Travel to Assam

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Assam Tourism

Assam is often called "The land of Red River (the Brahmaputra is called Lohit in Assamese) and blue hills (the Eastern Himalayan range)".

The mighty river of Brahmaputra, originating from the Mansarovar Lake in Tibret, meanders through the wooded hills and the rolling plains of the Assam. Travel to Assam for age-old myths, enticing songs and dances, world famous tea, diverse colourful tribes and last but not the least important - rare species of one horned Rhinoceros.

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.

Assam Demographics

LocationNorth 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
Latitude22o19' to 28o16' North
Longitude89o42' to 96o30' East
Area78,438 sq km
ClimateSummer - Warm
Winter - Cool
Max Temperature38.0 C
Min Temperature6.0 C
Average Annual Rainfall160 cms.
Capital Dispur
Population26.6 million
LanguagesAssamese, Bengali Hindi, English
ReligionHinduism, Islam, Others
Best Time to VisitOctober to March
ClothingSummer - Cotton
Winter -Woollen

How to Reach Assam

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.

By Air

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.

By Rail

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.

By Road

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
There are a large number of Government Emporia and private shops in the state. The main shopping centres are Fancy Bazaar, Paltan Bazaar and Pan Bazaar in Guwahati.

Like any destination in India, local vendors flock in street side evening bazaars offering good shopping in Assam. A little bargain would ensure variety and price.

Places to See in Assam

  • Kamakhya Temple
  • Haflong
  • Sibsagar
  • Majuli Island
  • Manas National Park
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Hajo
  • Agnigarh

Last Updated on : June 15, 2015