Assam Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021

Lazily sprawled like one prehistoric behemoth, Assam is very well located along the length of the Brahmaputra valley. It is one of the biggest and definitely the most accessible of the different Northeastern States of India. A cuisine with distinctive flavors and aromas, string of Hindu temples that top the list of attractions, no requirement of permits, a welcoming and hospitable population of the locals, vibrant artistic heritage and a picturesque and artistic site beautified with distinctive dance forms, Assam is visually and culturally a little ahead of the other six sister states. The stereotypical landscape of Assam is a serene canvas of golden and green painted from the surrounding rice fields and the aromatic tea estates that are framed well in the length. Further, the highlands of Meghalaya and Nagaland and the blue mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, complete this splendid scenery.  

Despite the culture and linguistic imbricates from the neighboring states of Odisha and West Bengal, Assam has very well preserved its sovereignty and identity. The mekhola sadar which is a traditional dress for women of Assam and the gamosa which is a white and red scarf that is worn around the neck by the men of the Assam are the visible manifestos of the identity and the regional costume of the state. On the other hand, the flavoured fish tenga, is the regional culinary cuisine here. With all this and more preserved in this small state of India, Assam indeed is a quintessential tourist attraction.  

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COVID-19 : ASSAM is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to ASSAM?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel

  • Wearing masks and adhering to social distancing in public areas is compulsory
  • Lockdown remains in containment zones till 30th September
  • All shops, malls, supermarkets have been reopened
  • Cinema Halls, Swimming Pools, entertainment parks, theatres, etc remain closed
  • Entry to Assam does not require an e-pass or a certificate
  • Travellers need to download the Aarogya Setu app to travel to Assam
  • A health declaration form to be filled on arrival by travellers
  • A screening process will take place and symptomatic travellers will be tested at the institutional quarantine
  • Rest of the travellers who are asymptomatic will be advised to home quarantine for 7 days

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati and Dibrugarh Airport are amongst two major airports in Assam. These airports are functioning, amongst others and are receiving flights from Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata and 3+ other destinations.

Local Transport

Local transport in Assam is running including buses and taxis

Thrillophilia recommends you to follow all guidelines issued by the government and practice good personal hygiene to stay safe.

Entry to Assam open from all states; no e-pass required Updated: 23 Sep 2020

Under the newly issued Unlock 4.0 guidelines, interstate movement of all people and goods has been permitted in Assam without an e-pass or certificate.

Hotels and malls in Assam allowed to reopen Updated: 23 Sep 2020

Hotels, resorts, stays and malls have been allowed to reopen in Assam with strict adherence to the issued guidelines and SOPs since June

Lockdown across Assam lifted except in containment zones Updated: 23 Sep 2020

Lockdown in the containment zones of Assam will be continued till 30th of September. All curfews and lockdown in the rest of the state has been lifted.

Local transport in Assam allowed to resume Updated: 23 Sep 2020

Under the newly issued unlock 4.0 guidelines, local transport in Assam has been permitted to function with appropriate safety measures and adherence to the issued protocols

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Highly recommended. We were a large family of 10 members, including children & aged parents & who booked package for Meghalaya & Shillong experiences. The host & their team where real caring, be it food, guidance, knowledge of local must things to do & we felt very homely. The homestay was excellent for cleanliness, hospitability, being tucked away from the chaos of the city, yet easily accessible to all amenities. Everyone of family were highly indebted to this wonderful hospitality & experience.
It was one of the most beautiful place to spend your vacation in. The beauty North Eastern states are eternal and truly surreal. We visited various nature oriented places. The team was very cooperative and reliable
The trip includes Karziranga Park is very much worth a visit. You can see many animals close up. Elephants, Rhino, Wild Buffalo, if you are lucky a Tiger. It is also a paradise for birds, too many to name. In short amazing tour
2-hours dinner cruise was great, we get as we expected, Great-traditional music and folk-dance, great-service, and great-foods. An unforgettable experience.
13 February 2021
To revel in the beauty of the north east, there is nothing like an Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh package that will ensure you make the most of a serene chance to view the stunning locations. We booked our trip with Thrillophilia and headed off to see many fantastic places like the Bomdila, Tawang Monastery, Sela Pass, Dirang Orchid Center and so many more. We gorged on the most delicious breakfasts and spent our nights in the most hygienic hotels. I must admit that had I not booked my tours with Thrillophilia I probably would have never enjoyed such a beautiful trip that intelligently includes visit to all the major locations in just 9 days.
15 January 2021
Generally, I and our group of 4 friends make our own travel plans. But, this time, we decided to go ahead with Thrillophilia as we had a 9-day tour to the northeast. Also, we had to ensure safety with the corona restrictions in place. If I had to summarize the trip in one sentence then I would say that I relished the beauty of every major location with unparalleled service experience from the Thrillophilia team. Right from our arrival at Guwahati to our stays at Bhalukpong, Shillong, and Dirang, everything was beyond perfect.
15 January 2021
Generally, I and our group of 4 friends make our own travel plans. But, this time, we decided to go ahead with Thrillophilia as we had a 9-day tour to the northeast. Also, we had to ensure safety with the corona restrictions in place. If I had to summarize the trip in one sentence then I would say that I relished the beauty of every major location with unparalleled service experience from the Thrillophilia team. Right from our arrival at Guwahati to our stays at Bhalukpong, Shillong, and Dirang, everything was beyond perfect.
19 January 2021
Since we were a group of 9 friends planning for a long tour, we wanted everything to be in place so that we could utilize all of our time in having fun rather than worrying about things. I must say, choosing Thrillophilia for our 8 days long Meghalaya trip proved to be of great help. Their package not only helped us with the perfect itinerary, but also made sure our sightseeing transfers were on point. There were no delays made by the driver, he was really knowledgeable about the routes and also guided us as a local. He told us a lot of things about the culture of Meghalaya and the lifestyle of the people living there. Our package also included trekking and we could not have asked for more fun and thrill. All thanks to Thrillophilia for their excellent Meghalaya tour package.
20 November 2020
When it's a long awaited trip, you need to be very sure about everything as you don’t want any kind of trouble in your vacations. Thrillophilia came as a boon for us for our long trip to Meghalaya and we are happy that we chose their 8 days adventure Meghalaya package. This package not only offered the right amount of thrill with trekking opportunities, but also helped us with our local transfers and lodging. Thanks to Thrillophilia, another destination on our bucket-list is ticked!

People Also Ask About Assam

  1. Travel Advice

    • Assam is a beautiful place. Do not litter around and mar the beauty of the place.

    • Make sure you do not entertain the beggars.

    • Keep the touts at bay.

    • Never indulge in any verbal or physical spat with anyone here.

    • If you are up for some trekking, carry the necessary gear.

    • For people who suffer from a medical condition, it is advisable to carry enough medicines.

    • When you eat at the local street stalls, make sure you check the quality well.

    • Do not buy a water bottle that does not have a seal.

    • Drink only bottled mineral water.

    • Buy a bottle from a known or reputed brand only.

    • Never carry with you cash more than you’ll need.

    • Do not leave your valuables in the hotel room.

    • Make sure you leave the valuables in a room safe.

    • Carry with you a copy of your license and passport.

    • Make sure you respect the culture and traditions of the people of Assam.

    • Do not flash your valuables in public.

    • Avoid traveling alone during the night hours.

    • Women please ensure you do not wear clothes that are revealing or skimpy.

    • Always acquire enough information about the trekking trail, before you head for the hike.

  2. Drinking Age

    The legal age for drinking in Assam is 21 years.

  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Kamakhya Temple

    Atheist or believer, Kamakhya Temple is an important place to see in Assam for all. Nestled on the Guwahati’s Nilachal Hill, it is one of the 51 Shakti Pithas. The temple has been built to celebrate the power of the women to endure and give birth to a new life. Devotees from across the country swamp the place in large numbers to seek blessings from the Goddess. To see the real glory of the Kamakhya Temple you must plan a visit during the Manasha Puja and the Ambubachi Mela that are conducted annually.

    Kaziranga National Park

    Declared a World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is spread over a vast area of 430 sq. km. In this national park you can find a varied species of birds and animals. Some of the species common here include elephant, Indian bison, deer, rhinoceros, sambar and tiger. For those who enjoy bird watching, visiting this site during the winters can be preferable as a number of migratory birds flock the place during that time. A fancy elephant ride or taking a jungle safari is an important thing to do here. Nearest cities from the national park are Tezpur and Jorhat.  

    Agnigarh hill 

    Located in the Tezpur rehgion of Assam, the Agnigarh hill has a remarkable historical significance. If legends are to be believed, the citadel was built by the King Banasura with an object of isolating his daughter Usha.

    Dibru Saikhowa National Park 

    This national park is located in the Tinsukia region of Assam. It is believed to be one of the major biodiversity hotspots of the world. This is also a major sightseeing attraction given the fact that it is the largest park in Assam. The park here is an amalgam of semi-evergreen forests, deciduous forests as well as the swamp surface which makes it a bio diversity. A number of feral horses and wildlife species can be spotted here.

  4. What you will like there?

    Of the 29 states and 7 Unison Territories of India, Assam holds a special position especially when it comes to the intriguing wildlife. The region has more than 18 sanctuaries that lie within the boundaries. For both wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the prospect of spotting a distinctive one-horned Rhino in the majestic Kaziranga National Park might be one alluring reason to visit Assam.  Spread over an area of 46 square km of the Chakrashila, it is a home to several rare and exotic species of wildlife such as the Chinese Pangolin and the Golden Langur. Another equally popular, Manas National Park is said to be the principal tiger reserve for India. This very reason makes Assam a hot favorite amongst the tourists. Do get some phenomenal snaps and capture some everlasting memories, don’t forget to carry a camera along.

    Tea Estates
    Another compelling reason for Assam being one prominent tourist attraction is attributed to its tea estates. The spectacular expanses are aromatic and every bit scenic. Domineering the hilly landscape of Assam, the manicured tea estates are deeply associated with the very culture of the state. Velvety patches of land completed with lush green plants everywhere you set your eyes, will indeed make you believe that beauty lies in the minuscule of the things. Tea gardens of Assam are a visual treat for the tea aficionados as the state is the leading producer of some of the finest teas from around the world. You can find more than 100 tea estates and the identity of Assam is today tangled with its plantations. The importance of tea here is so huge that even the folks of the Assam have a dedicated Assam Tea Festival organized annually in the month of November. Do partake in the festival if you make a visit during that time.

    Unique Culture

    The first and the most important manner of exploring a region is by way of availing enough knowledge about its traditions, values and cultures. Impeccably unique in this regard, Assam offers you an umpteen number of ways to do the same. The culture here is marked by tranquility and the peacefulness and this is something that does make Assam noteworthy. Right from the locals indulging in local sports such as kabaddi and bull-fight to the women here dancing on the folk tunes to celebrate the Bihu festival, culture of the Assam is deep rooted in all its aspects. Locals here live harmoniously with each other despite their heterogeneous identity. 

    Local Cuisine
    One major drawcard of Assam is its local cuisine that is authentic and delicious. Its cuisines make it one of the greatest destination to be explored. Staple food item in Assam is rice so naturally the local cuisines do consist of an array of rice items. Assam’s neighbors like Odisha and West Bengal also have left an indelible mark on the food preferences of the locals. On the whole, the traditional and authentic cuisines of Assam is not too spicy. However, this doesn’t mean it takes flavor. Do try out some dishes like khar, kharali, pitha and tenga.

    Rafting in the Brahmaputra
    If you are one of those hungry travelers who are driven by adventure activities, Assam does have something for you too. River Brahmaputra that originates from the part of the Himalayas belonging to the Tibet region, is one of the major attraction in Assam, especially for the adventure seekers. This is because, Brahmaputra is one of the most famous rivers to enjoy rafting in Assam. Waters here are turbulent, so when you enjoy the water sport here make sure you do not neglect your safety.

    Bihu Festival
    Bihu marks the identity of the Assam. It is a time honored tradition that is celebrated thrice a year. Deeply respected by the local Assamese, the festival is celebrated to acknowledge the primary source of livelihood. This folk starts with Rongali Bihu or the Bohag Bihu which marks the beginning of the New Year. It is also the time when the seeds are planted. Next comes the Kongali Bihu or the Kati Bihu which is celebrated to acknowledge the conclysion of the sowing period. Last is the Bhogali Bihu or the Magh Bihu which marks the celebration of completion of the harvest period. Dance, food and music complete this humongous celebration.

    Paramotoring in Sivasagar
    Sivasagar is an important town of Assam and is said to be the soul of the state. Besides the number of temples and monuments found here, this bizarre town also attracts the adventure seekers accredited to its paramotoring opportunities. Flying over the picturesque landscape and the thrill of the adventure are something you cannot miss. Indeed, one of the most important thing to do in Assam.

    Encounter with Riverine Dolphins in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
    Naturally, you do not get Dolphins in most states of India. So, when you get to catch a glimpse of Dolphins why miss the change? The renowned Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary gives you a phenomenal opportunity to encounter these gigantic beings. It is indeed one of the most important place to see in Assam.

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