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.
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
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.
Also Read: Profile of Assam
Assam Tourism Fast Facts
: DispurMajor Tourist Cities
: Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Tezpur, Silchar, Lakhimpur SibsagarClimate
: Temperate and moderateSummer temperature
: Within 38 degree Celsius.Winter temperature:
Not below 6 degree Celsius.Major Festivals
: Bihu, Ambubachi Mela, Durga puja.Major River
: BrahmaputraSummer Cloths Required
: CottonsWinter Cloths Required
: Light Woolens
Best Time to Visit: October-April
Top Destinations in AssamGuwahati
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tourist spots in Silchar include Sri Sri Kancha Kanti Devi temple, Khaspur, Maniharan temple, Martyr's tomb at Gandhi bag and Bhubaneshwar temple.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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 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 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
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
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
Lying partly in Dibrugarh district
and partly in Tinsukia district, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
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
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.
Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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 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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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:
Situated in Guwahati,
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.
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
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
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.
Chitralekha Udyan Cole Park
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
, 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.
Satras and Nam Ghars in Assam
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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
Burra Sahib Bungalow is situated in Sangsua Tea Estate in Jorhat. Jalannagar Tea Estate guest
A beautiful bungalow situated in Dibrugarh.Wild Masheer
: It is located at Adabari Tea estate near Tezpur.Balipara Tea
This is a historic one characterized by its Victorian architecture.Hunlal Tea Estate Bungalow
: Tea bungalow situated in Jorhat.
Contact Details of Assam Tourism
Tourist Offices in Assam
For any information about tourist places in Assam you can contact the following:
Tourist offices in Guwahati
Tourist Information Bureau, Station Road, Guwahati-781001
Phone: +91-361-2544475, 2547102, 2542748
Kamakhya Information Centre, Guwahati
Phone: +91 98590 74797Lokapriya GNB international Airport, Borjhar, Guwahati
Phone: +91 98640 71100Chandubi Picnic Spot, Assam
Phone: +91 98590 49790Tourist 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 74904Tourist office in Mayong
Tourist Information Office
Asstt. Tourist Information Officer, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Mayong, Assam
Phone: +91 98549 45261Tourist office in Tezpur
Tourist Information Office
Tourist Information Officer, Tezpur, Assam
Phone: +91 98543 34080Tourist office in Bhalukpong
Tourist Information Office
Asstt. Tourist Information Officer, Bhalukpong Tourist Lodge, Bhalukpong, Assam
Phone: +91 98540 37133Tourist 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
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 AssamHotel Dynasty
Address: SS Road, Lakhtokia, Guwahati-781001, Assam
Phone: 0361 251 6021
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
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
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
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
Suite: Rs. 6000 (Single), Rs. 7000 (Double)
Executive: Rs. 2900 (Single), Rs. 3650 (Double)
Delux: Rs. 2500 (Single), Rs. 3250 (Double)
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.
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, Bengaluru, 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 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.
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