Assam is one of the Seven Sisters’ States of India, which lies in the southern foothills of Eastern Himalayas. It faces Bhutan in north and Bangladesh in south. Along with Guwahati, the capital town, the whole area of Assam is globally known for tea and silk plantation. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Assam, i. e, Manas National Parks and Kaziranga National Parks.
Various opinions can be heard about the naming of the state. Many says that the name came from the ‘Ahom Dynasty’. In the classical period up to 12th century, Assam was known as Kamarupa and alternatively Pragjyotisha. Some believe that the name was originated from the Sanskrit word ‘asama’, meaning unparallel.
Being the extended part of Dooars, Assam is an evergreen land. It offers excellent opportunity to experience the jungle very close. As a tourist you get to visit in beautiful locations like Agnigarh Hills, Jorhat, Digboi, Shilling, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shilchar, Majuli Island, Dipor Bill and so on. Wild plants, trees, birds, reptiles and animals including one-horned rhino, leopard etc attract the people from around the world. They come to Assam because it is very easy to observe these animals and plants in the forests of Himalayan foothills.
The name of Shibsagar literally means the ocean of Lord Shiva. There is a 200 years old Sibsagar tank and on its bank three temples named Shivadol, Vishnudol and Devidol were built in 1734 by Queen Madambika, wife of King Siva Singha. This historical place was the capital of mighty Ahom dynasty, who ruled more than 600 years over Assam before the British invasion in the state.
Spreading over 430 sq km, it is a world heritage site. Jorhat and Tezpur of Assam are easily accessible from here. Various species of wild animals and birds are prime attraction along with the large number of migratory birds in winter. An elephant safari is a must thing in this national park.
The 2200 years old Hindu temple is located in Nilachal Hill of Guwahati. With River Brahmaputra flowing on the northern side of the hill, the surrounding view is mesmerising. The beautiful landscape in an ambience of divinity is what makes the temple so attractive.
Digboi is the first oil refinery of Assam and the second one in the world with an age over 100 years. The mystic blue hills, wide laid tea gardens, Ridge Point offering stunning view of Eastern Himalaya and the Digboi Centenary Museum –altogether create perfect atmosphere for tourism.
A tiger reserve, a biosphere reserve, an elephant reserve –anything can be spelt while referring to the Manas National Park of Assam. It is actually an extended part of Dooars in Assam, which is named after the River Manas, flowing through the area. Seeing its importance in terms of wildlife, Manas National Park is announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Very few places in this region are as perfect for bird watching as this freshwater lake in south-west of Guwahati city, named as Dipor Bil. The bird sanctuary in the bank of the lake covers a large piece of land and gives shelter to over 120 species of birds.
Madan Kamdev is actually a site of archaeological significance. The prosperity of the mighty Pala Dynasty of Kamarupa still reflects through the excavation, statues, sculptures and ruins, scattered in almost 500 meters of area, surrounded by deep and green forests of various wildlife.
In Tezpur of Assam, a hillock named Agnigarh hill is very charming place. According to Hindu mythology, this is the very place where Banasura made a fortress to keep his daughter Usha in isolation. The fortress used to be surrounded by fire or ‘agni’ to stop entry and exit from the fort.
A large river island in Brahmaputra, named Majuli Island, is a land of awe-inspiring serene beauty. It is easily accessible through ferry from the Jorhat city. It has an area of about 352 sq km land, formed due to course changes of Brahmaputra and its tributaries.
Popular as ‘Switzerland of the east’, Haflong town holds a very beautiful water body named Haflong Lake. Arriving at this high altitude lake, people experience mists and clouds gently pass away by touching the arms. Not only scenic beauty, some water sports are also arranges here.
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