Assam- a land of breathtaking beauty and astonishing magnificence! The diverse cultures and landscapes of Assam make it a much loved destination for tourists. Assam gets its name from the Sanskrit word “asoma” which means “peerless” or “unparalleled”.
Come visit Assam to drown yourself in its rich history and its matchless grace. Start exploring Assam by reading about four of the amazing places to visit in Assam.
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
The world famous Kaziranga National park is located in the district of Golaghat and Nagoam in Assam. This park has two thirds of the world’s population of one horned rhinos and the highest density of tigers among all the protected areas in the world. It is also the habitat of elephants, wild water buffaloes, swamp deer, hog deer, gaur, sambar, Indian Muntjac and many more species.
Wildlife lovers and photographers sure have a treat in store! The park has lush green grass and tropical moist broadleaf forests, making the place pleasing to our eyes. An interesting fact to Kaziranga is that it’s been the theme of several books, songs and documentaries. A documentary “Kaziranga” produced by a physician turned photographer and filmmaker Robin Banerjee, earned the park international attention. American author L.Sprague de Camp wrote about this park in his poem “Kaziranga , Assam”. Many such examples can be cited. Give Kaziranga a visit and it will inspire you too!
Hajo, an ancient pilgrimage centre for not just one, but three religions, stands as an example to the diversity of India. Situated on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, this place is populated with several ancient temples and sacred artefacts. One notable temple is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple situated on the Monikut Hill. It was constructed by King Raghudeva Narayan in 1583, making it more than 400 years old. The majestic stone structure enshrining an image of Hayagriva Madhava and the rows of elephants on the body of the temple are testimony to the richness of Assamese art.
There is a big pond known as Madhab Pukhuri. The uniqueness of this temple is that it preaches both Hinduism and Buddhism. Hajo is also home to a Muslim pilgrimage centre Powa Mecca, which is believed to have been constructed with the very soil from Mecca. One other ancient temple of importance is the Kedareswara Temple built during the Rajeswar Singha period. Visit Hajo to experience peace and contentment like never before!
Haflong , the only hill station in Assam is a place of mesmerising beauty. Also known as “White Ant Hillock”, “Land of Blue Hills” and “Scotland of Assam”, Haflong is marked with beautiful landscapes, valleys, hills and mountains. Haflong is also known for its unique varieties of flowers and birds.
The resorts here offer a comfortable and memorable stay at the arms of nature. For any adventure sport lover, this is the place to go. Trekking and paragliding are the most popular adventure activities in Haflong. The Orchid garden, Borail range, Maibong and Jatinga are the places not to be missed in Haflong. One of the largest natural water bodies in Assam, the Haflong lake is situated in the heart of the town, where you can hop in and enjoy a boat ride. This lake offers an incredible view of the mighty Himalayas.
Majuli is a beautiful heaven-like island floating on the banks of the Brahmaputra river. It has the pride of being the 24th largest island in the world. This is a place where you can sit back, take in the beauty and appreciate the intricacies of God’s creation. The tea gardens cover a large area of the land making it like a beautiful green blanket. If the visit is timed right, you can spot rare and endangered species of birds like stork, pelican and the whistling teal.
Majuli is famous for the numerous satras, among which the Vaishnava Satra is a major attraction. Garamur Sutra is another exciting place to visit where ancient weapons are preserved. Various colourful festivals are celebrated with much pomp and show in these satras. A ferry ride is a great option to explore the areas in and around Majuli. The warmth of the people there and their simple way of life will make you wanting to stay longer!
So what are you waiting for? The land of incomparable beauty is calling out!!! Visit and be prepared to be amazed!
Pearlyn has a flair for the English language and dreams of publishing her own book someday. She believes her strong faith in God, spontaneous humour and an eye for creativity are what set her apart. A blogger for the past three years, she loves both reading and writing blog entries. Even though she hasn’t travelled much, she fancies researching about interesting places in India and plans to visit them all in the near future.