A tough terrain had been pivotal in protecting Assam from invaders in the past. Today, the same terrain has made the state – as well as its neighbors in the Northeast - an incomparable outbound destination for tourists all over.
Since the late 1960s, diehard adventure lovers
and explorers in Assam have streamlined the activities in various places within the state to produce mountaineers, rock-climbers, trekkers, cavers, hang-gliders and rafters. Assam’s tallest peak, Hempeupet is perfect for trekking. Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, offers some exciting trekking routes and rock-climbing spots. A network of rivers, rivulets and mountain streams make the region of Assam ideal for water sports like white water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking among others.
Adventure across the Northeast of India is incomplete without trekking through the deep forests, the thickest that you will find in India. Hiking through the famed Kaziranga, Manas and Dibru-Saikhowa national parks will be an unforgettable experience. One can also add places like Meghalaya's mysterious stalactite and stalagmite caves to the itinerary.
Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) Ltd facilitates outbound expeditions through organizations such as Assam Mountaineering Association of 1968 vintage.
Mountaineering: The Simhasana Hill in Karbi Anglong district and the hills of adjoining Dima Hasao district are ideal for mountaineering and rock-climbing for adventure lovers. Some 50km east of Guwahati is the famous Elephant Rocks (in Morigaon district) that offers ample scope for rock-climbing. Guwahati too has rock-climbing destinations such as the 80f Rohini Bhuyan Memorial Rockfield located at Japarigo within the Assam State Zoo, Bhubaneshwari above Kamakhya Temple and Dirgheswari (North Guwahati).
Trekking: Assam State Zoo has a trekking trail too. The most popular among trekkers is the 17km one from Basistha to Garbhanga Reserve Forest via the hills of adjoining Meghalaya. For the more resilient, the trek can stretch 80km to Barapani in Meghalaya via the Rani Reserve Forest. Among the most convenient treks is the trek from Kaziranga National Park to Kukurakata Hills that allows a panoramic view of the park. The trek is within an area of 4.5 sq km.
Eco Camp: For avid campers and camping enthusiasts, you will find the out-of-this-world Eco Camp on the fringes of Nameri National Park. Apart from birding, trekking and angling, it offers local cuisines as well. Similar camps organized by private parties at Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Tinsukia district are embellished with ethnic flavors. Eco Camp has thatched tented accommodation as well as equipment for rafting and angling. There are private resorts in the vicinity too which offers tents, cottages and dormitories with basic facilities. Bird-watching is a bonus for anglers and rafting enthusiasts who frequent Nameri. ATDC Ltd's tourist lodge at Balukpong, 30km from Nameri on the border with Arunachal Pradesh, also offers rafting on Jia Bhoroli besides rappelling on concrete walls, thrills on Burma Bridge and monkey ladders.