5 must visit places in Assam

Guwahati

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guwahati, the largest city of Assam, lies between the banks of the Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Along with its scenic beauty there are many tourist attractions in the city.

The major tourist attractions in Guwahati are:

Kamakhya temple: Situated atop Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati, Kamakhya temple is one of the Shakti Peeths in India, Kamakhya temple is the most important temple and pilgrimage destination in Assam.

Umananda Temple : Umananda temple is a Shiva temple located in the middle of the Brahmaputra at Peacock Island which is the smallest inhabited riverine island in the world.

Brahmaputra River Cruises: Cruises on Brahmaputra river are offered by Assam Tourism and by private operators in the city. Some of these operate small tours along the city while some operators offer luxury services to Kaziranga National Park, Majuli and beyond.

Other tourist attractions are Vasistha Temple, Ugratara Temple, Sukreswar Temple, Aswaklanta Temple, Dirgheswari Temple, Doul Govinda Temple, Balaji Temple, Chandubi Lake, Dighalipukhuri, Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, Assam State Museum, Regional Science Centre, Guwahati Planetarium, Shrimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra and Dr Bhupen Hazarika Memorial.

 

How to reach:

National Highway 31 connects Guwahati others states. Guwahati Junction is situated in the centre of the city. Various trains runs from Guwahati to all most all major locations in the country. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport situated at a distance of 12KM from the heart of the city. All major domestic airlines fly into Guwahati on daily basis.

 

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. The park hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses and also has been declared as World Heritage Site. Kaziranga contains significant breeding populations of 35 mammalian species, of which 15 are threatened as per the IUCN Red List. The park hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses. So Kaziranga is a must visit for the wild life enthusiasts.

How to reach:

Kaziranga is well connected to Guwahati and Tezpur by road. Nearest railway station is Furkating Junction railway station, which is 75KM away from Kaziranga. Jorhat Airport at Rowriah is 97 kilometres away from Kaziranga.

 

Majuli

Majuli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River. The island has been the hub of Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture, initiated around 15th century by the revered Assamese saint Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciple Madhavdeva. Majuli is also a hotspot for flora and fauna, harboring many rare and endangered avifauna species including migratory birds that arrive in the winter season.

The main attractions in Majuli are the Vaishnava Satras founded by Sankardeva, the colourful culture of the tribes, migratory birds, the Ali-ai-ligang festival in Feb-March, pottery making, mask making, paal Namm festival in the end of winter, the sunset in winter, exotic homespun masks crafts and the natural beauty.

How to reach:

Majuli is situated at a distance of 20 km from Jorhat. One can take the bus or a hired taxi to the Nimati Steamer Ghat, where ferry services are available. The distance takes over three hours to cover, with three bus rides and two ferry rides.

 

Sivasagar

Sivasagar, the district headquarters of the Sivasagar district is well known for its Ahom palaces and monuments.

The main attractions in Sivasagar are Joysagar, Gaurisagar, Rudrasagar, Sivadol, Vishnudol, Devidol, Rang ghar, Kareng ghar, Talatal ghar, Sivasgar Tai Museum and Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary. Joysagar, said to be the biggest man-made lake in the country, is spread over 318 acres.

How to reach:

Sivasagar is well connected by road with the rest of the state. The closest airport is Jorhat Airport located at Jorhat, 75 km away from Sivasagar. The nearest railway station located at Simaluguri, 16 kilometres from Sivasagar.

 

Mayong

Mayong is a village in Morigaon district of Assam. It is also known as Land of Black Magic. Many tales of men disappearing into thin air, people being converted into animals, or beasts being magically tamed, have been associated with Mayong. Sorcery and magic were traditionally practiced and passed down over generations. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary which has the highest density of one horned rhinoceros in the world is also very close to Mayong. Its rich wildlife, archaeology pilgrimage, eco-tourism, adventure tourism, cultural tourism and river tourism always attracts tourists from various parts of the world.

How to reach:

Mayong is 13.5 km away from Morigaon and 64.9 kmfrom Guwahati and can be reached by Bus or Taxi.

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