Thursday, July 24, 2008


The largest of the states in the northeast of India is Assam whose capital, Guwahati, has an inspired location on the banks of the River Brahmaputra. Amidst Assam’s verdant lushness are two important game sanctuaries, Manas and Kaziranga, both best known for their population of one horned Indian rhinoceros, a species that faced extinction. Much of the rest of the state is devoted to tea plantation which yield the strong Assam leaf popular all over the world.

The ancient city of Pragjyotishpur or the light of east is the site of modern Guwahati, the Gateway to North Eastern India.Altitude: 55 meters. Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max. 35, Min. 22. Winter- Max. 26, Min. 10. Rainfall: 180 cms (from May to Sept.) Best Season: October to May.Places Of Interest: Janardhan Temple, Navagrah Temple, Umananda Temple, Bhubaneshwari Devi Temple, Assam Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Anthropological Museum , Assam Forest
Museum, Cottage Industries Museum, Museum of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Assam State Museum, Dept. of Historical & Antiquarian Research.
Excursions: Haplong (Hill Station)- 355 kms, Jatinga- 364 kms, Hajo- 32 kms, Kamakhya Temple- 10 kms, Basistha Ashram- 12 kms, Sualkuch- 32 kms, Chandubi Lake- 64 kms, Orang- 150 kms, Darrang- 100 kms, Bhairakunda- 137 kms, Batadrawa- 134 kms, Barpeta- 137 kms, Tezpur- 181 kms, Bhalukpung- 250 kms, Dibrugarh, Digboi, Jorhat, Majuli.
Reach - By Air: Connected with Calcutta, Delhi, Bagdogra, Imphal Agartala, Dibrugarh and Dimapur.By Rail: Connected with New Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Cochin, Silchar, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh.By Road: Shillong- 103 kms, Kaziranga National Park- 217 kms, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary- 176 kms, Dimapur- 280 kms, Itanagar- 420 kms, Imphal- 487 kms, Agartala- 599 kms, Aizawal- 538 kms, Gangtok- 624 kms, Darjeeling- 587 kms, Calcutta- 1182 kms and Kohima- 342 kms.
Kaziranga National Park
Situated on the south bank of the Brahmaputra river, Kaziranga National Park is famous for the stronghold of the armoured one-horned Indian Rhinoceros. The Sanctuary provides unique setting for a sight of its best known wild life including birds.Area of the Park: 430 sq. kms. Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max.35, Min.18.3. Winter- Max.24, Min.7.2. Rainfall: Heavy in Summer (2300 mms). Best Season: November to March. Closed Season: Mid-April to Mid-October. Languages spoken: Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, English.
Reach - By Air: Nearest airport is Jorhat- 96 kms.By Rail: Nearest railway station Furkating- 75 kms.By Road: Guwahati- 217 kms, Jorhat- 96 kms, Furkating- 75 kms.

Sibsagar was the capital of the Ahom Kings who ruled Assam before the advent of the British. The town is build round the Sibsagar tank, dug over 200 years ago. The tank is above town level although situated in the heart of the town. On its banks are located some of the famous temples of Sibsagar. The Shiva temple, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be the highest Hindu temple in India. Jorhat is famous for its sprawling tea gardens, it is the nerve center of tea industry.
Places Of Interest: Sibsagar Tank and Temples, Talatal Ghar, Kereng Ghar, Rang Ghar, Joysagar Tank and Temple, Gaurisagar Group, Gargaon Palace, Charaideo.
Excursions: Jorhat- 55 kms, Dibrugarh- 76 kms.
Reach - By Air: The nearest airport is at Rewriah, Jorhat- 55 kms.By Rail: The nearest railhead is Simaluguri- 16 kms.By Road: Guwahati- 369 kms, Kaziranga- 152 kms, Jorhat- 55 kms, Nowgong- 249 kms, Dibrugarh- 76 kms, Tinsukia- 114 kms.

In the lush hilly terrain lies this lovely lakeside resort which is Assam's only hill station. It is the name of variety of orchids, one of them being the rare Blue Vanda. Haflong Lake, situated in the heart of the hill station is a picturesque area. The Jatinga village unreveal the mystery of the flocks of little migratory birds crashing to death on still dark nights. Near Umrangsu, there is a hot water spring (Garampani) which is believed to possess medicinal properties.
Places Of Interest: Haflong Lake, Jatinga, Maibong, Umrangsu.
Reach - By Air: Nearest airport is Dimapur- 266 kms, Jorhat- 364 kms, Gguwahati- 355 kms.By Rail: Haflong is connected by North Frontier Railway from Guwahati via Lumding.By Road: Guwahati- 355 kms, Diphu- 170 kms, Dimapur- 266 kms, Jorhat- 364 kms, Newgong- 309 kms, Golaghat- 335 kms.

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