Assam, known for its wide range of environments, many of the places to visit there is distinguished by the natural beauty. The expanded green tea farms in the shaded hills with cloud hovering the area, cultural additions of festivals like Bihu, an abundance of sericulture, soothing water bodies, plenty of wildlife and adventure activists what makes this state so special.
Assam may not receive the glory that other parts of India do, but it’s a treasure full of riches for travelers.
Here are some of the best tourist places in Assam:
Kaziranga National Park
Visiting a National Park in Elephant safari is a thing which should be listed in everyone’s bucket-list. It is the only excuse to get free and come across with carefree Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers and Swamp Deer surrounded by the bliss of abundant marshes, lakes and multiple varieties of tropical trees.
Home to the largest population of the one-horned rhino on earth, Kaziranga National Park is one of India’s national treasures in terms of flora of fauna. This park is settled at a distance of 200 km from Guwahati in Nagaon and Golaghat districts which is easily accessible by roads and rails.
Timing: Open 24 hours.
Jeep Safari Timings: Morning: 7:30 to 11:00. Evening: 14:00 to 16:30
Elephant Safari Timings: 5:00 to 16:00
Entry Fee: INR 20 for Indian nationals and INR 250 for Foreign nationals
Jeep Safari Fee: INR 1500-2000 per Indian person and INR 1500-2000 per Foreign person
Elephant Safari Fee: INR 250 per Indian person and INR 750 per Foreign person
The pristine clear waters falling from the top of the hill and accumulating in the natural pond below is admirable. A half an hour drive towards East from Kaziranga National Park will take you to the thing of beauty. Kakochang Waterfall.
The wet rocks and greenery adds splendor to the whole aura. It is a tourist spot which no one should miss. Give a check after you give a visit to The Kaziranga National Park.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya and is one of the prominent Shaktipeeth of the country. One should visit the temple in the month of June when Ambubachi festival is celebrated to commemorate the annual menstruation of the Goddess Kamakhya. The temple has an amazing story having Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as main leads.
Though, if you are not interested in the faith and culture, you will surely be mesmerized by the sight of the heavenly adobe which sits majestically on the lap of Nilachal hills and surrounded by lush green zones.
It is located at a distance of 7 km from the city of Guwahati, which can be easily reached by well-connected roads.
Timings: Daily 8:00 to 13:00 + 14:00 to 17:30
Entry Fee: Free for the public. For direct entry by skipping the queue, INR 501 is applicable.
Also named as Peacock Island by the British, this has gained popularity because of its presence in between the river Brahmaputra and can be easily accessible when you are in Guwahati. Umananda Island is one of the smallest inslands of the world and comprise of Umananda temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The old form of rock-cut figures allows us to appreciate the beauty and skills of craftsmanship of Assamese people. The sound of temple bells and water alongside uplifts the mood of turoists in one sway.
It is easily reachable by jetties which are available on the banks of Brahmaputra River.
Timings: 5:30 to 18:00
If you want to sink yourself into the Assamese culture Majuli Island is the place you visit. Located in the middle of the Brahmaputra River, this island is the first island district of India. This island is reachable through a ferry ride from the city of Jorhat from where Neemati Ghat is 14 km away.
The significant aspect of here is cultural and historical brew which is well expressive with the presence of tribes like Misings, Doris and their celebration towards the culture of Neo-Vaishnavism is watch-worthy.
The existence of more than 600 “Satras” or monasteries set up in the 15th-century to later times provides a colourful ambiance to Majuli and makes it a unique place. These “Satras” like Dakhinpat, Garamurh, Kamalabari, Auniati are famous for “Krishna Rasleela” where local people trained in Sattriya Classical dance swirl with drums.
Famous handlooms include pottery making and mask making.
Sivasagar, formerly known as Rangpur, was the capital of the Ahom Kingdom from 1699 to 1788. The historic city speaks of its glory by the remnants of the Ahoms, which still stand today. Moreover, this place also offers comfortable accommodations. It’s easily connected by rail and road and is 58 km drive from Jorhat in North direction.
The prominence of Architecture is revealed by the grand temples of Shiva, Vishnu and Durga, one of the largest Man-made tanks Joysagar, other Man-made tanks like Sivasagar (by which the city got its modern name), Gaurisagar and Rudrasagar.
The royalty of Ahoms are reflected by the Rang Ghar- the amphitheater, Talatal Ghar-the underground palace and the Kareng Ghar-the store house of ammunitions (which still sport the ancient canons).
Sibsagar is heaven on earth for history and archeological geeks.