Assam – a land of diverse cultures, mouth-watering delicacies and evergreen natural surroundings! The mighty Brahmaputra flows through the heart of this state. This results in many scenic marvels and makes Assam an alluring prospect for travellers. Here, in this article, we cover some of the popular destinations in Assam which are a MUST VISIT for any backpacker!
1. Rang Ghar
It is an ideal place for history buffs to learn more about the cultural heritage of the famous Ahom civilization. The structure is a 2 storied building which once served as the royal sports arena, where Ahom emperors used to witness games like buffalo fights!
There are 2 reasons to visit the Kaziranga National Park. Firstly, it is the only place in the world where one can witness the one-horned rhino! Secondly, the sheer calmness and serenity of the place makes it a very enticing prospect for weary travellers looking for some peace.
3. Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra
This place is a tribute to the legendary poet-playwright and reformer, Srimanta Sankardev. It comprises of a cultural museum, library and various facilities for preserving, demonstrating and displaying cultural items.
Sualkuchi is also known as the ‘Manchester of Assam’ because it is the hub of textiles and handicraft industry of Assam. Muga silk, Pat silk and Eri silk from this region are known for their premium quality and are exported to various corners of the world.
A river island on the Brahmaputra river, this place has been the center of Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture, started around the 15th century by revered Assamese saint Srimanta Sankardev and his disciple Madhavdeva. Visit this place for a slice of religious history!
Charaideo vividly explains the history of Ahom kingdom. It is the first capital of the Ahom dynasty. It contains sacred burial grounds of Ahom kings and queens and is also a place of the ancestral gods of the Ahoms!
7. Agni Garh
This place holds great importance in Hindu mythology. It was constructed by Banasura, son of Bali, to keep his daughter Usha in isolation!
8. Manas Tiger Reserve
In addition of being a popular tiger reserve, this park is home to many endangered wildlife species such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog. The area is divided into 3 ranges. The western range is situated at Panbari, the central at Bansbari, and the eastern at Bhuyipara near Pathsala.