Recreational Places in Assam

Recreational places tourists ought not to miss while traveling in Assam

Author: Krishna Gamal
Date: 2020-08-04

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Assam is one of the least visited places in India despite being rich in culture and biodiversity. A day spent in nature is the best recreational activity one can indulge in Assam. Here are some of the best recreational places in Assam:

Kaziranga National Park

Home to two-thirds of the world's rhino population and also the famed one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park lies in Golaghat and Nagaon districts in Assam. The national park houses rich and diverse flora and fauna courtesy of ponds, streams, semi-evergreen forests, grasslands, and tropical wet evergreen forests.

The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is between November and April. It might be partially open during the month of October and May but is closed from June to September.

Majuli

Majuli is the largest fresh water island in the world with an area of 1250 sq. km. Unblemished and chaste, the place is an environment friendly fresh water island on the Brahmaputra River that attracts tourists every year. Majuli is the first island to be named as a district not only in Assam but in all of India.

One of the main attractions of this place is the people whose culture and ancient dance forms are untouched by modernism. Among the joyous and beautiful festivals celebrated in this place, the Raas festival is the main festival, depicting the life of Lord Krishna.

Manas National Park

Listed in UNESCO Heritage Site, Manas National Park is a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve. It houses the maximum numbers of Indian endangered species as listed in IUCN Red Book. The park is also home to the second largest tiger population and the only park that has tigers in Assam.

Lush green forest hills, alluvial grasslands, and tropical evergreen forests are just another add-on to its already rich biodiversity. Manas National Park is definitely a worthy place to visit while traveling to Assam. Among the variety of species of flora, the rare golden langur and red panda are major attractions of the place.

Guwahati Planetarium

Guwahati Planetarium lies in MG Road, Latasil, Guwahati, Assam. Anyone who is interested in stars and space will definitely love this place. The planetarium is a great place for kids and young minds to learn about space and the universe in an interactive way. Besides this, the planetarium also organizes a number of exhibitions and seminars to let people witness the phenomenons like meteors, solar eclipses, and lunar eclipses.

Guwahati Planetarium in Assam is a space odyssey. It takes you on a voyage into space through gobs of activities for space exploration.

Kakochang Waterfalls

There is something about waterfalls that calms the mind and elevates positive feelings. It does for me atleast! The mesmerizing beauty of Kakochang Waterfall is an eye pleaser and must-see Assam natural wonder.

Nestled in the lap of nature 13 km away from Bokakhat in Jorhat, Assam, Kokochang Waterfall is a magnificent wonder of nature cascading down its way rather violently between rubber and coffee plantations. The waterfall lies close to Kaziranga National Park. It also provides the view of Numaligarh ruins and remains.

Kamakhya Temple

One of the most popular and most visited places in Assam, Kamakhya Temple's main deity is Lord Shiva and Daksha Yagna or Death Incarnation. It is believed or rather a myth that the temple of Kamakhya protects people or devotees from evil eyes. It is also one of the 51 shakti peeths in India.

Owing to its tantric decorations, it has become one of the frequently visited places in Assam by devotees and tourists alike.

Rock Cut Caves, Bongaigaon

Among the least visited places in the list, rock-cut caves in Bongaigaon in Assam is a beautiful piece of art. The five rock-cut structures, believed to be of Salastambha Period, is visual treat. It is the product of culturally rich medieval era, which is under the preservation and protection of Archaeological Survey of India.

It is worth visiting for all heritage lovers. Buses and cabs are available frequently from the Bongaigaon town to take you to the destination.

Haflong

Often referred to as "Scotland of Assam", Haflong is a town in Dima Hasao. Adorned with panoramic hills, stunning lakes, and lofty terrains, Haflong is popular place among campers, adventure enthusiasts, hikers, and trekkers.

Places to Visit:

  1. Haflong Lake

Clean and well maintained, Haflong Lake offers the chance to indulge in water sports, fishing, and boating. The lake is situated at the centre of the city and is famous for a variety of tortoises.

  1. Haflong Hill

Haflong Hill is famous for its adventure activities such as paragliding and trekking. Also, it is the only hill station in Assam and often referred to as White Ant Hillock.

  1. Panimoor Falls

It is one of the major attractions of Haflong even though it is 100 km away from the town of Haflong. This picturesque fall is enticing with its natural beauty.

Umananda Island

Situated right in the middle of the Brahmaputra River, Umananda is one of the smallest islands in the world. One of the main reasons for its fame is its location. Also called Peacock Island by the British for its structure, the island is famous for Umananda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The island is also known as Bhasmachal because according to mythology Lord Shiva burnt Kamdeva with his third eye for interrupting his meditation on this island.




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