Top places to visit in Assam

Top places to visit in Assam include Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, Guwahati, Hajo, Sivasagar, Silchar and many more.

Updated: September 26, 2019

Top places to visit in Assam include Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, Guwahati, Hajo, Sivasagar, Silchar and many more.

Kaziranga National Park:

This national park has been declared as a World Heritage Site which is home to two-thirds of the world's one horned rhinoceros population. This park has a very versatile bio diversity with a vibrant, well preserved and sustained ecology which makes Kaziranga National Park a very important and popular tourist destination.
Swamp deer, elephants, wild buffalos, Chinese pangolins, Bengal foxes, gibbons, civets, sloth bears, leopards and flying squirrels are a few animals that can be spotted here. The park is also home to the Indian tiger and it is a tiger reserve.
You can also see eagles, hornbills and pelicans.

Majuli:

Majuli is an island in the river Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the Jorhat city which has lush green environment-friendly, pristine and pollution free fresh water. Majuli is the world's largest river island with a total area of 1250 sq. km. Majuli is also a strong contender for a place in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting that is mostly inhabited by Tribals and is one of the key reasons why people love this place so much. It is also called the cultural capital of Assam. The festivals celebrated here are all joyous and vibrant. The main festival in the town of Majuli is called Raas.

Guwahati:

Guwahati is the epitome of an amalgamation of ancient history and modernization that is located beside Brahmaputra. Being the largest city of Assam, Guwahati stands as the gateway to the Seven Sisters of North East India. Guwahati is home to age-old temples that take you centuries back to the pages of ancient history all of which have interesting stories and legends behind them. But it also boasts of a cutthroat lifestyle and an electric nightlife, keeping up with the modern era of urbanisation and commercialization. The Kamakhya temple is the most visited temple in the city.

Hajo:

The ancient pilgrim centre of Hajo at a distance of about 24 km from the city of Guwahati is an attraction for three religions namely Hindu, Muslims and Buddhists. Shrines dedicated to Durga, Shiva, Vishnu, Buddha and major Muslim saints are found all over this place, making it an important pilgrimage center for people from all these three religions. The most famous temple is the Hayagriva Madhava Mandir which also attracts Buddhists as it is believed to be the site where Buddha attained Nirvana while the Powa Mecca Mosque finds popularity among Muslims. The Powa Mecca is located near the Madhava temple. It was constructed by Mir Lutufullah-i-Shiraji in 1657, during the rule of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. It is also believed that the foundation of the Mosque here was laid with the soil that was brought from Mecca. The word 'Powa' means 1/4th and hence, Powa Mecca refers to having some of the sanctity of Mecca. The tomb of Pir Giasuddin Auliya, which is a pioneer of Islam is located here. Hayagriva Madhava Temple has an idol of Lord Vishnu that is similar to the idol of Lord Jagannath in Puri.

Sivasagar:

Sivasagar is a cultural town that is full of historic tourist attractions from forts with underground architecture to numerous temples. Sibsagar is a state of Assam that provides various tourist attractions related to architectural marvels, history and culture. Some of the most popular places here include a water tank called Bhorpukhuri along with Joysagar, a man-made lake, Ahom Museum, Rudrasagar tank and temples, Gaurisagar tank and temples. One can also visit the Kareng Ghar and the Rang Ghar.
The Talatal Ghar or the Rangpur Palace is situated in the northern region of Assam and is one of the most impressive of Tai Ahom architecture. It is the largest of all Ahom monuments in the entire world. the upper ground floor of the Talatal Ghar is popularly known as Kareng Ghar and was used by as a live-in palace by the royalty of Assam.

Silchar:

Silchar, popularly known as Barak Valley is situated on the Surma (Barak) River which is surrounded by Manipur on the east, Bangladesh on the west, Mizoram on the south and the Barail hills on the north. Silchar is the second largest town in Assam and is one of the most stable areas in the North-East and hence locally referred as the Island of Peace. It is also one of the most developed areas with its own airport and institutes of higher education. Silchar is also used as the gateway to the neighboring areas of Manipur and Mizoram because of its its picturesque location.

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