Assam is a great destination for adventure excursions such as safaris and cultural trips. A large number of temples in Assam also makes it perfect for pilgrimage tours. Leisure trips are taken in plenty in Assam due to the many parks and river cruises. Each part of Assam offers unique experiences for every type of tourist. Here’s a look at some places that are worth visiting in Assam and places that can be included in doable day excursions.
Interesting tourist places in Assam
Hajo (Assam): A tourist destination for the religious tourist/history buff
Situated on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, 32 km from Guwahati, Hajo is the meeting point of the Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu faiths. Among the many holy places in Assam, the Hayagrib Madhab Temple is considered important as it is said to contain a relic of Buddha; one school of Buddhism believes that Lord Buddha attained Nirvana here. Numerous Bhutias congregate at the shrine in winter. An Iraqi prince who became a preacher called Pir Ghiasuddin Aulia established a mosque in Hajo the 12th century while visiting the place to spread the word of the Prophet. The mosque is often referred to as Poa Mecca being fourth in the line of sanctity to the shrine at Mecca. Hajo's bell-metal work is renowned and you can buy some interesting artifacts made by the local craftsmen at a number of places around the main town of Hajo.
There are many archaeological places in Assam. The Madan Kamdev archaeological site in Hajo, Assam, has temples dating back to the 10th-12th century and is one of the must-visit places of Assam. There's an ancient Vaishnav Monastery and shrine of Mahadeb Deva at Barpeta 137 km away. Bordowa is the birthplace of the Vaishna reformer of Assam, Sri Sankardeva. Darranga, which is close to the verdant Bhutan border, is a delightful location of the famous Bhutia Fair in winter. The drive takes you along vast tracts of tea gardens and other places of scenic beauty. Bhairabkunda, situated on the border of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, is a popular picnic spot.
Tezpur (Assam): One of the perfect tourist places/destinations for the leisure-driven tourist
Popularly known as the city of eternal romance, Tezpur is 180 km away from Guwahati. It is the Sonitpur of the old days. It is one of the places in Assam where you will enjoy delightful views of the Brahmaputra River at dawn and can watch the flurry of activity as the day begins for the boats and vessels lined up near the banks. The remains of 5th-6th century stone temples have been discovered in nearby Da Parbatia. The Chitralekha Park, a recently developed attraction, is a big hit with visitors. If you have time, drive down to the eco-camp near the Jia-Bhoreli River, 50 km away. An eco-venture experiment by the Assam Bhore Anglers Association and the State Forest Department, it allows you a great opportunity to indulge in a spot of angling for the golden Mahseer famous in these waters.
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Bhalukpong (Assam): Pretty tourist spot for the leisure tourist
Bhalukpong is one of the most-visited places situated on the Assam-Arunachal border, 250 km from Guwahati. It is a picturesque spot for leisurely picnics. If you’re an adventure tourist, you can do angling here.
Sivasagar (Assam): For the tourist who loves historic places
About 363 km from Guwahati, Sivasagar is one of the places that will be of great interest to historians. It is situated close to the site of Charaideo, the ancient capital of the Ahom kings (1229 AD) who ruled Assam for six centuries. With time their weakened position gave the British the advantage to wrest their kingdom in 1826. A large water tank, established by Queen Madambika in 1734 AD, dominates the city. Strung around it are 3 temples, the most important of which is the Shivadol (quite possibly the tallest Shiv temple in the country), which is the focal point of the Shivratri Puja. Vishnudol and Devidol are the other two temples. Other notable tanks built by the Ahoms are the Joysagar, Gaurisagar, and Rudrasagar.
Charaideo, 28 km away from Sivasagar is one of the few places in Assam where history meets culture. has a number of burial vaults of kings and noblemen and has a striking resemblance to Egypt’s pyramids. Another capital of the Ahoms was Gargaon (15th century), 13 km away from Sivasagar The original palace has disappeared but Kareng Ghar, the newer place built by King Rajeshwar Singha, is very much there. It's a seven-storied structure with two floors above the ground and the rest underground. It also has a couple of secret tunnels. Rangpur (6 km) is another palace, the Talatal Ghar, built by King Rudra Singha in 1699 AD
The Tai Ahom Museum contains relics from the period of Ahom rule. Among these are a plethora of swords, dothes, manuscripts, and sundry artifacts.
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Haflong (Assam): Interesting place for the inquisitive tourist
Assam’s only hill station, Haflong, is 325 km from Guwahati. Like all places in Assam, this too is a picturesque place with unspoiled environs, which are perfect for extended stays. If you’re looking for other interesting places nearby, then Jatinga, which is close by, is reputed for the bizarre phenomenon of the annual mass suicide by birds. No answers have been found to this mystery.
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Majuli Island (Assam): An ideal destination for a culture-seeking tourist
Best approached via Jorhat, Majuli is the world's largest inhabited riverine island. It is also the focal point of Vaishnava culture. Majuli is renowned for its important satras (Vaishnava monasteries). For the Assamese, this place is particularly revered as Sankardeva, the 16th-century leader of Vaishnava revivalism, established the satras. Majuli is also home to the Mishing tribe who migrated from Arunachal. They are Assam’s only riverine tribal community, and they make some astoundingly beautiful shawls and blankets, which are also used as wall hangings. You can find these handicrafts in different shopping places on Majuli Island, which you can take back as souvenirs. Assam Tourism has set up a new tourist resort here.
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Jorhat (Assam): Perfect tourist destination for the nature-loving and culture-bound tourist
The sightseeing places at Jorhat offers tourists natural beauty and culture. It has many important historic sites. To its credit, Jorhat Gymkhana Club is the first to be ever built in Asia and is also the third oldest in the entire world.
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Geography of Assam
Top memorable tourist experiences in Assam
Assam is a tourist’s paradise. The places in Assam offer a unique experience in terms of adventure, leisure, culture, and history.
Assam has 5 wonderful national parks. These parks are teeming with rare species of wildlife and provide a good opportunity to observe animals in their natural habitats. Assam’s national parks are famous tourist destinations as they allow tourists to go on jeep and elephant safaris inside the parks.
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With the mighty Brahmaputra River in Assam, Assam Tourism and private operators are offering river cruises. A tourist has the option to either take a leisurely evening cruise in Guwahati, Assam, or opt for luxury services to places such as Kaziranga and Sualkuchi, in Kamrup district of Assam. Experience a romantic cruise along the Brahmaputra River and enjoy a delicious dinner with the sunset in the backdrop.
General tourist information on Assam
Best time to visit Assam
The best time to visit Assam is in the months from November to March. Winters are nice and cool and summers pleasant. Avoid the monsoon season.
How to reach Assam from different places in India
Assam is well connected with major cities and places of India. The most accessible airport is Guwahati’s Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.
There are direct train services from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, and all the other major metropolitan cities to Guwahati, the rail hub of Assam. Guwahati railway station and Dibrugarh railway station are the only 2 railway stations in Assam.
Guwahati is connected to the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal through National Highway 31, while National Highway 37 connects Guwahati with almost all the major cities of Assam.
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