Assam is world famous for producing quality tea. Apart from tea, it also has many beautiful and attractive tourist spots. Assam has not been very much publicized as a hot tourist spot. Only recently has it come to the fore as an upcoming tourist destination. Today we have collected a list of top 10 tourist places in Assam.
Haflong is a hill town and is the district Headquarters of North Cachar Hills. Haflong Lake and Jatinga both are major attractions for tourists. Haflong Lake is located in the heart of the hill town and Jatinga is 9 kms from Haflong which is famous for the unexplained phenomenon of migratory birds ‘committing mass suicide’. During a particular season (August to November) of the year birds come to this area to”commit suicide”.
Sivasagar is a historical place and mainly famous for its Ahom Palaces and Monuments. It is also a leading tea and oil producing district. Sivasagar is easily accessible by bus from Guwahati. There is a magnificent tank called Sivasagar tank from which the town derives its name. Tourists can visit various historical architectures like Rang ghar, Kareng ghar, Talatal ghar, Shiva dol (Shiva Temple) Joy Sagar and many more.
One of the top tourist places in Assam. Majuli is the world’s largest river island and situated in the midst of Brahmaputra river. It is the centre of Vaishnava culture. There are more than fifteen Vaishnava monasteries or satras on Majuli. Some of them are Kamalabari, Natun Kamalabari, Auniati, Garmur, Samoguri, Dakhinpat and Bengenaati. The Satras are the main centres of Assamese culture and spirituality and many art and artifacts from those early times are preserved in the Satras. To reach Majuli you have to take the ferry from Nimatighat near Jorhat and it takes almost one hour reach Majuli.
4. Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site and is famous for one horned rhinos. The park hosts almost two-thirds of the world’s Great
One-horned rhinos. Apart from one horned rhinos, Kaziranga National Park is the home to large breeding populations of elephants, tigers, wild water buffalo, Indian Muntjac, swamp deer, wild boar, hog deer and many more. The park is open to visitors from November 1 to April 3o and you can avail the jeep safari or the elephant safari for seeing the the all wild animals at close range.
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Tezpur also known as Sonitpur is an ancient city and situated on the North banks of Brahmaputra. The scenic town is abundant in gardens, lakes, hills and archeological sites. You can visit Mahabhairav, a Lord shiva temple which is situated in the middle of the city. Da Parbatia is another popular tourist spot where you can see some finest and oldest specimen of sculptural art. Other tourist spots include The Chitralekha Udyan, Agnigarh hill, Padum Pukhuri etc. You can also visit Nameri national Park, which is just 40 kms from Tezpur.
Sualkuchi is just 32 kms from Guwahati and famous for golden silk (also known as Muga). Golden Silk is not produced anywhere else in the world except Assam. Sualkuchi is also popularly known as Manchester of the East. Mainly Sualkuchi produced Muga silk , Pat silk and Eri silk cloth and all are famous all over the world for its great quality.
Batadrawa (also Bordowa) is the birthplace of Sankardeva, a renowned saint and social reformer who is considered as the father of Assamese culture. Fagua Festival and the birth and death anniversaries of Sankardeva are celebrated here with great pomp and show.
8. Manas National Park
Manas National Park is Located in the Himalayan foothill and a part of it also extends to Bhutan. This park is home to a great variety of wildlife like Wild Buffalo, tiger, Golden Langur, Pigmy Hog, Hispid Hare, Capped Langur, Indian one-horned Rhinoceros, Gaur, Hog Deer, Elephant etc. Like Kaziranga National Park, Manas is also a World Heritage Site.
Guwahati is the capital of Assam and the most important City in the North East. It also listed among the top upcoming cities in India. The major tourist attractions in Guwahati are as follows- The Kamakhya Temple, Vashistha Ashram, Navagraha temple, Dighali pukhuri, Shankardev Kala shetra and many more.
A number of tourist attractions are present in Hajo. One of them is Hayagriva Madhava Temple. This temple has an idol of Lord Vishnu that is similar to the idol of Lord Jagannath in Puri. Hayagriva Madhava is an ancient pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hajo is also an important pilgrimage centre of the Muslim community also. There is a mosque known as the Powa Mecca (1/4th Mecca) is thought to have some of the sanctity of Mecca. Other tourist spots located here are Madan Kamdev Temple, Joy Durga Temple, Ganesh Temple, Dhoparguri Satra etc.