This vibrant city offers breathtaking natural sceneries, rich cultural sites, and populous wildlife.
If you’re tired of the same old attractions in India, it’s time to look to the northeast of the country.
Located south of the eastern Himalayas, Assam is a place of unspoilt natural beauty, with deep valleys, vast mountains and the massive Brahmaputra river which runs through the length of the state.
Assam is also well-known for their famous tea gardens and wildlife conservation parks, the latter being the last few sanctuaries to a number of endangered species.
Here’s a list of great reasons that’ll make you pack your bags and take your first big step into Assam.
Go Wild at their National Parks
Five national parks are scattered across Assam, each boasting a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. You’ll spot a wide range of wild creatures, such as elephants, hog deers and water buffalos, that call these wildlife sanctuaries their home. If luck’s on your side, you might even spot the elusive tiger stalking in the thick grass.
The more popular parks to choose from include Kaziranga, which is famously known for preserving the world’s largest population of great one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as Manas, a reserve for the golden langur and the pygmy hog.
Related: A Day in Kaziranga National Park
Visit to the Kamakhya Temple
Another attraction to visit would be the Kamakhya temple in the capital of Guwahati. This temple is situated on Nilachal Hill in the western part of the capital city of Guwahati, and serves as an important pilgrimage site for devotees of Shaktism, the ones who reverently follow the beliefs of the Hindu goddess Kamakhya.
The place of worship is associated with the Hindu legend of the goddess Sati, who was the wife of Shiva and daughter of King Daksha.
Enjoy the awesome Bihu festival
There are plenty of local festivals celebrated in Assam, the most popular being Bihu, which is a harvest festival that takes place on not one, but three different times in a year!
The Bihu festival is concurrent with the crop cycle, where Assamese locals celebrate important phases in the farming schedule.
The first event, Bhogali Bihu, takes place in mid-January when locals mark the end of the harvesting season with eating and enjoyment. The second event, Kongali Bihu, occurs in mid-October, and the festivities are more solemn in nature as the crops are in their growing stage. The last and most popular event in the Bihu festival is the Bohag Bihu, which happens in mid-April.
This seven-day festival coincides with the onset of the Assamese New Year and the coming of spring. Locals take it to themselves to put on their best clothes and celebrate the new year with worship and merriment.
Taste some delicious Assam tea
The whole state of Assam is devoted into tea-growing, with a large number of tea estates scattered across the region and situated nearby on either side of the Brahmaputra River. The location, plus the tropical climate of Assam, gives it’s tea the unique malty taste that people have come to enjoy.
One of the best parts about travelling to new places is the opportunity to try local cuisines of those areas. Assam in that context is one of the greatest destinations to be explored.
Since the staple food of the state is rice, the local cuisine understandably consists of many rice items.
The neighbouring states of West Bengal and Odisha have also left a mark on the food preferences of Assamese population.
Related: Top 7 Desserts of Assamese Cuisine
The authentic Assamese food is not spicy, something that makes its stand apart from many other Indian states. However, that certainly does not mean that Assamese cuisine lacks flavour. When in Assam, consider it a duty to taste pitha, khar, tenga and kharali.