Assam : The Gateway to North East India

Assam is located in the northeastern part of India, bordered by the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and West Bengal. It also shares international borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan. Assam is situated between 20.9°N and 27.5°N latitude and between 89.6°E and 96.5°E longitude. The Brahmaputra River, which is one of the largest rivers in Asia, runs through the state and is a major geographical feature of Assam. The state is known for its lush green tropical forests, numerous rivers and tributaries, and diverse wildlife. Assam is known as the gateway to the northeastern region of India.

Assam has a long history and it was the British officials and travelers who were among the first to visit the region and document its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Assam’s tea gardens, wildlife, and temples have been major attractions for tourists. The state government has also been promoting eco-tourism, adventure tourism, and cultural tourism in recent years to attract more visitors. The famous places of Assam are Kamakhya Temple, Majuli Island, Manas National Park and Kaziranga National Park, etc.,

Assam has a wide range of tourism potentials, including:

  1. Wildlife: Assam is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, including Kaziranga National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its one-horned rhinoceros population. Manas National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its elephant population and diverse flora and fauna.
  2. Tea Gardens: Assam is the largest tea producing state in India and is known for its picturesque tea gardens. Visitors can take a tour of the tea gardens and learn about the process of tea production.
  3. Cultural heritage: Assam has a rich cultural heritage, with a number of ancient temples and monuments, such as Kamakhya Temple, the largest Shakti Peetha in India, and the Vaishnavite Sattras, which are monasteries that were established by the 15th century saint Srimanta Sankardev.
  4. Adventure Tourism: Assam offers a wide range of adventure activities, including white-water rafting in the Brahmaputra River, rock climbing, and trekking in the mountains.
  5. Eco-Tourism: Assam is home to a wide range of eco-tourism destinations, including the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, which is known for its population of Indian rhinoceros, and the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, which is known for its diverse bird life.
  6. River cruise: Brahmaputra river cruise is a major attraction for tourists visiting Assam, providing a glimpse of the state’s natural beauty, culture, and tradition.
  7. Festivals: Assam is known for its colorful festivals such as Bihu, Ambubachi Mela, and Rongali Bihu which are celebrated with great zeal and fervor.
  8. Handloom and handicrafts: Assam is famous for its handloom and handicraft products like Muga Silk, Eri Silk, Pat silk, etc. Traditional crafts like bell metal, bamboo, cane, etc. are also quite famous in Assam.
  9. Food: Assam is famous for its delicious cuisine which has a variety of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes. The traditional food of Assam is a blend of various cultures and communities.