The state of Assam is one of the most enchanting places to visit in India. Its culture, landscape, people, the tea gardens, forests and wildlife, and most of all the mighty Brahmaputra river, make this an exciting and unrivalled tourist destination. Assam’s pride is its endearing quaint, old-world charm. With our Assam tour packages enjoy a gateway to the untouched northeast India.
Apart from its popular tourist attractions, a range of other lesser-known experiences can be added to Assam Tour Packages. Read on to get an overview of all that the state of Assam offers!
Situated on the Brahmaputra river valley, tourists usually visit Assam for its wildlife and tea gardens. With 18 wildlife sanctuaries and over 180 species of mammals, including the endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros, the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Golden Langur, the state of Assam is one of the best places in the country for observing wildlife.
The Kaziranga National Park is one of the most loved wildlife tourism destinations in the country. Home to around two-thirds of the total population of the Indian one-horned rhino globally, the UNESCO World Heritage Site also acts as a breeding ground for sloth bear, wild water buffalo, swamp deer and elephants.
Over time, owing to conservation initiatives, the population of the Royal Bengal Tiger has also increased. The park is also a great place to sight rare avifauna like the black-necked stork, the white-fronted goose and the ferruginous duck. The natural beauty of the marshes and the Brahmaputra river flowing through its interiors makes the park scenic.
The Manas National Park is another exceptional wildlife destination. Distinguished as a Biosphere Reserve, a National Heritage Site, a Project Tiger Reserve and a Project Elephant Reserve, the park is home to around 20 endangered species that are not found anywhere else in the world. The Royal Bengal Tiger, Hispid Hare, Pygmy Hog, Golden Langur, Himalayan Bear, Clouded Leopard and the Indian rhinoceros are spotted in its fields.
The jeep safari offered here is one of the premier ones in the country. The slow flow of the Manas river also attracts tourists- rafting excursions are a popular way to explore the park’s deciduous forests and spot its varied birdlife.
A hidden gem in the state of Assam is the Nameri National Park. Home to the white winged Wood Duck, the most endangered species of ducks in the country, and to other rare species like capped langurs, wild bison, giant squirrel, black bears, leopards and sloth bears, the park is a must-visit destination while touring the northeast of India.
The large population of birds including hornbills, wood ducks and plovers makes the park particularly great for bird watchers and photographers. The park also has one of the best white water rafting arrangements in the state. With prior permission of the forest authorities, tourists can also spend time angling and fishing.
Assam is famous world over for its distinctive tea. Producing around 51 per cent of India’s output, the state is filled with gently sloping lush green tea gardens. Assam offers ‘tea tourism’, a fresh concept allowing guests to experience the simple yet abundant lifestyle at tea gardens.
The tours include staying in luxury in a heritage tea estate overlooking the stunning fields and exploring the process of tea production. Tasting the various grades of tea while enjoying scenic walks around the estate is a warming experience- much like the beverage itself!
Some of the most loved tea estates by tourists are the Assamica Agro Organic Farms, the Manohari Tea Estate and the Wild Mahseer. Assamica Agro is one of the only gardens which produces tea free from harmful chemicals. The aromatic, freshly brewed tea is enjoyed by its guests.
The Manohari estate is an iconic colonial-era estate and the quality and rich aroma of the tea harvested here is unrivalled. Wild Mahseer is the premier place for tea tourism- staying at the stunning colonial tea estate affords an element of royalty and luxury.
The turbulent waters of the Brahmaputra river are home to the largest river island in the world- Majuli. Literally translated to ‘the middle’, the island is situated between two parallel bodies of water. The ever-changing course of the river has compromised the size of Majuli, but it still continues to be the largest in the world.
Being surrounded by the Brahmaputra gives visitors ample opportunities to indulge in water activities like boating, kayaking, parasailing and fishing. The scenic views and the cool wind from the Himalayas make sailing an unforgettable experience here.
However, one of the best things about Majuli is its 31 remaining satras (Vaishnavite monasteries), which allow one to explore and understand the traditions of the state. In the middle ages, Assam witnessed the rise of Vaishnavism, and this movement has gotten deeply interwoven in the culture of the state.
Satras are a significant part of the neo-Vaishnavism culture and they double up as a temple and as a cultural centre. Each satra has unique dance, music, drama and literature and visiting the premises allows the guest to appreciate them. Three satras deserving particular mentions are Garmur, Kamalabari Satra and Dakshinapat Satra.
Garmur holds literary pieces and artefacts significant to understanding the Vaishnavite traditions, while Kamalabari is the hub intellectual, spiritual and musical learning. Dakshinapat, patronised by the Ahom dynasty, is famous for its spellbinding festivals and celebrations. One such festival is the Rasotsav, and it is particularly extravagant, and the festivities are accompanied by singing, dancing and chanting.
The island must be visited for its warm hospitality. The doors of the local houses are never shut, and the atmosphere is filled with love and kindness.
The state of Assam is fondly called the ‘Land of the Blue Hills’. Situated in the Brahmaputra valley, the state is surrounded by hills, which look blue from a distance.
Haflong is one of the most delightful hilltops in the state. The hills are beautiful and the valleys even more scenic. The untouched natural beauty of the place makes it ideal for camping, which is one of the most popular activities in the area. With well-marked and picturesque trails, the hills are a favourite of trekkers.
The Haflong Lake is amongst the most exquisite lakes in the state of Assam, and visitors often spend time boating and having a picnic by its side. Maibong is another tourist favourite- famous for its stunning natural beauty with mountains and gorgeous waterfalls, the town also has interesting historical relics.
One of the most mysterious parts of Haflong, however, is Jatinga, which is known for its ‘bird suicide’ phenomenon, where birds suddenly die during August and September. Other than this dreary occurrence, Jatinga is an incredibly serene place.
Karbi Anglong is the largest district of the state, situated right in its centre. With rare flora and fauna, and enchanting rolling hills, serene waterfalls and dense forests, Karbi is an undiscovered heaven. The highest peak of the district is Singhason (meaning the Throne) and it has unparalleled trekking trails.
Umwang is a grassland on top of a mountain surrounded by rivers offering stunning views of its untouched natural beauty. Kohora is synonymous with Kaziranga, but it remains open to visitors only for four months. The Koko Waterfalls is one of the leading attractions of the district. The entire Karbi Anglong area is great for nature excursions an adventure sports.
Assamese cuisine is marvellous in how it is simple yet flavourful. The use of spices, chillies and oil is minimal, but the food is not bland. The ingredients used range from simple vegetables, to the more complex ‘khar’ (a preparation of dried and charred banana peels) to animal proteins and insects.
The Masor Tenga is one of the most well-loved dishes in the state. A tangy, lightly spiced fish curry, eaten with rice, it is primarily consumed during summers. Paro Mangxo is a speciality of Assam. Unlike in other Indians states, pigeon meat is not banned here. It is traditionally cooked with banana flower and peppercorn. Polu is an Assamese delicacy. Essentially a stir-fried silkworm dish, it is a spicy tribal recipe.
Assamese culinary is primarily boiled and steamed food, along with some fermented dishes, making it extremely healthy. The dishes popular here cannot be found elsewhere easily and while exploring the state, one should try a few of these traditional dishes.
Located within the Hengrabari Reserve Forest in Guwahati, the Assam State Zoo is the largest zoo in North East India. Around 900 animals, birds and reptiles attract a large number of tourists every year. The zoo is involved in rescue and rehabilitation and is known as the Green Lung of Guwahati. The animals found here include tigers, rhinos, chimpanzees, kangaroos, zebras, pumas and llamas.
One of the smallest islands in the world, Umananda is located right in the middle of the Brahmaputra river. Also called Peacock Island by the British, its proximity to Guwahati makes it accessible. The famous Shiva temple on the island makes it a famous pilgrimage spot.
One of the most interesting attractions in the city, the Guwahati Planetarium is popular with astronomy and space enthusiasts. The authorities hold special seminars regarding astronomical phenomena, and it is a must-visit point in Guwahati.
Visit Tinsukia to disconnect from routine life. Lush green wildlife sanctuaries and charming villages make up Tinsukia, and it is the perfect place to go on a self-imposed exile.
Cruise on the wild Brahmaputra waters and spot the rare Gangetic dolphins
Wake up in a tea estate and have freshly brewed, aromatic Assamese tea
Visit the national parks and spot the many endangered species
Go on a silk tour in the state and explore its textile industry
Soak in the rich culture of the state by attending performances of Bihu and trying the local delicacies
One of the foremost tourist attractions, the park accepts visitors between November and April. Take an open jeep safari through the dense jungles and try and spot one of the many rare species that inhabit the park. The park is also great for bird watching, as a large number of birds flock the lagoons of Kaziranga. Pelicans, Adjutant Storks and Whistling Teals are commonly spotted. The park even has a large National Orchid park, and around 500 species of orchids grow here. The Kokochang Waterfalls is another favourite spot for visitors. The gushing water is sparkling clean and the ambience is serene.
A temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kamakhya, this is an important pilgrimage site. It is situated on a hilltop in western Guwahati. Apart from its religious significance, the temple is also popular for the stunning views it offers of the city. The Durga Puja celebration held at the temple attracts many visitors annually.
Sivasagar is a town that has architectural, cultural and historical significance. An important town of the Ahom Dynasty (after whom the state is named), the most popular attraction here is the Shivadol. Shivadol, or the temple of Shiva, is the tallest Shiva temple in India. Joysagar Tank is another marvel- it is the largest man-made lake in the country and has two temples dedicated to Surya and Ganesha around it. Rang Ghar is known as the “Colosseum of the East” and is one of the oldest surviving amphitheatres in Asia. Along with the Rangpur Palace, tourists visit it to see the grandeur of the Ahom dynasty.
Flying Squirrel Holidays creates Assam package itineraries as per your requirements. Assam tourism has a lot to offer, and we ensure that you get exactly what you want out of your vacation.
The following are sample Assam Tour Packages:
Wild Assam: 3 Nights 4 Days
Amazing Assam: 4 Nights 5 Days
Disconnect in Assam: 2 Nights, 3 Days
Amazing Assam [Please note that this is a sample itinerary. We specialise in personalising your Assam tour plan for you]
Day 1Arrive at Guwahati Airport and check into your hotel. Day 1 is spent in Guwahati, visiting the zoo and paying respects at the Kamakhya temple.
Day 2After breakfast, start for Kaziranga National Park. Check into your hotel and spend the day at the Koko waterfall and on a jeep safari.
Day 3After an early breakfast, depart for Wild Mahseer tea estate. Spend the day exploring the process of production of tea. Overnight stay in the heritage estate.
Day 4Back to Guwahati. Spend the day in leisure.
Day 5Depart for the airport.
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What is the best time to visit Assam?
The best time to visit Assam is considered to be between November and March.
Which is the most famous temple in Assam?
The most popular temple in Assam is Kamakhya Temple. The temple is located atop Nilachal Hill in the city of Guwahati.
Is it safe to visit Assam?
Assam is considered to be quite safe for tourists. All kinds of travelers can spend quality time here without any hassle.
Northeast India is extremely rich and vibrant, and Assam is the gateway to the wonders it holds. The wildlife and scenic natural beauty with lush tea estates will spellbind you and the heritage and cultural elements will make you feel like you have entered a new world. The life here is quite laid back and simple, and its charms will stay with you long after your visit finishes.
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