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~Assam~

The Magnificent place of Green Paradise ~

Assam - A land nestled in myths and mysteries, lores and legends. Assam is almost another world, the Eastern Sentinel, the coloured wonderland of India. The word Assam is derived from the Sanskrit word “Asom” which means “peerless” is one of the 28th States of Indian Unions known as the land of Red River, the great Shiva Temple on the Peacock Island in the middle of Brahmaputra and the Blue Hills. Assam, the mystic land of tea is the gateway to the North East attracted the tourist for its exceptional lofty green hills, lush green forest, boundless rolling plains and variety of wildlife where the tourist can enjoy. Assam is famous for its exquisite silks & products made out of Bamboo & cane. The main festivals are Majuli Festival & Elephant Festival. 

The capital, Guwahati, of north-eastern India's largest state, lies on the banks of Brahmhaputra. It is a magnificent place of Green Paradise. Assam was also known for its Sal tree forests products. Assam is land of high rainfall, endowed with a lush greenery & the mighty river Brahmhaputra, whose tributaries & oxbow lakes provide the region with a unique appreciation of beauty.

Gateway to North-East India is the City of Guwahati. To get There ~
By Air :: LGB International Airport (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Borjhar, about 20 km west of the center of the city) is conveniently connected to all major cities of India. With daily three flights to Delhi and five to Kolkata and weekly flight to Bangkok with connecting flights to rest of the world. 
By Train :: Guwahati Railway station is the Hub all Train services. It is connected to rest of India with convenient train connections. 
By Road :: Guwahati is connected with all other state capitals of North-East India through a network of government and private luxury buses, which are perhaps the best in the country. 


Guwahati ~

The mighty Brahmaputra flows beside the Guwahati city. Formerly referred to as ‘Kamrupa’, the city is one of the fastest developing cities in India. This city is the gateway to seven other sates of north-east India. The skyline of the city today is a fine blend of old world charm and new age shopping malls and multi-storied buildings. Guwahati is also a revered destination because of its holy shrines like the Kamkhya and the Nava Graha temple. A reference of Guwahati has been mentioned in Kalika puran and Mahahbharata. In history, Guwahati was identified as 'Pragjyotispura' meaning the 'light of the East '. The Present Name Guwahati is apparently derived from 'Guwai' and 'Hatt' that mean batalnut market. The largest Tea Auction market in India lies in Guwahati.

Assamese are very warm and hospitable and tourists, especially backpackers, will find their hospitable nature very helpful in exploring the city. A tranquil evening on the banks of the Brahmaputra River is a life long cherishing experience. It is a gateway to neighboring state of Meghalaya / Arunachal Pradesh and from where Wildlife sanctuaries and tea plantations in Assam are accessible. 

Best time to visit :: Guwhati is between October - April when the monsoons are over and the weather is pleasent. The summers are usually from April - May with a maximum temprature going upto 40 degrees celcius.

:: Places to see in Guwahati :: 

Kamakhya Temple (4.50kms), Brahmhaputra Sunset Cruise (5 kms), Basistha Ashram, Kalakhetra, Balaji Temple, Umananda Temple, State Zoo, Srimanta Shankardev, Gandhi Mandap (dedicated to mahatma Gandhi), Hajo,a pilgrimage for both Hindu & Muslim, Pobitora National Park may also be some of the good experiences. 


 Kaziranga ~

~ Land of Indian Rhino ~

 Kaziranga is the biggest reserve in Assam and one of the best wildlife experiences in whole of India.

Places to visit :: Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park in the North Eastern state of Assam & lies on the alluvial flood-plain of the true left bank of the river Brahmaputra, which forms the northern boundary of the Park. The southern boundary runs more or less parallel to the Mora Diphlu river and the National Highway No. 37. Kaziranga is the last stronghold of the Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. It forms the floodplain of the Brahmaputra River and consists of extensive grasslands interspersed with water bodies known as bheels. 

Main Attraction of Kaziranga is one-horned rhinos. Tiger, Elephant, Bear, Deer, Wild Buffalo, Python and Monitor Lizard can also be spotted here. Walks are not allowed as the Park has a huge large herbivore population of over 1600 rhinos, about 1000 swamp buffaloes and 900 plus elephants. 

The Hog Deer is the most numerous deer species found at Kaziranga, which also holds Swamp Deer, Sambar and Muntjac. The Park supports perhaps the highest density of tigers anywhere in the world. 

:: Access Information ::

Air and Rail :: Both Jorhat (94 kms) and Guwahati (226 kms) are connected by air and rail, Guwahati is naturally better connected. 
Road :: A five hour journey from Guwahati, this is a pleasnt drive through the Assam countryside. The nearest town is Bokaghat, 22 kms from the park.

:: General Information ::

  • Guwahati to Kaziranga - 200 kms/4.5 hrs.
  • Rainfall : Heavy in Summer (2500 mms).
  • Best Season : The Park is open from November to April/May and remains closed during the monsoon season. November to March. Closed Season : Mid-April to Mid-October.
  • Jeep Safari Timing: Morning at 08:30 am to 11.00 am and afternoon: 02.30 pm to 05.00 pm
  • Elephant Safari Timing: Morning 05.15 am and 06.15 am. The Elephant safari starts from very early morning and continues for 1-1&1/2 hours.
  • Permits: The park safaris should be booked in advance and photo ID proof {passport copy (overseas and Indian Nationals), voters ID, Pan Card, driving license} is required to book the safaris. There are different entry fees applicable for Indian National and Overseas Nationals
  • Park remains open partially on the months of October and May. Fully Open during November to April period and fully closed during June to September.

Manas ~

Manas National Park is situated to the west of Guwahati and home to a wide variety of wildlife and birds. The name of the park is originated from the Manas River, which is named after the serpent goddess Manasa. The Manas river is a major tributary of Brahmaputra River, which passes through the heart of the national park. The diverse animal population of Manas includes Tigers, Elephants, Indian one-horned Rhinoceros, Golden Cat, Fishing Cat, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Civet Cat, Wild Dog, Indian Fox, Gaur and Himalayan Black Bear.  

Due to its climatic conditions and topography, Manas is home to many bird species, both resident and migratory. Amongst these are the Bengal Florican, Giant Hornbill, Jungle Fowls, Bulbul, Brahminy Duck, Khaleej Pheasant, Egret, Pelican, Fishing Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Falcon, Scarlet Minivet, Bee-eater, Kingfisher, Magpie Robin, Pied Hornbill, Gray Hornbill, Merganser, Harrier, Osprey, Heron, Buzzard, Lapwing, Plover, Sandpiper, Snipe, River Tern, Woodpecker, Warbler, Chat, Thrush, Tit, etc.

:: Access Information :: 

Nearest Airport -Guwahati (176 kms)
Nearest Railway Station - Guwahati (176 kms)

Note :: Stay options are limited here and very simple focusing on a jungle lodge experience. Elephant and Jeep Jungle Safaris can be organised by the Bansbari Lodge. Manas is open during Nov-April.


Jorhat ~

Jorhat is one of the important towns in Assam.It is situated 307 kms east of Guwahati. Jorhat, as the name signifies, was just a couple (Jor) of markets (Hat). Two parallel markets namely, Chowkihat and Macharhat, lay on the eastern and the western banks of the river Bhogdoi. Jorhat as "The last Capital of the Ahom Kingdom", has archeological values associated to Rajamaidam — the last burial mounds of the Ahom kings. 

Jorhat today has grown into a thriving town with a strong sense of character and identity. It is the best laid out city in Upper Assam with broad roads, cutting each other at right angles. People of Jorhat have traditionally displayed a high interest towards arts and culture diversities. Jorhat is known as "The Cultural Capital of Assam". 

:: Access Information ::

Nearest Airport - Jorhat (Rowriah Airport - JRH) / Jorhat is connected by Air with Kolkata.

Nearest railway Station - Dibrugarh (130 kms)

:: Places to see ::

Majuli Island (20 Kms) - Majuli has been the cultural capital of Assam since the 16th century and today is one of the largest Riverine islands in the world.Majuli is now visited for its Satras (monasteries and hermitages). Majuli is visited from Jorhat and accessible via a boat ride. The area is also a bird watchers paradise (Nov - March). There are number of craft centres here that are excellent in Mask makng and Pottery. 


Tezpur ~

Tezpur is located on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in the Sonitpur district of Assam. The city is the administrative headquarters of the district. The city is considered as the cultural capital of Assam. It is situated on the north bank of Brahmaputra about 170 km from Guwahati. Tea business is the main industry of this city. You would get to see several tea gardens around the city. Tezpur is base point to visit Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary known for Mahaseer fishing and bird watching.

:: Access Information ::

Nearest Airport - Tezpur, It is well connected to Kolkata by direct flights. The airport is based at a place called Saloni which is about 8 km from the city.

Nearest Railway Station - Guwahati (161 kms)

The city is well connected to Siliguri, Coochbehar, Itanagar, Dimapur, Shillong, Bongaigaon, Jorhat, Dobrugarh and Tinsukia by road. 

:: Places to Visit ::

  • The most popular shopping district in Tezpur is Chowk Bazaar on MC Road in the heart of Tezpur. It is surrounded by shops that sell shoes and traditional hand woven Assamese silks. 
  • Mahabhairab Temple is 8th - 10th Century Shiva Temple and the site has signficance as it finds mention in Puranas.
  • Da-Parbatiya Shiva Temple - A 6th Century Shiva temple situated at a few kms from Tezpur. There are carvings that may of interest for those with interest in ancient temple architecture.
  • Holeshwar Temple is a Shiva Temple at 7 km from Tezpur.

In & Around Tezpur :: Nameri National Park (35 kms) / Bhalukpong (57 kms) / Tipi (64 kms) - near Bhalukpong (Arunachal Pradesh) is home to 500 varieties of Orchids.


 

 

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