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21 Top Places to Visit in Assam – The Land of Nature’s Paradise

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Assam, the mystic land of lofty blue hills and verdant, undulating river valleys is the gateway to the northeast frontiers of India. A popular stopover for tourists on a North Eastern Indian sojourn, there are innumerable tourist attractions in Assam itself.

The mighty Brahmaputra River that flows down from Tibet to meander through Assam accentuates the state’s beauty. Tourists are often found strolling on the riverbanks basking in the mellow sunshine and the cool wisps of a fluttering evening breeze. Tourists often opt for a boat ride that takes them across the Brahmaputra to the nearby river island of Majuli. Majuli’s claim to fame rests in its being the largest river island in the world and a center of Vaishnava and Buddhist culture.

Exultant in vibrant colors and opulent in cultural potpourri, tourists have a gala time exploring Assam. The cities of Assam, an idyllic amalgam of the historic past and the urban cosmopolitan culture are also worth visiting.

The Light of the East, Pragjyotishpura or Guwahati with its platter full of tourist delights, the mythological land of Gold, Tezpur or Sonitpur, the oil fields of Digboi and Shivsagar and the quixotic hill stations of Haflong and Bhalukpong that border the land of majestic mountain.

Here are the Top Tourist Places to Visit in Assam –

1. Kaziranga National Park
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Along with the iconic Greater one-horned rhinoceros, the park is the breeding ground of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Over the time, the tiger population has also increased in Kaziranga, and that’s the reason why Kaziranga was declared as Tiger Reserve in 2006. Also, the park is recognized as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for the conservation of avifaunal species. Birds like lesser white-fronted goose, ferruginous duck, Baer’s pochard duck and lesser adjutant, greater adjutant, black-necked stork, and Asian Openbill stork specially migrate from the Central Asia during the winter season.

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2) Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

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Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled in the grasslands of Assam which is the dwelling place of the Greater Indian One-Horned Rhinoceroses with its highest population in the whole world. It is landlocked by Assamese villages from every side of it with the traditional Assamese culture. Overall, the terrain of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a breathtaking experience for a traveler or an admirer of nature.

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3) Manas National Park

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Manas, at the base of foot hills of the Bhutan-Himalayas in the state of Assam, with unique biodiversity and landscape is one of the first reserves included in the network of tiger reserve under Project tiger in 1973.

About the half of the Park is covered by Grasslands of Terai and Bhabar type, the riparian areas have colonizing grasslands and woodlands of several species. The thick woodlands are called Eastern Moist Deciduous Forests of various types. The undergrowths are very thick. There are more than 650 species of Angiosperms alone. The commonly seen trees are the Simul, Oxi, Sissoo, Khaie, Gamari, etc.

Manas is the only landscape in the world where pristine Terai Grasslands are seen merging with the Bhabar grasslands interspersed with diverse habitats ascending to Semi-Evergreen forests and then to Bhutan Himalayas. The Biodiversity is very rich here. The last population of the Pygmy Hog survive in the wilds of Manas and nowhere else in the world.

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4) Nameri National Park

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Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India, about 40 kilometres from Tezpur and the third national park in Assam. The Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. Together they constitute an area of over 1000 km 2 of semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. Nameri is a birder’s paradise with over 300 species of birds.

The area is criss-crossed by the river Jia- Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji, Dinai, Doigurung, Nameri, Dikorai, Khari etc. A few jheels (during the rainy seasons) also dot the area. The inaccessibility and continuity with the neibouring forest areas have helped the wildlife of Nameri to flourish. There is a good prey base in the form of Sambar, Barking deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar and Gaur. About 3000 domestic cattle also form part of this prey base for Tiger and Leopards.

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5) Orang National Park

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The Orang National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Darrang and Sonitpur districts of the state of Assam. The park is situated on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River, Assam. The Orang National Park is also known as Mini Kaziranga National Park and Rajiv Gandhi National Park.This place is situated amidst dense forests with tall trees and high grasslands and is the perfect place to stay in, for those who is looking for rejuvenation from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

The Orang National park is the home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Orang National Park is a swampy, wooded area; it was inhabited by Orang people, who probably deserted it upon being by disease. There are 26 man-made ponds here, sub staining the belief that this region was once home to a particular community.

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6) Haflong Lake

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This large and beautiful lake adds a celestial beauty to the hill station which is regarded as the ‘Scotland of Assam’.The surroundings of the lake offer a haven for hundreds of migratory birds in winter.

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7) Majuli

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Majuli is the biggest river island in the world which is located on the Brahmaputra River in the state of Assam. This island is formed by the River Subansiri in the north and River Brahmaputra in the south. It has been known as the cultural capital of Assam ever since the 16th century. The main village of the Majuli Isand is Naghmar where many events and festivals are being held even today. This place being pollution free and covered by greenery on all sides is an environment-friendly destination. The festivals celebrated here are very colorful and vibrant which is the prime cause for which tourists from different parts of the country travel to this location. Raas Purnima is one such important event which people celebrate here in a grand manner. It is lovely to see the dance performance which is being organized on this day based on the life of Lord Krishna. The Paal Naam and Bathow Puja are the other notable festivals of Majuli. The destination has 22 Vaishnava Satras which were established during the 15th century. Many travelers visit these Satras each year and they are also the most famous tourist spots of the region. Some of the important Satras here are Dakhinpat Satra, Kamalabari Satra, and Garamurh Satra. Bird watching is another attraction which you will enjoy on your visit here.

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8) Kamakhya Temple

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The Kamakhya Temple also Kamrup-Kamakhya is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas. Situated on the Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati city in Assam, India, it is the main temple in a complex of individual temples dedicated to the ten Mahavidyas: Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamalatmika. Among these, Tripurasundari, Matangi and Kamala reside inside the main temple whereas the other seven reside in individual temples. It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and especially for Tantric worshipers.

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9) Umananda Island

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Umananda Temple is situated on a hill called Bhasmacala in Umananda Island. It was built by Ahom King, Gadadhar Singha who was big devotee of Lord Shiva. The temple was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897. It was renovated by a local merchant and now it is one of the prime locations in Guwahati City. Umananda Temple also has sculptures of Ganesha, Vishnu, Surya and Parvati. One has to climb some steps to reach this temple.

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10) Basistha Ashram Temple

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Basistha or Vasistha Temple is located in Beltola, at the outskirts of the Guwahati city. It is located near Garbhanga Reserve Forest which is populated by elephants and is also a proposed butterfly reserve. The temple was constructed by Ahom king Rajeshwar Singha in 1751-1769. The king also gifted 835 bighas of land to the ashram to build this temple. The temple is situated on the Vasistha ashram, the abode of saint Basistha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple stands on the bank of mountain streams which originates from the hills of Meghalaya which in turn becomes river Basistha and Bharalu that flows through the city.

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11) Sibasagar

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369 kms from Guwahati – Sibsagar an historical city. Sibsagar was the capital of the mighty Ahoms, who ruled Assam for more than six hundred years before the advent of the British. The most remarkable landscape of the town is the 200 year old Sibsagar tank.

On its banks are three temples– the Shivadol, the Vishnudol and the Devidol– all three built by Queen Madambika, wife of Siva Singha, in the year 1734. The Shivadol is believed to be the highest Siva Temple in India, having a height of 104 feet and the perimeter 195 feet.

The tank is situated in the heart of the town but the water level is above the level of the town. Today Sibsagar is a fast developing town in commercial, industrial and educational activities.

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12) Dibru Saikhowa National Park 

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Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Tinsukia district of the state of Assam. Total area of the park is about 340 Km2. Dibru-Saikhowa wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a National park in the year of 1999. The Park is divided into nine distinct zones one of which is a wetland while dense forests occupy the remaining portions. The sparkling sylvan wetlands paint a picture of rare beauty as the gleam like a mirage of quicksilver under the playful saffron sunbeams.
Dibru-Saikhowa is a safe haven for many extremely rare and endangered species of wild life including over 300 fauna both endangered and migratory, as well as various species of shrubs, herbs and rare medicinal plants. Some rare and endangered animals of this park are Hoolock gibbon, capped langur, slow loris, water buffalo, tiger, elephant, gangetic river dolphin etc.

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13) Assam Tea Gardens

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Which are the two world popular tea producing regions in India? Your answer will surely be Darjeeling and Assam. Assam is known across the globe for its quality blends and beauty of tea plantation. As you know, this mountainous region has a very peasant climate and its greenery attracts tourists from all corners of the world.

Assam is the origin of ‘Indian teas’ since ancient times and now, it has become one of the popular tea producing regions worldwide. Both sides of River Brahmaputra are the largest tea growing areas. Assam tea has a distinct full-bodied malty flavor and obtains bright color liquor. Black tea is the specialty of this region and tea lovers enjoys a cup of Assam black tea any time.

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14) Assam Bihu

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The Bihus are the national festivals of Assam. The most important festivals of Assam are the Bihus, celebrated with fun and abundance by all Assamese people irrespective of caste, creed, religion, faith and belief.
In a year there are three Bihu festivals in Assam – in the months of Bohaag (Baisakh, the middle of April), Maagh (the middle of January), and Kaati (Kartik, the middle of October). The Assamese Bihus have been celebrated since ancient times. Each Bihu coincides with a distinctive phase in the farming calendar. The most important and colourful of the three Bihu dance festival is the harvest festival Bohag Bihu or Rangali Bihu celebrated in the middle of April. This is also the beginning of the agricultural season.

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15) Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra

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Named after the poet-playwright and reformer of the medieval times- Srimanta Sankardev, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in Panjabari, Guwahati. With an aim to promote the culture, art and tradition of Assam, the complex has several centres dedicated to the promotion of the state’s cultural brilliance with an impressive display of its history and its glorious past. Built in 1990, this Kalakshetra showcases the artistic excellence of the North- East along with nurturing the bygone heritage. Sprawling over vast acres of land, the premises boast of a museum, a library, an art gallery and a children’s park beside several other adjuncts.
This mosaic amalgamation strives to capture the essence, grandeur and ethos of the diverse ethnicity and to preserve, restore and promote the heritage. The non- profit organization aims to provide cultural and spiritual upliftment to the people of Assam. The buildings and structures present in the complex have been constructed in the conventional Assamese designs; they showcase the lives of the local people, groups and sub- groups of the state. A visit to Srimanta Kalakshetra is definitely going to be an enriching experience for you and we recommend you to not give it a miss while you are out there.

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16) Sualkuchi : The Silk City of Assam

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Sualkuchi, a sleepy village in the northern bank of the river Brahmaputra is the center of Assam’s textile production, which has earned it the name of Manchester of India. The weaver’s village specializes in mainly two types of silk, Muga silk and Pat silk. Indigenous items such as mekhela chadors, and gamosas made of these materials are the famous produces in the country. It has been declared as a Handloom Heritage Village, and thus is steadily growing up as an important tourist spot in Assam. Eri silks and Endi clothes from this region is also quite well known. Sualkuchi Village is also quite rich in flora and fauna, and it retains the traditional charm with bamboo houses and overall rustic nature of the villages. A number of migratory birds visit the place during the winter season, and thus, bird watching is an ideal thing to do in Sualkuchi. There are a few budget hotels in the place with basic amenities for accommodation and the traditional cuisine is a must try. There are also various religious institutions like temples and namghars in the area which attract a number of tourists.

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17) Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden

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Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is located on the outer fringes of the busy city and is the largest Zoo in the North-East, spread over 175 hectares.

Also simply known as Guwahati Zoo, this zoo is located at the foothills of Hengrabari reserved forest. The best way for a tour around the zoo is to start from the left of the entrance at the Serow enclosure, then take a right turn towards the enclosures of the leopard, bear, zebras, hog deer and other animals. There are a large numbers of antlers in the zoo as well. The slanted foothills with trees and grass make it almost a natural habitat for them.

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18) Tezpur

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Tezpur is the headquarters of the centrally located Sonitpur district in Assam. Mythologically known as Sonitpur, Tezpur is famous as a seat of Assamese culture. Located on the northern bank of the river brahmaputra, 180 kms north-east of Guwahati, Tezpur overlooks the beautiful snow peaks of the Himalayas throughout the winter. Several ancient sites such as Bamuni hills, Hazara tank, Da-Parbatia Gate, Mahabhairab temple, Bhairabi temple, Agnigarh etc. in and around Tezpur are worth visiting. The Chitralekha Udyan, the 3.02 kms long Kalia-Bhomora bridge over the Brahmaputra are two spots which attract many visitors.

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19) Dipor Bil

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At a distance of 18 km from Guwahati Railway Station, Deepor Beel is a fresh water lake situated to the south-west of Guwahati city in Assam state. Also spelt as Dipor Bil, it is considered as one of the largest lakes in the Brahmaputra valley of Western Assam and among the picturesque places to visit in Guwahati.

In Assamese language, Beel means a huge lake and it is known to be one of the largest Beels in the Brahmaputra valley of Lower Assam area under the Burma Monsoon Forest biogeography region. The depth of the lake is varied from 1 m – 4 m. Basistha & Kalmini Rivers fed this beautiful lake and it drains into Brahmaputra River through the Khonajan channel. The Beel is a source of livelihood for 14 indigenous villages around it whose fishermen depend on it. Freshwater fish is a vital protein and source of income for these communities.

Ornithologists have recorded about 219 species of birds that can be seen in the Deepor Beel area and this includes over 70 species of migratory birds. The most notable bird species found in the sanctuary are Kingfishers, Fishing eagles, a plethora of ducks, Greater Adjutant Stork, Whistling Teal, Open Billed Stork, Shoveler, Pintail, Garganey and high concentration of Pheasant tail jacanas etc. Deepor Beel is also home to around 12 lizard species, 20 kinds of amphibians, 6 tortoise and turtle species, along with 18 species of snakes. The diversity & concentration of indigenous fresh water fish species is very high in Dipor Bil.

There is a watch tower inside the sanctuary, constructed by the forest department. Also, country boats are available to watch the birds. October to March is the best season to visit this place.

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20) River cruise on the waters of Brahmaputra

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At a distance of 2 km from Guwahati Railway Station, Brahmaputra River Cruise is a cruise ride in the mighty Brahmaputra River at Guwahati, Assam. It is one of the main attractions and among the popular things to do in Guwahati.

There are different types of short cruise rounds that you would love to go for like Lunch Cruise, Sunset Cruise, Dinner Cruise, Candlelight Cruise etc. This one hour long cruise is a miniature cruise and great experience with cool breeze on the deck, live music, nice food, serene views and a brief narration on the history and mythology related to this part of the mighty Brahmaputra River. Evening Cruise on Brahmaputra is one of the most sought after sightseeing activity in Guwahati as it offers the mesmerizing sunset views. The cruise is a compact cultural extravaganza of Assam as it offers live music and dance along with good food. It is one of the best options to go with friends and family. The Dinner Cruise is for about 2 hours and includes a welcome drink, snacks and the dinner.

The Brahmaputra River Cruise season starts from November to April, when the monsoon rains are over and the floods have receded, leaving the landscape lush and the temperatures pleasant.

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21) Saraighat Bridge

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Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge over the holy river Brahmaputra near Guwahati in Assam. The 1.4 kilometres long river bridge connects both banks of Brahmaputra at Saraighat. Saraighat village is famous for the fight between the Mughals and the Ahoms.

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