Offbeat tourist attractions, soothing beauty, sacred rivers, spiritual ambience, and zealous culture, an Assam tour boasts plenty of enthralling secrets. Being one of Northeast India’s iconic seven sisters, a holiday in Assam is about beholding a heady mix of history, nature and culture at the same time. Known as a popular tourist destination, it has several places and things of interest including monasteries, wildlife, mesmerizing locations, tea plantations and more. Through Assam Travel Guide, get a chance to know more about the landscape, the culture, ethnic group, the wildlife, historical places of Assam and more.
Assam experiences a tropical monsoon rainforest climate. It receives high rainfall, that's why it is recommended not to visit Assam during the monsoon season. But visiting Assam during the winter and summer season would be good as the weather in winter is chilling and summers are delightful and refreshing. Hence, best time to visit Assam is in the months of November to March.
Assam is refreshing in the summer season as the weather conditions do not get too hot. The state receives heavy showers in monsoons which causes problems with travel and may restrict the number of activities tourists can do. Winter is the most pleasant time to visit Assam as the temperature is very comfortable. This is the also the perfect season for adventure activities and sightseeing.
Being the largest cosmopolitan city in the North East, Guwahati is often referred to as the Gateway of North East India and the best tourist place in Assam. Nestling in the raging Brahmaputra River and touching the feet of the Shillong plateau, Guwahati has been blessed with immense natural beauty that one can definitely witness. The best places to visit in Guwahati include Kaziranga National Park, Bamuni Lake, Kamakhya Temple, Umananda Temple and Sualkuchi. These are also considered as the best places in Assam.
Another city that sits on the edges of Brahmaputra River and is a neighbour of Guwahati by the distance of 175 kilometres is the city Tezpur. The city is often called the City of Eternal Romance as it narrates a love story of Anirudha (Grandson of Lord Krishna) and Usha (King Baana’s Daughter). The scenic beauty of Tezpur has been enhanced by the surrounding mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, the sprawling tea gardens and the northern backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, which honestly makes it one the famous tourist places in Assam. A mixture of places like Hanuman Mandir, Mahabhairav temple, Padam Pukhuri, Cole Park, Rudra Path and many more makes this place best place to visit in Assam.
A perfect blend of natural beauty, history and culture, Jorhat has numerous attractions holding both national and international importance. Jorhat gets its popularity from the world’s largest river island Majuli, which is located 20 km from this town. Jorhat is undoubtedly one of the best Assam destinations that attract visitors for its tremendous scenic beauty and virgin landscapes. The main attractions of Jorhat include Thengal Manor, Bangal Pukhuri, Burigosain Devalaya, Bilvesvar Siva Temple, Purnananda Buragohain Maidam, Magolu Khat and Raja Maidam.
Also known as the ‘Switzerland of the East’ or the ‘Ant Hill Town’, Haflong is the only hill station in Assam. Pleasant climate, rolling hills, and mountains, panoramic views, picturesque valleys, and meadows are the main attraction of this quaint town.
Includes the whole of Hailakandi, Cachar and Karimganj district, Barak Valley is one of the most unspoiled and picturesque regions in Assam. It is here that the holidaymakers can rest amidst the serene lap of nature which is adorned with rich flora and fauna. The area also boasts of an opulent history of Assam and is home to the ancient Kachari Fort. It is a land of lakes and rivers, and thus, a nature lover can enjoy an ideal holiday here.
Located in the Golaghat district of Assam, Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest and most stunning wildlife protected areas in India. Being a natural home to the endangered one-horned Rhinoceros in the world, the sanctuary boasts of a stunning range of wildlife that also includes Elephants, Deer, Indian Tigers, Wild Buffaloes, Reptiles, Migratory Birds and several others.
Surrounded by the mighty Brahmaputra and spread over 1,250 square kilometres, Majuli is known for its vibrant cultures and traditions. Home to the natives called ‘Misings’, this freshwater island is the largest river island in the world. While the island is witnessing soil erosion due to global warming and other environmental issues, its beauty is worth witnessing and capturing even today.
The holy River Brahmaputra flows through the southwest valley in Assam. Here, tourists can get the opportunity to cruise in riverboats through the calm and beautiful river. Cruising through the river will take you to some of the most scenic spots in Assam. Sometimes, the river also offers adventurous activities like white water river rafting. You can reach places like Guwahati, Tawang, Bogamati, etc. via a cruise.
Nestled on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, the breath-taking Nameri National Park is bursting with bamboo trees and open grassland. Animals such as barking deer, wild boar, sambhar, etc. can be seen in the park. River rafting takes place in the river Jia Bhorali, a famous adventure destination amongst tourists. Bird watching and fishing for golden mahseer are some of the other activities that can be done in this national park.
Assam and tea fields are nearly synonymous and it would not be wrong to say that Assam produces nearly half of India’s Tea production. Located at a distance of about 307km from Guwahati, this small town has truly blended the charm of British days with the feel of the modern era. The city spellbinds its travellers by its lush green hill slopes and tea plantations. In case if you are travelling to Assam from November to January, do keep an eye over the dates of Tea Festival.