Assam

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Introduction

The name is derived from a word in Sanskrit which means ‘unparalleled’ or ‘peerless’. The belief is that it is the home of Brahmaputra or the son of Lord Brahma. Assam is replete with festivals, exotic wildlife, fairs, mesmerizing tea gardens, virgin mountains, ancient temples, thick forests, rich culture and heritage and oil fields, really beautifully! The fullest blessings of Mother Nature have been bestowed on this great land like rich flora and fauna, the enormous River Brahmaputra, fertile plains and meadows that are lusciously green.

Assam, located in the northeastern part of India is a diverse and beautiful state in India. It has landscapes and cultures in an incredible range. Arunachal Pradesh and the Kingdom of Bhutan border it on the East and in the North. It is visited for its dense forestland, gorgeous rivers and undulating green terrain. Amongst tourists, this is a favorite destination in India to visit. While holidaying in Assam, one can get engaged in serious business or even work.

 

Best Time to Visit

The four seasons, spring, summer, monsoon and winter are well defined in Assam. These seasons are presented in various moods in Assam. The best time to visit Assam is October to April. The climate is moderate and mild. Nights are cool and days are sunny, pleasant and balmy. During the months of December and January it is not too hot nor too cold. Remember though that temperature could fall to numbers in single digits, during the night time! The Assam State Transport Corporation office is located at Guwahati from where tourists can make advance bookings and gather detailed information.

 

How To Reach

By road

Assam is directly connected to various places like Trivandrum, Kolkata, New Delhi, Cochin, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai in India. The state has a wide road network to access Assam. This makes road the most preferred option. To visit many parts of Guwahati, the main city, tourists can take short trips by auto rickshaws and taxis with negotiable fares. Tourist buses are available all the time. Mini buses, auto rickshaws, private cars, taxi and cab services are available from major towns, cities, railway stations and airports in Assam to reach neighboring states as well.

By rail

This beautiful state can be reached by rail too. The North East Frontier Railway headquarters are located at Guwahati in Assam. Express trains connect all parts of India, including north eastern remote regions.

By air

To move in an out of Assam, the easiest option is by air. International and domestic flights operate from the Assam airports like the Tezpur Airport, Dibrugarh Airport, Silchar Airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Lilabari Airport and Jorhat Airport. Helicopter services too can be used for accessing India’s north eastern parts.

 

Availability of hotels and restaurants:

To make the trip a memorable one, the Assam hotels are always at your service. In north east India, Assam is an important state. For the tourism industry here, the backbone is the Assam hotels. Accordingly both government and private hotels are available. Right from resorts, luxury hotels, budget friendly hotels, bed and breakfast arrangements, boutique hotels, condos, motels, etc are found in Assam. Guwahati boasts of the most sought after luxury hotels located in close proximity to important centers. From the railway station, these can be easily accessed. Most of the hotels provide a chance to enjoy Assam’s scintillating scenery and beauty. Rooms are designed well into corporate suites, executive club rooms, executive rooms, double rooms, suites and deluxe rooms. Bars and restaurants take good care of the guest’s dining needs.

Other services to look for are the 24 hour prompt room services, banquet hall, currency exchange, safety deposit, travel assistance, laundry, doctor on call, swimming pool, fitness centre, communication centre apart from others. It is for warm hospitality that Assam hotels are famous for. To look for a exclusive hotel, an excellent way to go is to conduct an online research.

 

Best places, locations, monuments

Assam is blessed with many archaeological, religious and historical sites apart from natural beauty. The rich tradition and history of the region has contributed to the development of the tourism industry considerably. Some of the topmost destinations to visit in Assam are Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary, Kamakhya Temple, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Nabagraha Temple and the Kaziranga National Park. Tourists can make the most of religious sites, natural vistas, rare animal species, traditional handicrafts of the tribes and ancient monuments. The single horned rhinoceros can be seen at the world heritage site, the Kaziranga National Park. Great to visit are three destinations namely Hajo, Digboi and Guwahati especially from October to April when the weather is comfortable and moderate. The oldest oil well in the world is housed at Digboi in Northern Assam. This city is better known as the ‘Oil City of Assam’. Here one can get to see the British established clubs, golf courses and the oil museum.

Namdapha National Park, Saikhowa National Park, Margherita National Park, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, War Cemetery are the other major attractions for tourists in northern Assam. A popular city in Assam for tourists is Guwahati which serves as an excellent getaway for exploring the hill stations. In Guwahati’s Dighalipukhuri district is located the Assam State Museum which should be on everyone’s must see list. This museum has a vast collection of historical artifacts in wood and authentic paintings in metal and ivory. Other temples to visit in northern Assam are Vashistha Temple, Navagrah Temple, Shiva Temple and the Bhubaneshwari Temple. The largest natural zoo of India, is the Guwahati Zoo located in Assam. Hajo, the heritage town and a place that exemplifies communal harmony is a religious site for Muslims, Buddhist as well as Hindus. The Poa Mecca mosque and ancient temples can be seen here.

Tourists who love raw or natural beauty, must visit this paradise, Assam. Various adventure options that can thrill almost anyone are offered including archery, boating, cruising, trekking, biking, angling, camping and golfing. Assam state is gifted with beautiful blue mountains and hills, tea plantations that look really beautiful, fertile plains due to which the tourism industry has truly flourished and continues to grow till today. The wildlife resources in the dense forests offer exciting opportunities for nature enthusiasts. Many rare animals and the one horned rhinoceros are home to Assam.

In the Jorhat City Centre is located the Gymkhana Club, a perfect venue for horse racing and also for golfing at the 9 hole golf course. The secretary of the club, D.Slimmon constructed it in the year 1876. Every year the Governor’s Cup is hosted by the club. The British and the local people did not have activities for recreation, so this club was founded. Polo, lawn tennis, billiards, swimming, theatre and gentleman’s bar are the other exciting facilities available for tourists to enjoy.