Surrounded by blue hills, green tea gardens, paddy fields and the mighty Brahmaputra make Assam a beautiful tourist destination, which also denotes as the Gateway to North East India. In Assam, the inhabitant who originally lives here for decades are simple, kind-hearted and decent. Assamese ethnic foods are famous for its great taste and flavour who easily attracts all types of tourists. Less industrialization in Assam is the main reason to keep the state virgin in the sense of its natural beauty and climate.
It's good and pleasant weather welcomes the tourists in Assam round the year. Lots of colorful festivals celebrated in the different time of year also an added advantage to attract the tourist in Assam. Famous religious festival "Ambubasi Mela" held on 2nd half of June on every year for 4 days at the famous Kamakhya temple. Another big festival is Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu starts from 14th April on every year and lasts for 7 days. Some other festivals are Rass Mohotsov at Majuli in November, Magh Bihu in January, Dol Yatra at Barpeta Satra in February or March.
Well known Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Dibru Saikhuwa National park, Satras at Majuli, 600 years old Ahom kingdom at Sivsagar, Barpeta Satra, Hajo, Sualkuchi, Kamakhya Temple, Umananda are some tourist points who always attracts most of the international tourists to Assam.
The best time to visit Assam would be end of September to May. With the arrival of Autumn in the September, mist layering over the lush green scape of Assam with gentle winds from the Himalayan foothills temper the heat and humidity.
November to February is very pleasant in Assam with a warm day filled with Sunny weather and cosy cold nights. The temperature in December and January nestles at a range of 5 degree and 18 degree.
March to May is the spring season in Assam when the orchids and flowers are in bloom. With the arrival of Bohag bihu(harvest festival) in 14th of April for one week, sound of drums resonate in the valley for the whole month. The temperature in this season is mild and pleasing which roves at around 17 degree to 24 degree.
Assam is best avoided during the monsoon (June to September) when heavy downpours cause the River bed to flood its banks all across the state. Rainfall is extremely heavy in Assam, it is about 1800 mm to 2500 mm nearly.
It is easy very easy to get around in Assam. Within the state, different types of transportation are available like bus, taxi services, cab services and water transport. All the cities and towns of Assam are well connected with the Assam State Transport Corporation and other bus services run by private operators. Regular to luxury video Coaches ply regularly in between different cities.
Taxis, auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, minibuses are also available for travelling short distances within the cities.
The major airport in Assam is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, which is located at a distance of 25km from Guwahati. The airport links to major Indian metropolis with daily flights. Jet Airways, Indigo airlines, spice jet airlines, Jetlite airlines connect Guwahati to Delhi, Kolkata, Agartala, Bagdogra, Kohima and other major cities of India.
Other airports in Assam are at Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Silchar. Regular flights are also available from these airports.
Helicopter services are operated from Guwahati to Shillong, Tura, Naharlagun, and Tawang.
The Northeast Frontier Railway zone of the Indian Railways connects Assam with the rest of the country. Guwahati is the railway headquarters of the Northeast Frontier Railway. There are direct train services from Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore to Guwahati. All cities of Assam are connected by frequent railway service.
Assam has a well-connected network of national highways and other roads to different cities and towns in and around the state. The State Transport and other private operators run daily bus services for all cities of Assam and to neighboring states Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. The National Highway Number 37, 31, 39, 40, 38 and 52 connects Assam with other states in India.
River Cruise in mighty Brahmaputra river is an unforgettable experience in your travel profile. The Mighty Brahmaputra river flows through the Assam and the Assam valley civilization developed on the bank of river Brahmaputra. The river bed is often 20 or 30 km across, an empty world of sand spits and water with astounding bird life and different kind of fish and dolphin. Various wildflowers growing near the river bank wafted with the flow of the breeze are pleasing to the eyes.
These cruises give access to a world of great adventures, including Major National Parks visit in Assam - Kaziranga, Manas and Nameri National Park, tea plantations, temples, monasteries, weaver's and tribal villages.
There are several river cruises in Assam namely MV Mahabaahu, ABN Charaidew,
ABN Sukapha and ABN Rajmahal. All of them offer a unique and affluent experience to the Tourist. Basically, these cruises operate on a fixed departure basis and need to be booked in advance.
Cruises operation time: October to April
Typical Stay Duration: 4 days to 1 week.
There are some other private ferry services also available for a short cruise around the Brahmaputra river. Prominent among them are 'Jalpari' and 'Alfresco Grand'. They offer Dining and other recreation facilities like traditional dancing and singing.
There are many other small ferries also available that you can board from the Panbazar jetty, Guwahati for a short trip in the Brahmaputra river.
Assamese foods are generally simple & non-spicy in taste. The most popular traditional Assamese non-vegetarian dishes include small pond fishes, chicken, duck and pork roasted in the fire, the only spices added are seasonal chilly, ginger, garlic paste and lemon sprinkles. Together with the smell of these ingredients the roasted fish, chicken, duck & pork which is known as "KHORIKA"(Barbeque) taste mouth watering delicious.
Vegetarian food is also very popular in Assam. A variety of herbs and vegetables are cultivated in small gardens or planted in the backyard of most Assamese households. few among the seasonal herbs & vegetables include mint, spinach, chard, chilli, parsley, thyme, sage, tomato etc. One of the most popular ethnic dishes of Assam is 'khar' (a dish seasoned with alkali). Dish made with khar are tasted fabulous.
Assamese people are very simple and like to spend/live a simple life without and hustle and bustle. During Bihu celebration, Assamese ladies from every household prepare some special homemade laddus & a variety of pithas (sweets& snacks) basically made of rice, coconut and jaggery which are mouthwatering & utterly delicious in taste. In the time of Bihu they also arrange some special sweet dishes prepared with different types of rice or rice powder or flattened rice. Curd and jaggery are added to it for a perfect blend of taste.
Assam is very rich in culture, handicrafts and handloom items. Wide range of decorative item made by jute, cane and bamboo are available Assam. Different exquisite furniture made of bamboo and cane are also available at a credible price.
Assam is also the solo home of different types of garments made of special silk named as Muga silk (golden silk), pat and Eri silks. Garments made of these silks are worth buying. There are plenty of government emporiums and shopping markets in Assam that sell these at reasonable prices.
Assam is also honoured for its exotic flavoured special tea, which beckons tea lovers around the world.