Famously called the Gateway to North-East India, it shares borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan and other sister states. Assam is one of the seven sister states of India which is lot less explored yet has lot to offer its tourists. Kaziranga National Park (World Heritage site of UNESCO and home to vulnerable one-horned rhinoceros), Manas National Park (tiger reserve on the foothills of Himalayas), Orang National Park are some places to explore along trekking on the green pastures.
Travel junkies find its offbeat places much interesting as they love its vibrant culture. It houses different religions – Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism apart from native tribal cultures. During festivals women adorn mekhola sador (traditional dress) with handwoven accessories and men wear gamosa (red-white scarf around neck). Bihu (Assamese new year), Majuli festival, Assam tea festival are celebrated with great joy. The handicrafts of Assam are undoubtedly the best crafts done on bamboo and cane. Also hand-woven jewelleries and masks are famous which many tourists love to buy as souvenirs.
Brahmaputra river is the soul of Assam that provides livelihood to the natives, offers sport activities like rafting and angling. Other than activities one can leisurely enjoy evening cruises on the river while looking over Himlayas. Hajo’s and Sivasagar’s ancient pilgrimage sites, Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, Jorhat’s stretched tea plantations, Majuli’s fresh water island, Dispur – capital city, Haflong’s hills and dozens of unexploited places are here to relax and unwind. The food here is unique and to die for. Prominently fish, Assam’s Laksa (fish base noodle soup) and flavored tea attract people from places.