Assam is a state in northeastern India known for three things; 1st – its wildlife, 2nd -archeological sites and last but not the least- are its lush green tea plantations. However, apart from these three essential essence of Assam, while commencing your journey from the state’s largest city – Guwahati, be prepared to be beckoned by its silk bazaars, cane works and the hilltop Kamakhya Temple. A boat ride to reach Umananda Temple on Peacock Island in the gigantic Brahmaputra River is an exclusive enjoyment.
The state capital, Dispur, is a suburb of Guwahati and the ancient pilgrimage site of Hajo and Madan Kamdev, the ruins of a temple complex, lie nearby. Heritage and history alone is enough to host a tourist in this peaceful state and in Upper Assam places like Rongpur, ancient capital city and royal burial mounds at Charaideo the first capital of the Ahom rulers will cajole you if you are into history. There are other cities also with historic tourist attraction. Like – Shivsagar, which dates back to the Ahom dynasty and this cultural town, is swathed with historic tourist attractions from forts with underground architecture to numerous temples.
Majuli – claimed to be the largest river island in the world, is a pristine place where a plethora of Vaishnav monasteries are situated. And as mentioned about the state’s wildlife, they are basking in the glory of Kaziranga National Park and in other wildlife sanctuaries and habitats including the Joydihing rainforest.
A hospitable population, a cuisine with its own distinctive aromas and flavours, a vibrant artistic heritage are palpable in very corner of this splendid state. However, the soul of Assam lies in its exotic dance forms and a string of elegant Hindu temples top its list of innumerable attractions. To explore all of these, Silchar is another destination in Assam. Situated on the Surma (Barak) River, and known for its scenic beauty and natural splendor, Silchar is surrounded by Manipur on the east, Bangladesh on the west, Mizoram on the south and the Barail hills on the north.
If you are a tea drinker, you can end up your Assam diary by a visit to Jorhat, which is known as tea capital of India.
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