Kaziranga National Park
This National park is a destination which brings you out of your daily lifestyle and arranges a splendid meeting with carefree Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers while you settle yourselves with a jeep or Elephant safari. The abundance of marshes and lakes will be visually apparent having swamp deer, Gaur, Sambhar, Hog deer enjoying into them and multiple varieties of flora and fauna like waterlily, Elephant grass, and tropical trees surround them all over. Settled at a distance of 200 km from Guwahati in Nagaon and Golaghat districts, this park is easily reachable by roads and rail.
For those who follow the air route, they need to reach Guwahati airport beforehand. Best accommodations with plenty of amenities are available inside the Kaziranga National park. If getting your pictures clicked in wildlife and natural aura, surrounded by hills and tall trees is topping your bucket list, we are sure you want to reach out to Kaziranga and yes, this is one the most prominent places to visit in Assam not to be missed out even in thoughts.
Timing- Open 24 hours.
Jeep safari timings- Morning session: 7:30 hours to 11:00 hours. Evening session- 14:00 hours to 16:30 hours.
Elephant safari timings- 5:00 hours to 16:00 hours
Entry Fee- INR 20 for Indian nationals and INR 250 for Foreign Nationals
Elephant Safari Fee- INR 250 per Indian person and INR 750 per Foreign person.
Jeep Safari Fee- INR 1500-2000 per Indian person and INR 1500-2000 per Foreign person.
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Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden
Situated in the city of Guwahati within the Hengrabari Reserved Forest, this place is a must visit tourist place in Assam if one wants a to spend some time in presence of green zones, more than 900 types of animals, birds, and reptiles.
The zoo set up in 1957 has expanded over the years and now has become a home for One-horned Rhinoceros, Tigers, clouded leopard, Elephants, Leopard cat and many many more. Not just them, this zoo houses exotic species like chimpanzees, white rhinos & black rhinos, zebras, ostriches and giraffes from Africa; puma, jaguar, and llama from South America and kangaroos from Australia. A great combination of types of wildlife, large green areas for Botanical gardens and water bodies could just attract you in Assam state zoo and Botanical garden from any part of the country.
Timing- 10:00 hours to 23:30 hours
Fee- Rs 10 per person
A heavenly abode in the laps of Nilachal hills brings you to Kamakhya Devi temple. And you have got to believe, this place has a totally amazing old story at its back having Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as main leads.
It was built in the old 10th century and located at a distance of mere 7km from the city of Guwahati, which can be easily reached by well-connected roads. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya and is one of the prominent Shaktipeeth of the country. The culture of the temple is well imbibed in local people and they celebrate Ambubachi festival in the month of June every year to commemorate the annual mensuration of the Goddess Kamakhya.
The ancient temple is built in an elongated manner with a circular mandapa at the top, surrounded by lush green zones. Tourists, as well as devotees, usually come in the early morning to pay their respect to the temple and Goddess and keep their spiritual energy high in the sky.
Timing- Daily 8:00 hours to 13:00 hours. + 14:30 to 17:30 hours.
Entry fee-Free for the public. For direct entry by skipping the queue, Rs 501 is applicable.
This island is a religious addition to the travel bucket list of Assam. Also named as Peacock island by the British, this has gained popularity because of its presence in between the river Brahmaputra and can be easily connected when you are in Guwahati. Umananda island is also known as one of the smallest islands of the world and comprise of Umananda temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The old form of rock-cut figures of Lord Surya, Ganesh and Shiva allows anyone to appreciate the beauty and skills of craftsmanship of Assamese people who showed their dedication towards spiritual energy. The sound of temple bells and water alongside uplifts the mood of devotees and tourists in one sway. This has become one the best tourist places in Assam as it is easily reachable by jetties which are available on the banks of Brahmaputra river.
Timing- 5:30 hours to 18:00 hours.
Entry fee- Free of charges
A few centuries old civilizations are right here standing as a bright tourist place in Assam. Surprisingly, it was an old capital named ‘Rangpur' for Ahom kings from 1699 to 1788 AD and this is what is Sivasagar today. This old city speaks of its royal glory by not just by Architecture but also the prominence of features like grand Shiva, Vishnu, Durga Maa temples and one of the largest Man-made tanks like Joysagar, Gaurisagar, and Rudrasagar.
You can appreciate the royalty by looking at the construction of Rang Ghar, the amphitheater and palace-like Talatal Ghar and we bet you would go awe by looking at intact materials and amazing shape. The museum in the campus is something can't be left out as it has artifacts, vestments, swords, manuscripts, goblets, and household utensils from the time of Ahoms.
Wouldn't that be just amazing? And moreover, this place also offers comfortable accommodations to spend some time. It easily connected by rail and road from Jorhat from where Siva Sagar is 58.2 km in the Northeast direction.
Welcome yourself to the first island district of India while stepping on the land surrounded by the mighty river the Brahmaputra and its distributaries. This abode land is reachable through a ferry ride from the city of Jorhat from where Neemati Ghat is 14 km away.
The most significant aspect here is cultural and historical concoction which is well descriptive with the presence of tribes like Misings, Doris and their celebration towards the culture of Neo-Vaishnavism is watch-worthy.
The existence of more than 600 ‘Satras' or monasteries set up in the 15th century to later times provides a colorful ambiance to Majuli and makes this a unique place to visit in Assam. These ‘Satras' like Dakhinpat, Garamurh, Kamalabari, Auniati are famous for ‘Krishna Rasleela' where local people trained in Sattriya Classical dance swirl with cymbals and drums. Famous handloom of Majuli, pottery making, mask making, Ali Aye festival in the month of February, winter sunset, beautiful birds and their habitats in marshes is what Majuli is all about. This place has a huge potential to color the lives of the tourists and fills them with utter smoothness.
An ancient pilgrimage center located comfortably 24 km in Northwest, from Guwahati on the banks of Brahmaputra and well connected by roads, is a well distinct place to visit in Assam. The whole area coming under Hajo is beautifully studded with temples and sacred artifacts like each of them is a graceful diamond.
An absorbing quality of Hajo is the blend of three religions that are Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim. One can notice a grand entrance to Hayagriva Madhava Mandir at one side and a tall white green Hajo Powa Mecca, the Muslim sacred pilgrimage on the other. The temples are shining with old sculptures carved into the same stone and are worshipped by hundreds of people every day.
It is situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra river which overall enhances the attribute of Hajo. Some of the temples were settled in the 18th century during the times of regional Ahom king and are absolutely priceless. Beauty lies in the details and this truth could be rightly sought here amidst the lush green tall trees, varying topography, the center of Buddhist Nirvana and waters of Brahmaputra.
Manas National Park
A famous wildlife zone and one of the exhilarating places to visit in Assam can bring you directly to Manas National park. A world heritage site declared by UNESCO, an elephant reserve, a Biosphere Reserve and a Project Tiger reserve is all the highlighted tags that these park posses. This place is known as home for rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, and pygmy hog.
If one wants to achieve golden moments within the thickly dense forests and enjoy the ripples of river water, a combination of tropical, deciduous trees with the flow of Manas river can totally cheer the mood up. Visit here and bring your wild side out in the laps of Natural beauty. Moreover, it is easily connected from the city of Guwahati by road as well as a rail as it lies 137 km Northwest to the city.
Timing- 8:00 hours to 17:00 hours
Safari timings- Morning: 9:00 hours to 12:00 hours. Evening: 14:00 hours to 17:00 hours.
Entry fee- INR 20 for Indian Nationals and INR 250 for Foreign Nationals
Jeep safari fee- INR 120 per Indian National and INR 750 for Foreign National.
Nameri National Park
Nameri National park is an old set up in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas. A huge spread of lakes and water bodies, the sight of Rhinos, Elephants, Tiger, Leopard, Sambhar, Dhole, Hornbills, ducks and Storks are easy in the zone.
Someone having a love for vegetations like wide grassland, tall evergreen, and deciduous trees can totally spend a good time in the heart of Nameri. Moreover, it connects with Guwahati through swift roads and one will not face any hurdle in reaching this beautiful place. North to Tezpur, Nameri is 38.8 km and one can reach easily from here. Also, Guwahati airport and Tezpur airport can be chosen by the tourists who want to opt for flyway to be here.
Timings- 5:00 hours to 19:00 hours
Entry fee- INR 20 for Indian Nationals and INR 250 for Foreign Nationals
A half an hour drive towards East from Kaziranga National park will make anyone go awestruck with the beauty channelized in the form of Kakochang waterfall. The pristine clear waters falling from the top of the hill and accumulating in the natural pond below is just praiseworthy. You can feel the drops sprinkling on your face and freshness in the air while anywhere around this fall.
The wet rocks and greenery support this Natural beauty while adding extra grace to the whole aura. You can be a part of this falls by taking a shallow dip in the pond below this soothing waterfall. A not to be missed tourist spot, this waterfall is one of the best places to visit in Assam.
Tocklai Tea Research Centre
Assam and Tea are both inseparable in literal terms. People around the world are totally in love with the taste of this tea and the curious minds visit Tocklai Tea center to satiate their taste and various scientific research process of tea making.
Set up in times of British rule and following the legacy with the developed state, this place is standing high in tea research facility. One can experience the peaceful environment here while enjoying the well-maintained facilities at their tea garden, museum, and Restaurant. The amazing part is friendly staff who helps everybody in acknowledging the history as the well-developed legacy of the tea industry. Tocklai institute is located in Jorhat city and easy to reach by roads.
If you are a tea lover and your day begins with having a cup of the same, you must not leave Assam without adding this place on your itinerary.
Timing- 8:30 hours to 17:00 hours
Also famous by the name of the gateway to Northeast, the city is well urbanized and encompasses many spiritual temples, Natural sights to gaze, wildlife areas nearby, lakes and of course, River Brahmaputra at the edges on whose decks the city is residing comfortably. Moreover, the urbanization supports a full-fledged airport and well constructed plain roads to connect the other states of the North East zone.
The places nearby Guwahati covers lakes like Dipor Bil, Kamakhya temple, Umananda island, Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary, Assam state zoo, and Assam state museum to stop by. The list isn't exhausted here. It continues for adventure seekers too who seek activities like parasailing, bungee jumping, paragliding, trekking, boating etc. So, whether your soul wants you to be spiritual, thrill seeker or a stargazer, Guwahati always welcomes its tourists with grace and cultural greeting.
The scenic beauty of the lake along with greenery and sun on the top will remind you of old Bollywood movies with a blink of eyes. It is possible because of an extra addition of Hanging bridge above the lake. This bridge will definitely let you take camera filled pictures along with your happy smile. It is also a perfect spot for a family outing and a romantic walk with your love in the cool weather of Assam hills.
Located in the city of Tezpur, Padum Pukhuri lake has given a bliss to the city with its fresh waters and floating vegetation in some patches. Viewing this lake with green surroundings and blue sky above the head just combines all the aspect of Nature and soothes the heart and mind of the visitors in one go. The bridge passing in between is colored the same way this waterbody colors your life.
What makes the scenery more enchanting is the birdlife like Ducks playing with each other on the surface on it. Not just Padum Pukhuri, its known pair Hazara Pukhuri is also a wonder in itself. When here, one must not miss the rejuvenating experience of walking on the bank of the pond and witness the park's musical fountains, toy trains, and the iron bridge.
North Cachar Hills
Also known as Dima Hasao district of Assam, the place inhabits minor and major tribes like Dimasa kachauris, Zeme Nagas, The Hmars and The Kukis with a minimum population in terms of space covered. Anyone who is visiting these hills can experience Nature even with their eyes closed.
Sipping a cup of tea while watching birds at Jatinga, a district in Dima Hasao; enjoying a long walk in the ‘Scotland of Assam' (Haflong) and shop local handloom at Haflong bazar would combine a trip to North Cachar Hills. With all that, swing in the clouds above your head. One can reach this place from nearest Silchar airport from where a rough 140 km road drive will land you finally on these thrilling hills and you will be in one of the best places to visit in Assam.
Lake, also known as Bil in Assamese is an evergreen feature of the land of the North East. The list of tourist places in Assam never completes without including Dipor Bil in it. The mighty Brahmaputra has an extension into the plains which resulted into this enchanting lake. Located 13 km in South West direction from Guwahati, Dipor Bil is perfect to watch beautiful birds basking in the sun and swinging on the tunes of the lake's ripples.
The surface of the lake is flared by flora like Waterlily, water hyacinth, aquatic grass and believe us, it is adding an extra grace to blue clean waters. Along with a boat ride, one can feel the difference with migratory birds while taking a tour here. Moreover, you can notice Storks, Ducks, Kingfishers, and Pelicans enjoying in the glory of the climate and making it an attraction for thousands.
A concoction of places like Bhairabi temple, Hanuman Mandir, Mahabhairav temple, Cole Park, Padam pukhuri, Rudra Path and many more makes this place best places to visit in Assam. Nature gets an extra gist of Kolia Bhomora Setu that connects Tezpur to Nagaon and the view of the bridge as well as from it makes one fall in love with river Brahmaputra again and again. Don't miss a chance to be in Tezpur when the tickets to Assam are booked and lying on your table.
Another industrial town in North East corner of the state, on the banks of river Brahmaputra, is Dibrugarh and it attracts many people because of its own charm and hence, becomes one of the ultimate tourist places in Assam. The surrounding areas of this town are Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Siva Sagar which have got tea producing estates. So, this region is one of the highest tea producing districts in India and its lush green serene beauty attracts thousands of visitors not just to soothe their eyes but also to satiate their taste of tea.
The region has amazing wildlife sanctuaries and forests including Jokai Botanical Garden cum Germplasm Center, Jeypore Rainforest, Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuaries. It also hosts grand temple of Radha Krishna and a Buddhist vihara. Not only this, Vaishnavite culture speaks boldly in this region with monasteries or ‘satras' like Dehing Namti, Dinjoy, Grapara, Dehing etc. A blend of culture, religious and wildlife for which Assam is happy to welcome people, is seen in Dibrugarh as well.
Another dense urban zone of the state of Assam is Jorhat and no doubt, it is expanding at a faster pace in its conurbation. Located on an Eastern side from Guwahati, it is filled with quality swift roads and the city also hosts Jorhat airport for easy connectivity with the other regions of the world.
The ancient city of Sivasagar, the old capital of Ahom dynasty is a catching feature. The city welcomes its guests with well-accommodated hotels and guesthouses. While one move ahead, Majuli island is another catching place and is well connected from the city of Jorhat by ferry boat rides.
In fact, with a distance of less than 100 km, one can step self into in lands of wilderness, Kaziranga National park. A host of temples, ancient city, museum, ponds and having a wonderful extension from all the sides make the city of Jorhat an important tourist place in Assam.
Also known as oil city of Assam, Digboi is a town in Assam where the first oil well was drilled in whole Asia and it is located at the eastern edge of the state. Digboi is following the British legacy of refinery because of which the town has well-developed infrastructure and old bungalows, that forms as the major attraction for many. Along with same, the cool and calm climate of Digboi encompasses many guest houses and accommodations to promote tourism.
At the same time, it has an ample amount of Assamese culture and heritage in its other hand. Tinsukia railway station can bring you to this town and the industrial refinery of oil can be well explored. Dibru Saikhowa wildlife sanctuary is in the premise of 60 km from this town and as we say again, wildlife buff has another chance to explore the Nature. A war cemetery and a golf course with more than 18 holes are major attractions to Digboi.