The UNESCO World Heritage Kaziranga National Park is a lesson in wildlife conservation that your kids need—from 200 in 1904, has upped the number to 2,400 and is now home to world’s two-third population of one-horned rhinos. Also, there are many other species that you can encounter here including the Asiatic water buffaloes and the swamp deer. Plan your family trip before it closes for the monsoon and stay at the IORA – The Retreat in the park. Alternatively, you can book your stay at the nearby Diphlu River Lodge.The world’s largest river island, Majuli is flanked with River Brahmaputra in Assam. It has lost one-third of its land in floods in the last few decades— take your kids to this river island before it disappears completely.On their trip to India last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed at the Diphlu River Lodge.
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Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park lies mostly in Golaghat District and somewhat in Nagaon District of Assam. It is the most established park in assam covers a range of 430 Sq kms along the stream Brahmaputra on the North and the Karbi Anglong slopes on the South. The National Highway 37 goes through the recreation center range and tea bequests, fixed by table-top tea shrubs. One can even see the rhinos and wild elephants straying close to the highway. The Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site is renowned for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the scene of Kaziranga is of sheer backwoods, tall elephant grass, tough reeds, swamps and shallow pools. It has been pronounced as National Park in 1974. The Kaziranga National Park is one of the last regions in eastern India undisturbed by a human vicinity. It is possessed by the world's biggest populace of one-horned rhinoceroses, and in addition numerous well evolved creatures, including tigers, elephants, jaguars and bears, and a huge amout of flying creatures.
Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary
The Beel is a source of livelihood for several of the villages around it whose fishermen depend on it. Boats moving around the lake are a common sight here as the fishermen throw their net into the water hoping for a good catch of freshwater fish. What is heartening is that overfishing is never the case here and the local people are also well aware of the need to preserve this rich piece of wetland to sustain the ecosystem of the area. There have been serious cases of land cutting, waste water disposal and land grabbing in the vicinity that has raised serious concerns regarding the dangers faced by the Beel’s ecosystem. Hunting and trapping of birds happens occasionally and more manpower is needed for the authorities to look into these matters. Thankfully, the local people realise it and have been active with several groups and NGOs to counter these maladies and keep the Beel fit for all purposes.
I had to board an overnight train from Kamakhya Railway Station to Dimapur. I understood that I made a wrong choice by opting to board the train from Kamakhya instead of Guwahati as the station was way too crowded since it was the time of Ambubachi Mela in the famous Kamakhya Temple (Ambubachi Mela). I boarded the train by around 11:30 pm.
Biswanath Ghat is one of the bank of river Bramhaputra (only male river of India) which is situated in Biswanath Charali which is 4 h 53 min (253.8 km) via AH1 from Guwahati. From guwahati bus service, Train service and private cars are available for Biswanath charali. It is a holy Hindu temple is located where
A tiny village, named Jatinga, inhabiting just about 2,500 people in Assam is home to a lot of cults and myths. Although this is not uncommon in villages across India, some suspicious occurrences here are making people hail it as extraordinary.Every year during the monsoons, numerous birds of various species are believed to "commit suicide" at this place. This strange phenomenon has led to many deeming this village as one of the creepiest places on earth.Bird Suicide – Myth or Truth?
Guwahati Shillong Road
(Mumbai to Guwahati to Shillong):I took a morning flight to Calcutta and then from there to Guwahati in the afternoon. I landed in Guwahati at about 4pm and left to Neeraj's place to hop onto my companion. The Royal Enfield Classic 350. Neeraj is the owner of Life On Wheels, the place I rented my bike from. On completion of certain formalities and paperwork, I left for Shillong. Shillong is a good 105km from Guwahati. The ride to Shillong was in itself a sort of an adventure. An experience. 50km into the ride, the bike started to behave differently, the rear brake ceased to work and the front one was throwing a jerky motion by locking itself randomly. One could say that it was about 40% fit at that instance. And then the daylight started to dim down owing to the quickly approaching evening. There began the challenge. I somehow managed to manoeuvre till Shillong with the same condition of the bike. Engine braking and riding slowly were the key here. Some skiddy moments and close calls made me even more road-ready. I reached Shillong at 9pm. My body was in all sorts of pain one could imagine, because of the ride that I had just completed. I had a quick shower and dinner and in the meanwhile I spoke to Neeraj regarding the condition of the bike. Crashed off to sleep immediately after that!!!
(Guwahati to Mumbai):It was difficult to say goodbye to this beautiful state with the most helpful and happy people, but then it had to be. I left for Guwahati on the bike and reached there in about 2hrs, with a pitstop for breakfast. Once I reached Guwahati, Life On Wheels(Neeraj's Company) was about a 20min drive. I handed over the keys, the bungee and all other riding gear I was provided with. Meghalaya offered everything that a perfect vacation would, sometimes a lot more than the widely known tourist destinations. The only thing that bothers me is that, it doesn't get enough credit it deserves. Any person would jump with happiness if they were to go on an all paid trip to Himachal Pradesh, but would the same person react in the same way if the destination was Meghalaya? I seriously doubt. Taking nothing away from such a beautiful state like Himachal which has always been dear to me, the question still remains unanswered! A person who is happily agreeing for a holiday in Himachal or any other state for that matter, will not express similar views towards the North-Eastern and less explored states. I feel that some effort should be put in to promote this breathtaking abode of clouds, MEGHALAYA. A trip that has changed me so much was in its final stages, on the verge of coming to an end. With some unanswered questions and some memories that will stay with me forever, I boarded the flight back to Kolkata and eventually to Mumbai!!!
We were shocked to see the Bramahaputra flow in full anger, and were scared about the size. Even more scary was the way our bikes were loaded (they charged us twice as our bikes were wider with luggage and ate up space on the ferry).We checked into La Maison de Anand, and went around visiting various satras (Hindu monasteries specialising in different arts/skills/clans).
The Sumo started right on dot and soon we were ascending the hills. The road was curvy, rocky and the higher we went worse it became. The rains had made it slushier. The Subansiri River flowing below looked muddy with strong rapids. At a few places there were landslides too. It should have taken about three hours to reach Ziro, but the condition of the road, the slush and our driver getting down to help another Sumo driver whose car had a break down made the entire journey close to five and half hours.Mr. Tam who was hosting us kept calling me to keep a track. At one point I felt I had completely lost it. I just wanted to get down from the Sumo and start walking.But things did not take such a bad turn. We reached Ziro at three thirty in the afternoon and Mr. Tam came to receive us. As we hopped in his car, the first thing we asked him, “How far is your home from the Fest Site”?“Oh! Don’t you people worry! It’s just a kilometer”!That was perhaps the best thing we heard during this back breaking ride!So there we were, in Hong Village. We followed Mr. Tam’s footsteps and finally reached his home. I was super thrilled to realize that I’d be staying the next three days in a stilt house made of bamboo and wood. It was small. But neat and clean. What could more one ask for? It was a typical Apatani home with a huge fire place in the middle of the living room, which they use it to warm water, smoke meat and keep the house warm.Mr. Tam seemed more eager than us. He asked us to freshen up as quickly as we could so that he could drive us to the Fest Site. And like obedient children we exactly did as he told us.There was a sense of euphoria in the site. The party was just about to begin and would get bigger and better. Once we were given our fest blue bands, we were inside. We looked around the stalls, checked the food and other stalls selling memorabilia.The ZFM (Ziro Festival of Music) officially kicked off by seven and the first band Dayglocrazie was a bit disappointing. Not only me, I heard people standing close to me sipping their beers saying the kick off should have been with a peppy band, not with someone who was singing such mushy mushy songs. But after that Yesterdrive and later followed by Omak Komut Collective took matters in their able and responsible hands and they literally set the Fest on fire and sent the audience into a frenzy.And I knew this was the beginning of some serious tripping on good music.The next two days that followed, we saw some of the finest and most talented people performing in front of us, from one in the afternoon till about ten at night.MenWhoPause, Barmer Boys, Takar Nabam, Neel & The Lighbulbs, Tetseo Sisters, Run It’s the Kid, North, Side Effect, Alisha Batth and my favourite Prateek Kuhad were the most awesomest (only if the dictionary permits me to use such a word!).Disappointment came when on the third day of the fest (which was my high point) we saw a huge white chart paper with this written and I quote, “Dualist Inquiry CANCELLED L P.S. He could not make it because he was injured.”I was a sore miffed. Felt like a rejected lover. But then there were too many things that made up for that one disappointment. I was around with friends with whom I could be me and feel good and secure. Then there where the newer set of friends, we talked, laughed, sipped Apong and clicked selfies, exchanged numbers, added each other in Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp too. We devoured on Apong (which is a local wine made from fermented rice and millet seeds). Out of all the Apongs the Apong made by the Adi tribe is the one to die for. Its sweet. It keeps you warm and gives you a happy high. The Adi Apong was served to us in slim bamboo hollows with bamboo leaves used as a cover.The best thing about the ZFM was off course the music. But also it was about people I was with, the ones I connected after years that mattered a lot.It’s a week now that I am back home. But I am still hung over. About everything that is Ziro. The green and golden paddy fields, the sunshine, the clear blue skies, the clouds, the rains, the fog, the slush, the long walks along the paddy fields and pine trees, the music, the happy and unknown faces, the familiar strangers. I came back home full of wonderful memories. I don’t know if I will go to Ziro again. Just feel that the excitement would not be as it was this time.I told my host I can stay in Ziro for the rest of my life happily working in paddy fields, drinking Adi Apong, walking around not having a care about meeting deadlines and con calls!Thank you Ziro Festival of Music, Ziro, Hong Village, Mr. Tam (my host) and most importantly Bobby Hano the organizer!Its truly the “Journey of your Life”!
Nameri National Park And Forest Reserve
DAY 1: We started from Tezpur by 8.00am in the morning, after about an hour of travel there was a drastic change in the landscape; the lush green plains of Assam transformed into a tropical forest(Nameri), apart from a lot of monkeys and a hornbill we spotted atop a tree, the road was completely deserted.
Visit Brahmaputra Ferry (shared ferry or motorboat for Rs10) and Kamakhya Temple. It is among the most beautiful temple despite of its barbaric custom, where a number of animals are sacrificed in. I am religious but totally objects to killing of innocent animals in the name of any religion. If you have a strong heart and ready to see cruelty of human being and can do some change to the society, do visit kamakhya and raise your voice.
Guwahati is placed between the banks of Brahmaputra River and the foothills of Shillong, with LGB International Airport toward the west and the town of Narengi toward the east. It is bit by bit being extended as North Guwahati toward the northern bank of the Brahmaputra.The city encountered a brief time of Burmese standard amid the Burmese intrusions of Assam between 1817 to 1826. Right after the First Anglo-Burmese War, the city was turned into a piece of the British Indian Empire Vide Yandabo Teaty on the 24th of February 1826. Guwahati is one among the 98 Indian urban areas which will be moved up to Smart Cities under a task set out on by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. With the evaluation of a Smart city, Guwahati will have very state-of-the-art and radical procurements like normal and constant electric supply, top notch movement and transport framework, predominant social insurance and numerous other prime utilities.
Sometimes called white ant hillock, Haflong in Assam is arranged 310 km from Guwahati. Known for its wonderful Haflong slopes, scenes, valleys, and mountains, Haflong is famous among campers and nature lovers. It is arranged at a height of 680 m above ocean level and is perfect for a quiet holiday. Haflong is renowned for its lakeside resorts, and is gone by principally for the adventures activities which it offers, trekking and paragliding are a percentage of the prominent ones. Serving as the home office of North Cachar Hills area, Haflong is a creation place for agricultural produces like pineapple and oranges. Like other slope stations of India, Haflong's building design mirrors the British frontier past. Some of the most popular places to visit in Haflong are the Orchid Garden, Borail Range, Maibong and Jatinga. One will get amazed if they visit this beautiful place, this a very good place to spend a quality time with family and friends.
Bengali Fish DelightIf all this while you have been waiting for having the authentic Bengali Fish Cuisine around Guwahati, then Crackling Mustard is one good place! Located in the middle of the city, this place provides for a calm & tranquil atmosphere. This well lit and well designed restaurant is a welcome break from the monotonous eateries from this part of the world. Recommend to taste their kosha mangsho, pabda fish, elish paturi & bhetki fry.Crackling Mustard Details: Beltola Basistha Road, GuwahatiContact: 09854000504
Assamese ThaaliIf you want to explore Assamese food at one go, then you must opt for their thali. This is an excellent combination of vegetables, chutneys, fish & meat curry. And yes, if you are a bit adventurous, then do try their PIGEON Meat.Paradise’s Vyanjan Thali at Silphukhri, Delicacy restaurant at Beltola are the best places to visit and have good reputation of providing delicious food with reasonable rates.
Chinese & Mexican Cuisine at Shanghai SalsaThe name Shanghai Salsa might sound odd for a combination of Chinese and Mexican cuisine, but none the less it is a popular restaurant in Guwahati for local foodies. Whether it be their Peri-Peri Chicken or be it their Pork Ribs with French Fries, one does have to go back several times to figure out, why is it very different from the ordinary Mexican Restaurant one has in this part of India. It offers variety of cuisines from Mexican, East Asian and Continental dishes apart from popular Chinese dishes.Check out other articles on -Best Restaurants in Chandigarh, Best Restaurants in Gurgaon, Best Restaurants in Udaipur, Best Restaurants in Mumbai, Best Restaurants in Delhi, Best Restaurants in Kolkata, Best Restaurants in Pune, Best Restaurants in Chennai, Best Restaurants in Ahmedabad, Best Restaurants in Noida, Best Restaurants in Bangalore
Naga food delicacies at Naga KitchenNot everyone outside Nagaland knew about the healthy, delicious, oil free recipe of Nagaland before Naga Kitchen brought it out in Guwahati. Its hidden away from the main bustling main road into an alley that goes a little deep. The feel around that place is very homely; it actually is a flat by the looks and structure. Coming to the restaurant in itself; as soon as you enter that ethnic vibe of the vivid Naga culture catches on with the artifacts on the walls and the show pieces of horns, beaks and more. And the best part is that raw tasty aroma of ‘akhuni’ is felt all around.The pork with bamboo shoot is extra hot and spicy, though irresistibly tasty. Most of their delicacies are pounded on by masalas but just boiling and they are healthy and tasty that way.Naga Kitchen Details: G.S. Rd, Dispur, GuwahatiContact: 0361 222 0249
If you are planning to enter Bhutan by street the underwriting is done at the passage focuses in Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar, and Gelephu. You will need to need to get government permit from the imigration officials upon your landing before you are issued with a permit. The fundamental purposes of passage to Bhutan are through Phuentsholing in the south that connects Bhutan with the Indian fields of West Bengal, through Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar that connects Bhutan with the Assam in India and through Paro. Bhutan has one and only universal airplane terminal at Paro. Druk Air is the national carrier that travels to destinations that incorporate Delhi, Bodh Gaya, Kolkata, Dacca, Bangkok, Kathmandu and Guwahati in Assam. The street will have the exceptional distinction of turning into the first National Highway with two special 'elephants only' underpasses to permit activity free traffic for the huge evolved creature. A drive from this road offers exceptional experiences.
Barpeta Satra Namghar (কীৰ্তনঘৰ)
Srimanta Shankardev and Madhavdev were social reformers who established Vaishnavite sites called Namghars/Kirtanghars which were institutions to preach and practice culture. This is one place that receives less number of tourists. Only during the Indian festival of Holi this place is crowded when in this place Doul-Utsav is celebrated. Barpeta is famous for these Naamghars which have a serene environment and the evening and morning prayers(called "Prasang") from these Naamghars gives the entire neighborhood a feeling of bliss.
Guwahati Railway Station Paltan Bazaar
There was a taxi stand beside the Railway Station that took commuters and tourists to Shillong and to other states. We found one and bargained a good rate to Shillong for the two of us. The man asked us to load our rucksack on the top of the car and to take a seat inside until he got the taxi full with other passengers. My friend was carrying his heavy laptop in his rucksack and the driver without knowing the contents of it hastily grabbed it from him and swung it to the top of the car. When the bag landed it crushed my friend’s heart along, luckily the laptop lived to tell a tale. We had a good laugh with the start to the day and continued to wait there for the taxi to leave.We waited for a good hour or two scratching our heads, biting our nails, listening to music and trying to kill time until the driver had filled the taxi. The weather got pretty humid as well. But to our relief, a few morning trains arrived and our cab was packed full, ready for the journey to Shillong. Soon after, we got stuck in the traffic jam to get out of the city. Not everything goes your way at times.
Umananda is the world's smallest river island and also known as a holy place. There's a temple of Lord SHIVA.It is my privilege that I live near to this wonderland. Every single day I cross the island but I had never been into this place. And finally I managed to go there and It was really blissful.