KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
Kaziranga National Park has been declared a World Heritage Site. The park is spread over 430 sq. kms and you will find various wild species such as tiger, elephant, rhinoceros, Indian bison, sambar, deer and many more. If you love birds, you need to be here during
winter as migratory birds are seen in great numbers. You could go round the park in a jeep or car. If you fancy elephant ride, you are most welcome. The nearest cities from Kaziranga National Park are Jorhat and Tezpur.
If you love waking up to a cup of tea every morning, the aroma and the taste of the tea marking a pleasant beginning, you might love visiting Jorhat in Assam. Jorhat is famously known as the ‘Tea capital of the world’ thanks to the innumerable number of tea plantations here. Jorhat is situated on the northeastern region of Assam. You might love to know about its rich cultural heritage as well. Since the year 1824, the time during which it came under the rule of British, Jorhat was the last capital of Ahom dynasty, which reigned supreme in Assam for more than six centuries.
Jorhat is and always has been a busy commercial centre. Tea production apart, the land is famous for its contribution in the field of jewelry making. Jewelry items from Jorhat are fine specimens of their tradition. Since it maintains its vibrant and colorful tradition, you will find that it reflects in their jewelries as well. If you are planning to spend your vacation in Jorhat, ensure that you cover all those places that portrays Jorhat in its most vibrant colors. Here is a list of top 10 places to visit in Jorhat.
Majuli Island owns the credit of being the largest riverine island in the world. Declared as world natural heritage site by UNESCO, Majuli Island is at a distance of 20 kms from Jorhat on the mighty Brahmaputra River.
The scenic place has a rich cultural and religious association. The first neo-Vaishnavite monastery was established here by Sankardeva, a saint belonging to the 15th century. Measured to be of 1256 sq.km of land in the year 1901, Majuli Island has been reduced in its size owing to frequent land erosion and floods. It earlier boasted of possessing 65 satras after the first one established by Sankardeva but now only 22 satras are left here. You will love viewing the routine activities of the people of the island. Apart from agriculture and fishing, they do weaving, pottery and handloom. Walk down to roads of the island not just to get to know the routine of the people but also to enjoy their warmth and hospitality. If you chance here during the right season, you may be able to spot some
of the rare endangered species like whistling teal. Some of the most important attractions here include Vaishava Satra and Geramur Satra. Weapons used by ancient people are seen in Geramur Satra. Migratory birds from various parts of the world delight bird watchers.
GIBBON WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Gibbon wildlife Sanctuary is situated 15 km from Jorhat. Spread across 1915 hectares of land, Gibbon WildlifeSanctuary was declared the status in 1997. The unique feature of the sanctuary is that primates of different species are commonly found here, which are very rarely seen in other wildlife sanctuaries. Some of the monkey types found here includes capped langur, hoolock gibbon, slow Loris and rhesus monkey. Apart from primates, the other animals you find here include elephants, leopards and wild pigs. The sanctuary acquires its name from hoolock gibbon, which is the only ape in India.
If you plan for a quiet holiday far away from the hectic world and surrounded by beautiful hills, deep valleys and lush greenery adding an ancient touch to take you back to an era you would have only read about, you need to visit Tezpur in Assam. On the northern banks of Brahmaputra lies Tezpur, the fifth largest city of the state of Assam. Called as the ‘Cultural Capital of Assam‘, the ancient city has various myths associated with it. Ruins dating back to 4th century are found in this town, which is Assam’s oldest inhabited city. The picturesque landscape with snow clad Himalayan ranges and tea gardens make Tezpur an all time favorite for tourists. No wonder, it was favored by the British who ruled India.
The term Tezpur means town of blood. The city acquired its name owing to a myth involving one of the rulers of Tezpur. Sonitpur district for which Tezpur is the headquarters, has 73 tea gardens and that includes the biggest tea garden in the world. Enjoy the essence of culture and the flavor of tea while you are in Tezpur.
NAMERI NATIONAL PARK
The location of Nameri National Park in itself is amazing. Lying on the Himalayan foothills, this 200-sq.km park opens the door for you to view some of the rarest species of plants and animals. Nameri National Park is 35 km away from Tezpur. The park boasts of dense elephant population. Other animals that the park is home to include tiger, sambar, leopard, Bengal fox, mouse deer and jungle cat. Some of the rare Himalayan plant varieties are seen here.
Yet another attractive feature of the park is that you could go swimming, river rafting and sunbathing here. No wonder, Nameri National Park remains in the top list of tourist attractions here. The park is popularly referred to as ‘The Last House of White Winged Wood Duck’
Bamuni Hills is a popular tourist destination in Tezpur with sculptural ruins dating back to 9th and 10th centuries. The influence of Gupta style of architecture is seen here. The stone carvings depicted on the walls of Bamuni Hills are fine specimen of architectural brilliance of the ancient age. You can find Lord Vishnu’s 10 incarnations depicted in the bracket lintel hat is cross-shaped. Once you are here, you could visit Bhairabi temple and Mahabhairab temple nearby.
BURA-CHAPORI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Situated 30 kms away from Tezpur and on the banks of River Brahmaputra, Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most frequented tourist destinations. Covering an area of 44.06 sq.km, the sanctuary has a wide range of flora and fauna.
Some of the wildlife present here includes tiger, wild buffalo, wild pig, one horned rhino and elephants. The sanctuary is home to a wide range of birds and it is a favored spot for migratory birds as well. Some of the birds here include Bengal florican, woodcock and swamp partridge. The wildlife safari tour lets you have an in depth study of the sanctuary’s best features.
Popularly known as Cole Park, Chitralekha Udyan is one of the famous tourist destinations in Tezpur. It was established in 1906 and later renovated in the year 1996. The scenic park is set in a stunning landscape with many hillocks and lakes adding beauty to the atmosphere.
Rowing and paddling facilities along with other water sports are available in the lakes in the park. The important attractions of the park include two huge decorated stone pillars and sculptural ruins of Bamuni hills belonging to the 9th and 10th centuries. The walkway in the path encourages you to have a relaxed walk in the serene atmosphere.
Kamakhya Temple is located on Nilachal Hill, Guwahati top at an altitude of 800 feet above sea level. River Brahmaputra flows on the northern side of the hill. The temple is over 2200 years old. Apart from its rich cultural heritage, Kamakhya is beauty personified. It offers a stunning view of rivers and hills. Whatever faith one follows in life, being at this location would make one experience divinity.
DIBRU SAIKHOWA NATIONAL PARK
Dibru Saikhowa National Park is situated in Tinsukia in Assam. It owns the credit of being one among the major biodiversity hotspots of the world and one among the largest parks in Assam. The park is a blend of deciduous forests, semi-evergreen forests and swamp surface making it bio-diverse. You will find many rare wildlife species here and feral horses are one of the most famous species seen here.
ORANG NATIONAL PARK
The park is situated on the northern banks of the river Brahmaputra. It is the only National Park in the country, which was created naturally.The tribes who lived there had abandoned 78.81-sq.km area. Some of the animals found here include royal Bengal tiger, one horned rhinoceros, leopard, elephant and many more. The place offers great delight to bird watchers as one could find various local birds and migratory birds here.
Haflong Lake is situated at the centre of Haflong hill town, which is famously called the ‘Switzerland of the East’. The picturesque landscape with blue hills, large and beautiful lakes, enthralling streams, waterfalls and abundance of pineapple trees and orange trees earns the title for Haflong town. Haflong Lake is one among the two lakes of the town. It is situated at an altitude of 1683 feet above MSL and no wonder you will find clouds and mists touching your arms as they gently move away. The beauty not only enthralls you but also offers various water sports and hence both your body and mind are rejuvenated.
Asia’s first oil refinery, which is the second in world, is in Digboi. The oil town not only has refinery, which is over 100 years old but also has number of tea gardens. The place with misty blue hills offers various attractions including Digboi Oil Refinery, Ridge Point and Digboi Centenary Museum. From Ridge Point, you could have a stunning view of snow-clad mountains of eastern Himalayas. Digboi Centenary Museum gives you an insight into the history of the town.
Diphu is situated in Karbi Anglong district in Assam. The town has various tourist attractions. If you love nature, you would love Arboretum, which is located near Diphu. The 13-hectare lush greenery offers spectacular views, which soothes your mind. Botanical Garden, which is a 5 km distance from Diphu, houses a variety of species of trees and plants. Boating facilities are available here.
If you are keen to learn about the cultural past of the town, you need to visit District Museum. The museum was founded in 1886 and it displays artifacts that have archaeological importance and represent the culture of the land. You could find hunting tools used by the tribes here.
CRUISE ON RIVER BRAHMAPUTRA
Your trip to Assam will not be complete if you do not cruise river Brahmaputra. Dividing the city into 2 halves, the majestic flow of the river offers stunning views and great entertainment. Brahmaputra is the longest river in the country and cruising on the river that flows through the rich beauty of Assam is a unique experience. A cruise on Brahmaputra offers tea garden visits, wildlife viewing and exploring villages and towns. You could have a great time experiencing the essence of Assam on your cruise.
The moment you think of Assam, you might feel the tea taste in your mouth. If you visit tourist places in Assam, you will see that the state has a lot more to offer. Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dispur, Goalpara, Karimganj, Nalbari and Silchar are also some places which are worth a visit in Assam. The scenic landscapes and the enthralling views of Assam make the place a traveler’s delight.