The state of Assam is situated on the foothills of the Himalayan range of mountains and the Meghalayan plateau. The state is particularly dominated by the presence of the Brahmaputra River, which acts as the factor of pristine beauty for this state. The countries of Bangladesh and Bhutan acts as its immediate neighbours.
Kaziranga National Park located in Assam is UNESCO declared World Heritage and popular across the globe for one-horned Rhinoceros. It lies in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the Assam. The park hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinos. As per the census conducted in March 2018 which was jointly held by the Forest Department of Assam and some noted wildlife NGOs; which reveals the rhino population in Kaziranga National Park is 2,413. Kaziranga is one of the popular wildlife tourism spot in north India.
It was declared as national park in the year of 2006 as it has the highest density of tigers living in protected area in the world. The park also houses huge breeding populations of elephants, swamp deer and wild water buffalo. Kaziranga is also known as a prominent birdlife area by Birdlife International for conserving varied species of Birdlife.
A sleepy hamlet in the North Cachar Hills, Jatinga is located at a distance of 9 kms from Haflong, the district headquarters. Take a bus ride to Haflong from Guwahati and from there on you can take local conveyance to reach this mystic village. The most bizarre phenomenon that Jatinga witnesses, is the annual mass bird suicide which is yet to find any conclusive scientific explanation.
From September to November every year, hundreds of birds commit mass suicide just after sunset – they move down from the sky, plunging to their deaths by crashing into buildings and trees. One possible reason behind this is the theory that the birds get disoriented by the late monsoon season amid wind and dense fog.
Located at a distance of about 137 kilometers from Silchar, Maibong is a popular hill station situated on the banks of the Mahur River. Maibong served as the capital when the town was ruled by the Kachari kingdom. The palace here is known for its scenic landscapes, splendid architecture, carvings and scriptures of a bygone era. The major attractions of this place include the ruins of the old city of Kachari, which was once a flourishing kingdom.
There are numerous ancient temples and waterfalls that are a must-visit while you are in and around this place. Some of these are Ramchandi temple, Longthaini Noh Temple and Maibong waterfalls.
Located on the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, Kamkhya Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. A visit to the temple is believed to protect devotees from the evil eyes. The presiding deity of the temple is Kamkhya Devi who is revered as the ‘Bleeding Goddess’. As per the belief, the main sanctum sanctorum (Garvagriha) of the temple has a mythical vagina and womb of Goddess Shakti.
Majuli is a lush green environment friendly, pristine and pollution free fresh water island in the river Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the city of Jorhat. Majuli is the world’s largest river island and it attracts tourists from all over the world. Among one of the most surreal places in India, Majuli is also a strong contender for a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Mostly inhabited by Tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting and is one of the key reasons why people love this place so much. It is also called the cultural capital of Assam. The festivals celebrated here are all joyous and vibrant. The main festival in the town of Majuli is called Raas and witnessing it is an interesting spectacle.
Situated in the city of Guwahati within the Hengrabari Reserved Forest, this place is a must visit tourist place in Assam if one wants a to spend some time in presence of green zones, more than 900 types of animals, birds, and reptiles.
The zoo set up in 1957 has expanded over the years and now has become a home for One-horned Rhinoceros, Tigers, clouded leopard, Elephants, Leopard cat and many many more. Not just them, this zoo houses exotic species like chimpanzees, white rhinos & black rhinos, zebras, ostriches and giraffes from Africa; puma, jaguar, and llama from South America and kangaroos from Australia. A great combination of types of wildlife, large green areas for Botanical gardens and water bodies could just attract you in Assam state zoo and Botanical garden from any part of the country.
One of the most beautiful cities in Assam, Tezpur is another major tourist place in Assam due to its scenic natural beauty. The river Brahmaputra flowing through the city, further adds to the beauty of this place. Tezpur is also the cultural hub of Assam because of its theatre, traditional dances and cultural events. The tea estates around the city are also another attraction here.
Manas National Park also called as Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular national park, World Heritage Site, a Project Tiger Reserve, Protected area for Elephants and most importantly a biosphere reserve, located in Indian state of Assam. Engulfed in the Himalayan foothills, it is in proximity of the Manas National Park in Bhutan.
Manas is only tiger reserve in Assam known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife species such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog. Manas is also famous for its sound population of the wild water buffalo.
Hajo is a town on the banks of the Brahmaputra and is a prominent pilgrimage center for tourists across the country. The town houses pilgrimage sites from three major religions- Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. Hajo is famous for temples dedicated to the Hindu gods Durga, Shiva and Vishnu and the Powa Mecca Mosque which is a pilgrimage center for the followers of Islam. The most important temple of this land is the Hayagriva Madhava Mandir.
The temple is of great significance for both Hindus and Buddhists because this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is also believed to be the place where Buddha attained nirvana. Other temples that you must pay a visit to include Madan Kamdev Temple, Kedareswara Temple, and Deva Bhavana.
Dating back to the Ahom dynasty, this cultural town is full of historic tourist attractions from forts with underground architecture to numerous temples.
Sibsagar is a state ofÊAssamÊthat provides various tourist attractions related to architectural marvels, history and culture. Some of the most popular places here include a water tank called Bhorpukhuri along with Joysagar, a man-made lake, Ahom Museum, Rudrasagar tank and temples, Gaurisagar tank and temples. One can also visit the Kareng Ghar and the Rang Ghar. by-saurabh gupta fropky