Assam is one of the state among the seven sisters. It belongs to the north-eastern part of India. The state is famous for its wildlife, archaeological site and tea plantation. Assam tea and Assam silk is very famous all around the globe. Assam was the first site for oil drilling in Asia. Assam is also the home of endangered one horned Indian Rhinoceros.
It you love traveling, then visiting Assam should be in the top of your bucket list. You will be mesmerized by its wildlife, the Brahmaputra and the Barak will leave their impression for long, the Assamese culture will astonish you and the hospitality of the people will touch your soul.
About the state?
The state of red rivers and blue hill, Assam, is the oldest state of the north-east region of India and comprises as the gateway to the Seven Sisters. The state comprises three main geographical areas. They are:
• The Brahmaputra valley
• The Barak valley
• Karbi plateau and North Cachar hills
Assam shares it borders with Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and West Bengal. It shares it’s international borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan. It also is very close to Myanmar.
If you are planning to or want to visit the state in near future, then here is a guide to the place you must visit.
• Kaziranga National Park : This protected area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the last remaining habitat of the Great Indian One horned Rhinoceros. It is spread in Golaghat, Karbi Anglong and Nagaon district of the state. Kaziranga is also the home of highest density of tigers among the protected areas of the world and is declared as a Tiger Reserve in the year 2006.
• Kamakhya Temple: It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus. The temple is dedicated to mother Goddess Kamakhya and is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas. It is situated on Nilachal hills in the western part of Guwahati city of Assam.
• Umananda Temple: Umananda Devaloi is a Shiva temple located in the peacock island in the middle of Brahmaputra. Umananda is known to be the smallest inhabitant riverine island in the world.
• Manas Wildlife Sanctuary: It is a national park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, a Project Tiger Reserve, elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in India. The park is famous for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife, like, golden langur, pygmy hog, hispid hare. It is also known for its wild water buffalo.
• Majuli: Majuli is the largest freshwater island is Southeast Asia on the Brahmaputra river. It is famous for its Vaishnavite Satras.
• Ranghar: It is a two storeyed building, which once served a royal sports pavilion to the Ahom kings and nobles. It is located in Sivasagar.
• Kareng ghar: It is also known as The Garhgaon Palace and is located 15 kilometres from Sivasagar, Garhgaon. Of all the Ahom ruins, it is the grandest piece of Ahom architecture.
• Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary: It is also known as Jeypore Rainforest. It is the only sanctuary in India which is the home of 7 different species of wild cat. The rainforest stretches in the district Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Charaideo. This rainforest is very important for elephant habitat and was declared Dehing Patkai elephant reserve under project elephant.
Assam as a state does offer more which includes ,
• Dibru Saikhowa National Park
• Digboi Oil Refinery
• Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
• Gupta Khasi
• Tocklai Tea Research Institute
• Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
• Panidihing Bird Sanctuary
For all the travel geeks, a visit to Assam is a must.