Assam, the gateway to the enchanting North East India is blessed with vast alluvial plains rich in forest and rolling tracts of rice paddy and tea and oil from the depths of the earth. The mighty river Brahmaputra (Son of lord Brahma) wends its way from the higher riches of the Tibetan plateau through Arunachal Pradesh to the plains of Assam. The rich bio-diversity supports an immense range of rare and endangered species.
Cocooned between dramatic Himalayan foothills in the north and the plateau and the hilly terrain in the south, Assam is one of the largest producers of tea in the world. Her tea estates established by the British, produces over half of India’s tea.
Assam is the home of diverse tribes such as Mishing, Deori, Kachari, Tai-Phakai, Singpho, Rabha, Tiwa, Lalung etc. The region can be any anthropologist delight.
The places of interest for a visitor are :
Guwahati : Guwahati is the
main commercial center of the region. It is situated on the banks of the
mighty river Brahmaputra. Known as Pragjyotishpura or the Light of the
East in the ancient times, it was said to be a vast kingdom during the
epic period of the Mahabharata. Today Guwahati is the largest city of the
region. There are a lot of places worth visiting in Guwahati.
· Kamakhya Temple: A Shakti Temple of Goddess Kamakhya situated on the top of Nilachal Hill.
· Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, a multi-Arts complex houses a Central Museum, Open Air Theatre etc.
· Assam State Museum : It is a archaeological, ethnographic and a natural history museum.
· Assam State Zoo & Botanical Garden
Sualkuchi : Assam produces three unique varieties of silks, the Golden Muga, the White Pat and the warm Eri. Silks grown all over the state find their way to Sualkuchi,32 km's from Guwahati. Sualkuchi is one of the world's largest weaving villages often called the Manchester of the East. Muga - the beautiful silk of Assam that has a natural golden color is woven here.
Hajo : 32 km's from Guwahati, Hajo is the meeting point of the Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faiths. The Haagrib Madhab Temple here is said to contain a relic of Buddha. An Iraqi prince who became a preacher called Pir Giasuddin Aulia established a mosque in Hajo in the 12th century.
Manas National Park : A project Tiger reserve and a world heritage site, Manas is 176 km's away from Guwahati bordering the kingdom of Bhutan. It is famous for the Golden Langur and is also a bird watchers paradise.
Tezpur : Tezpur is 174 km's away from Guwahati. Known as Sonitpur in the olden days, there are remains of 5th-6th century stone temples. The Cole Park and the Eco Camp near Jia Bhoroli river are big hit with visitors. The region is also famous for angling.
Sibsagar : The Sivadol, possibly the tallest Shiva temple in India is situated in Sibsagar, a city of historical importance once ruled by the Ahoms. In Gargaon, 13 km's away from Sibsagar the ancient capital of the Ahom kings, one can visit Kareng Ghar. Other places are the Talatal Ghar and Rang Ghar at Rangpur, 6 km's from Sibsagar.
Majuli Island : World's 2 nd largest inhabited riverine island, it is the focal point of the Vaishnava culture in Assam. It is renowned for its important satras, which are Hindu Vaishnavaite monasteries that are also centers for Assamese performing art, handicraft etc. Majuli is also the home of the Mishing tribe.
Dibrugarh : It is the main tea town of Assam. Chabua, 28 km's from Dibrugarh is the place where the first commercial tea garden was planted. One can experience the lifestyle of the tea planter in a tea heritage bungalow here amidst the lush tea gardens.
Digboi: 65 km's from Dibrugarh is where Oil was first discovered in India and it has Asia's oldest oil refinery. A visit to the oil museum here is a must. The sprawling 18 hole golf course would impress any golfer. A well maintained war cemetery reminds one of valiant soldiers of the Allied Forces who had lost their lives in the Second World War in this region.
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park : This park is famous for its semi-wild horses and other wildlife like the White winged wood duck, Tiger, Leopard, Hoolock Gibbon, Clouded leopard, River Dolphins etc. This is a bird watchers paradise and is 45 km's from Dibrugarh.
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