If travelling from mainland India, one cannot enter the Seven Sisters of India without crossing the state of Assam, at least aerially. Also known as Ahom, the state boasts of a hospitable culture and rich heritage. The place is naturally gifted because of its proximity to the majestic Brahmaputra also gifting it a fantastical geography, replete with carefully maintained tea estates and rice fields.Famous for: Tea and silk.Places to Visit: Guwahati (Kamakhya Temple), Kaziranga National Park (for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros), Majuli (the largest river-island in Asia).Things to Do: Attend Bihu, a festival that is celebrated in January, April and December, and marks the change of season. Attend Ambubachi Mela in June, dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya.Food: Have a piping hot cup of authentic Assamese Tea in a tea estate. Try the subliminally flavoured fish tenga, an aquatic dish prepared in sour curry. Try bhoot jolokhia, one of the hottest chillies in the world – at your own risk of course!Climate: 8-20 degrees Celsius in winters. 35-38 degrees Celsius in summers.Best Time to Visit: All year round.Average Expenditure Per Head (excluding flights): Rs. 11,000 for 5 days.How to reach: The main airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati. It is accessible from all the major cities in the country.For an extended itinerary on Assam, refer to this trip.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Assam is from October to April
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
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.
The greatest stream island on the planet, Majuli is situated on the waterway of Brahmaputra in Assam and is framed by Brahmaputra towards the south and Kherkutia Xuti joined by the stream Subansiri in the north. Making you feel content with nature, it is home to numerous transient birds. Located 1100 km far from the mouth of the Brahmaputra, Majuli had a range of 1256 sq km in 1991 however because of soil disintegration, it has now lessened to 875 sq km. Majuli has been the social capital of the Assamese human progress subsequent to the sixteenth century and its fundamental town, Naghmar, has all the imperative occasions, celebrations and prayers. A great learning place for neo-Vaishnavite theory, there are around 22 Vaishnava Satras found in the city, the first of which was set up in the fifteenth century by Sankaradeva, the father of Assamese society. These pull in a ton of sightseers.
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.
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
Physically Assam is divided into Barak Valley and Brahmaputra Valley in the name of the two major rivers of Assam.To reach Jatinga one can take a bus to Haflong which is located in Barak Valley from Guwahati. The raw and untouched nature of the Jatinga Valley is what adds on to its beauty and to any Nature Lover this place is gets captivated as pictures in mind. There is literature available the fact that there an be as many as 200 species of birds both local and Migratory that can be viewed from here. The strange phenomenon of Birds getting captivated in the valley draws many researchers and ornithologists to this place.
Nameri National Park And Forest Reserve
We halted at Bomdila for a night during the return journey and then headed to Nameri National Park. Very different from Kaziranga, we were lucky to see both of them in one journey.In case you're planning to go back from Nameri to Guwahati let me tell you it takes around 4 hours. We were given estimates between 6 hrs and 3 hrs and being the paranoid sort who didn't want to miss their flight, we left at the ungodly hour of 4:30AM to reach Guwahati airport more than 2 hours early. And to top it off, our flight got delayed by another 3 hours. Atleast our dog was happy to see us when we got back home, all sulky and tired.A trip to Tawang will show you something different. A side of India that perhaps we aren't used to seeing. It is exciting and much less commercialized than you'd expected. However that being said, I couldn't help but notice that the main employment other than farming in Arunachal seemed to be roadworks. Almost all throughout NH13 which connects Tezpur to Tawang, you see roadwork being done by young women and children. And I was told this job continues even in the monsoon and winters ! Given Tawang's accessibility through only one high-altitude mountain pass, it cannot be easy to live there. The houses are a beauty though ! Since Arunachal is at the border of China, and Tawang is infact quite close to the Indo-China border, there are so many army cantonments set up everywhere. Some of the jawans/soldiers we did talk to truly brought home the fact about how difficult it is to live in these high mountain areas. Extremely polite and civil, these guys are nice enough to give you momo's and tea(courtesy the Indian Army) when you stop at their cantonments for a break. What I took back with me most from this trip was the utmost respect and pride in the Indian Armed Forces. Whatever be their shortcomings, they bear extremely difficult circumstances to keep us safe at night.
From here on we traveled in the valley of the Subansiri river, on the National Highway 229. A helpful conversation with two men traveling from Darjeeling, provided us with the name of a person - a Mr. Tatu - who we could get help from in Ziro. Meanwhile, our journey took us through a river valley with low hills with patches of rhododendron on serrated ridges that abruptly ended in the valleys, some as deep as gorges. Far away, the massifs of the eastern Himalayas loomed, piercing the clouds, and easily visible over the rainforest tree, bamboo groves that we saw lower down in the valley.
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.
Manas National Park
Manas National ParkA treasure trove of a wide variety of flora and fauna, the Manas National Park is a must-visit if you happen to be in Northeast. Situated in Assam, the nearest airport is the Guwahati airport. A perfect place to appease the outdoorsy person in you, there is ample scope for the visitor to enjoy a jungle safari with a chance to stumble upon some of the most majestic animals of the jungle. If you are lucky enough, a tiger is just a leap away from you. Whoa! Do not worry; you will be in safe hands with a guided tour through the jungle. Click as many pictures, close ups or a selfie with the one-horned rhino in the backdrop, you will hardly find a dull moment during your stay in Manas National Park.Things to doFar from the madding crowd of a metropolis, places like these are great to unwind and be in unison with nature. Whether it is the breathtaking views of the mountains or the piercing silence of the jungle, the trip to the Manas National Park is definite going to be etched in your mind.Take a jungle safari and relish your encounter with the Golden Langur, Bengal Floricans and wild elephants or if you are lucky enough, a tiger could just be glaring at you from the distance. This national park is also home to quite a few endangered species of flora and fauna.Capture the majestic sight of the one-horned rhino which could be found here, though sparsely.Sightseeing in areas surrounding the national park should also be on the cards. You will be enamored by the breathtaking beauty of the region.Where to stay in Manas National ParkThe national park is 176 km away from Guwahati, the capital city of the state. However, you can also stay overnight in hotels in the vicinity. Check in to the Florican Cottages and enjoy their hospitality. Gorge on local cuisine if you wish to stay at Musa Jungle Retreat in Manas. Usually the locals are friendly and mind their own business.How to reach:The nearest airport is the Guwahati airport. Trains from various part of India go to Guwahati and the city is well connected to the rest of the country.You can take a conducted tour managed by the Assam Tourism Department. Regular buses run from Guwahati to Manas National Park.
How to Reach: Just reach Guwahati and everyone will help you reach.Mythology: Considered the most powerful of all 51 Shakti Peethas, Kamakhaya Devi, most revered temples of India, is formed where Sati's yoni (vulva/womb) fell on earth. If you don't know that story here is how Wikipedia explains it,"The origin of worship 'Shakti' at the site is associated with the legend of Sati, who was the wife of the ascetic god Shiva and daughter of the Puranic god-king Daksha. Daksha was unhappy with his daughter's choice of husband, and when he performed a grand Vedic sacrifice for all the deities, he did not invite Shiva or Sati. In a rage, Sati threw herself onto the fire, knowing that this would make the sacrifice impure. Because she was the all-powerful mother goddess, Sati left her body in that moment to be reborn as the goddess Parvati. Meanwhile, Shiva was stricken with grief and rage at the loss of his wife. He put Sati's body over his shoulder and began his tandava (dance of cosmic destruction) throughout the heavens, and vowed not to stop until the body was completely rotted away. The other Gods, afraid of their annihilation, implored Vishnu to pacify Shiva. Thus, wherever Shiva wandered while dancing, Vishnu followed. He sent his discus Sudarshana to destroy the corpse of Sati. Pieces of her body fell until Shiva was left without a body to carry. According to various myths and traditions, there are 51 pieces of Sati's body scattered across the Indian subcontinent. These places are called shakti peethas and are dedicated to various powerful goddesses."
Guwahati Shillong Road
After the great escape from there, we were on our way on the Guwahati-Shillong Highway. This is a short 3-4 hour journey and we would get to Shillong by around 2pm. The driver stopped at a place called Nongpoh, to let us have a quick breakfast at a local roadside joint. A plate of Chole Bhature served our hungry tummies. With some biscuits and water we continued our road trip to Shillong. Our tired bodies couldn’t resist some sleep and we succumbed to it missing some great views on the route to Shillong. Also missing the famous Umiam Lake as well.
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.
Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture
This spot served as a landmark, from where I boarded a ferry. As a child, I have visited this institute, on my parent's insistence. Back at that time, there used to be an informal Yoga session every Sunday from 9:00 hrs in the morning. A few breathing exercises, Surya Namaskar, etc. and then the fun games would begin. I always used to wait for those. All the participants, were of similar age group as myself, so I believe it made us gel together quite easily. While indoors, insistence was always given on discipline and silence. The institute also has rare volumes of books covering a variety of genres, in its library.
Jorhat is also addressed as the Cultural Capital of Assam. It was initially shaped by two markets or caps the Chowkihat and Macharhat, on the eastern and western banks of the stream Bhogdoi. The spot is one of the quickest developing cosmopolitan towns, having the most astounding number of instructed inhabitants in the state. The city of Jorhat was the last capital of the Ahom Dynasty. Prior the tradition's capital was arranged at Sibsagar. However, in the year 1794, the then ruling ruler of the Ahom Kingdom, Gaurinath, moved the capital to Jorhat. The social capital of Assam, Jorhat gloats of a substantial number of vacation spots inside of its limits. Such is the appeal of these attractions that they draw vacationers from Assam, as well as different parts of India and in addition abroad. At that point, there are various vacationer places that are arranged at some separation from the city of Jorhat, regularly termed as excursion.
Sri Surya Pahar
When it comes to exploring the North Eastern part of India, people generally associate it with either Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim or Nagaland. But the truth of the matter is the fact that all the "Seven Sisters" have their own blend of uniqueness & basically the whole of NE is a cornucopia of varied culture, intermingling & intertwining of various ethnicity & a landscape so unique & diverse, it clearly is "An Explorer's Paradise".Me being from Guwahati, Assam and being born in this part of the country, I had the priviledge of being brought up in such a culture. The spirit of wanderlust was inculcated in me way back in my childhood as I consider myself blessed enough to have been born in a family where traveling & exploring is part & parcel of life and almost all of my vacations have either been spent traveling or exploring.The festival of Diwali this year was a big ocassion for us as it had been long since we as an entire "Vansh" didn't take up a trip for long & we were cringing at the thought of it. Due to time crunch and the job schedule we all have, we were not having the luxury of multiple days of leave and decided to make a small road trip, a day trip to the mystifying place called Sri Sri Surya Pahar in Goalpara District of Assam.Legend has it, that The Great Sage Vyaasa himself laid the foundations for the city modelling on Kashi itself with 99,999 Shiv Lingams dotted across the Mountain Face & it was a thriving civilization centuries ago and a major trading city with naval trade routes through the mighty Brahmaputra. It was a civilization that was an amalgamation of both Jain & Hindu culture & some Historians claim that it was Sri Surya Pahar and not Guwahati the ancient seat of The Pragjyotish Kingdom. Now a forgotten archaeological site under the ASI jurisdiction, the ruins of Sri Surya Pahar now stands silent testimony to a civilization that was once revered and considered "The Kashi of North East".Situated at a distance of 140 kms from Guwahati, the ruins now are in the District of Goalpara and one has to take the Goalpara Highway through Dudhnoi to reach the place, located at a distance of almost 15 kms from Goalpara Town.We started early in the morning at around 07:00 hrs from Guwahati & with breakfast break in between, we reached the Archaeological Site around 11:00 hrs. The whole of the Site now lies as a ruin and void of any human population, though local vendors & the locals throng the site in the day time. As prevalent as any other site in India, the whole place was swarming with monkeys and we were a bit apprehensive. But thanks to our lucky stars, the monkeys were pretty docile & hardly cared for any "Puny Humans" while they were busy nibbling on the nuts & fruits offered to them by the local tourists.The whole site being scattered over a big mountain range, we were at a loss for where to begin & where to go. As we were eager to know of the history that lies behind such an ancient civilization, we were looking for a Guide to take us through the place and give us an insight to the history behind the place. Fortunately for us, we found a local elder who was well versed in the history of the place & seemed genuine who agreed to tag along with us to give us a proper tour of the place and shed some light on its history.What got my attention was the legend of the Shiv Lingams was actually true as we saw innumerable Shiv Lingams both sculpted & natural dotted across the various rock cut caves of the mountain. We first went to a Temple dedicated to Lord Shaligram where we paid our obeisance to the Deity & took our turns to explore the caves & the Lingams all around the place. Following the temple, we went to an excavation site which was the Town Hall attached with A Great Bath and a temple dedicated to Lord Rudra,though in ruins now.From the excavation site, we made our way through the ancient rock cut alleys immersing ourselves in awe over the ingenuity & marveling at the dexterity and sleight of hands of the ancient masons & sculptors who chiseled out some magnificent carvings out of nothing but a simple boulder. Being from Assam itself, I never knew Jainism was prevalent in such proportions in ancient Pragjyotish Kingdom and the various carvnings, inscriptions & monuments hold testimony to the fact that Jainism & Hindusim was indeed practiced in this part of the country. I would like to mention that the entire site is spread over a vast Range & it shall take well over a day to completely explore the site with its monuments. Combining steep ascend of the mountain through ancient and narrow rock cut lanes now completely under the mercy of the engulfing forests, it was by no means an easy job to do. As sun set was upon us, we finally bade goodbye to the location around 15:00 hrs for our onward drive back to Guwahati fully refreshed & in admiration of a place that has lost itself in the pages of History; thus, truly giving the name of Sri Surya Pahar, "The Civilization Lost in Oblivion", few venture out to, very few know of.
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.
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.