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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.
We reached Jorhat at around 7 in the morning. An auto guy said he will drop us to Nimati Ghat; Ghat to catch your ferry to Majuli. We somehow adjusted ourselves inside the auto. But, our bad fate(and oucourse of that auto guy), our auto got puncher when we almost reached the Nimati Ghat. We managed to walk rest of our way to Nimati ghat. After spending around two hours in the ferry, we finally reached Kamalambari ferry ghat of Majuli. We had a booking at Ygdrasill Bamboo Cottage. Hired a cab and reached this beautiful cottage. Majuli, the largest river island in the world, is very well known for its Satras. Its been recently given the place of district, is only island district in the India.
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?
Manas National Park
Manas National Park has always been our family's first love. After all, I met my better half here and we spent three long years after our marriage near the park. Though we bade adieu to Barpeta Road, the nearest transit town to Manas but we never said farewell to Manas. Instead, we carried it with us. In our heart. Eventually, Neel, my son came and the return to the park was postponed for several times. Though we traveled and visited other places, our hearts longed to visit Manas. We chatted with each other, hubby and I and sighed to show the places at Manas to our son, who is equally enthusiastic for road trips and vacations.Finally, the first week of March gave us the much-needed trip to Manas. All three of us were excited about it and the whole journey was filled with laughter and squeals about the destination. We took jungle safari, spotted lots of wildlife, mingled with fringe villagers, and spent our time with the river generously. Neel played with the river while my better half introduced him to it and the jungle. After all, we never left Manas, we carry it in every day of our life.
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.
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.
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.
Emoinu Manipuri Rice Hotel
Manipuri FoodWhen you visit any Manipuri restaurant, you are bound to experience several varieties of fish & chicken. However, rice is the staple food of Manipuries.EMOINU is one of the best place to try Manipuri food. In EMOINU, you will get to experience a wide variety of local cuisines. You get Veg Thali, Chicken Thali and Fish thali over here. With reasonable rates & simple ambience, this place offers some delicious food to get your mouth watering.EMOINU Contact: 9707038529
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.