Assam: The Unexplored Paradise
We have seen, there are so many places in India to travel and explore, likewise, the Assam itself has so many places yet unexplored or less explored by travel enthusiasts and nature lovers due to less awareness about these places. In this article, we have tried our best to include all those places in Assam which you should explore and through you, the world will know why the Assam is called ‘Paradise Unexplored’. We have included not only places but also about food and adventurous thrills that you can only find in Assam. Kindly read the article below and make up your mind to visit Assam in your upcoming plan for vacation.
1) Visit National Park: Kaziranga and Spot World’s Rare One-Horned Rhino: All along a vast area of 430 sq. km along the mighty Brahmaputra river, the Kaziranga National Park is a picturesque beauty. It has wetlands,
swamps, and grasslands with tall grazing of elephant grass along with evergreen forest which supports the largest number of one-horned Rhino population in the entire Indian subcontinent. Some years backs it was on the verge of extinction due to severe hunting and poaching of Rhinos, the complete forest area came under wildlife conservation in 1926 and in 1940, Kaziranga was declared as one of the National Park of India.
What to do there: You can go for a picnic with your friends and family. You can book your rooms from nearby hotels and stay the night. To add more, you can go for an Elephant ride or Jeep Safari covering a good portion of the forest. If you are lucky, you will see a good number of Rhinos roaming with their babies. The greenery of the national park is something precious for Wildlife photographers.
Distance from Guwahati: It is around 200 Km to the east of Guwahati. You can reach there by bus in just 4 hours of time.
2. Get to Know The History of Ahom Kingdom At Sivasagar:
The historic and royal town of Sibsagar(now Sivasagar) attracts a lot of national and international travelers every year mainly during Shiv Ratri for Shiva International festival, adventure and sightseeing purposes. The town is related to the history of the Ahom Kingdom that ruled this vast land for more than 500 years making Sibsagar as the capital of Ahom Kingdom. Near the sacred 129-acre artificial tank, called Borphukhuri, are the most popular archeological attractions, palaces, and temples built during Ahom dynasty, now preserved as nationally protected sites.
An age-old Satras of the Vaishnav culture, Buddhist and Sakta shrines and also Muslim Dargahs are found around Sivasagar. To add more, about 500 tanks, vaults, palaces and forts belonging to the Ahoms such Shiv Dol, Devi Dol, Vishnu Dol, Ronghar, Karenghar, Talatal Ghar, etc, also forts belonging to Manipuris, Jaintia Shan and Kachari kings are found in and around the town.
What to do there: You can go and visit all the temples and remains of Ahom dynasty on the first day. There are electrically powered rickshaws which you can hire and reach all these places. You can experience the Ahom Ruler’s gravestone popularly known as ‘Pyramids of East'(read point no. 5) and Naamdang Stone Bridge. Also, visit the Museum in the town and sit near the Barpukuripar and enjoy the view.
Distance from Guwahati: It is around 350 Km to the east of Guwahati. You can reach there by bus or train in just 9-10 hours of time.
3. Experience The Natural And Ethnic Beauty of World’s Largest Riverine Island: Majuli:
The one and only, Assam’s most religious and world’s largest and lovable island Majuli amidst the mighty Brahmaputra is known for its religious Satras, the Vaishnavite relics, and various centers for arts and Assamese tradition.
What to do at Majuli: Do visit Dakhinpat Satra, Garamurh Satra, and Auniati Satra to see the age-old and royal Assamese dance forms, music, and dance drama. If you like to enjoy the green countryside, kindly visit Pathorichuk as you walk through the bamboo bridges. Sit near the banks of Brahmaputra and enjoy the epic sunset.
How to reach: From Jorhat town, it is about 15 Km to Neemati Ghat(the Ferry Stand). There are at least two ferry rides to Majuli from Neemati Ghat every day, one around 10 a.m. and then another around 3 p.m. You can find out the exact times of Ferries from the private bus stand at Jorhat, from where buses leave for Neemati.
4. Bike Ride Through India’s Longest Dhola-Sadiya Bridge- Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge:
The three-lane S-shaped Dhola-Sadiya bridge or Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge in Assam is India’s longest river bridge; a tactical bridge keeping in mind the defense and security concern near the Chinese border.
What to do: The nature surrounding the bridge is so scenic and heaven for bike riders that it is enough to start your bike and ride through the mighty Lohit(tributary) of Brahmaputra. Tactically, it is capable of taking RT guns and heavy Army Tanks. This 9.15 km long bridge is a nation’s strategic project completed during the present BJP rule. The built and construction is very rigid and huge that it can ensure a smooth transition of troops and Artillery Guns to the China-bordering Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and vice-versa.
How to reach: You can reach Dhola-Sadiya Bridge within 3 hours starting from Dibrugarh town via NH15 and NH 115. Dibrugarh is well connected to other parts of India through rail, road, and air.
5. Visit Pyramids of the East: Charaideo At Sivasagar:
Charaideo(now a new district of Assam since 2018) was the political capital of the Ahom dynasty which was built by the first ruler of the Ahom Kingdom named Sukhapa. The hilltop of Chraideo has around 42 gravestones of the Ahom rulers and their queens.
What to do here: There is a park near to the Maidam called the Sukapha Park. The children can have fun and go for amusements. In an around the Pyramids, you can sit with your family and enjoy the floral decoration done and maintained district administration.
How to reach: It is located at about a distance of 30 km from Sivasagar town. This place is popularly called as ‘Pyramids of East’ or Maidam and situated at the foothills of Nagaland. You can reach there by public bus or by hiring private taxis from Sivasagar Bus Stand.
6. Taste the tastiest ‘Pabo(Ompok)’ Fish of Darika:
Almost each every district of the Northern part of Assam is surrounded by river Brahmaputra or its tributaries. The Fishing industry is one of the prime industries in Assam with all-around enriched fisheries and water bodies farming various varieties of fish. One such variety is Darikar Pabo, a kind of Ompok fish found in Darika, a sub-tributary of river Dikhow which itself a tributary of Brahmaputra. If you happen to eat in the local restaurants of Sivasagar, do demand Darika Pabo curry. You will know what I am referring here. One of the tastiest fishes available in Assam’s Fish outlets.
7. Witness The Refreshing Feeling Of Love, Peace, And Brotherhood During Bihu:
There in total three Bihu, the main festival in Assam: Bohag Bihu, Kongali Bihu, and Bhogali Bihu observed in the month of April, October, and January.
The Bihu connects people with love and peace establishing common brotherhood taking lessons from mother nature. It has various traditional sweets in the offer: Tilor Pitha, Narikolor Laddu, kheer and many more( Do read more about Assamese Food and Cuisine here). The Bihu itself has a dance form which has traditional and specific moves for both man and woman. You can experience Modern Bihu dance performances in many places of Assam during the time of Bihu, mainly Bohag Bihu.
Time to Visit: Mainly during April. Other Bihu during October and January.
8. Get Night Bus Ride From Guwahati to Dibrugarh:
If you want to feel the night breeze and the feeling of being in Assam, Night Bus ride mainly from Guwahati to Dibrugarh is another good option. It passes through the wildlife protected zone of Kaziranga and the knowledge city of Jorhat. Before reaching Jorhat i.e., at the mid of the journey, buses halt for 30-45 minutes for dinner or refreshment of the travelers in Jakholabandha, a town that never sleeps and remains open day in and day out. The scenic night view, the cool breeze of the forest, lights from different townships and halt at Jakholabanda become a piece of memory for anyone who has experienced this bus ride.
How to book Tickets: You can book tickets from ISBT Guwahati which is 30 km away from the main city.
9. Visit the International Shiva Festival in Sivasagar During the Month of March Every Year:
The age-old celebration of Maha Shivaratri is going International this year. Three internationally acclaimed classical dancers from the USA and Japan as well as five renowned artists from Australia, France, Italy & Romania are also joining the celebration. You can go camping in various hilly places in the nearby area. The biggest attraction is the Shiv Ratri Mela(fair). Shops and sellers from around the country exhibit and sell products, sweets and many more things. The Shiva temple is usually surrounded by shops during the festival for 3-4 days and there is also fun fair for children near Fuleshwari High School.
When to Visit: Every year during Maha Shiv Ratri during the month of March
10. Spend A Few Days in Halflong, The Switzerland Of The East:
The only hill station in Assam, Haflong is quite a lovely place yet less explored in North East India. With its rich wildlife, green view hills and picturesque look, Haflong offers a soothing touch of Assam to praise its natural beauty. It is a heaven for nature lovers and an excellent place for a holiday.
What to See: Haflong hill station is often called as the White Ant Hillock and has a very rich cultural heritage. Among the many sightseeing places, the greatest attraction of the place is the Haflong Hill whose tranquilizing view appeals to the people.
The Haflong Lake is another hangout of Halflong where you will be mesmerized by the natural design of greenery. Tourism places in Haflong also include Maibong, which is about a distance of 47kms from the place. The Ramchandi Temple is a must visit in Maibong for religious and art lovers.
How to reach: You can book railway tickets from any parts of India. Trains heading to Agartala or Kumarghat via Guwahati and Lumbding pass through Halflong station. You can now book Rajhdhani train Tickets to reach Halflong. You can also book bus tickets at ISBT Guwahati to Halflong.
11. Delve into the Greenery of The Botanical Garden: Jokai At Dibrugarh:
Dibrugarh’s Jokai Botanical Garden covers a region of 3 sq. km and is 12 km downtown. Aside from the biological research facility, the middle part of the botanical garden features various flower biodiversity.
What to see and do: The different zones of this middle incorporate Orchid house, Medicinal and sweet-smelling plants plot, Rainforest example plot, a water lake and so on. In the central guest reception center, you can go relax if you are tried and check out the photography exhibition. Finally, you can provide your valuable feedback about the garden in the old Guest Feedback Register.
To enjoy more, you can have Elephant ride to experience the extended Jokai Reserve Forest. This botanical reserve forest is also famous for transitory winged animals. Be careful of leech worms if you are walking down the forest area.
12. Experience Tea Plantation in Dighaltarang, Tinsukia:
Dighaltarang is located only 15 km from one of the premier cities of Assam i.e., Tinsukia. It is well known for its tea plantations since the British Times. You can walk through the sleek aisle way like the tea pluckers in between the greenish tea gardens.
In case you are lucky you will find rainfall since the region receives good downpour all the year. The view of big trees in between the greenish tea plants overviewing as meadow and the cool breeze will enthrall you with total relaxation.
How to reach: Tinsukia is well connected by rail and road. The Dibrugarh Airport is the nearest airport. It takes 14-16 hours by train from Guwahati to reach Tinsukia Railway Station.
13. Participate In the Famous Tea Festival At Jorhat in the Month of November:
The most popular Tea Festival is held in the Jorhat District every year. Jorhat is well-known for its extensive and British times tea gardens and is the spine of the tea industry in Assam. Jorhat has the world famous Teklai Experimental Centre which does research work to find out new varieties of quality tea and remedies for tea plant diseases. By noon, you can enjoy various types and grades of tea and enjoy the culture program by the evening.
Time to visit: It is observed every year at Jorhat in the winter months between November and January.
14. Go and Worship Goddess Kamakhya at Kamakhya Temple:
One of the Shakti Peeth and strongest of all due to its origin, Kamakhya Devi is worshipped in her own Temple and related Tantra-based rituals have their endless stories and legend atop the Nilachal, the Blue Hills of Guwahati. There are other temples nearby Kamakhya Devi Temple: the temples of the Dasamahavidya, Anga Devata, and other temples dedicated to various deities. This Shakti Peeth of Kamakhya finds mention in Bhagavata, Puranas, and other ancient Hindu Scriptures.
How to reach: You can board train directly to Guwahati Railway Station and then you can reach the temple Entry point through public transport. There are few trains that also has stoppage at Kamakhya Railway Station. There are also special trains to Kamakhya during the Ambuwasi Mela.
Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Kamakhya temple is during June. This time you can enjoy the famous Ambuwasi festival and experience the Kamiya sindoor. Kamakhya temple VIP pass and Kamakhya Devi darshan tickets are available online and also the counters of the temple.
Things to know: As per officials of the Kamakhya Devi Temple, the doors of the temples open usually at 8 AM daily for devotees (except the three days of menstruation during Ambuwasi). The doors are closed by 1 PM for offering the traditional lunch(Prasad for devotees) to the Goddess. At 2.30 PM, the temple’s doors are opened again for devotees. At 5.30 PM, the gorgeous aarti of the Goddess takes place after which the doors are closed for the night.
15. Enjoy Special River Cruise Over The Brahmaputra:
You can go during sunset time to enjoy the golden falling sun over the water of the river and cover a short one hour round over the Brahmaputra in Guwahati. The small ships have all the amenities and facilities of a restaurant along with a DJ, buffet dinner arrangement and finest hospitality. The food is decent with no hidden charges for most of the ships. Entry ticket per person(adult) varies from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1500. You will have an awesome experience overseeing the mighty Bharmaputra and Nilachal Hills at the backdrop.
What time to Visit: Anytime in the year. Cruise tours are not generally available during Monsoon season.
16. Trek Through The Lush Greenery Of Chhatachura Range Of Karimganj:
Karimganj Town is a quaint town in the Karimganj District of the Northeastern Indian state of Assam. The total area occupied by this district is 6.09 sq km, 40% of which is covered by forests. The district is captured between three hill ranges, namely Chhatachura, Adamail, and Duhalia. Besides plains, forests, and hillocks, three major rivers flow through the district – Kushiara, Longai, and Shingla. You can trek the uphill and downhill forest area amidst the rivers and few tributaries in between. It is better to go in a group and with your trekking gears and preparation of sudden rainfall every now and then.
Fun Facts: Chhatachura Range that uplifts the town arises from the south-east side of the district. Its highest peak is 2087 ft above the sea level with its middle part known as Saraspur which is 1000 feet high. The Chhatachura Range originates from the southeast border of the district. The lowest section of the hill called Badarpur is 500 ft above the sea level.
17. Arrange A Pic At The Dilihghat in Namrup:
The Dilihghat in Namrup is a famous family picnic spot in Upper Assam. Dilighat is situated on the banks of river Disang (a tributary of mighty Brahmaputra) in Namrup and Borhat (a place adjoining to Namrup in Sivasagar District). Take your family there, arrange a bonfire and cook your meal and enjoy nature’s beauty near the river Disang.
18. Wander Through The Greenish Joy-Dihing Rainforest In Namrup:
19. Experience The Remains of ‘Badarpur Fort’ in Karimganj:
Built in the Karimganj, the southernmost district of Assam, Badarpur Fort is a popular tourist destination. It was built during the great Mughal era and was a part of the modern Sylhet district in Bangladesh until partition. It is situated along the banks of Barak River, the important river in this part of Assam. The state government is taking extensive care of this fort and faster restoration work is going on to attract more tourists. The fort covers a vast area. The entry through the main entrance of the fort is still standing tall, takes you inside the halls and rooms of the fort, most of which are in ruins. The view of the Barak River from this place is picturesque and enthralling.
20. Spend 2 Days to experience the Greenery of Orang National Park, Patharughat Swaheed Minar and Satras in Darrang:
The wonderful and gorgeous temples, sanctuaries and historical remains are the popular attractions of the Darrang district of Assam. One such place of historical legends in the district is the Patharughat Swaheed Minar. On your First day to Darrang, you can visit this historical tourist spot which is located about 16 km away from Mangaldai, the administrative headquarters of Darrang. Mangaldai is a city in the Indian state of Assam. It was named after Mangaldahi, who was the daughter of the Rajah of Darrang and was married to Pratap Singha, a ruler of the Ahom kingdom. This Minar was then constructed in the memory of the victims of Assamese origin who lost their lives in the Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy in Punjab.
Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park(as it is named in 1999), Orang National Park spreads between Darrang and Sonitpur districts of Assam. This famous and lush green wildlife reserve is sprawled over an area of 78.81 square kilometers. Orang National Park is said to have a similar beauty and landmass like that of the iconic Kaziranga National Park full of marshes, swamps, tributaries, rare flora, and grasslands.
The Orang National Park is also recognized for conserving one-horned rhinos on the northern bank of River Brahmaputra after Kaziranga National Park. This National park is a home to various plants and animals such as Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Asiatic Elephant, Pygmy Hog, Hog Deer and Wild Boar. There are also more than 200 species of indigenous birds and about 50 varieties of fish along with a huge number of famous Sisu, the Gangetic Dolphins in the national park region. Around 7 species of turtle and tortoise can also be spotted in Orang with snakes like pythons and cobras are also there.
In the second day of Darrang, you can visit Kapili, Bar, Debananda Satra which are some of the famous Satras in Darrang. You can go there and see the Vaishnavite Culture. It will be a very different experience for you as the rituals and prayers in the Assamese Language with Vaishnavite touch will give you enthralling feeling.
Distance From Guwahati: It is around 45 km from Guwahati by train. You can board in a bus to Mangaldai from Guwahati ISBT. The nearest railway station is Digaru.
21. Meet The Thailand Origin Tribal In Tai-Phake Village in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia:
Nam-Phake village is home to the Tai-Phake, a reclusive and small community. They were one of the earliest people to have arrived in Assam from Thailand and a branch of the Tai-Ahom race that ruled Assam for 600 years. The village becomes more popular when it was in the news recently when Thai princess Rajkumari Mahachakri Sirindhorn made a short trip to the village earlier this year.
What to see: You can see the traditional Chang Ghars( The Elevated Bamboo and wooden House). You can also enjoy Poi Sangken which is the major festival of the Tai Phakes. It is observed during mid of April Every Year. You can also taste a unique vegetable called ‘Pukut’.
22. Discover the Pious Town of Hajo:
Hajo is a popular village township in Kamrup district and it is 32-km west of Guwahati. It is a place of pilgrimage both for Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. From Ancient times, it was known as a great center of culture and learning; mentioned in few ancient Mohammedan scriptures. Hajo has also been the camp of the Mohammedans during there invasions of Assam and finds a special mention in the history of ‘Koc’ kingdom. The town of Hajo is also famous throughout Asia for its bell metal industry.
Things to see: Fakuwa Dol, Ganesh Mandir, Kedar Temple & Devi Temple, and Poa Mecca – An Islamic Specimen.
How to reach: Nearest Airport is Guwahati International Airport. It is well connected by road and the nearest railway station is Guwahati Railway Station.
Where to stay: It is better to halt in Guwahati. Though there are few hotels in Hajo where you can stay.
23. Visit the Famous Love-Fort Agnigarh In Tezpur:
Agnigarh is a fount-hillock located in Tezpur in the North, Assam. Legend says it is this fortress which was built by Banasura to keep his daughter Usha in isolation as a punishment. This fortress was surrounded by fire towers and flamethrowers at all times so that nobody could go inside the fort without the permission of Banasura. Usha who fell in love with Aniruddha in her dreams not knowing who he was and the fort shares this immoral story of Usha and Aniruddha, grandson of Lord Krishna.
Fun-Fact: From the hilltop of the fort, the entire view of Tezpur can be viewed along with the extravagance view of the Kolia Bhomora Bridge on River Brahmaputra.
Best in a day: You The gates open by 9:30 AM and close by 6 PM. You would need 45-60 minutes to check out the entire fort.
Distance from Guwahati: It is around 185 km from Guwahati and well connected by road.
24. Taste the Red and Hot Ghost Chilly: Bhoot Jolokia:
The Bhut jolokia is also known as Ghost Pepper, ghost Chili, U-morok, Red Naga, Naga Jolokia, and ghost Jolokia, is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper cultivated in the Northeast Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. It is the world’s hottest chili. It takes courage to eat even the half of a Bhut Jolokia. If you are at Assam, do buy some ghost chilies and try this only when you return home.
25. Visit Udharband, The Capital of Kachari Kingdom In Silchar:
Udharband is a small historical town at a distance of 16 km from Silchar. It is known for the historical remains of Kachari Kingdom. These shows mainly the final remains of the Kachari Architecture and traditional design. The place has thruins wherere the queen used to take bath, the Baro Dwari, the Lion Gate, the Sun Gate and aged Old Kings Temple.
When to visit: You can plan your trip to Udharband during the months of October until May. It is better to avoid the NE India monsoonal season.
How to reach Silchar: It is located to the southeast of Guwahati. It is well connected by road, rail, and air.
26. Spend An Evening In Guwahati Planetarium:
The most advanced planetarium in the entire northeast, Guwahati Planetarium provides infotainment on planetary movements and celestial changes in the space. The ambiance of this place makes the tourists feel relaxed and enjoyable.
Best Time of the Year: You can visit in between July to February.
Best Time of the day: All days of the week except Sunday. You can go by 10:00 AM and enjoy till 5:00 PM.
Ticket fee: Rs. 30 per person for Adults.
27. Visit The Assam State Zoo At Guwahati:
The Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is the largest of its kind in the North East region and it is spread across 432 acres. The zoo is located within the Hengrabari Reserved Forest at Guwahati, Assam.
Timings: All days of the week except Friday. During summer the timing is 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM and during winter, the timings changes to 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM as the sun sets early in NE India.
28. Spend A Day In Srimanta Sankardev Kalakhetra in Guwahati:
You can take your kids to Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati to learn more about the different cultures and traditions of Assam. You can also watch a lively light and sound show in the evening.
Timings: You can go there in between 10 AM and 7:30 PM and spent quality 4 hours.
Ticket Fee: Rs. 10 for Kids and Rs. 30 for Adults
29. Taste ‘Hahor(Duck) Mangso(Meat)’ and ‘Masor(Fish) Tenga(Sour Curry)’:
When you are in Assam, you have plenty of options while choosing what to eat from the list of hot spicy to hot boiled foods. But I would like to suggest you taste the scrumptious Machor Tenga, a sour and spicy non-veg dish prepared with fish and Kordoi Tenga (Carambola) or Robab Tenga(sour Pomelo), preferably Rohu or Katol(Catla). Apart from Machor Tenga, you can have also another cuisine in Assam i.e., the Roasted Duck which is prepared by a roasting duck after treating it will spices and oil.
30. Bus Ride From Guwahati To Silchar Via Shillong:
Silchar is the heart of the Southern part of Assam and the gateway for North-Eastern states like Mizoram or Manipur. The buses which start from Guwahati ISBT to Silchar drive through the enthralling views of nostalgic Shillong.
What to Expect: While passing through the breathtaking extravagance view of Meghalaya, you will get to see several lakes, waterfall, cloud-covered hilltops, river after river while passing through lush greenery by the roadside.
Tips: Do travel during daytime for the best experience and avoid during Monsoon.
31. Learn about 375 species of birds in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary:
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located around 70 kilometers from the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati. Pobitora’s aquatic environment is rich in fish which is the attraction for these birds including the likes of Lesser Whistling Teal, Greater Whistling Teal, Osprey, Fish Eating Eagle, Hawks, Falcons, Black Necked Crane, Lineated Barbet and many more.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the Brahmaputra river basin resulting in the landscape to be marshy wetlands that provide shelter and food to the wide species of birds that are migratory, rare and endangered. You can go and visit this forest reserve by trekking or Elephant Ride. It is a heaven for Paleontologist as you can see and study more than 300 species of birds in this forest reserve.
Best Time: January to March. (Mainly Winter)
32. Eat Teel(Sesame Seed) Pitha during Bihu Festival:
Teel Pitha comes hand in hand when it comes to enjoy Bihu. You cannot imagine Bihu without loads of sweet and dry Teel Pitha. This dry cylindrical shaped dessert is stuffed with teel (sesame) and sometimes with coconut too. You can have all round the year as it stays fresh a long time and you have it whenever you are having evening Tea. If you are in Assam, don’t go without tasting Teelor Pitha.
33. Enjoy The Traditional Silk Textile Industry at Sualkuchi:
This is the textile hub of Assam. Muga silk and Paat silk along with Eri silk and Endi are world renowned for its design and quality. The Assamese Women’s most adorable Mekhela chadors and Gamosas are made from this indigenous and traditional silk cultivated from locally grown silk grown. They are in high demand throughout Assam and also other parts of India mainly during the festive days. The core silk is also traded off to Uttar Pradesh for making Banarasi Silk.
You can spend a day on various weaver’s house where they vigorously design and manufacture some of the world’s best Silk Saree and other items of clothing. There are some old weavers who can narrate you the ancient tradition of Sualkuchi. You can also buy clothes, hats, and Sarees from there and experience the Assam’s very own Silk Industry.
How to reach: It is well connected by road. It is just about 35 km from Guwahati by road.
34. Spend an Evening in the Coal Heritage and Museum in Margherita:
India’s Only Coal heritage and Museum is situated in the close vicinity to the office of the General Manager of Coal India Ltd. at Margherita in Assam. The museum depicts the history of coal mining at Namdang in Assam.
The main attraction of the museum is the depiction of coal mining with old working models, a complete layout picture with the mannequin of workers with their coal mining boots, cap lamps, shovels and other tools of mining, vintage underground telephones, etc.
Tips: You can have a sumptuous meal at some of the decent restaurants in New Colony area of Margherita
35. Spend at least 2 days to watch Jamduar Reserve Forest, Diplai Beel, Bogamati and Chowki in Bodoland, Assam:
Situated on the foothills of the magnanimous blue mountain of Bhutan touching Indian Boarding at Bodoland in Assam, Chowki is a popular picnic spot for tourists. For those who love to experience the very essence of nature, this is a must visit.
Jamduar is the border triangle of Bhutan, Assam and West Bengal. It’s where you will be mesmerized by the extravagance beauty of the river Sankosh and wet deciduous forest sprawling in the foothills of the Great Himalayas.
Just a half hour refreshing drive from Kokrajhar town you can reach the magnificent Diplai Beel. This wetland is home to a large number of migratory, rare and resident birds. This is heaven for Paleontologist and nature lover.
Bogamati is a haven for nature enthusiasts and a popular tourist spot for picnickers. It is located at the foothills of the Himalayas bordering India and Bhutan. The lush Greenery and cloud-clad mountain surrounding the place is a treat to experience; meanwhile, you can relax watching the beautiful Bornadi river flowing incessantly.
Today many tourist and visitors come here in Bodoland to enjoy with its natural beauty and come to see the world’s rare species Golden Langur. Deeplai Beel has become now favourite picnic spot and boating lake for the visitors.
Best time to Visit: December to February. Avoid Monsoons.
How to reach Kokrajhar: It is well connected by rail and road. It is about 230 km to the northwest of Guwahati.
36. Experience Project Tiger, Elephant Reserve and Biosphere Reserve in Manas National Park:
Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a national park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in Assam, India. The nearest city is Barpeta.
Located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas i.e., Kanchenjunga, the park is encircled by the age-old Manas River separating it from the great Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.
This is also home to Royal Bengal Tiger and you can also find Wild Buffaloes. If you want a refreshing and enthralling experience in the middle of nature, Manas National Park is the paradise to be.
Best time to visit: May to October. During Monsoons, it is partially open due to heavy rainfall.
What to do: You can go for Jeep safari. Booking coast around Rs. 3000 – Rs. 4000. River rafting, bird watching and elephant safari are also there to experience the extravagance of this lush green biosphere.
37. Roam Around the Magnificient 18 Holes Golf Course In Digboi:
Digboi Club Golf connects 18 holes Golf course which is considered the one of the best in the entire Northeastern Part of Assam, where all important tournaments are held. It is looked after by the Indian Oil Corporation. It is an absolute pleasure for the professional golfers and for the audience for experiencing beautiful ambiance and amenities all around. You can walk around this meadow like golf-course and feel the cool breeze flowing all over.
How to reach: It is about 500 km to the east of Guwahati. It is well connected by road.
38. Do visit village areas of Assam to taste the Assam’s local Beer Called ‘Aapong’ or ‘Lau Pani’ or ‘Xaj’:
Liquor is an integral part of culturally strong hilly and urban communities in Assamese society. Rice is a primary ingredient for the many rice beers such as Lau Pan, Xaj, Aapong made in Assam by different ethnic communities.
If you are in Assam, these are the must-have beers for you.
39. Experience the Traditional Dance at Pragjyoti International Dance Festival (PIDF) in Guwahati:
This is three-day annual classical dance extravaganza that exhibits the wide range of India’s classical dance forms as well as celebrating the rich heritage of Assam. Eminent dancers, speakers, national award winnie personalities come all together to provide a booming and refreshing feel of our heritage including Sattriya Dance. You can enjoy a good 4-5 hours treat with artists from national and international repute.
Festival Time: Mid February Every Year
40. Visit The Popular Wetland-Lake ‘Son Beel’ and ‘Malegarh Crematorium’ in Karimganj:
Son Beel is another beautiful place to check out here in Karimganj; a wetland with hills on both its east and west side. Nearby Son Beel is the Malegarh Crematorium, the place where the bodies of sepoy mutiny soldiers were cremated is here. Eolabari Tea Estate is a beautiful garden and is located only 15 km from Karimganj. 85 km away, Khashpur, is yet another place that you can visit. It is a historic site and has lush green tea gardens as well.
41. Pay Homage to the WW II War Brave Souls in the War Cemetery in Digboi:
The WW II cemetery has around 200 burials of the 2nd World War with few unnamed graves too. This cemetery is a popular historical place in Assam where thousands of brave soldiers rested their lives serving the nation. This is a must-place for people with the humanitarian approach to pay homage to the courageous soldiers who lost their lives during World War II.
Best Timing: On every second Saturday of November, a group prayer ceremony is held inside the cemetery to recollect the bravery of those courageous souls. People from all religions come and reads verses from Holy scriptures like Bible, Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagavad Geet, and Koran to provide peace to the departed souls. You can join the prayer and feel the moment truly.
42. Jog Around the Nine Lakes in Na-Pukhuri in Tinsukia:
The Na-Pukhuri is the most popular tourist attraction in the town of Tinsukia. This is a group of total nine lakes on the circumference of the entire town. It is a historical construction as it was built during the period of King Sarbananda Singha, one of the kings from Ahom Dynasty.
43. Spend a Two Days Visiting Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Kakochang Waterfalls, Gymkhana Club, Sukapha Samannay Kshetra In Jorhat:
Gibbon Wildlife sanctuary is about 15 km from the Jorhat town hub. Declared in 1997 as a wildlife sanctuary, it is spread over more than 1900 hectares of land. The Sanctuary derived its name from one of its special inmates, the Hoolock Gibbons, the only known ape in India. You can also find wild elephants, wild pigs, Capped Langur, Slow Loris, etc in this wildlife reserve. As you reach Jorhat, just go to this place, book entry tickets and enjoy the rest of the day.
At about 13 km from one of the townships of Jorhat called as Bokaghat, there is a picturesque waterfall know as Kakochang Waterfalls. This waterfall is very close to the Kaziranga National Park and hence you can add it in your itinerary while visiting Assam. The last remains of archaeologically important, Numaligarh can be viewed from this waterfall.
Sukapha Samannay Kshetra is being developed as a tourist attraction since archaeological survey and excavation work started in the late 90s. This place provides information about the trends in the Ahom Kingdom. As we all know, Sukapha is the descendent of God Khunlung, so this excavation work is revealing many a facts about the ruling time of Sukapha, the First King of Ahom kingdom in Assam. So if you are an aspiring historian, this is a must-go place for you.
The Jorhat Gymkhana is the world’s third oldest club built during British rule in 1876. This place lives up to the reputation it always has delivered. It provides the old world charm, a touch of our history during British rule and ambiance which is hard to find anywhere else. The lush greenery around this place will relax your mind and you will feel peaceful just sitting around, sipping coffee and enjoying the view.
44. Get Enthralled by NE India’s Largest Salix Swamp Forest in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Dibrugarh:
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is a national park in Assam, India. It is located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts and was designated a Biosphere Reserve in July 1997 with an area of 765 sq. km.
Dibru-Saikhowa is a paradise for nature lovers and secured haven for several extremely rare and endangered species of animals and birds and various species of Ayurvedic herbs and rare medicinal plants. Some rare and endangered animals of this park are Hoolock gibbon, capped langur, slow loris, water buffalo, tiger, elephant, Gangetic river dolphin etc.
Fun-fact: This park was primarily meant for the conservation of White-winged wood duck and also famous for its bright colored wild horses known as Feral Horses.
Tips: It is better to hire a private cab from either at Tinsukia or Dibrugarh even though there are few government-operated vehicles.
How to reach: It is 45 km from Tinsukia and 91 km from Dibrugarh by road.
45. Enjoy the Cool Breeze near Padam Pukhuri and Hazara Pukhuri in Tezpur:
Near the Bamuni Hills, built during the early and mid 19th century, Hazara Pukhuri in Tezpur is a beautiful and popular tourist spot. Near it is the Padam Pukhuri, another popular hangout place. Both of the places are the point of relaxing for Tezpurites. People usually for an evening walk nearby these two lakes. During summer, these two water bodies help the city in keeping it cool.
What to Do: Taking a walk along these two beautiful lakes and sitting on the soft green grasses for some time will definitely relax your mind and soul.
46. Visit Goddess Aai Kali Thaan Near The Brahmaputra Bank In Dibrugarh:
You can visit the Aai Thaan which is temple worshipping Goddess Kali which is 10-12 km from the Amola Patty street of Dibrugarh. The place is so peaceful and clean that you could meditate inside the temple and listen to the bells ringing and hymns chanted by the priests. Few distances away from the temple, you can also see families are picnicking and children playing all around. The view of the mighty Brahmaputra and dry and arid white sands will enthrall you to the fullest.
47. Enjoy the Hilly Train Ride from Lumding to Silchar Via Halflong:
This is the train journey that most of the Indians from other parts of India haven’t done. There are several railways Express and Passenger Trains such Kanchenjunga Express, Barak Valley Express, Tripura Express, newly run Rajdhani Express, Tripureshwari Express and few more which travels to and fro through this route. As I have discussed in point #10 regarding Halflong, the daytime journey through this route will let you see lush green forest and trees all along, cloud-covered hills, crystal clear river flowing incessantly, cool breeze and elevated railway stations in between atop the hills. This is a must-have train journey for travel lovers.
How to book tickets: You can book tickets in IRCTC online and also at Lumbding Railway junction. The train route from Lumding to Agartala or Lumbding to Silchar is referred to as the Hill-section Journey by the local people.
Best time to Journey: any time of the year. This rail route remains close sometimes during Monsoons due to land sliding.
48. Seek A Wish in Tilinga (Bell) Mandir (Temple) in Tinsukia:
Tilinga Mandir is located in Duliajan at about 20 km towards Tinsukia Town. The place is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is filled and fitted with millions of Tilinga(Bells).
It is strongly believed that people from all over the world come here with their wishes and tie a Tilinga (bell) so that their wishes can be heard and fulfilled by Lord Shiva. Throughout the ages, humans have found out different ways of worshipping and in India, it is more vibrant and colourful. The view millions of bells hanging all around and devotees praying Lord Shiva will induce a sense of belief that God may be listening to our wishes and prayers.
Natural Shiva Linga(the stone symbolizing male genital part) coming out from tree base is a holy shrine. Tourists and devotees come regularly and offer prayers in this spot.
Things to know: The place becomes very crowded on Mondays (as Monday is believed to be the day of Lord Shiva) so if want to avoid the crowd and big queues, I would suggest you visit on other days of the week except for Monday. All the Puja requirements(Puja Saamaggri) can be bought from the shopkeepers just outside the Mandir gate. There are stalls that also offer safe custody of your footwear.
How to buy the bells: Bells are sold by the outside Mandir Province stalls for Rs. 100 to 300.
49. Enjoy River Rafting and Observe the Rare Animal(Himalayan Black Bear) and Bird Species(Wreathed Hornbill) in Nameri National Park:
Every travel enthusiasts and adventure lovers should opt for river rafting in Bhorali river flowing through Nameri National Park. It is close to Tezpur Township and can be easily reached. The Jia Bhorali River running across the national park serves as an ideal place to go absolutely thrilled. Tourists can opt for Mahseer fishing as well if they are afraid of river rafting.
Nameri National Park shares its northern boundary with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, sprawls over the border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
For Whom: It is located 181 km. from Guwahati. It is just the place for wildlife enthusiasts where you can see Himalayan Black Bear, Wreathed Hornbill, etc. This is a pure haven for nature lovers with its picturesque natural beauty and lush greenery.
Best Time: It is suitable to visit during Winter.
Nearest Railway Station: The Nearest Railway Station is Rangapara which is about 80 km from the National Park.
50. Visit “Jatinga’-The Mysterious Birds’ Suicide Village and be Wowed:
Jatinga is a village on a ridge, located in Dima Hasao district of Assam. It is most famous for the phenomenon of birds “committing suicide”. Although the birds do not actually commit suicide but are actually killed by the villages seeing the falling birds believing they are killing the evil spirits. The myth of the suicides has spread far and wide all over the world, yet the reason behind birds falling to the village’s torches, fire, and lights from the sky is not known.
How to reach: This is one of the railway stations in the Lumding-Silchar route.
Distance from Guwahati: It is 330 km to the south of Guwahati.
51. Be amazed to visit ‘Umananda’- the smallest inhabited riverine Island in Guwahati.
A lesser-explored peacock island amidst the mighty Brahmaputra is also the world’s smallest inhabited riverine island of the world in contrast to Majuli, the largest one in Jorhat District. It contains the popular Umanada Temple and is also the home of Golden Langur, one of the most endangered species.
How to reach: To reach the Umananda, one has to cross the river in country boats, ferries, and steamers. It can be reached from North Guwahati by ferries and steamers. This steamer and boat services are available from the Kachari ghat.
Ferry Timing: Morning 7 and Evening 5.