9. Assam, The "Ahoms Who Ruled It"a Best time to travel - September-April Connectivity - 80kms from Rowriah Airport (Assam), 30kms from city railway station ! With Assam priding itself on the unmissable one-horned Rhinoceros, makes the visit a mandate .
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.
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
Nameri National park is very different from Kaziranga. It isn't as developed definitely, and there aren't any jeep or elephant safaris. You walk through the forests with armed Forest Rangers, but the chance to view animals and birds up close is even better. To enter the park, you have to cross the Jia Bhoreli river by taking a short boat ride. You can even do 2-3 hours of rafting on the river, though its so gentle that it almost feels like boating. Nameri Eco-camp is a lovely place to stay. The entire operation is run as an NGo which works with the locals and helps in their welfare. Tented accomodation in different budgets is available. Contact: 03714292644
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.
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.
The ferry leaves from Nimati Ghat , about 15 km for Jorhat city center. It takes an hour and thirty minutes to reach Majuli and two and a half hours on the way back to Jorhat. The fare is Rs. 20 per personBest Rated Places to Stay in Jorhat1. Kaziranga Golf Resort - Rs. 95002. Hotel Jora Palace - Rs. 1700
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.
Visit The World's Largest River Island Drive east towards Jorhat or Dibrugarh, deeper into the heart of the region. Cross the river on an exhilarating ferry ride into Majuli, the world's largest river island and one of the most magical rated places to visit in Northeast India. Spend an entire day exploring life on this fascinating island.Ferry Timings: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM
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”!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.