Assam is perhaps the most prominent state in North East India. Its capital city, Guwahati, is considered the gateway to the. Assam is a beautiful state located south of the eastern Himalayas. You can marvel at the undulating hills as well as miles of plains. There are several places of interest and probably one visit isn’t enough to cover the entire state. We highlight 5 of the best for you.
Guwahati – Guwahati is located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra and is the largest city in North East India. The city is an emerging commercial city and yet is culturally rich and vibrant. Historically, Guwahati was known as Pragjyotishpur which meant ‘light of the east’. One of the must-visits in Guwahati is the famous Kamakhya Temple which is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas according to Hinduism. The temple is perched on top of the Nilachal Hills and is about 7 km from the city centre. Another temple of importance is the Umananda Temple located on Peacock Island. You can also visit the Zoological Gardens, Vashistha Ashram, Navagraha Temple and Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
Kaziranga – Assam is almost synonymous with the one-horned rhinos found in the Kaziranga National Park. The national park is also a declared tiger reserve. The park remains open from November to May so you have to plan your trip accordingly.
Majuli – Majuli is the biggest river island in the world and the seat of neo-Vaishavinism in Assam. Surrounded by the mighty Brahmaputra, Majuli is famous for its culture and religious activities. The place has about 25 Satras or socio-cultural institutions which were promoted by the revered Assamese saint Srimanta Sankardeva and later by his disciple Madhavdeva.
Sibsagar – Sibsagar literally translates to ‘ocean of Lord Shiva’ and is a historical town. It used to be the capital of the Ahom kingdom for over 100 years. The town is built around a 129-acre artificial tank, with three temples around it. Other places of interest here are the Talatal Ghar, Kareng Ghar and Gargaon Palace. You should also visit the amphitheater called Rang Ghar, the roof of which resembles an upside down boat.
Jatinga and Haflong – Jatinga is famous because of an interesting phenomenon. The locals believe that every year, migratory birds commit suicide here. The story has now spread far and wide, though in reality, the birds are killed by the locals. Jatinga is situated in the Dima Hasao District, about 330 km south of Guwahati. While in the area, you should also visit Assam’s only hill station, Haflong. Headquarters of the North Cachar district, Haflong town is set between rolling mountains. The picturesque hill station is the perfect getaway from the hum-drum o city life