For long the Seven Sisters were off radar for tourists from India. Not many know what to expect in these hilly lands. Now awareness is one of the reasons why Assam Tourism and tourists visits to Northern Eastern states(Seven sisters) is growing by leaps and bounds…
Assam Tourism has been categorized under various heads for easy reference below:
1. Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park is the World Heritage Site where two-thirds of world’s one-horned rhinos live. It is a well-maintained park in India. It is also home to Bengal foxes, sloth bears, Chinese pangolins, Civets, flying squirrels, buffaloes, swamp deer, Indian tiger and leopards, hornbills, eagles, pelicans.
Elephant rides are part of the attraction here. Book in advance as it is very popular, carry water bottles, binoculars, sunscreen lotions etc if you opting for elephant safari instead of going in a jeep. Also, ensure silence to let the animals do their thing without disturbance.
2. Manas National Park Tourism
It is a UNESCO world heritage site, project tiger reserve, 2nd largest tiger population in India, Biosphere reserve and an elephant reserve. Landscape in this park includes evergreen forests, alluvial grasslands and hill forests in the same area. Some of the rare animals that you can see here are golden langur, red panda
3. Majuli Tourism
Majili is the world’s largest river island freshwater island located in river Brahmaputra. It is at a distance of 20 kms from the Jorhat city.
One can enjoy the following there
- Ali-ai-Ligang festival in February-March
- Paal Namm festival in winter
- Bird watching between November and March.
- Learn pottery making, mask making
- Watch amazing sunsets in winter
- The culture of tribals settled here.
Other places you can visit here are Nameri National Park, Bua Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary, Bamuni hills-Tezpur,
Pilgrimage part of Assam Tourism will include these following places
1. Kamakhya temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Kamakhya, It is the one of the 51 sakthi piths across India, located in Guwahati. It is said that the yoni part of Goddess Sati fell here. The temple follows tantric practices.
Important festivals of this temple are Ambubachi Mela, Manasha Puja, and Durga Puja during Navaratri.
2. Nabagraha temple
This temple is situated about 3 kms away from Guwahati railway station. The Nabagrahas or nine planets are in form of Lingas here.
This place is about 24 kms from Guwahati. It is a religious place for Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists.
Shrines are dedicated to
- Hinduism – Durga Vishnu, Shiv
- Buddhism – Hayagriva Madhava Mandir
- Muslim saints. – Powa mecca masjid
Other temples that you can pay a visit during your Assam Tour are Lankeshwar temple, Umananda temple and Ugra Tara temple
City and towns
Guwahati is a curious blend of tradition and modernity. There are ancient Temples such as umananda temple, navagraha temple, Kamkhya temple. There are also has growth corridors running southeast and west emphasizing modernity.
Its ancients markets of Pan Bazaar, Paltan Bazaar, Uzan Bazaar, and fancy bazaar sell ancient and modern merchandise to cater to the demands of the old and the young; the locals and the newcomers.
A visit to Assam state museum will give you an idea of the state’s glorious past.
Guwahati zoo has many animals and exotic fauna one can visit Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Assam. It is also a Shopping destination for innumerable and artifacts. The capital city Dispur is part of Guwahati.
Tezpur is one of the biggest cities in the state. It is the Cultural hub of Assam. Some of the attractions include Theatre, dance and other cultural events throughout the year. Tea estates are equally famous. One can visit Scenic beautiful spots on the bank of the mighty Brahmaputra.
Places to visit in Tezpur are e Chitralekha Udyan, Agnigrh Hill, Nag Sankar temple, Kalia Bhomora Setu, and Bamuni HiIls.
Some of the favorite dishes of Assam are:
- Khar – A curry made with Papaya pulses and a non-vegetarian ingredient
- Paro Manxho – pigeon meat is eaten in winters cooked with the banana stem.
- Aloo Pitika – a side dish to rice made using potatoes, onion, coriander, and salt
- Maasor Tenga – slow cooked Fish curry using tomato, outenga, and lemon.
- Ou Khatta – made using elephant apple and jaggery.
- Xaak aru bhaji – a regular side dish made with vegetables cooked with ginger, garlic, lemon, onions, cinnamon
- Duck meat curry – made using sesame, spices, pulses, and pumpkin
Some of the best Assam hotels, where you can enjoy the above dishes, lie in the capital city Dispur and Guwahati.
Assam is famous for its bright and strong tea that has a malty flavor. This state is the worlds’ largest tea growing place in terms of area. The word Assam itself means “without equal” and this holds good for its black tea.
- Bhoot jolkia
Meaning ghost chilli, and it is the hottest chilli in the country and second only to Carolina Reaper in the world.
- Assam Silk
World famous eri and muga silk are manufactured here. This type of silk is the worn as part of the national dress.
Some of the famous festivals of Assam that you should try visiting are
- Manjuli Festival in Majuli
- Elephant Festival in Kaziranga
- Assam Tea festival, Jorhat district
- Bhogali Bihu –harvest festival all over Assam
- Rogali Bihu
- Ambubachi mela in ‘Guwahati
There are more sights, sounds, and tastes of Assam, but that has to wait for another write-up.
Featured Photo by Sai Adikarla