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Tourist Places To Visit In Assam
Located in the north-eastern part of India, Assam is rich in culture and traditions, wildlife and natural beauty, waiting to be explored. Every city has something unique to offer its travellers and to take back with. It has abundant wildlife, thriving tribal traditions, exotic Bihu dance, mouth-watering cuisine, sprawling lush green tea gardens, the mighty Brahmaputra and much more that has collectively given Assam an identity of its own. To make your trip a memorable one, here are a few of the best tourist places to visit in Assam.
Once known as Gwahati Pragjyotishour or the Light of the East, the city has certainly done justice to its name. The capital city of Assam and the gateway to the North East, it is the largest cosmopolitan city in the region. While boasting of all modern amenities, the city has preserved its immense natural beauty and wildlife reserves. The popular tourist destinations in and around Guwahati are the Kaziranga National Park, Kamakhya Temple, Umananda Temple, Sualkuchi etc.
The Tea City of India is located in the upper west region of Assam. The largest tea producing town in the world, Dibrugarh produces some of the finest blends of tea that is consumed across the globe. Apart from the charming tea gardens, Dibrugarh is blessed with pristine natural beauty and a rather turbulent face of the mighty Brahmaputra. A popular destination for adventure activities like trekking, camping and mountaineering, Dibrugarh certainly ranks high in your places to visit in Assam.
Kaziranga National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and popularly known for the endangered one-horned rhinos, the Kaziranga National Park is spread across 430 sq. km area. Blessed with rich flora and fauna, the national park is home to tigers, leopards, Sloth Bear, elephants, swamp deer and several others. A trip to Assam without a customary visit to Kaziranga is incomplete.
One of the major attractions of Assam is Majuli, the largest riverine island in the world. Formed by the rather tempestuous Brahmaputra, Majuli islands are spread across an area of 452 sq. km. A bird watcher’s paradise and a photographer’s dream come true, Majuli’s natural beauty is mesmerizing. The calm and serene ambience helps to soothe frayed nerves and heal scarred souls.
35 km from Guwahati, Sualkuchi is the silk town of Assam. Majority of the locals in Sualkuchi are engaged in silk weaving and you can watch them making some of the most gorgeous Mekhela Chadors, the traditional attire of Assam. It is an opportunity for travellers to interact with the weavers, see their art and know more about their lives. It is an enriching experience.
Situated in Sonitpur district on the banks of River Brahmaputra, Tezpur is also known as the City of Eternal Romance. It is famous for the legendary love story of Anirudha (Grandson of Lord Krishna) and Usha (King Baana’s Daughter). The sprawling tea gardens, the mighty Brahmaputra and the mountains surrounding Arunachal Pradesh has added to the romantic charm of the city which boasts of some beautiful ancient monuments like Hazara Pukhuri, Bhomoraguri, Cole Park, Bamuni Hill etc.
Home to the largest Tea research station in the country, Jorhat is the Tea Capital of India and reckoned to be the Cultural Capital of Assam. Inhabited by people of different cultures, Jorhat is seen celebrating several festivals throughout the year. It also hosts the Tea Festival during November-January. Apart from this Jorhat offers a number of attractions to its visitors that include Burigosain Devalaya, Bilvesvar Siva Temple, Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar, Thengal Manor, Magolu Khat etc.
North Cachar Hills
Nestled in the lap of nature and miles from the maddening city life, Cachar Hills offers some of the best sightseeing places in Assam. Home to several tribes, vivacious and vibrant cultures and picture perfect landscape with cascading waterfalls, green mountains, streams and rivulets, Cachar Hills can weave magic and cast a spell on all. Some of its major attractions are Haflong, Umrangso, Jatinga, Maibang and Panimoor.