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Assam

Assam India

Considered as the most thriving and prosperous Indian states, Assam is a paradise for all the nature lovers. Known as the land of “Blue Hills and Red Rivers”, it is the gateway to the north eastern states and has been aptly described as the sentinel of Northeast India.It is located in the northeastern part of the country and is bounded to the north by the kingdom of Bhutan and the state of Arunachal Pradesh, to the east by the states of Nagaland and Manipur, to the south by the states of Mizoram and Tripura, and to the west by Bangladesh and the states of Meghalaya and West Bengal. The name Assam is derived from the word ‘asama’, meaning “peerless” in the now extinct Ahom language. It is regarded as the pioneer of the tea estates and silk. The Assam Tea and Assam Silk are popular all over India. The state was the first site for oil drilling in Asia. Assam is home to the one-horned Indian rhinoceros, along with the wild water buffalo, pygmy hog, tiger and various species of Asiatic birds, and provides one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant.

CITIES

  • Guwahati - The capital city of Assam, Guwahati is home to the world famous one-horned rhinoceros. It is the largest city of Assam and is situated on the South Bank of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The city never fails to captivate the attention of the travellers with its charm. Not only is the city a central hub of socio-cultural, industrial, trade and commerce activities of the entire region but is also a place of paramount significance for the devotees. The city is the gateway to the enchanting Northeast India.
  • Dibrugarh - Known as the ‘Tea City of India’, Dibrugarh repletes with old-world charm. The town is approximately 140 km from Jorhat and has been garnering popularity in recent times. The lush green British-era tea gardens ranks as the best experience one can take in Dibrugarh. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can head to the Dibru Saikhowa National Park, which is one of the world's 19 biodiversity hotspots.
  • Jorhat - Deriving its name from two the haats or bazaars("Macharhat and Chowkihat"), Jorhat is one of the major cities of Assam and is also a doorway to both Assam and Nagaland. The district of Jorhat was carved out of the Sibsagar District in 1983. The town is one of the largest towns of Assam and holds historical significance of the Ahom Kingdom.
  • Tezpur - Located on the banks of Brahmaputra River, Tezpur paints a beautiful picture with its picturesque landscape, lush green tea gardens, and paddy fields framed by the snow-clad Himalayas. Tezpur is located in Sonitpur district, Assam state, India and is at a distance of 175 kilometres northeast of Guwahati.
  • Tinsukia - Regarded as the industrial town in Assam, Tinsukia comprises of some of the oldest oil refineries in India situated at Digboi and places like Margherita and Ledo that are famous for open cast coal mining. Tinsukia is one of the most important tea-growing and processing districts in the country.
  • Silchar - Known as the Island of Peace, Silchar is the second largest city in Assam. It is surrounded by Manipur on the east, Bangladesh on the west, Mizoram on the south and the Barail hills on the north. Silchar is considered as the most important centre and gateway to Barak Valley in Assam. It is located south of Guwahati at a distance of 313 kms and is situated on the Surma (Barak) River. It is also renowned for its scenic beauty and natural splendour.
  • Karimganj - Steeped in the beauty of nature, the city of Karimganj is known for its tranquility and is often referred to as the sleepy town of Assam. Away from the hustle bustle of the far away cities, Karimganj is located at a distance of 313 Kms from Guwahati. It has an intense pool of culture associated with local tribes, languages, and traditions that are exclusive to their place of origin. It also shares its border with Bangladesh, and is adorned with two major rivers, Kushiara and Longai.
  • Diphu - Diphu derives its name from the two words of 'Di' and 'Guphu' from the Dimasa language. 'Di' translates to water and 'Guphu' translates to white. The name was so given, because it was said in olden days that the stream passing through Diphu, became white as it carried a large amount of sediment during the rainy season. Diphu is a small picturesque town in Assam located at a distance of 250 km away from Guwahati, popular for being the weekend picnic spot among people of nearby regions.
  • Bongaigaon - Former capital of the Kamatapur Kingdom and home to many historical monuments of Assamese culture, Bongaigaon is considered as an important city of Assam. The city is centrally located within the state at around 180 kms northwest of Guwahati and portrays a vibrant picture of the Assamese township and culture. Not only is Bongaigaon famous for its scenic beauty but for the remnants of Buddhist culture, which can be seen in its hilly caves (also known as Gumphas) and the stone carvings of the Jogigopha hill rocks.

EXPERIENCE

FAIR AND FESTIVAL :

  • Bihu Festival - The Bihu festival holds a paramount significance nationally. It is one of the most extravagantly celebrated festivals by the people of Assam. The festival is an amalgamation of three Bihu festivals, namely, Rangali (or Bohag) Bihu Festival which is celebrated in the month of mid-April during the spring season; the Bhogali Bihu which is celebrated in the month of January during the winter season; and the Kati Bihu which is celebrated in the month of mid-October during Autumn. Bihu is a popular harvest festival which is celebrated in the state of Assam and it marks the beginning of seeding time.
  • Ambubachi Festival – The Ambubachi Festival is one of the most important festivals of Assam. It is a four days festival that marks the annual menstruation of the goddess at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati. It is regarded as one of the biggest congregations of eastern India. The word “Ambubachi” means spoken with water and it also implies that the rains expected during this month make the earth fertile and ready for procreation. The Ambubachi Festival is also known as the “Mahakumbh of the East”.
  • Me-Dam-Mi-Phi – The Me-Dam-Mi-Phi is a festival of utmost importance in the Ahom region, it is an ancestor worship communal festival which is celebrated on the 31st of January every year. It is a festival to pay respect in memory of the departed. The word “Me-Dam-Me-Phi”, when broken down literally means: Me' means offerings, 'Dam' means the ancestors and 'Phi' means God. Thus, it means that offering of oblations to the dead and sacrifices to God. This is an ancient belief that seeks divinity in the dead.
  • Karbi Youth – The Karbi Youth Festival is an annual festival of Assam which is celebrated by the Karbi people living in the East and West Karbi Anglong district and other districts in the Northern Indian state of Assam. The Karbi Youth Festival is regarded as the oldest surviving ethnic festivals in India.
  • Jonbeel Mela – Jonbeel Mela is a three-day fair held annually, where the indigenous communities from Assam and Meghalaya come together and continue their age-old practice of barter system. The historic site of Dayang Belguri at Jonbeel, located just 3 km away from Jagiroad, is where this fair takes place. Jonbeel Mela is a big event for these indigenous communities in Assam and Meghalaya.
  • Doul Utsav – Doul or Deul Festival is the festival of colours and is known for its grandeur and majesticcelebrations. It is a festival that is dedicated to lord Shri Krishna and Radha. The festival is prominently celebrated in Braj, Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. It is a four days festival and on this auspicious occasion the deity of Shri Krishna and is beloved Radha are exquisitely adorned and besmeared with colours.
  • Raas Utsav – Raas Utsav or the Raas Lila is the annual cultural festival which is celebrated in the famous river island of Majuli in Assam. This particular festival is celebrated every year on the full moon day in the month of November and the festivities go on for four or five days, during which Lord Krishna’s life is propounded in a very artistic and cultural format by experienced women and men dancers. The Raas Utsav consists of various segments which describe the birth of Lord Krishna, His mischief, His brave acts of killing various demons, His win over King Kansa (Krishna’s maternal uncle).

CUISINES OF ASSAM :

  • Jolpan – The authentic and traditional breakfast of Assam, Jolpaan is enriched with nutrition.Rice and milk are among the ingredients that are intrinsic to this meal.Traditionally, the breakfast for Assamese people comprises a less-cooked meal, unlike most morning meals across India. The most commonly found components in the first meal of the day include rice and milk.
  • BoraSaul – It is a variety of glutinous rice found in Assam, India and is different from the regular rice consumed in mainland India. It is more aligned with the type of sticky rice consumed in Southeast Asian cuisine. One variation of BoraSaul is kola (black) BoraSaul, or black sticky rice. The BoraSaul is used in various other Assamese dishes, such as Jolpan and Pitha.Boiled BoraSaul is served as Jolpan with curd or milk, jaggery or sugar. Soaked and ground BoraSaul is used in preparing Pitha.
  • Khar – Khar is an ancient ingredient that is irreplaceable in Assamese cooking. It is a liquid which is dark brown in colour, and has a strong astringent smell. It is believed that the month of Kartik and Ahin are the most suitable months to make Khar. Although Khar-making is a serious business, the procedure itself is relatively simple. Khar is typically made from the ashes of banana peel. The banana, Musa balbisiana, is native to some parts of southeast Asia.
  • Fish – Fish is one of the most important and prodigious part of the Assamese food culture. The fish market in Assam has a sheer variety of fishes. It is a staple item in the Assamese palate and there is no traditional ethnic community in Assam that does not eat fish. Some of the most popular big fishes are the Borali, Rou, and Cital. The small varieties of fish available and eaten in Assam arePuthi, Ari etc.

RIVER CRUISES :

  • Mahabaahu River Cruise – The MV Mahabaahu Cruiseoperate two cruises in two of the richest Rivers of India on magnificent Brahmaputra River Assam. All meals, excursions, activities on board and offshore are as per the itinerary handed out to the guests. Gather each evening for an hour to enjoy somedrinks and then proceed to dinner. The Cruise islavishly decorated and reflects elegance, it surely is an upscale property where you can enjoy your vacation along with family and loved ones in the most luxurious way.
  • Brahmaputra Cruise Pvt. Ltd. – The Brahmaputra River Cruise is a cruise ride in the mighty Brahmaputra River at Guwahati, Assam. It is one of the main attractions and among the popular things to do in Guwahati.The Brahmaputra River Cruise season starts from November to April, when the monsoon rains are over and the floods have receded, leaving the landscape lush and the temperatures pleasant.
  • Kamikaze – Kamikaze is a floating party haven located in the Uzan bazar area of Guwahati.It is built on a medium sized ferry that remains afloat over the waters of Brahmaputra. Kamikaze has a well-stocked liquor cabinet with an array of Indian and international spirits along with a food menu that flaunts mouthwatering starters and main courses.
  • Alfresco Grand – The Alfresco Grand Cruise is sure to mesmerize youwhen you plan on spending a serene day on it. It offers an evening river cruise on the waters of Brahmaputra. Visiting Alfresco Grand Cruise is one of the most sought-after activities to do in Guwahati.

THINGS TO DO

EXPLORE THE LARGEST RIVER ISLAND: MAJULI - As suggested by the title, Majuli indeed is the world’slargest river island. It is because of this reason that it attracts immense tourists from all over the world. The island is formed by the Brahmaputra River in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti, an anabranch of the Brahmaputra, joined by the Subansiri River in the north. Majuli island is accessible by ferries from the city of Jorhat. It is located 20 kilometers from the district of Jorhat in Assam.

ADMIRE THE LUSH GREEN TEA GARDENS: DIBRUGARH - Dibrugarh is known as “The Heart of Assam’s Tea Country”. It is located on the northern-most tip of Assam and is regarded as the original tea country of India. The entire setting of the tea estate dates back to the British era. When in Dibrugarh, do not miss out on a chance to live the high life of a tea estate manager. Painting a picturesque backdrop with a heritage bungalow amidst an expansive emerald green tea estate, stretching as far as the eyes can see, the place is the perfect one to be at. You can even watch a Bihu performance in the evening, while sipping endless cups of Assamese tea.

SPOT ONE-HORNED RHINOS: KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK - The Kaziranga National Park is a prestigious national park of India and is situated in the north eastern part of the country in the district of Golaghat and Nagoan in the state of Assam. The park is famous for its one-horned rhinoceroses and has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The best time to visit the Kaziranga National Park is during winters between the months of November to February, as the climate is mild and dry and the chances of spotting rhinos are more.

ATTEND VIBRANT FESTIVALS: BIHU & TEA FESTIVAL - Bihu is the essence of Assam and is celebrated across the state with a tremendous zeal and enthusiasm. There are three Bihu festivals and each of the Bihu festival has its own significance and is celebrated with its own traditions.The Tea Festival of Jorhat in Assam is celebrated in various parts of the state and is all about tea, music and gaiety. It brings about a world of festivity with a warm and traditional cordial reception and offers an excellent package of fun and excitement.

TASTE SCRUMPTIOUS DELICACIES: CULINARY FEASTS - As the month of January commences, the people of Assam gear up for the festivities. Magh Bihu is a time of community and celebration, with plenty of food, including Pitha, Laru, Sandoh and Mah-Korai.The festival of Magh Bihu is celebrated over two days. The first day or the eve is called Uruka. On Uruka, people organize community feasts. On this evening, people from a locality gather and erect makeshift houses known as Bhelaghar and a stack known as Meiji. The whole night, people eat around campfires and sleep in the Bhelaghar. On the next morning on Magh Bihu, people fire the Meiji and pray for a safe hearth and a blissful year. After the rituals, Jolpan and other items made exclusively for the festival are served.

TAKE A CRUISE RIDE: RIVER BRAHMAPUTRA - The Brahmaputra River is one of the largest rivers in the world and rank fifth with respect to its average discharge. The river originates from the Kailash ranges of Himalayas. Explore the exquisite beauty of the mighty Brahmaputra River on Alfresco Grand. Book a river cruise to lose yourself in the serene beauty of this majestic river. There are several private operators along with Assam Tourism who arranges for a river cruise in the Brahmaputra River. However, the price and the packages vary.

UNVEIL THE FACTS OF AHOM KINGDOM: SIVASAGAR - The cultural town of Sivasagar is enriched with historical facts dating back to the Ahom Dynasty. From forts with underground architecture to numerous temples, the place provides various tourist attractions related to architectural marvels, history and culture. Some of the most popular places here include a water tank called Bhorpukhuri along with Joysagar, Ahom Museum, Rudrasagar tank and temples, Gaurisagar tank and temples.

WITNESS THE WEAVER’S MAGIC: SUALKUCHI - Located in the Kamrup district in the Indian state of Assam, Sualkuchi is a census town which is known for its traditional silk textiles. Explore this weaving centre in Assam which has a rich hand weaving heritage. The weaving here is almost exclusively a women's craft, done on the backstrap loom in the home. Each home in Sualkuchi is directly associated with weaving exotic silk fabrics. The main silk that is weaved here is the famous Muga silk.

FOR A RELIGIOUS VISIT: KAMAKHYA TEMPLE - Built and reconstructed multiple times between the 8th and 17th Centuries,the Kamakhya Temple is located on the Nilanchal Hill in the western part of Guwahati in Assam. It is one of the most revered shrines of Goddess Shakti in India. The temple celebrates the power of the woman to give birth and is regarded as extremely auspicious among the followers of the Tantrik sect of Hinduism.

EXPLORE ASIA’S OLDEST REFINERY: DIGBOI - Digboi is known as the “Oil City of Assam”. The city holds a historical significance as the first refinery that started here was in the year 1901. Digboi has the oldest oil well in operation. With a significant number of British professionals working for Assam Oil Company until the decade following independence of India

INDULGE IN ADVENTUROUS EXPEDITIONS: RIVER RAFTING & ANGLING - Known as the gem of North East, Assam, is one of the best rafting destinations. There is more to this place other than the picturesque landscapes and scrumptious traditional food. Assam has some of the best rafting tours. The enthralling Brahmaputra River Rafting is where you should head if you want to enjoy any kind of rafting, however, you must also experience rafting in the Kameng river previously known as Bhareli River which is the blissful sojourn of different grades of rapids.

ADMIRE THE ENTICING VALLEYS: HAFLONG - A hidden gem of Assam, Haflong is a dream destination for nature lovers and trekkers. An offbeat place thatreplete with misty mountains and panoramic landscapes. This quaint hill station is perfect for trekking, nature walks and bird watching.It is the headquarters of the Dima Hasao District in Assam. This hill town is the only hill station in Assam, and is one of the least explored places in the state.

SPEND LEISURELY HOURS: PEACOCK ISLAND - Umananda Island, also known as the Peacock Island isthe smallest inhabited river islet in the middle of river Brahmaputra, flowing through the city of Guwahati in Assam, India. Its name derives from Assamese ‘Uma’, another name for the Hindu goddess Parvati, the wife of Shiva; and ‘ananda’, which translates to "joy". The island is filled with many legends associated with it. It was known as Peacock Island among the British Colonists who named it so based on its shape. The Island is home to a very rare and endangered species called Golden Langurs who are considered to be highly sacred among the people of the Himalayas.

EXPLORE THE PAST: DHUBRI - The town of Dhubri is the oldest town in the Indian state of Assam. Given its heritage, the town holds a historical significance. The town was established in the year 1883 as the first Municipal Board under the British regime.The town is also an important commercial centre and had a busy river port particularly for jute. Dhubri is called the "Land of Rivers" as it is covered three sides by Brahmaputra and Gadadhar rivers.

WITNESS THE CULT OF VOODOO: MAYONG - Spooky as it may sound, Mayong (also known as Mayang) is a village in Morigaon district, Assam near the mighty Brahmaputra River which is commonly known as the land of black magic, witchcraft and necromancy. The land of Mayong has its stories and folklores that have been told by people and brought down from generation to generation. For those who find the subject of dark arts fascinating, Mayong is gold. No wonder, even with the history of witchcraft, human sacrifice and all things sorcery, Mayong is a very popular tourist destination.

TAKE A RELIGIOUS TRIP: HAJO - A popular place among the people of all the sects of the Indian society, Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage center. Be it Hindus, Muslims or Buddhists, Hajo is a divine holy place for everyone. It is located 24 km away from Guwahati. It is most famous for its Hayagriva Madhava Mandir. The giant ancient turtle in this temple is quite popular.Another prominent building in Hajo is the Pao Mecca Mosque built by Muslim saint Pir Giasuddin Aulia.

KNOW THE TRUTH OF AGNIGARH: TEZPUR - Agnigarh is a hillock located in Tezpur, Assam, India. As per the revelation of the Hindu mythology, the fortress was built by Banasura to keep his daughter Usha in isolation. The name itself is derived from the words 'Agni' (meaning fire) and 'garh' (meaning fortress or wall) in Sanskrit.At present this is one of the most well-known tourist spots in that area.There is a platform on the hill from where you will get a bird’s eye view of the city of Tezpur.

BEST TIME TO VISIT ASSAM

October to April is considered to be the best months to visit Assam. While Assam sweats in the scorching heat during Summers, the state experiences high rainfall and humidity during Monsoon. During October to April, when the weather is pleasant with sunny days and cool nights, the rainfall is moderate, and the paddy fields look resplendent, is the best time to visit Assam.

HOW TO REACH ASSAM

Assam is approachable by various means of transport,be it railways, roadways or airways. For the convenience of the visitors and locals, every road, railway station, bus stop and the airport are well-maintained by the Assam Tourism.

If travelling by flight, then Assam's Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati is the only international airport in the region, and is well-connected with all the major cities in India.

If travelling by train, then, the key railway hubs are Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Tezpur, Silchar, Golaghat and Nagaon. However, Guwahati Railway Station enjoys much importance as it serves as the gateway to the rest of the north-eastern Indian states If you want to travel by road then National Highways 31 and 37 connect Assam with the rest of India.

PLACES TO VISIT
  • Kaziranga National Park – The Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districtsof Assam, India. It is one of the most popular destinations among travellers. It has been declared as a world heritage site and is famous for its population of the Endangered One Horned Indian Rhinoceros Species and other varied wildlife. The Jeep Safari here is one of the most adventurous activities.
  • Manas National Park – Manas is one of the nine tiger reserve sanctuaries in India. It is situated on the bank of the river mans at the foothills of the Himalayas.It was established as the core of the Manas Tiger Reserve from April 1973 and elevated to the position of a National Park status on September 7, 1990. It is a well-known World heritage site with its unique combination of scenic beauty and rare wealth of wildlife.
  • Majuli Island – The world’s largest river island, Majuli, is a unique geographical occurrence and a result of the dynamics of this vast river system. It attracts tourists from all over the world. Mostly inhabited by Tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting and is one of the key reasons why people love this place so much.
  • Kamakhya Temple – The Kamakhya Temple is located on the Nilanchal Hill in the western part of Guwahati in Assam. It is one of the most revered shrines of Goddess Shakti in India. The Temple celebrates the power of the woman to give birth and is regarded as extremely auspicious among the followers of the Tantrik sect of Hinduism.
  • Assam State Zoo & Botanical Garden – Popularly known as the Guwahati Zoo, the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Gardenis the largest of its kind in the North East region. It is often referred to as ‘green lung’ for the urban and populous city of Guwahati as it hosts several awareness activities and is involved in animal-welfare and education.
  • Kakochang Waterfalls – The beautiful Kakochang Waterfalls is a renowned tourist attraction in Assam and is located 13 km from Bokakhat in the Golaghat District of Assam. It is a breathtaking waterfall that gushes down between coffee and rubber plantations of the district, creating an awe-inspiring view and an unforgettable ambiance.
  • Umananda Island – Another coveted spot among the travellers, the Umananda Island, also popularly known as the Peacock Island has gained popularity because of its presence in between the river Brahmaputra and can be easily connected when you are in Guwahati. Umananda island is also known as one of the smallest islands of the world and comprise of Umananda temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Deepor Beel – Deepor Beel or Dipor Bilis a permanent freshwater lakelocated about 10 km Southwest of Guwahati city is considered one of the large and important riverine wetlands in the Brahmaputra Valley of lower Assam, India. It has both biological and environmental importance besides being the only major storm-water storage basin for Guwahati city.
  • Hoolongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary – Formerly known as the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary or Hollongapar Reserved Forest, the Hoolongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is an isolated protected area of evergreen forest located in Assam, India.The sanctuary has a rich biodiversity and is home to the only apes in India, the western Hoolock as well as the only nocturnal primate found in the northeast Indian states, the Bengal slow loris.
  • Haflong Lake – Located away from major cities, the Haflong Lake is the hill station of the state that has proved to be a perfect tourist place to visit in Assam. It is also known as White Ant Hillock. It is considered as a popular destination among campers and nature enthusiasts.
  • Dibrugarh – Dibrugarh is a beautiful town as well as the district on the banks of the river Brahmaputra in the upper Assam area. It is the centre of the tea industry in Assam since majority of the Assam tea is produced in this area. The place is also known for the production of Assam Silk apart from the tea industry.
HOTELS
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Guwahati – Set in a tranquil sector of Assam the Radisson Blu Hotel is a contemporary property that makes for a lavish stay option with its stylish rooms, elite dining opens and modern amenities.
  • Vivanta Guwahati – Vivanta Guwahati is an urban retreat designed for global business travellers, adventurers and connoisseurs of the good life. It offers a world-class comfort in an environment with a strong local character.
  • Borgos the Wild Haven Kaziranga – Nestled in the tranquil surroundings of Kaziranga National Park, Resort Borgos is crafted in foliage, the jungle-luxe architecture is set in serenity and stands alone as wild retreat in Kaziranga, Assam.
  • IORA the Retreat Kaziranga – The perfect place to stay when visiting Kaziranga, IORA is a beautiful resort with a sprawling layout and nature filled surroundings.
  • Wild Mahseer – If you are looking for a natural retreat, then Wild Mahseer is the place for you. Wild Mahseer combines old-world charm and gracious living in lush surroundings. It is located in Tezpur, Assam.
  • Padmini Resort – A luxurious, eco-friendly resort, Padmini Resort is perched in the heart of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, nestled amidst the lush green tea gardens.
  • Kiranshree Grand – Experience a luxurious and world-class hospitality at Kiranshree Grand. It is a great choice for travellers who are looking for a 5-star hotel in Guwahati.
  • Diphlu River Lodge – The Diphlu River Lodge is the only lodge at Kaziranga National Park that is situated right at the border of the park. It is an ideal getaway for a never-before intimacy with the natural world.
  • Cygnett Park Meghna, Bongaigaon – Located in Bongaigaon, Cygnett Park Meghna is an enchanting mix of natural beauty and industrial power and is rated as the best 5-star property.
RESTAURANTS
  • Terra Mayaa Restaurant and Lounge – Sophisticated and classy, this rooftop restaurant is sure to give you an experience of fine dining. This restaurant is Spread over 7000 sqft area of space, in the prime location of Guwahati, near ABC, on GS Road. Not just lip-smacking food but the Terra Mayaa will make you groove with their Live Acoustic Music performed by renowned bands, leading DJ’s & Artists.
  • Reboti Chat House – One of the oldest fast food restaurant in the city, Reboti Chat House is among the favourites of all the Guwahatians. It is located by the Nak-Kata Pukhuri in Panbazar.
  • Mising Kitchen – A perfect place for family dining with spacious interior andyummy food, Mising Kitchen is a renowned restaurant in Guwahati. It is located in Ganeshguri and was established in the year 2015. The pocket pinch for two people is INR 700.
  • Naga Kitchen – A must try place for people who are seeking to try authentic Naga food.It is located in GS Road in Guwahati.
  • King Chilly – Another well known restaurant that serves scrumptious Assamese delicacies. King Chilly is located in GS Road, Christian Basti in Guwahati. The pocket pinch for the meal for two people is INR 1000 approximately.
  • 11th Avenue Cafe Bistro – Located in Uzan Bazaar, Guwahati, 11th Avenue Café Bistro is a quaint café that serves American, Italian and Continental cuisines.The cost for the meal of two people is INR 700 approximately.
  • Café Riverrun – A small, cozy and quaint place, Café Riverrun is perfect for a breezy evening by the river bank. The café renders an amazing view that is really pretty. It is located in Uzan Bazaar on the banks of River Brahmaputra in Guwahati. The pocket pinch for two people may cost approximately INR 500.
  • Shaikh Brothers – The Shaikh Brothers is a paradise for all the sweet lovers. This cake shop was established in 1885 with a view to offer scrumptious bakery products and desserts. They are well-known for their stunning designer cakes, which are made-to-order for varied occasions and events.
  • Paradise – Paradise is a traditional Assamese Cuisine restaurant. It is located in Silphukuri, Guwahati. Meal for two here costs approximately INR 650. They serve authentic and flavourful Assamese cuisine. Hence, if you are looking for a restaurant to try the authentic Assamese food then Paradise Restaurant is another go to place for you.
  • Michinga – If you like Chinese cuisine, then Michinga is worth visiting.The place is very elegantly decorated with a lovely ambience. The pocket pinch for two is approximately INR 500.
SHOPPING
  • The Maati Centre – The Maati Centre is an all-in-one shop, meeting place and workshop space. It specializes in high quality handicrafts, handloom, arts and gift items inspired and created by rural crafts people of the North Eastern region of India.
  • Roodraksh Mall – It is one of the finest shopping malls in Guwahati. It houses a number of renowned brands and is considered to be the most happening place for all the fashion lovers.
  • The Hub Mall – A multiverse shopping centre with all the necessary amenities for the shoppers. Like any other good shopping mall, The Hub Mall offers a wide variety of brands and products to choose from.
  • Dona Planet Multiplex Mall – Dona Planet Multiplex Mall is one of the popular places listed under Movie Theater in Guwahati. It also is a shopping centre housing several brands.
  • NEDFi Haat – The NEDFi Haat is a non-profitmarketing platform where exhibitions, fairs and handicraft melas are organized.
  • Japi theCraft Hub – It is a Regional Handloom & Handicraft Marketing Complex in Guwahati.
  • Silkalay – Silkalay in Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati, deals in Assam Silk, Muga, Sarees, Mekhela Chaddar, Gamusa & all Assamese Handloom. It is a pride for handloom industry of Sualkuchi.
  • Cane Craft & Allied Industries store – Located in Christian Basti, Guwahati,Cane Craft & Allied Industries store is the leading cane, handicraft and terracotta manufacturer in Assam.
  • City Centre Mall – The City Centre Mall, located in the heart of Guwahati is a prominent and Northeast India's Largest Shopping Mall.
LANGUAGE
  • Assamese – Assamese is the official language of Assam state of India. It is also known as the Eastern Indo-Aryan language and is the only surviving indigenous Indo-Aryan language of the Assam valley. The language dates back to the 13th Century.
  • Bodo – Bodo language is a language of the Tibeto-Burman branch of Sino-Tibetan languages having several dialects. Bodo is spoken in the northeastern Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya and in Bangladesh. It is related to Dimasa, Tripura, and Lalunga languages, and it is written in Latin, Devanagari, and Bengali scripts.
Assam

The land of aromatic tea gardens with spectacular natural beauty, pleasant climate, gurgling rivers, and jaw-dropping spectacles, Assam welcomes you to its rich heritage and biodiversity which is interspersed in this Himalayan valley and synthesize to make the state a magnificent wonder.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What are the major festivals celebrated in Assam?

The most popular festival of Assam is Bihu which is celebrated thrice a year in the forms of Rongali Bihu, Kaati Bihu and Magh Bihu. Other that the Bihu festival, the other major festivals of Assam are the Ambubachi Mela, Raas Utsav, Me-Dam-Mi-Phi, and Jonbeel Mela.

Which animals are found in Assam?

Assam is one of the leading biodiversity hotspots in the world. There are many rare species of animals and birds like the Golden Langur, the One-Horned Rhino and a variety of hornbills, amphibians and vultures are found in these forests.

What is the history of Assam?

The Ahoms ruled Assam at the time when Mughals were presiding over the rest of India and were deposed by the advent of the British in 1826. After independence, few parts of Assam became part of East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh) and the present-day state of Assam was formed in 1962 as various states of the Northeast were carved out of it.

What is the landscape of Assam?

The beautiful state of Assam is located in the North Eastern part of India and borders West Bengal. It shares an international boundary with Bangladesh and Bhutan and has a hilly terrain. A large area of Assam is naturally irrigated by the two major rivers - Brahmaputra and Barak and the hills of the Barail range run between these two valleys. Known around theworld for its fragrant variety of tea, Assam is one of the biggest homes to a majority of India's tea gardens.

Why is Brahmaputra called the “Soul of Assam"?

The Brahmaputra River is more than just a geographical entity. It has integrated into the culture and society of Assam. On its bank, all the major cities of Assam thrive and provide livelihoods to thousands of people. The river also nurtures the vast number of forests in the state that are teeming with wildlife.

How are the people of Assam?

The people of the Assam are extremely friendly. They belong to different tribes and communities. Keeping in sync with the picturesque landscapes and the colourful customs, the people of Assam are a perfect example of unity in diversity.

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