Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tourist Spots in Assam

Assam Tea Garden
Hemmed with ornate architecture, inviting wildlife and tranquil tea gardens, Assam heaves and breathes with mysticism and grandeur. Offering a cornucopia of serendipitous affairs, the state acts as an ideal respite for many explorers and backpackers around the world. Whether you prefer relax yourself in the lap of nature, testing your adrenaline levels with an arduous mountain walk, or simply tickling your palate with samples of exotic tea flavors and pungent cuisines, you will find something or the other to indulge in here. Read below to explore some of the most popular tourist destinations in Assam.

Majuli Island

Majuli Island
Encompassed by the mighty Brahmaputra, Majuli boasts of being the largest river island in the world. Located 20 km from the town of Jorhat, it spreads over an area of 650 sq.km. Laden with natural beauty and bounty, the large area of Majuli is covered by water bodies that apart from adding on to the beauty of the place, attracts a host of local and migratory birds. Majuli also acts as a repository of over 15 Vaishnava monasteries or satras, including the popular satras of Kamalabari, Auniati & Garmur.

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Halflong

Halflong Hill Station
The winding tracks and virginal air of Assam unfolds an added flavor in the form of Haflong- a quaint hill station perched at an altitude of 680 m from the sea level. Its mesmerizing locale huddles azure hills, meandering rivers, and rolling valleys that makes it a must-visit spot. What makes this little hilltop all the more enthralling is the rare species of orchids like Blue Vanda that peep from the meadows and fruits like pineapples and apples that pile the moss-covered trees in mouthfuls. Jatinga, famous for the strange phenomenon of migratory birds 'committing mass suicide', is located at a distance of only 9 km from Haflong.

Wildlife

Kaziranga National Park
Nature in Assam is synonymous to 'wildlife'. Blessed with scenic grandeur, the emerald coppices and woods of Assam harbors countless variety of flora and fauna. Undoubtedly the most famous reserved sanctuary is the Kaziranga National Park that is home to the largest number of tigers and one horned rhino in the world. Besides, the park also shelters exotic species of animals like Golden Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Pygmy Hog, Hispid Hare, White-Winged Woodduck, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Swamp Deer, etc. Apart from Kaziranga, some other major wildlife parks of Assam that beckons tourists throughout the year are Manas Sanctuary, Orang National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary, Gorampani Wildlife Sanctuary, East Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.

Sualkuchi

Sualkuchi is famous for MUGA silk manufacturing
Popularly known as the "Manchester of the East", the little hamlet of Sualkuchi tucked away at a distance of just 32 km from Guwahati is the largest weaving village in the world. Most of the locals here are engaged in weaving, while the rest are farmers and fishermen. Exquisite varieties of Assam silk is manufactured at Sualkuchi, including the premium Muga (golden) and Pat (white) silk that is exported to Japan and many other countries. Majuli also typifies the traditional extravaganza of Assam in the form of its large architectural fields, shimmering fishing ponds and indigenous bamboo houses. A must-visit for bird lovers and ornithologists who can spot a rich variety of both migratory and exotic birds here.

Religious Places

Kamkhya Temple in Guwahati
Assam is home to many important temples, mosques and monasteries that show the religious tolerance of the Assamese people and also delineate some of the oldest and finest specimens of architectural work in entire India. One of the most venerated Shakti shrines in India, the Kamakhya Temple is located atop the Nilachal hills in Assam. There are also different sanctimonious sites like the Vasishtashrama Temple in Guwahati and the Joi Dol and Shiva Dol in Sibsagar sculpted with interesting carvings and paintings that show the legerdemains of the Ahom dynasty. Some other major temples and congregational sites in Assam include the Asvakranta Temple in Guwahati, Barpeta Satra in Barpeta, Da Parbatiya Temple in Tezpur, Sun Temple in Goalpara, Devi Dol Temple in Gaurisagar, Hayagriva Mahadeva Temple in Hajo, Navagraha, Sukreswara, Ugra Tara and Umananda Temple in Guwahati, etc.

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Assam at Glance 
Assam Tourist Information

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