Assam

Assam Tourism

A Guide to Explore Assam

Tourism in Assam

Assam is a mesmerizing state and the gateway to the Northeast India. It is the land of tea gardens, vivid tribes, cultures and cuisines, Vaishnavite culture, and the land where people live in harmony with nature and wildlife. And, of course the land of One-horned Rhinoceros for which it is famous in the world (apart from the Assam tea). The one horned rhinoceros of Kaziranga is found nowhere in the world, but in the Awesome Assam. Assam was once ruled by the Ahom dynasties for around 600 years! Even the furious Mughal warriors could not stand against the great swords of the Ahom dynasty. With a lots and lots of underexposed golden history and unbelievable architectures from the Ahom Dynasty, dense jungles with floras and faunas, vivid cultures which are found nowhere else, Assam is a complete package for wildlife photographers, history lovers, culture explorers, and architecture enthusiasts.

Sightseeing in Assam

Assam is situated in the centre of the north-eastern region of India. Before the divison, the Undivided AssamWikipedia, which included the current states of Arunahal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Meghalaya, was one of the largest state in India. Guwahati, the largest city in Northeast, is the gateway to Northeast. Assam comprises of both hilly and plain areas. With most of the plain area being in the basin of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Assam is the ideal destination to explore river-based ecosystem, a civilization that has survived in harmony with nature. Unlike hill-stations in most of the North-eastern states, Assam offers experience of forest based ecosystem. Assam houses seven national parks, each of them showcasing varieties of wildlife unique to the land. The 7 national parks in Assam are:

  1. Kaziranga National Park
  2. Nameri National Park
  3. Manas National Park
  4. Dibru Saikhowa National Park
  5. Orang National Park
  6. Raimona National Park
  7. Dehing Patkai National Park

Apart from the wildlife, Assam is also home to largest and most dynamic river basin system in India, the largest river island in the world - Majuli, the smallest river island in the world - Umananda, and unique cultures and different tribes all co-existing in harmony with nature. Here is a list of destinations in Assam which offers some of the best sightseeing experience in Northeast India:

Top 11 Destinations in Assam

Serial Number Destination Worth visiting for
1 Kaziranga National Park
  • Jungle Safaris
  • The One-Horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis), which is indigenous to Kaziranga and found only in India
  • The Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Varieties of big cats including leopards and panthers, water buffalos, varieties of tortoises, varieties of snakes, and other wildlife such as hogs, boars, elephants, deer, small cats, arboreal animals etc.
  • Migratory birds from colder regions like Serbria
  • The National Orchid and Bio-diversity park, which houses some of the rare orchids unique to Northeast India
  • Picturesque views of tea gardens
2 Majuli - the largest river island in the world
  • An insight to Vaishnavite culture, pioneered by Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev
  • Satras - a type of institution or monastery where the Vaishnavite culture is practiced
  • Interacting with villagers of the indegenous tribes of Mising and Sonowal Kachari
  • Raas Festival (Raas Mahotsava)
3 Manas National Park
  • Jungle Safaris
  • Pictureesque views of Himalayan forests and rivers
  • The One-Horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis), breeded from Kaziranga
  • The Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Golden Langurs
  • Big cats like the Clouded Leoprad and Black Panther
  • Other wildlife such hogs, boars, elephants, deer, small cats, arboreal animals etc.
4 Nameri National Park
  • Jungle trekking
  • Birding (Himalayan indigenous birds and migratory birds)
  • River rafting on the Jia Bhoroli River
  • Clouded leopard
  • Water buffalos, Elephants, arboreal species, and other wildlife species including small and big cats
  • Pygmy hogs
  • Picturesque views of tea gardens
5 Dibru Saikhowa National Park
  • Jungle Safaris
  • Indigenous Brahmaputra River Dolphin (Gangetic Dolphin)
  • Feral Horse
  • Breathtaking view of swamp forests
  • Other animals including tigers, leopards, deer, langur, dhole etc.
  • Notable mention: The longest bridge in India , Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Setu (Dhola-Sadiya bridge), is just 40 kilometers away from the park
  • Picturesque views of tea gardens
6 Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary
  • Jungle trekking
  • The Hoolock Gibbon - India's only gibbon species
  • The unique social structure of the Hoolock Gibbon
  • The Bengal Slow Loris
7 Sivasagar
  • Architechtures (forts and palaces) of Ahom Dynasty
  • Culture of Ahom
8 Dehing Patkai National Park
  • Jungle Safaris
  • Wide varieties of Kingfishers
  • Other wildlife including langur, macaque, clouded leopard, wild cats etc.
9 Guwahati
  • Kamakhya Temple - the ancient temple of Goddess Kamakhya
  • Umandanda temple - situated in smallest river island in the world, Umananda Island
  • Brahmaputra River Cruise - to experience sunset in the middle of mighty Brahmaputra
  • Deepor Bil Wildlife Sanctuary - a freshwater lake
  • Notable mention: Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for the Rhino breeding program, is just 50 kilometers away from Guwahati
10 Orang National Park
  • Jungle Safaris
  • One-horned Rhino
  • Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Other wildlife species including deer, hog, and wild cats
11 Raimona National Park
  • Jungle Safaris
  • The Golden Langur
  • The Royal Bengal Tiger
  • The Clouded leopard

Disclaimer: This list is a compilation of the tourism destinations accessible through vehicles. The list is NOT sorted or ordered by any parameter (including beauty of that place - Beauty is subjective, and it lies in the eyes of the viewer). Each of these places have their own beauty and offers unique and pleasant sights during different time of the year.


Ahom Palace (Sivasagar)

Ahom Palace (Sivasagar)

Brahmaputra Cruise (Guwahati)

Brahmaputra Cruise (Guwahati)

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park

Majuli

Majuli

Frequently Asked Questions on Assam (FAQs)

Majuli in the Brahmaputra River in Assam is the largest river island in the world.

Umananda (Peacock island) in the Brahmaputra River in Assam is the smallest river island in the world.

Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is nearly 135 kilometers away from Kaziranga.

Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary and Raimona National Wildlife Sanctuary were declared as national parks in 2020 by the government of Assam.

There are seven national parks in Assam.

The prominent architectures from Ahom kingdom (such as Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar, Talatal Ghar, Shiva Doul etc) are in Sivasagar.

The different timings for Brahmaputra cruises in Guwahati are as follows:

  • Sunset Cruise: 4:30 PM
  • Evening Cruise: 5:30 PM
  • Dinner Cruise: 7:30 PM

The Gangetic Dolphins of Brahmaputra River can be found in Dibru Saikhowa National Park.