Possibly the eldest ‘sister’ out of the seven sisters of India, Assam is the most picturesque and vivacious state of all. A paradise of unexplored wilderness, natural mysteries and colorful cultures, Assam offers every traveler an unforgettable trip. The huge Brahmaputra River transcends across the state in all its mighty glory, for you to witness its beauty. A green sea of tea fields and authentic silk work welcomes you to this humble abode of culture and nature.
The true gem of India’s rich diversity, a visit to Assam will open a plethora of adventures for you. While there are plenty of domestic flights that connect you to Assam, for travelers who are flying international – make an online flight booking through British Airways and treat yourself with an arrival on a major Indian city airport like Delhi/Mumbai/Bangalore. This will give you the opportunity to fit in more into your itinerary, exploring the glamour of a few metropolitan cities and then ending your vacation cherishing these five 5 calming places in Assam…
Exotic Wildlife at Kaziranga National Park
The only place where you can spot the bulky and majestic one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park is a must-visit when you are in Assam. Enjoy a delightful jungle safari in the wilderness and gaze at the rhinos grazing under the morning sun. Other animals that you can find here are the mammoth elephants and even Indian tigers. The place is a UNESCO World Heritage site for harboring the endangered rhinos, as well as providing rare and exotic floral species to flourish. The clear water bodies and the swimming turtles would be adding to your thrilling experience.
River Island of Majuli
Flanked by the glorious Brahmaputra River, Majuli is famous not just for being the largest river island in the world but also for the cultural sites it provides. The various Satras are home to many Assamese artefacts, literature and architecture. The Satras are forever brimming with music, dance and drama in the traditional costumes of their culture. Visit Majuli and you will be enchanted not just with its breathtaking landscape but also with the colorful performances, traditional décor and the hospitable locals.
Holy blessings at Kamakhya Temple
The pious Kamakhya temple is flocked by devout followers of the Goddess all year round. The celebrated temple, located in Guwahati, is built on the top of a hill, with the main deity situated underground. One of the 51 Shaktipeeths, the Kamakhya temple is the one that celebrates the goddess’s life-giving potency. Legends say that the Brahmaputra River around the month of June turns red, symbolizing the “bleeding” Goddess as out of the 51 Shaktipeeths, Sati’s womb fell at this spot. You can also witness other deities at this temple, along with a holy pond. The best time to visit the temple is the month of June-July, during the vibrant Ambubachi Mela festivities at this temple.
River Cruise in Brahmaputra
Sailing through the extravagant Brahmaputra River in a cruise ship is an almost ineffable experience. Sitting on the decks of this cruise, you can witness some magnificent landscapes with green flora and breathe in the air crisp with the river water. The cruise would also sway close to the Kaziranga National Park giving you a chance to enjoy another perspective into its wilderness. You can also amuse yourself by the sights of the Majuli Island and the Viswanath Ghat in this journey.
Silk haven at Sualkuchi
The “Manchester of India” is sure to give the Manchester of UK a run for its money, through its authentic and heartwarming silk products. The hub of Assam’s silk handloom industry, the attires are woven inside the village’s huts. You can see the beautiful amalgamation of the personal and work life of these weavers where they live, eat and breathe silk. Highest quality silk, with intricate designs and pleasing patterns are crafted by the humble hands of the people of Sualkuchi. Besides an inside into the silk weaving culture of this district, Sualkuchi also offers picture-perfect landscapes and warm smiles to its visitors.
A storehouse of joy is opened as soon as you visit Assam. Acquaint yourself with the rich history and culture of this state and rejoice under its incredible spell. Try any of these 5 activities and develop a new-found love for this pictographic beauty.
About the Authors: Rohit Agarwal is a blogger and an architect. His travels to the most breathtaking and unique places in the world and in India are documented at Transindiatravels.com