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Assam travel guide : The gateway to Northeast of India

Assam is a state of picturesque beauty with green valleys, immaculate tea gardens, awesome wildlife, ancient monuments, spiritual destinations & diversified culture. Add to it, warm & hospitable people living a reverberating & traditional rural life. The state is also affluent in wildlife and is in fact home to the largest population of rare one-horned rhinos in the world at world famous Kaziranga National Park. With so much varied option for a traveler, Assam is fast coming up as one of the most attractive tourist destinations of India & whole of Asia. Find the full information about places to visit and see in our Assam travel guide.

 

How to reach Assam:

Be it railways, roadways or airways, Assam is approachable by any means of transport. Guwahati (being the capital of the region) is well connected by Rail, Road, and Airways. It has its own International Airport, Railway junction as well as smooth Surface connectivity with all the important cities of the region as well as neighboring northeastern states. Find below how to reach Assam by Air, Road and by train in our Assam travel guide.

By Air: The Guwahati airport called The LGB International Airport (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport) is well connected with regular flights from all the major Indian cities and of the region. The airport has few direct international flights to Bangkok, Paro, and other neighboring destinations. Also, there’s Dibrugarh Airport well connected with destinations like Dimapur, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Guwahati. There are a couple of other airports in Assam, situated in Jorhat, Silchar & Tezpur making this region well connected with other domestic destinations.

By Road: Assam has excellent road connectivity –With National Highway 37 crisscrossing the State & State highways. Assam State Transport Corporation or ASTC, as well as various private bus and taxi service operators,   provides services within Assam and adjoining states.

By Train: Assam has excellent Train connectivity as well. With a large number of small and big stations. Guwahati railway station knows as the Paltan Bazaar Railway Station is the largest and the busiest railway station in the northeastern region of India.Direct railway services are available from cities like Kolkata and Delhi and also there is connectivity to other cities like Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. Other prominent railway hubs are Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Nagaon, Tezpur, Jorhat, Silchar, and Golaghat.

Best time to visit Assam:

This beautiful travel destination has different charms during the different seasons of the year but it is advised to avoid the monsoon season as high rainfall can hamper your sightseeing. Most people like to visit this place at the zenith of its beauty thus November to May is considered best. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and one can enjoy the various activities Assam has to offer. Below our Assam travel guide explains the best period to visit Assam.

Summer (April – June): The summer months comprising April to June are quite hot & humid. With mercury touching around 32°C to 38°C. This season is considered an offseason, and one can get good deals for Assam travel packages.  Due to the popularity of Bohag Bihu festival, summer is fast emerging as a busy tourism season.

Monsoon (July –September): Monsoon won’t be a good time to visit Assam as the region experiences heavy rainfalls, which causes the Brahmaputra River to flood its banks all across the state. Also, one should avoid visiting the hill station as there are chances of the landslide. The normal temperature hover around 26°C – 32°C

Winters (October-march): With pleasant winters and the average temperature around 8°C to 25°C, this is the perfect time to spend your holidays in Assam. With Magh Bihu festival during this the time, one can enjoy the phenomenal cultural extravaganza of this diversified land. Also, during the late spring, one can see orchids in Lakhimpur, and Kaziranga National Orchid and Biodiversity Park. Even for the adventure buffs, it’s a good time to visit, as this is when the maximum number of adventure activities are open for tourists.

Places to visit in Assam:

Assam is well known for its naturel beauty as well as cultural heritage. Below are the most interesting places to visit from our Assam Travel Guide.

Sibsagar: This historical and culturally rich town was once the capital of Ahom dynasty for six centuries. Boast of a rich heritage both architectural and cultural, makes it a must visit place for travelers traveling to North East of India. Main places to visit in Sibsagar are Dole, Vishnu Dole, Devi Dole, Sibsagar tank, Joysagar Tank, Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar, Talatal Ghar, Charaideo, Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary, Sivasagar Tai Museum, and Namdang Stone Bridge etc.

Silchar: Silchar is a picturesque & peaceful travel destination. This historical town has rich legacy being a rich river port at the time of British Raj. It is the place where world’s first Polo Club was formed in 1850 AD. Main places to visit are Khaspur, Bhuban Temple, Maniharan Tunnel, Dolu Lake, Badarpur fort, Kancha Kanti Kali Temple, Sirkona Bara Bazaar, and Gandhibagh etc.

Dibrugarh: Known as Tea city of India, traveling through the place will not only provides you options in terms of natural & adventure but will also give you a view of the rich cultural diversity of the region. This city which was camping ground for Ahoms rulers during Ahoms – Sutiya war has a colonial outlook for it being an administrative and commercial center of Upper Assam for the Britishers. Main Places to visit are Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Jeypore Rainforest, Namphake Village, Maidams (Burial Grounds of Ahoms), Raidongia Dol, DinjoySatra & DehingNamtiSatra ,Tea estates etc.

Tezpur: Considered the cultural capital of the region, Tezpur is a place nestled among lush greenery crowned by mighty Himalayas and swathes of tea gardens. Steeped in legends, folklore and mythology this place is also home to various archeological and historical ruins. Main places to visit are Nameri National Park, Orang Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahabhairab Temple, Da-Parbatia, Agnigarh, Bamuni Hills, Chitralekha Udyan (Cole Park)etc.

Digboi: This town not only famous for the first oil well in Asia, with oil being discovered as early as 18th century. It has a place in the history of being the place where the world’s oldest operating oil refinery (operational since 1901) is based. Digboi is also known as the oil city of Assam. Chief attractions are Namdapha National Park, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, War Cemetery, Digboi Oil Refinery & Museum, Ridge Point, Margherita, etc.

Majuli: Majuli is the largest river island in the world and is located on the river Brahmaputra River. It has the reputation of being classified as World Heritage Site by Unesco. Majuli has a very rich heritage and has been the abode & nerve center of Assamese Vaishshnavite culture. The treasures of Majuli are undoubtedly its Satras (socio-cultural institutions) of Vaishshnavites. Main attractions are Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Garmurh Satra, Bengenaati Satra, Auniati Satra, Tengapania etc.

Jorhat: This Last capital of Ahom kingdom today is known as Tea capital of Assam. Situated near Majuli, the largest river island in the world. Jorhat is home to many historical monuments and is also a hub of cultural activities. Travel to Jorhat is incomplete without a visit to the only Ape sanctuary in India ”the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary” home to hoolock gibbons. Places to visit in Jorhat are, Rajamaidan (vault), Mulai Forest, Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar. Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Majuli Island, Shyamgaon, Tocklai Experimental Station, Cinnamora Tea Estate, Baduli Pukahuri, Ladai Garh etc.

Guwahati: Guwahati is the nerve center of spiritual, socio-cultural, political and economic activity of the entire North East Region of India. It is surrounded by many forest reserves, several wetlands and hills ranges. It is also the home of ancient Kamakhya temple considered the greatest among all Shaktipeeths in India. Guwahati is also the busiest tea trading center in the world. Main attractions to see in Guwahati are Kamakhya Temple, Digholipukhuri, Guwahati tea auction center, Nabagraha Temple, The Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden, Deepor Beel, Umananda temple, Srimanta Sankradeva Kala Kshetra, Vashistha Ashram, Srimanta Sankradeva Kala Kshetra, Christ Church etc.

National Parks In Assam: Assam is dotted with several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that are the breeding ground for some of the rarest wildlife species in the world. From one-horned rhino to golden langurs to the hoolock gibbons. National parks in Assam are a treasure trove of nature at its very best. Famous National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries are Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Nameri National Park, Orang national park, Dibru Saikhowa National Park ,Chakrishila Wildlife Sanctuary, The hoolock gibbon Sanctuary, Dibru Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary, Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary,  Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary, Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary, Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary, Gaokao Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

Bongaigaon: Bongaigaon is fast emerging as one of the top travel destinations of Assam. Divided into two parts the Old Bongaigaon and the New Bongaigaon the city offers rich heritage of historical buildings, old temples, and dense forests for the tourists. Must see places are Eco Park Kokuji Bil, The Bagheswari Temple, Historical sites Jogighopa and Pancharatna, the Kachugaon Game Reserve, KakoiJana Wildlife Sanctuary, Rock Cut Caves etc.

Darrang: Darrang is situated in the central part of Assam. The principle attraction of Darrang includes its forests, wildlife, natural beauty, temples and tea gardens. Main attractions of the place are Raj Hauli or the palace of the Koch kings, Shahid Minar of Patharugha, Bhairabkunda, a lake near Udalgiri, Narikali Temple of Lord Shiva, Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary, Orang National Park, bird lovers paradise Pukhari Beel & Batha Beel, Bhairabkunda etc.

Haflong: This hill station of Assam Haflong is famous for its amazing natural beauty and the valleys covered with greenery and tall trees. A predominant tribal area, Haflong is also a paradise for bird watchers & famous for its flowers especially orchids. Main attractions are Haflong hill, Haflong Lake, maibong, Jatinga etc.

Goalpara: If you love to explore nature & history then this scenic destination is for you. The place is also dotted with ancient religious places. Key attractions are Surya Pahar, Pir Majhar, Sri Sri Chaitnya Gaudiya Math, Buraburi Than, Sri Joybhum Kamakhya, Kumri beel lake, Urpad beel lake etc.

Barpeta: Situated in the western part of Assam Barpeta is the getaway to the famed Manas national park. Other key destinations to visit are Pari hareswar devalaya, Dubi, Brass Metal Industry of Sarthebar, Various Satra (religious and cultural centers of Assam

Karimganj: Located on the furthest corner, this sleepy small town is gaining popularity as a tourist destination. A perfect getaway for nature & mountain lovers, who simply love to explore offbeat places. Key places to explore are The Chhatachura Range, Fort Adarpurghat, The wetland Son Beel, Sri Kancha Kanti Devi Temple, trekking and bird watching are another options.

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