Assam, "Ahoy sister!"

Tripoto
5th Feb 2013
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Assam, "Ahoy sister!" by Sagnik Basu

Shaped like a bird with wings stretching along the length of the Brahmaputra river, the land of red river and blue hills, Assam has been nurtured by the abundant natural resources throughout years.

'Blue hills bound the view on almost every side, the villages are buried in groves of slender palms, feathery bamboos, and broad-leaved plantains, and even the dry season the country looks fresh and green'.

Enjoying a reputation for unspoiled natural beauty, substantial biodiversity, tea plantations, and friendly people Assam effortlessly satisfies the wanderers in every possible way. Green is the dominant colour of the state, with an impressive forest cover and thousands of hectares under tea cultivation. The state has unparalleled tourist attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, adventure tourism, eco-tourism, hill stations, lakes and places of historical heritage.

What's astounding is Assam's diversification in tourist attractions. Natural beauty is imminent, collaged with wildlife hotspots and an ethnic touch. And to top it all of, this modest sister also quenches your historical thirst. The 'Queen of East' is a tourism galore and in my opinion a perfect destination for people on wheels.

Haflong is one of the most visited places in Assam. The hill station has scenic vistas comprising of azure blue hills, emerald green rivers, unique orchids such and rare species of birds. Situated 310 km from Guwahati. Haflong hillstation is known for its beautiful landscapes, valleys, hills and mountains. Haflong is famous for the adventure activity options it offers. Trekking and paragliding are the most popular adventure activities. Places to wander are Orchid Garden, Borail Range, Maibong and Jatinga. A must visit is the Haflong Lake, which is one of the largest natural water bodies in Assam and situated in the heart of the town. The lake provides boating facilities too.
Photo of Haflong, Assam, India by Sagnik Basu
A historical city. Sibsagar was the capital of the mighty Ahoms, who ruled Assam for more than six hundred years before the advent of the British. On its banks are three temples-- the Shivadol, the Vishnudol and the Devidol-- all three built by Queen Madambika, wife of Siva Singha, in the year 1734. The town, which literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva', is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire. The most remarkable landmark of the town is the 200 year old Sibsagar tank. Places to visit are Tatal Ghar, Gargaon palace, Charaideo and Joysagar. Sprawling over 318 acres on the edge of Sibsagar town, Joysagar is believed to be the largest man-made lake in India.
Photo of Sibsagar, Assam, India by Sagnik Basu
Majuli, India's largest river Island. Majuli's individual distinctiveness is that it is not uphill, down dale, snow capped mountains or warbling mountain springs which put a tourist into the thrall in Majub, but it is the freedom of the wind, the freedom of the rivers, the vistas of freedom opening up one after another, the freedom of the birds and the pristine primitiveness, simplicity and innocence of the people living for centuries at close proximity of nature that sways, excites and thrifis the imagination of the tourists. At night wild geese and ducks fly in flocks high above one's head to far-away destinations. Wild birds of a thousand lands- local as well as migratory swarm the heels and rivers in Majuli. There are islands within islands in Majuli and like a capricious woman quickly changing her mood, the landmass keeps changing its shape after every summer. Its beauty reminds a visitor of the shifting reality of the rainbow.
Photo of Majuli Island, Goalabari No.1, Assam, India by Sagnik Basu
National Park a world heritage site is famous for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes & shallow pools. It has been declared as National Park in 1974. It is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds. The park is divided into five ranges - Central (entry point at Kohora), Western (entry point at Bagori), Eastern (at Agratoli), Western-most Burha Pahar (at Ghorakati) and Northern. The first four lie on the southern side of the river while the last is on the northern bank. A memorable way of exploring Kaziranga is on eleplant-back as these gentle creatures tread through the tall grass. The park's prized possessions, the rhinos, are usually found in good numbers grazing with deer and buffaloes. A jeep safari is also an option.
Photo of Kaziranga National Park, Kanchanjuri, Assam, India by Sagnik Basu
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