Assam Travel Guide
Location : On the North-East
part of India.
State Capital : Dispur.
Official Language : Assamese.
Places of Attraction : Guwahati (capital) and Kaziranga
Best Time To Visit : Spring and Autumn.
Temperature (°C) : Summer- Max. 35, Min. 22; Winter- Max.
26, Min. 10.
¤ Assam, The Land of the Red
Assam, one of the largest state in India, is the gateway to
North-East India which abundantly is the hub of serene nature and
cultural heritage. The highlight of the state is the gigantic River
Brahmaputra, the Kaziranga National Park which is a sanctuary to the
one-horned Rhinoceros and the sprawling tea gardens, famous throughout
¤ Places of Interest
Though there are many tourist attractions, Tezpur with its unperturbed
natural beauty and the Majuli, the largest island on the Brahmaputra
are one of the picturesque places. Kamakhya temple, State Zoo and
State Museum near the city of Guwahati have a lot to offer for the
people visiting the state. Sibsagar (town) has all the historical
monument that were part of the Ahoms rule (the kingdom ruled for six
Assam has five national parks and many wildlife sanctuaries. The main
aim behind the Kaziranga National Park has been to protect the
endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Kaziranga National Park and Manas
National Park are famous wildlife reserves. Some of other wildlife
sanctuaries are Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Sonai Ropai Wildlife
Sanctuary, Bura -Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary, Laokhowa Wildlife
Sanctuary and Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary.
¤ Tea Gardens
The tea gardens sprawled over Assam usually cover many acres of land
and these gardens lie far away from the cities so it made the planters
and management to be self-sufficient. These tea gardens have lavish
bungalows, large retinue of retainers, many horses or multi-utility
vehicles for transport, a golf course, a swimming pool and other
entertainments thrown in. Tea gardens had become a spacious and
peaceful resorts where the tourists can indulge just to see the
greenery and the deft tea pluckers. Most of these are converted into
boutique properties with the exotic lifestyle and environment that one
Assam contributes 15.6% of the world's tea production and 55% of the
country's output. Upper Assam's tea gardens are there for over 150
years, one of the most cherished destinations of British Empire. Today
western tourists visit these tea gardens to soak in the ambience where
their forefathers nurtured one of the most durable industries in
¤ Festivals of Assam
Every Assamese celebrate the festival of Bihu irrespective of his
class and caste. There are other three main festivals which are part
of Bihu namely Rangali Bihu, Bhogali Bihu and Kangali Bihu.
Bihu is a folk dance, which is popular in all parts of Assam. For
the vigorous energy it exudes during the performance, it is rightly
compared with Bhangra dance of the North India. Usually performed by
young boys and girls, one can see brisk steps, flinging and swaying of
hips. The songs sung are on love and sometimes have erotic overtones.
¤ Arts and Craft
The particular field in arts and craft of Assam that is known
internationally is the intricate workmanship in the textiles. The
various multitude of true workmanship is also found in the work of
cane and bamboo, metals crafts, handlooms, toys, pottery, woodcraft,
jewellery and traditional painting.
¤ Accessibility to Assam
Indian airlines/Alliance Air, Jet Airways and Air Sahara connect
Guwahati with Kolkata, Delhi, Agartala and Imphal. Taxi services
including prepaid services are available at the airport for transfer
to the city. For travelling to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh,
Meghalaya Helicopter Service and Arunachal Pradesh Helicopter Service
at Guwahati Airport is available.
Express trains link all parts of the country with Guwahati. Rajdhani
Express from Delhi(28 hrs), Saraighat Express from Kolkata(18 hrs),
Dadar Express from Mumbai(54 hrs) and Bangalore Express(60 hrs) are
some of the important trains to Guwahati. Taxis and auto-rickshaws
with negotiable rates are available at the station for transfer to
different parts of the city.
Many private travel companies and the Assam State Transport
Corporation operate a large network of buses from anywhere around.
There are routes connecting Guwahati with Dibrugarh, Jorhat,
Tinsukhia, Silchar, Dimapur, Kohima, Imphal, Aizawl and Itanagar.