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.
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 next day, after an early breakfast, we drove to Nimatighat and then cruised to Majuli Island which is the largest river island on earth. It is pollution free and is a haven for natural beauty with abundant flora and fauna. In the afternoon we visited the Satras. Satras in Assam are basically monasteries which were established to propagate neo-Vaishnavism. Majuli is one of the major seats of several Satras established by Vaishnava revivalist, Sankardeva. There are about 22 Satras in Majuli. We explored the little villages around the Satras. We were fortunate enough to get the chance to spend the night with one of the families in the village. Early the next day we took the ferry to the mainland from where we proceeded to Jorhat which was 3 hours away.
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
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?
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.
Day 7: Visit the Kamakhya temple. Board Train for Kolkata.Places to Stay: There are numerous hotels in Shillong, mostly at the Police Bazar area. There are many home stays as well,one of them is Russet Homestay.How to Reach:By Air: The nearest airport is Shillong Airport, 40 minutes drive from the city. From Guwahati Airport it takes about 4 hours to reach Shillong.By Railways: The nearest rail head is Guwahati. From Guwahati numerous taxis (shared as well as reserved) are available. It takes about 3 hours to reach Shillong from Guwahati Station.By Road: Shillong is well connected by roads.Best Seasons:Can be visited throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the monsoon from July to October.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.