This diversified state of Assam is situated between Bhutan, Bangladesh, China and some of the north East Indian states. The region is perhaps one of the most biodiversity zones and consists of tropical rainforests, deciduous forests, grasslands and wetlands. A state with high rainfall, Assam has lush greenery and the mighty river Brahmaputra with its tributaries and oxbow lakes provide the state an extraordinary beauty. It is also the green land of rolling plains and dense forests. It is a mystic land of eternal hills and beautiful rivers. r. Some people call it a magic land while others call it a green paradise. Assam is one of the most beautiful regions of north east India. Hardly any other state of India has greater variety and color in its natural scenery including the cultural treasures of the people that inhabit it. Guwahati - Shillong - Guwahati, Guwahati - Kaziranga -Guwahati, Guwahati - Pobitora - Guwahati, Guwahati - Tezpur - Bhalukpong - Nameri National Park - Guwahati, Guwahati - Bomdilla - Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) - Tezpur - Guwahati, Guwahati - Sibsagar - Jorhat - Majuli - Guwahati, Guwahati - Hajo – Barpeta - Guwahati, Guwahati - Manas - Guwahati, Guwahati City Tour and River cruise on Brahmaputra are some of the popular tourist circuits. Assam is renowned for its diversified flora and fauna. Assam is well linked up with neighboring countries like Bangladesh and Bhutan. Rivers, Tea Estate, Handicraft, wildlife are the major attractions of Assam.
Most Popular Places in Assam
Dighalipukhuri : Dighali Pukhuri, situated at the heart of the Guwahati City is a man-made lake that is surrounded by a road that leads to different destinations of the city. To the north of the pond is the Gauhati High court and to its south is the Assam State Museum. Beautifully located at a centre place, the pond beautifies the area around the college and hostels of Handique Girls' College. It is one of the important tourist spots of Guwahati.
Chandubi Lake : Chandubi literally means where the sun sets as “chan” is sun and “dubi” is set in Assamese. The Chandubi Lake is situated in the lower part of Assam at a distance of 64 kms from the main city of Guwahati. The Kulsi River surrounds the Chandubi lake and it spreads across 2000 hectares that also includes its tributaries. The monsoon period witnesses very heavy rainfall here in Chandubi which rather creates artificial flood around the area.
Haflong : Most of north east India is hilly and breathtaking views of deep valleys are only to be expected. But Assam is a state largely made up of rolling plains. Haflong Hill is the only hill station in the state. Often referred to as White Ant Hillock, Haflong is best known for its picturesque views and rich cultural legacy. Serene and calm and at the same time rustic and wild, Haflong near Silchar is a tourists’ delight.
Haflong Hill – The main attraction of Haflong is the green, serene environment and the beauty of the hill itself. Haflong hill is ideal for those who like to take long walks in the midst of nature and for families that like to picnic while enjoying a great view of the surrounding valleys.
Haflong Lake – The Haflong Lake is a vast expanse of beautiful waters – an oasis of calm in the midst of these hills. Since 2015, the state government has undertaken a major project to clean and beautify the lake.
Maibong – Located about 47 kilometres from Haflong, Maibong is an ancient center for art and culture in Assam. This town was the capital of the 17th century Dimasa Kachari Kingdom and is now famous for the Ramchandi temple.
Silchar – Silchar, the nearest city, has a number of major attractions worth visiting. If you do visit Silchar from Haflong, do not miss the beautiful crafted Bhuvaneshwar Temple.
Jatinga – Located close to the Haflong ridge is Jatinga, a place famous for “bird suicides”. It is said that birds fly to this place attracted by the bright lights in the houses and somehow get disoriented. Unable to fly away they are killed by hunters. This phenomenon occurs only in September-October night when fogs and mild showers set in.
Sualkuchi : Sualkuchi is a census town in Kamrup district in the Indian state of Assam. It is situated on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra, about 35 km from Guwahati, Sualkuchi is a block of Kamrup District.
Kamakhya Temple : Maa Kamakhya Temple located at Guwahati, Assam is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is considered most sacred and oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas on earth.
Kamakhya Temple is located on Nilachal Hills in western part of Guwahati on adjoining banks of Brahmaputra river. There is a complex consisting of several temples around Maa Kamakhya Temple. Apart from this, there are also the temples of 10 Mahavidyas in and around temple. These include Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta,Tripura Sundari, Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamala Temples. Among these, Tripurasundari, Matangi and Kamala reside inside the main temple whereas the other seven are individual temples located on Nilachal Hills.
Kamakhya Temple is an important pilgrimage destination for all sects of Hindus and especially for Tantric worshipers.
Jatinga : atinga, an obscure gorgeous well-forested valley located in North Cachar Hill, is famous for its orange orchards and legendary for its phenomenal “bird suicide”. The mystery of Jatinga remains unveiled till date and attracts ornithologist from all over the world. On foggy, moonless nights, thousands of migratory birds die, rather commit suicide, between 7 pm and 10 pm. This amazing phenomenon is not restricted to a particular species and almost all kinds of migratory birds, like the Kingfisher, Tiger Bittern, and Little Egret, succumb to the mysterious death.
The unraveling of the 'bird suicide' mystery at Jatinga is yet to be carried out. However, many ornithologists believe that this rare phenomenon is due to the birds getting disoriented during the late monsoon season, because of the wind and fog. The disoriented birds, trying to reach any light source in the village, gets struck by trees and such other sources, which finally contributes to their death. This amazing phenomenon has attracted the attention of the natives as well as of the thousands of tourists who come to visit the state every year.
From September to November, mist and fog spreads around this valley like a veil, making it the ideal period to visit Jatinga. However, the place can be visited any time from August to April. There is a bird watchtower, from where one can see the mysterious phenomenon, however prior permissions is necessary. The sight of sunrise from the Hempeopet Peak, which is the second highest peak in the region, is spectacularly marvelous. One can also stopover for the very beautiful orchid garden, while on the visit to Jatinga. A visit to Jatinga would be incomplete without watching the traditional dances of the tribes.
Jatinga is situated 9 km from Heflong town and is located at the juncture of the roads leading to Heflong, Lumding and Silchar, making it a visit to the place quite easy and comfortable. It can be easily visited by buses, cabs, taxis, and even auto rickshaws. Jatinga can also be reached by trains easily. The hill station is located at a distance of 330 km to the south of Guwahati and can also be easily visited from the commercial capital of Assam.
Tezpur : Tezpur is a historical place in Sonitpur distrct of Assam. With a population of about 1,00,000 Tezpur is the major commercial and administrative Centre of North Assam. The beautiful town is located on the north bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra and is the fifth largest city of Assam.
The principle attraction of Tezpur includes its rich history, old temples, forests and wildlife. The area is famous for its Tea plantation, the undulating stretch of tea-gardens along with Forests and National Parks attract a large number of tourists to this area. The name Tezpur is derived from the Sanskrit words 'Teza' (meaning blood) and 'Pura' (meaning town or city).
Digboi : Digboi is a town in the Tinsukia district of Assam. Digboi is famous as the oil city of Assam. This town boasts of the first oil well in Asia. The first oil discovery at Digboi happened during the early 18th century. The world's oldest operating oil refinery is also located at Digboi. The first refinery was operational here in 1901.
For visitors traveling by air, the nearest airport at Dibrugarh is 65 kms away. The nearest railhead at Tinsukia is 34 kms from the town.
Digboi has always retained a British-influenced culture years into independence. Club going, golfing, swimming and tennis are part of life for most Digboites. Assamese, Hindi, English and Bengali are the languages commonly spoken. Festivals like Holi, Lakhipuja, Kalipuja, Durga Puja, Dewali etc. are celebrated by the people.
The surrounding tea gardens and agriculture contribute to the local economy. Digboi is one of the leading tea and oil producing centers in Assam.
Digboi is the Headquarter of Assam Oil Division of Indian Oil Corporation Limited. Being very old, the present oil production is very low at Digboi. But it is the history and tradition that make this town significant, which is almost like a living museum on the subject of oil exploration and production.
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