Assam is often called "The land of Red River (the Brahmaputra is called Lohit in Assamese) and blue hills (the Eastern Himalayan range)".
Added to that warmhearted people and exotic aroma of a cup of Assam Tea would make your travel to Assam a cherished memory. Brush up your knowledge on Assam with a few fast facts, before you travel to Assam.
|Location||North Eastern part of India|
Bhutan at the North
Arunachal Pradesh at the East
Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram at the south
Meghalaya at the Southwest
Bengal and Bangladesh to the West
|Latitude||22o19' to 28o16' North|
|Longitude||89o42' to 96o30' East|
|Area||78,438 sq km|
|Climate||Summer - Warm|
Winter - Cool
|Max Temperature||38.0 C|
|Min Temperature||6.0 C|
|Average Annual Rainfall||160 cms.|
|Languages||Assamese, Bengali Hindi, English|
|Religion||Hinduism, Islam, Others|
|Best Time to Visit||October to March|
|Clothing||Summer - Cotton|
Assam is the gateway of northeast region in India, so necessity for improved transportation in the state is essential for future expansion in the Northeast region. Assam is well linked with the rest of the country by air, rail and road network.
The main airport in Assam is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, the largest city of Assam. The airport links to major cities in India with daily flights. Other airports in Assam are at Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Silchar. Regular back and forth flights operate from these airports too.
The North Eastern Railway zone of the Indian Railways connects the largest city of Assam, Guwahati and the rest of the country together. Guwahati is the railway headquarters of the northeast region. Travelers can reach conveniently to Assam via rail as it is well connected to all major cities of India. Some cities within the state are linked up through train services from Guwahati.
Being the gateway of Northeast India, Assam has a well connected network of national highways and other roads to different cities and towns in and around the state. The National Highway Number 37, 31, 40, 38 and 52 connects Assam with other states in India. The State Transport and other private operators run daily bus services for commuters. Taxis and jeeps can also be hired for commuting within the state.
Distance to Guwahati
- From Shillong- 100 km
- From Siliguri- 429 km
- From Patna- 889 km
- From Kolkata- 1020 km
- From Ranchi- 1046 km
Shopping in Assam
Since the state is traditionally rich in handicrafts, shopping in Assam is a delightful experience. Wide range of handicrafts is available in Assam. Assam also excels in tradition handloom products. Assam is well known producer of exclusive silks.
While shopping in Assam, watch out for :
- Hand made toys made from clay, cork (pith), wood and bamboo and an admixture of cloth and mud
- Silk fabric of various types like - Muga (the golden silk exclusive only to this state), Paat, Eri
- Handloom products like Laichampi (quilt-like material)
- Cane and bamboo work
- Decorative items in bell metal and brass
- Furniture made of bamboo and cane
- Tribal arts, including masks bhaonas
- Products of bell metal
- Assam Tea
Places to See in Assam
- Kamakhya Temple
- Majuli Island
- Manas National Park
- Kaziranga National Park