some of the flowering plants that grow here include water lily, lotus and water hyacinth. Urpad beel attracts migratory birds in great numbers.

Padum Pukhuri


Padum Pukhuri

Padum Pukhuri is a famous lake situated in Tezpur. Meaning lotus pond, Padum pukhuri is a famous lake with an island which is converted into a park.

Hazara Pukhuri


hazarapukhuri

It is a large tank in  name of Harjar Varman in Tezpur. The pukhuri was excavated in the early part of the 9th century.
 

Sibsagar Lake


sibsagartank

Sibsagar Lake or Sibsagar Tank is an artificial lake situated in Sibsagar. The lake was built in 1734 by Queen Ambika, wife of King Shiva Singha. The lake covers an area of about 130 acres and lies at an altitude of about 40 m.

Tamranga lake

Located in Bongaigaon District, Tamranga is a natural lake. Also known as Tamranga Beel, the lake is considered as ornithologist"s paradise as a large number of migratory birds visit here during winter.


The green state of Assam is adorned with beauty from all spheres. There are natural parks, children parks and amusement parks in the state that make wonderful spot for recreational activities and for having some leisure time with family and friends. The top parks located in Assam are:

Nehru Park


Nehru park

Situated in Guwahati, Nehru Park is the most popular park in Assam. The primary attractions of the park include its green environment which makes it an ideal place for family visit. There is also a rock garden and an open air theater. There are concrete statutes in the park depicting various dance forms of the state including Bihu, Jhumur dance, Ojapali dance, Deodhani nritya and Bor taal dance.

Shraddhanjali Kanan


Shraddhanjali Kanan

Situated in Guwahati, Shraddhanjali Kanan is one of the most popular parks in Assam. Shraddhajali park is a family park. The park is well developed with various amusement objects for children. The attractions of the park include disco water fountain lights, hanging ship and green and peaceful environment.

Dighalipukhuri Park


Dighalipukhuri park

Situated at the heart of the Guwahati city, Dighalipukhuri park is one of the most visited parks in Assam. The park has a children park and natural park for people to enjoy nature.

Accoland


Accoland

Accoland is an wonderful amusement park located in Guwahati. Built like a small kingdom and impressive castle like architect, the park is the largest water park in North East. Accoland has all kinds of sports for adults and children like water coaster, Pirate Ship, Aqua Thrill, Caterpillar Ride, Baby Train, Queen’s Bay, Columbia Ride and many other sports activities.
 
Also Read: Parks in Guwahati

Chitralekha Udyan Cole Park


Chitralekha Udyan

Located in Tezpur, Chitralekha Udyan or Cole Park is one of the most beautiful places in Tezpur. Established in 1906, the park has two massive ornamented stone pillars and other sculptural remnants. The park has water sports facility, walk ways and open air stage.

Trimurty Udyan


trimurty Udyan
Located in Tezpur, Trimurty Udyan is a  park along Borpukhuri. The park has been named after the three jewels of Assamese  culture--Rupkowar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Natasurjya Phani Sarmah.

Bishnu Rabha Smriti Udyan


Bishnu Rabha Smriti Udyan

Bishnu Rabha Smriti Udyan has been set up in the memory of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha. The park is set up on the banks of river Brahmaputra, adjacent to Bhairabi temple of Tezpur.

Jokai Botanical Garden


Jokai Botanical Garden

Jokai Botanical Garden cum Germplasm Center, located in Dibrugarh, is spread over an area of 1.2 Ha. The botanical garden is a storehouse of germplasm of some of the valuable and endangered species of flora of this region and also showcases the floral biodiversity of the region. The various zones of the center include Orchid house, Rainforest specimen plot, Medicinal and aromatic plants plot, water pond etc.

Hill Stations in Assam


Stretched along the mighty river Brahmaputra, Assam is a place of extreme natural beauty. With its mountains, valleys and green backdrop, Assam is truly a nature's paradise and a hotspot for the nature lovers who want to escape amidst nature. There are some exceptionally beautiful hill stations in Assam that attract tourists to the place whole year round. The misty backdrop, green hills and green surroundings add to the beauty of the hill stations and Assam as a whole. So, while you visit Assam do visit these hill stations in Assam to have some quality time with you dear ones.

Haflong


Haflong

One of the spectacular hill stations in Assam is Haflong. Located at an altitude of 680 m above the sea level, Haflong is truly a nature's paradise. Located at a distance of 345 km from Guwahati, Haflong is a land of nature with scintillating beauty with greenery all around and varieties of flowers and fruits. Also you can enjoy the beautiful Haflong Lake located in the heart of the Haflong town with flowers blooming by the side and migratory birds settling for habitat.

Diphu


Diphu

Located at a distance of 271 km from Guwahati, Diphu is a not to miss hill station of Assam. Located in Karbi Anglong district, Diphu will captivate you with its beautiful, bewitching and attractive hills, valleys and scenic backdrop. Diphu is a perfect hill station for honeymoon couples to have memories of a lifetime here.

Jatinga


Jatinga

Located in Dima Hasao district is the beautiful hill station Jatinga. Jating is considered a mysterious land for its bird suicide cases where thousands of migratory birds, on foggy moonless nights, commit suicide. This phenomenon remains unveiled till date and for this Jatinga attracts ornithologist from all over the world. While in Jatinga you can enjoy high valleys and orange orchards. And at night enjoy the Jatinga hill being covered under fog and mist.

Maibong


Maibong

Maibong is another exceptionally beautiful hill station in Assam. Located on the Bank of Mahur river, Maibong used to be the old capital of the kingdom of the Kachari rulers from 16th to 18th century. Situated at a distance of about 338 kilometers from Guwahati, Maibong is sure to grab your attention with its valleys and greenery. Stone house and temple of Kachari king can be seen at Maibong.

Umrangshu


Umrangshu

Located at the border of Assam and Meghalaya Umrangshu is another very beautiful hill station of Assam. Located at a distance of 224 km from Guwahati, Umrangshu will capture your mind with its narrow valleys and hills and its green surroundings as nature is at its best here. Near Umrangshu there is a Hot spring Garampani, the water of which is believed to have medicinal value. Umrangshu is therefore a must-visit hill station in Assam.

Religious Places in Assam


kamakhya

Assam, spread along the Brahmaputra river, is also called the city of temples because of the existence of ancient temples here. The Assam temples date back to the ancient times. Temples in Assam belong to Shaktism, Shivaism and Vaishnavism. Kamakhya temple located here is one of the Shaktipeeths of India. Likewise Sukreshwar, Mahabhairab Temple and Shivadol are finest examples of Shivaism. The numerable namghar and sattras in Assam are the specimens of vaishnavism flourishing here in the state. Situated on the top of the Nilachal Hills, Kamakhya temple is the Shakti Temple of mother Goddess Kamakhya and is one of the greatest shrines of tantric Shaktism in India. The other important temples in Assam are Doul govinda temple, Nabagraha temple, Sukreshwar temple, Umananda ,Ugratara, Ashwaklanta temple, Basistha temple, Balaji temple, Mahabhairab Temple, Tilinga mandir, Da-Parbatia, Devi dol, Shiva dol, Vishnu dol, Surya Pahar Temple, Hayagriva Mahadeva Temple among others.

Also Read: Temples in Dibrugarh | Religious Places in Jorhat | Religious Places in Tezpur

Satras and Nam Ghars in Assam


namghar

There are also satras and nam ghars in Assam which are places of religious worship. Satras and nam ghars are particular to the state of Assam. The nam ghars are scattered all over the places in Assam. Tourists can visit these nam ghars and have a glimpse of the religious aspect of the people of Assam. Satra is a unique feature of Assam. Founded by Sankardeva, sattras are monasteries and centres of traditional performing arts. The first Satra was founded in Majuli in 15th century. Namghars similarly are places of worship. Introduced by Sankaradeva, namghars are places where Vaishnavite Hindus recite the name of Lord Govinda.

Things to Do in Assam

Adventure Sports in Assam


rafting

Situated at the northeastern corner of the country Assam is a nature's paradise. Assam with its hills, mountains, valleys and rivers welcomes adventure tourists to have some thrilling and exciting time here. Assam has much to offer to tourists in respect of adventure sports like trekking, caving, mountaineering, rock climbing, racing and others. The Brahmaputra river and its tributaries flow through the state offering a wide network of rivers for various water sports in the state. The North Cachar Hills and Karbi Hills also offer exciting opportunities for trekking and mountaineering. There is also a rock hill in Morigaon District namely Elephant Rocks which offer ample scope for rock climbing. The Simhasana Hill of Karbi Anglong district is famous for rock climbing. Assam is an interesting place for river rafting. The mighty river Brahmaputra and its turbulent tributaries like Kapili, Manas and Jia Bhoroli offer wonderful opportunity for river rafting. Similarly river cruise, mountain biking, angling, boat racing, para sailing, hang gliding.

Cruise on Brahmaputra


cruise

The most important thing one should do while in Assam is to visit Brahmaputra, the pride of Assam.  Brahmaputra offers cruise facility to tourists which one should never miss.

Assam Tea festival

Assam tea festival is a famous festival organised in Jorhat, Assam. Organised by the Assam Tourism, tea festival takes place during the month of November. Celebrations of tea festival offers one activities like visit to tea gardens, tasting scrumptious  food, jungle saffari, golf playing and cultural entertainment.

Shopping in Assam


Shopping can be a fun and interesting activity in Assam. Assam is abuzz with shopping areas. While you shop in Assam go for the exquisite silk and bamboo and cane products. You can buy Assam silk items like mekhela chador and saree made of muga silk and pat silk.

Visiting Religious Places in Assam

Do make a point to visit the namghars and satras in Assam while on your trip to the northeast even if you are not a religious person. A visit to the Kamkhaya Temple is a must on your trip to Guwahati.

Eating Out in Assam

If you are a food lover and food enthusiast then one should not miss eating out at various food joints in Assam. If you are a non-vegetarian try out some of the special dishes like Masor Tenga, Puthi Maas and various dishes of pork.

Special Articles on Assam

Wedding and Honeymoon Destinations in Assam


majuli

Assam is a splendid place for destination wedding. People in Assam arrange their wedding in places like Kaziranga National Park, Sualkuchi and Sonapur which have the facilities of wedding arrangements. Also Assam is a fantastic place as a honeymoon destination. Newly wed couples can plan their visit in Guwahati, Haflong, Majuli, Diphu, Maibong, Umrangshu which are exceptionally beautiful places proving the environment for a perfect honeymoon destination.

Rural Tourism in Assam


Rural tourism is a form of nature based tourism that unveils the rural life, culture and tradition, art and heritage, people and rural locations. Assam is a state of varied culture and tradition, communities and tribes and rustic setting which make it a splendid place for rural tourism. Located in Assam are many villages that give an insight to the rich culture of Assam. Rural or village tourism has also recently gained importance in Assam. Check out these areas ideal for rural tourism in Assam.

Majuli


village

Majuli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River in Assam. The island is accessible by ferries from the city of Jorhat. The island is about 200 kilometres east from Guwahati. Majuli is the best place to enjoy village tourism in Assam. Once in Majuli one will get an insight into the culture of Assam. Majuli has been the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. The Neo-Vaishnavite Satras set up here preserve antiques like weapons, jewellery utensils and other items of cultural significance.

Sualkuchi-the silk village of Assam


Sualkuchi

Another topmost place of rural tourism in Assam is Sualkuchi, known as the the silk village of Assam. Situated on the bank of the river Brahmaputra, Sualkuchi is about 35 kms from Guwahati. Weaving is a dominant occupation in Sualkuchi. Sualkuchi is known as the Manchester of the East. The village is popular for the commercial production of indigenous silk fabrics, especially the Pat and Muga silk. For tourists sightseeing the picturesque Sualkuchi forest range, well-tended agricultural fields and the village fishing are interesting activities to engage in.

Sonapur


Sonapur

Sonapur is a village near Guwahati in Assam. Located 22 kms from Guwahati, Sonapur is mainly visited for the resorts located here. Other than this Sonapur is visited by tourists for enjoying rural tourism here. The lush greenery and montains all around Sonapur make the place an ideal one for village tourism in Assam.

Sarbhog


Sarbhog

Sarbhog is an area located in Barpeta district, 92 km from Guwahati. There are many villages in Sarbhog ideal for rural tourism. Sarbhog is known for the century old temple of lord Krishna known as Gorokhiya Gosair Than where thousands of pilgrims visit every year. Sorbhog is famous for the milk cream and curd produced locally.

Jatinga


jatinga

Jatinga is a village on a ridge, located in Dima Hasao District of Assam. Located 30 km south of Guwahati, Jatinga village is most famous for the phenomenon of birds committing suicide. The village is inhabited by about 2,500 Khasi-pnar tribal people and few Dimasa people. So, nature and bird lovers would find the village extremely interesting for  watching bids.

Tai-phakey Village


Tai Phake

Tai-phakey Village or Namphake Village in Naharkatiya (37 kilometres from Dibrugarh, 443 km from Guwahati) is the largest Tai-Phake village in Assam. With near about 150 families living, the Tai-Phakey village is one of the oldest and most respected Buddhist Monastries of Assam. The Namphake village is spread three odd kilometers along the bank of the Dihing, a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra. Tourists can enjoy the culture and traditions of the village in accordance with the picturesque background which has an enticing old-world charm. A very beautiful Buddhist monastery is located in this area regarded as a meditation center. It also serves as a very famous tourist attraction of Assam. Tourists can also visit Nong Mungchiringta (Musulinda tank), Pagoda, Ashoka Pillar and traditional stilt houses set up here.

Tea and Tea Estates in Assam


tea

Assam tea is one of those things one should not miss drinking and seeing in Assam. Assam tea is known worldwide for its quality and aroma. Assam is also one of the largest tea growing regions in the world. Tourists visiting Assam should always look for finest quality tea packets while they return back. Assam has many tea gardens for sightseeing purpose of tourists. There are sprawling tea gardens located across Assam. Gardens  sprawl across the districts of Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Bokakhat, Tinsukia and other districts. The tea estate bungalows in Assam portray the British colonial heritage. These bungalows are esthetically designed to have a comfortable stay here in accordance with the sightseeing of tea gardens. A stay in tea bungalows offer one the opportunity to take a jeep drive or simple walk inside the garden to see the tea plantation. Famous tea estate bungalows in Assam are:

Mancotta Chang Bungalow Guest House: This bungalow in Dibrugarh is a 157 year old bungalow built by British tea planters.

Thengal Manor: Thengal Manor in Jorhat is a 70-year-old mansion that is ideally placed for an insight into a fascinating lush green village of Upper Assam.

Banyan Grove: Situated in the most attractive part of the Gatoonga Tea Estate, the Banyan Grove is about hundred years old in Jorhat.

Burra Sahib Bungalow: The Burra Sahib Bungalow is situated in Sangsua Tea Estate in Jorhat.

Jalannagar Tea Estate guest house:  A beautiful bungalow situated in  Dibrugarh.

Wild Masheer Lodge: It is located at Adabari Tea estate near Tezpur.

Balipara Tea Bungalow: This is a historic one characterized by its Victorian architecture.

Hunlal Tea Estate Bungalow: Tea bungalow situated in Jorhat.

Contact Details of Assam Tourism


Assam Tourism OfficeTourist Offices in Assam

For any information about tourist places in Assam you can contact the following:

Tourist offices in Guwahati

Deputy Director
Tourist Information Bureau, Station Road, Guwahati-781001
Phone: +91-361-2544475, 2547102, 2542748

Kamakhya Information Centre, Guwahati

Phone: +91 98590 74797

Lokapriya GNB international Airport, Borjhar, Guwahati
Phone: +91 98640 71100

Chandubi Picnic Spot, Assam
Phone: +91 98590 49790

Tourist Information Counter
Guwahati Rly. Station, Guwahai-781001.

Tourist office in Barpeta

Barpeta Road Tourist Lodge
Tourist Information Officer, Barpeta Road, Assam
Phone: +91 99540 90770

Tourist office in Kaziranga

Kaziranga National Park
Tourist Information Officer, Kaziranga, Kohora, Assam
Phone: +91 3776 262423, 91 98640 74904

Tourist office in Mayong

Tourist Information Office
Asstt. Tourist Information Officer, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Mayong, Assam
Phone: +91 98549 45261

Tourist office in Tezpur

Tourist Information Office
Tourist Information Officer, Tezpur, Assam
Phone: +91 98543 34080

Tourist office in Bhalukpong

Tourist Information Office
Asstt. Tourist Information Officer, Bhalukpong Tourist Lodge, Bhalukpong, Assam
Phone: +91 98540 37133

Tourist office in Dhubri

Tourist Information Counter
Asstt. Tourist Information Officer, Dhubri, Assam
Phone: +91 99540 75421

Here is a list of government links that may be useful to you.


Hotels in Assam


hotel

Assam is known for its hospitality. The hospitality industry in Assam is helped by the several hotels and restaurants located in different cites and towns of Assam. Tourists coming to Assam can have a pleasant stay at the several hotels known for their authentic Assamese food and the luxury they provide to the tourists. Among the many hotels in Assam tourists can stay at Hotel Ginger, hotel Nakshatra, Kiranshree Portico, hotel Grand Starline, hotel Raj Mahal, hotel Dynasty, Hotel Prag Continental, Hotel Nandan and so on in Guwahati, Hotel Heritage, New Park hotel and Earl Grey hotel in Jorhat, Hotel Natraj in Dibrugarh, Hotel Highway and hotel Royal Highness in Tinsukia, Hotel KRC Palace in Tezpur and Borail View hotel in Silchar. Other than these there are thousands of hotels in different parts of Assam.

Top hotels in Assam

Hotel Dynasty
Address: SS Road, Lakhtokia, Guwahati-781001, Assam
Phone: 0361 251 6021

Room rates:
Executive room: 5500 (single), 6000 (double)
Excellency room: 7800 (single), 8500 (double)
Majestic Suite: 12000 (single), 12000 (double)

Hotel Rajmahal
Address: A.T. Road, Guwahati-781001, Assam
Phone: +91 361 2549141-46, 2511602-04
Fax: +91 361 2639282
Email: info@hotelrajmahal.in
Website: hotelrajmahal.in

Room rates:
Executive: 10000 (double)
Prestige: 6000 (Single), 7500 (Double)
Super Deluxe: 4500 (Single), 5300 (Double)


Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok
Address: M.G. Road, Opp. High Court, Guwahati, Assam 781001
Phone:0361 260 2284

Room rates:
Superior: 4499 (Single), 4999 (Double)
Executive: 6499 (Single), 6999 (Double)
Standard Suite:    12,000 (Double)


Hotel Gateway Grandeur
Address: G.S.Road, Christian Basti, Guwahati-781005, Assam
Phone:0361 711 0022

Room rates:
Grandeur Executive Room: 4400 (Single), 5000 (Double)
Grandeur Bliss: 6000 (Single), 6000 (Double)
Grandeur Club Suite: 7600 (Single), 7600 (Double)

Hotel Nandan
Address: G.S. Road, Paltan Bazar, Guwahati- 781 008, Assam
Phone: +91 97060 98845, (0361)2540855

Room rates
Suite:  Rs. 6000 (Single), Rs. 7000 (Double)
Executive: Rs. 2900 (Single), Rs. 3650 (Double)
Delux: Rs. 2500 (Single), Rs. 3250 (Double)

Also Read: Hotels in Guwahati | Dibrugarh | Jorhat | Silchar | Tinsukia | Lakhimpur

Tour Packages in Assam


Different tour packages are available for making your journey a pleasurable one. Check these out.
 
Three Night/ Four Days Package
Places covered: Kamakhya Temple, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Manas National Park, Barpeta Satra, Hajo.
Cost: Economic Rs 6500/ Per Person/Per Day
Standard Rs 12000/ Per Person/Per Day
Deluxe: Rs 20000/Per Person/Per Day

Two Night/Three Days Package
Places covered: Kulshi river, Kamakhya Temple, Aswaklanta Temple, Dol Gobinda Temple, Srimanta Shankardev Kalakshetra, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Cost: Economic Rs 4500/per day sharing car
Standard: Rs 7000 per day personal car

Kaziranga national park tour
Days: 2 Nights
Inclusions: Transfers, meals, accommodation
Rate: Rs 11,100

Assam Wildlife Tour
Days: 4 Nights
Inclusions: Transfers, meals, accommodation
Rate: Rs 16,099

Magnificent Assam with Majuli
Days: 4 Nights
Inclusions: Transfers, meals, accommodation
Rate: Rs 19,800

How to Reach Assam

Assam is easily accessible to the rest of India as the state has a well connected air rail and road network that connects it within the state and the rest of the country.

Assam Airways

Airport

 
The Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati is the main airport of Assam. Major domestic flights fly in and out of Guwahati from the important Indian cities. There are also direct flights from Guwahati to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, and other major cities of the country. Other domestic airports are located at Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur, Silchar and North Lakhimpur. Helicopter services are also available from Guwahati to Shillong, Tawang and Tura. Druk air connects Guwahati internationally to Bangkok and Paro twice a week.

Assam Railways


Assam Railways

Assam also has a well connected network of railways. Trains run to Assam from all the states of the country. There are trains from Guwahati to the major cities of the country and vice versa. Trains like Rajdhani Express, Northeast Express, Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express and Saraighat Express run at regular intervals to and from Guwahati. There are also railway stations across the state for easy travel.

Assam Roadways

Roadways in Assam

The major towns and cities in Assam are interconnected by the roadways. National highways in Assam connect Guwahati to the entire Northeast, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. People from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal can also travel to Assam by roadways.

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