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Travel Guide To Assam – Everything You Need To Know

By Preetha Manivelan - August 16, 2020
Assam, India

Assam is one of the beautiful states to visit in northeast India. With its sacred temples, unique culture and amazing festivals, Assam becomes one of the exciting places to visit in northeast India. It is one of the Northeast’s Seven Sisters with a perfect mix of everything for a beautiful getaway. Assam also stands as home to various attractions that attract tourists from all over the world. You can either shop in their busy markets or spot wildlife in some of the famous national parks or celebrate the festival with the locals of Assam or just taste the scrumptious food they serve with a bright smile on their face – The choice is yours. But just remember that anything that you do here will be worthy and stay fresh in your soul for life. To know about tourism in Assam, check out this travel guide.

Assam
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Best time to visit Assam

Planning a perfect vacation is mainly dependent on the time you are choosing to visit. So, make sure you choose the ideal time to visit Assam.

Months between October and April are said to be the best time to visit Assam. During this time, the weather will be pleasant all over the state and you would be experiencing neither heavy rainfall nor scorching summer. However, I have mentioned the weather conditions for each season in this travel guide to Assam. Check out.

Summer in Assam

Months between April and June are considered to be the summer months and the temperature ranges from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. Though the weather can be too hot at times, summer is the perfect time to spot wildlife.

Monsoon in Assam

Months between July and September are said to be the monsoon months in Assam and the temperature ranges from 28 to 32 degrees Celsius. Though there will be heavy showers frequently which is not favourable for sightseeing, the tea plantations and other greeneries turn all the more beautiful after the rain.

Winter in Assam

Months between October and March are said to be the winter months in Assam and the temperature ranges from 6 to 8 degrees Celsius. This time is the best time to visit Assam as the climate will be pleasant and soothing throughout the day. Hiking, sightseeing and camping become more comfortable if tried during any of these months.

Things to do in Assam

A place can become exciting only if it has many interesting things for tourists to do. One such place is Assam which offers a lot of things that visitors can enjoy. Find below the list of things that this travel guide to Assam has for you.

  1. Shopping
  2. Visit the tea plantations
  3. Try an adventure
  4. Spotting wildlife
  5. Take part in a festival

1. Shopping

No matter what destination you are visiting, shopping a place on your itinerary. In Assam, you have a lot of shopping places where you can buy the best souvenirs. Right from handicrafts to paintings to silk sarees, you can get everything here at a reasonable price. The best places for shopping include Fancy Bazaar, Pan Bazaar and Paltan Bazaar.

2. Visit the tea plantations

The tea estates in Assam are like no other. They serve the best aromatic tea that you would have never tasted before. Okay, forget about the tasting. But just taking a stroll in any of these tea gardens itself can be more than amazing. Some of the top tea gardens are Manohari Tea Estate, Nonoi Tea Estate, Almari Tea Estate and so many more.

3. Try an adventure

If you are an adventure lover, then Assam has something for you. Be it the land sports or water sports, you will absolutely have a thrilling experience here. Some of the activities that you can try are mountain climbing in Elephant Rock, trekking in the Karbi Hills and the Cachar Hills, river rafting, hang gliding in Kamakhya Hills and many more. While you are visiting Assam, do not miss to try an adventure, as this is an experience for a lifetime.

4. Spotting wildlife

Assam is one place that is well known for its national parks. This is the reason why wildlife lovers flock here to spot the best of wildlife. It stands as home to a large number of explored and unexplored places where you can spot some rare species of fauna.

Some of the national parks that you can visit in Assam are Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Barail Wildlife Sanctuary, Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary, Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary and Porbitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kaziranga National Park
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5. Take part in a festival

Festivals are one of the best ways to celebrate culture. And, Assamese expertise that. There are a lot of festivals that are celebrated by the people of Assam. During the festival, people dress up in ethnic clothes and wear big ornaments to show their status in society. Some of the festivals are listed below.

  • Bihu Festival
  • Ambubachi Festival
  • Majuli Festival

Bihu Festival – It is one of the most important festivals of Assam. It is a harvest festival that is dedicated to worship Brai Shibrai. On this day, the Assamese dress up in ethnic clothes and celebrate the day by singing songs and preparing feasts. This festival is celebrated in April and make sure to visit if you are planning a trip during that time.

Bihu
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Ambubachi Festival – It is one of the most loved festivals that’s celebrated in Kamakhya Devi temple. Ambubachi Festival is a four-day long festival that is dedicated to worship Goddess Kamakhya. This festival includes various Tantric shows that visitors could enjoy.

Ambubachi Festival
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Majuli Festival – It is one of the most beautiful festivals where you can witness people coming in huge numbers. In this festival, you could see a lot of artists showcasing their talents. From food to handicrafts to artefacts to traditional clothing, there will be a lot of exhibitions arranged. Don’t forget to buy some beautifully crafted potteries to take home!

Top Places to visit

Wondering where to visit on your trip to Assam? You have got a lot of options. This beautiful state has something to offer for everyone. Check out the below places that are mentioned in this travel guide to Assam that you can visit to make your trip interesting.

  1. Guwahati
  2. Kaziranga National Park
  3. Majuli Island
  4. Dibrugarh
  5. Tezpur
  6. Manas National Park
  7. Haflong

1. Guwahati

Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, is one of the top places to visit while making your way to Assam. Standing as the home to an international airport and India’s first solar-powered railway station, Guwahati is a city that’s well connected with all the other Indian cities. It houses many top attractions which include temples, lakes, national parks, museums and so much more. So, while planning your trip to Assam, make sure you include Guwahati on your itinerary as your trip will never be complete without visiting this city.

Guwahati
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2. Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is one of the must-visit places if you are a wildlife lover. This place stands as home to the largest population of one-horned rhinos on earth. Other animals that you could spot include swamp deer, elephants, Bengal foxes, sloth bears, leopards and many more. A place of such beauty had been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1985. One of the best things that you can do here is taking a safari to explore this park. If you want to experience wildlife at its best, then you must visit Kaziranga National Park.

Kaziranga
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3. Majuli Island

Welcome to the pollution-free freshwater island in Assam! It stands as a home to some awe-striking landscapes that could literally take your breath away. But the reason people love Majuli Island so much is because of the culture that’s followed by the tribals of this place. So, while visiting Majuli Island, take part in one of their festivals to experience their culture and celebrate it with them.

Majuli Island
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4. Dibrugarh

Here comes the spiritual soul of Assam. Dibrugarh is the largest city and one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. If you think this city is not much of a tourist destination, then you are wrong. It is one of the places where you can have a peaceful getaway. Jokai Botanical Garden, Jeypore Rainforest, Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Dibru River and the Lord Jagannath Temple are some of the attractions in Dibrugarh. Apart from all these places, visiting a tea plantation can be so appealing. No wonder this city is called the ‘Tea City of India’.

Dibrugarh
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5. Tezpur

Well-known for its tea gardens and paddy fields, Tezpur is one of the beautiful places to visit in Assam. Not just it’s beautiful but also stands as home to a large number of attractions like Agnigarh, Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalia Bhomora Setu Bridge, Nameri National Park and many more. While you are visiting Assam, don’t forget visiting Tezpur which is a place filled with nature, culture and history.

6. Manas National Park

Here comes another famous national park which is Manas National Park. It is one of the thrilling places that you can visit while you are in Assam. This place had been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO which is enough to know how amazing this place is. It is said to have the second-largest tiger population in the country which includes many endangered species. Manas National Park is not only a place for tigers as it houses many other species of flora and fauna.

Manas National Park
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7. Haflong

The next place on the list is Haflong. It is said to be the only hill station in Assam which is beautifully filled with breathtaking landscapes and lakes. It attracts a lot of tourists from all over the country just by its natural beauty. No wonder it is called ‘Scotland of Assam’. Though there aren’t many places to explore within Haflong, you can visit the places that are located around Haflong.

Haflong Lake
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How to reach

Assam is a state that’s quite easily accessible from all the other states and even said to be the gateway to the Northeast. Take a look at this travel guide to Assam guiding you on how to reach the state.

By air

You can reach the airport in Guwahati which is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport. It is located 25 km from the city centre and you can either take a taxi or a bus to reach your destination.

By train

If you are planning to reach Assam by train, then get down at the railway station in Guwahati which is well connected to all the major states in India.

By road

Taking roadways in Assam is quite good and recommended as you will be able to travel to even the smallest corners with ease. There are several national highways that pass through the state to a few other states in the country. Some of the highways are NH31, NH37, NH38, NH40 and NH52.

Additional points to remember from this travel guide to Assam

  • If you are visiting Assam in summer, then make sure you carry all the required items like an umbrella, sunscreen lotion, sunglasses and many more.
  • Because you visit a new state, make sure you keep your bags safe.
  • Assam has some delicious cuisines that one should never miss tasting. So make sure you try some mouth-watering dishes.
  • I know you will be excited to click some candid pictures of the tribal people in Assam but not everyone would be okay with it. Some people might be camera-shy so make sure you ask their permission if you are capturing a picture of them.
  • Don’t litter.

That brings us to the end of the travel guide to Assam. Right from spotting wildlife in the famous Kaziranga National Park to shopping in the streets of Assam, you can have the best of everything in this beautiful state. Assam becomes one of the worth visiting places among the Seven Sisters of India with its traditional festivals, delicious food and rich biodiversity. Planning a trip to Assam? We have made it simple for you. Visit the website of Pickyourtrail to get some amazing packages to Assam and start planning your very own vacation to this exciting state. Pickyourtrail does not stop with just planning. We would virtually travel with you and assist you 24*7 via the Pickyourtrail application to make sure you have a hassle-free experience. Leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options.

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