Places to Visit in Assam

Assam, the mystic land of lofty blue hills and verdant, undulating river valleys is the gateway to the northeast frontiers of India. A popular stopover for tourists on a North Indian sojourn, there are innumerable tourist attractions in Assam itself.

The mighty Brahmaputra River that flows down from Tibet to meander through Assam accentuates the state's beauty. Tourists are often found strolling on the riverbanks basking in the mellow sunshine and the cool wisps of a fluttering evening breeze. Tourists often opt for a boat ride that takes them across the Brahmaputra to the nearby river island of Majuli. Majuli's claim to fame rests in its being the largest river island in the world and a center of Vaishnava and Buddhist culture.

Exultant in vibrant colors and opulent in cultural potpourri, tourists have a gala time exploring Assam. The cities of Assam, an idyllic amalgam of the historic past and the urban cosmopolitan culture are also worth visiting.

The Light of the East, Pragjyotishpura or Guwahati with its platter full of tourist delights, the mythological land of Gold, Tezpur or Sonitpur, the oil fields of Digboi and Shivsagar and the quixotic hill stations of Haflong and Bhalukpong that border the land of majestic mountain.

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Tourist Places in Assam

Some of the notable tourist attractions in Assam include:

Kamakhya Temple

Category : Religious
This is a seat of Tantric practice in India. Mythologically, Lord Vishnu severed corpse of Parvati into pieces with Sudarshan Charkra while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body. Legends reveal that her "yoni" or vagina fell here, making it one of the most sacred of Shaktipitas.


Category : Nature
It is a picturesque hill-station where one can see the rainbow down below. Jatinga, famous for the unexplained phenomenon of migratory birds "committing mass suicide", is only 9 km away from Haflong.


Category: Nature
Covered with lush greenery and beautiful hills, Umrangshu is one of the must-visit places in Assam. If you want to make the trip more exciting, you can go trekking to the place from Haflong. One of the attractions of this place is Garam Pani, meaning hot spring which is famous for the medicinal value.


Category: History and Culture
The historical city has 200-year-old Sibsagar tank in the center. Shivadol, one of the three temples is said to be the highest Shiva temple in India.

Majuli Island

Category: Nature
Situated in the midst of river Brahmaputra, this is the world's largest river island. Over 15 Vaishnava monasteries or satras are located on Majuli. The rich diversity of wild lives draws a lot of tourists in Assam. Barring Africa, perhaps no part of the world can boast of such a variety of wildlife.

Manas National Park

Category: Wildlife
Located on the banks of the river Manas, it is well known for tigers and is a World Heritage Site.

Kaziranga National Park

Category: Wildlife
It is home to the fabled one-horned Rhinoceros. This is also a world heritage site.


Category: Religious
This place can be called as an amalgamation of Hinduism, Islamism, and Buddhism with several famous temples; mosque built by Pir Giasuddin Aulia called Poa Mecca and the temple of Hayagrib Madhab, which houses the relics of Lord Buddha.


Category: Nature
Located in Tezpur, it is one of the must-see places in Assam. It provides a mesmerizing view of Brahmaputra and Tezpur.

Last Updated on : July 18, 2016