Assam
Welcome to the Shangri-La of the northeastern India. Assam is the land of wooded hills and vales. With Brahmaputra river meandering through, sprawling tea gardens, enticing songs and dances, fine silks, the state is a must on the itinerary of international as well as Indian tourists. Also known as the land of the 'Red River', the Brahmaputra, and the 'Blue Hills' Assam offers awesome panoramic beauty with its exceptional flora and fauna, lofty green hills, boundless rolling plains, strong waterways and verdant deciduous forests.
Assam is identified by its Bihu songs and dances, the Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary where the rare one-horned rhinoceros roams at will and silks such as 'paat' and 'muga' which rank amongst the finest in the world. The state's tea, which finds its way to millions of homes all over the globe and the Shrine of Kamakhya which, draws thousands of devotees every year.
 
Umananda : Umananda, the Smallest Riverine Island in the World, is a Shaivites dream come true. Devotees from all over the country assemble here during Shivaratri. One can visit this island crossing by the country boat plying regularly.
 
Vashistha Ashram : Vashistha Ashram, established by the great sage Vashistha on the Sandhyachal Hill, is another place of pilgrimage. Three rivulets Sandhya, Kanta and Lalita meet here, bestowing the Ashram a unique charm amidst idyllic natural panorama.
 
Sualkuchi : Sualkuchi is just 32 km west of Guwahati. Assam's silk industries are located here. Known as Muga (golden) and Pat (white) silk, it is exported to Japan and other countries. Karnataka silk is also used here to manufacture various varieties of silk products. The units are all handloom. A Muga (golden) silk sari costs Rs 8,500 to 10,000 while the white variety (Pat) costs only Rs 4,000 to 6,000 for a sari.
 
Sankardeva Kalakshetra : On the riverbank, the Shukleswar Ghat Temple-cum-Park is another picturesque spot. One can also cruise on the river Brahmaputra in an extravagant river ferry. The Sankardev Udyan, Nehru Park, Dighalipukhuri, Gandhi Mandap, State Museum, State Zoo- cum- Botanical Garden and the Planetarium can also extend the tourists’ pleasure. A visit to the Sankardeva Kalakshetra, a cultural centre of solitary character, may also enhance tourists’ interest and knowledge of Assam, its art and culture.
 
Hajo : This is the meeting point of three religions - Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. It houses a number of temples, the chief among them being the temple of Hayagrib Madhab, which contains the relics of Lord Buddha, says a belief. A section of the Buddhists hold that Lord Buddha attained nirvana here. Large numbers of people from Bhutan visit this temple during the winter season every year. There is also a mosque built by Pir Giyasuddin Auliya and it has one- fourth sanctity of Mecca, as said so. Because of this, it is known as Poa- Mecca.
 
Chandubi : A natural lagoon and a fine picnic spot. The lake and its surroundings, broken by glades, is an ideal holiday resort and has the added attraction of fishing and rowing opportunities in the lake itself.
 
Madan Kamdev : An enigma, a mystery, a marvel and in the words of Omar Khayyam, "a veiled past which I could not see." The origin of this magnificent archaeological ruin is still little known. Kamrup- the ancient name of Assam- is believed to have derived its name from the legend that Love- God Kama or Madan , after being turned into ashes by an angry Shiva, was reborn here. One school believes that Madan was reborn and united to Rati in this tiny hillock.
 
Other Places of Tourism Importance
 
Kaziranga : Kaziranga National Park in Assam has to be the most beautiful and attractive place you can choose to visit. A World Heritage Site, Kaziranga's 430 sq km.s of lush green flood plains are home to some of the most fascinating wildlife in Asia. In a landscape dominated by noisy Red-Breasted Parakeets, what strikes you about Kaziranga is the large size of the birds and beasts. Kaziranga is all about Indian Elephants, One-Horned Rhinoceros, Wild Buffaloes, Tigers, Adjutants, Florican , Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Hornbills & Storks. The rarity and restricted range of most of these giants makes a visit even more thrilling and exciting.
 
Cherrapunjee : The winding road to the wettest place on earth, Cherrapunjee (56 km) is lined with paddy fields and clusters of villages with bamboo huts on stilts. The largesse of the rain gods on Cherrapunjee is evident in its impressive waterfalls, deep verdant gorges, sacred groves and limestone caves with their intrigung embellisments. Cherck out the Nohsnigithiang Falls ( Mawsmai falls) , Daithelen Falls , Nohkalikai Falls ( the world's fourth highest ) and numerous other smaller falls.
 
Manas : Kaziranga National Park in Assam has to be the most beautiful and attractive place you can choose to visit. A World Heritage Site, Kaziranga's 430 sq km.s of lush green flood plains are home to some of the most fascinating wildlife in Asia. In a landscape dominated by noisy Red-Breasted Parakeets, what strikes you about Kaziranga is the large size of the birds and beasts. Kaziranga is all about Indian Elephants, One-Horned Rhinoceros, Wild Buffaloes, Tigers, Adjutants, Florican , Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Hornbills & Storks. The rarity and restricted range of most of these giants makes a visit even more thrilling and exciting.
 
Shillong : The smoky blue hills with their winding ordchid trails and tantalising butterfly population were created for days of leisue. Little wonder then that the British who developed it as a garrision town found it the perfect place to raise kid's and set about establishing a slew o fschools and followed it up with picture - perfect churches from which rose voices in melodious harmony praising God for his bounty.
 
Tezpur : By its unique location and picturesque setting on the north bank of majestic river Brahmaputra, Tezpur can be considered as one of the most beautiful towns of the state.Tezpur can also be remembered for the legend of princess Usha, the daughter of King Bana and of prince Aniruddha, the grandson of Lord Krishna for their eternal love and romance. It is 181 kms. from Guwahati. Buses ply regularly from Guwahati & other towns of the state, the nearest railhead is Rangapara and airport is Salonibari
 
Bhalukpunj : Situated on the border of Arunachla Pradesh and Assam, Bhalukpunj is known for its unique natural eauty and rafting. Far from the madding crowd, Bhalukpunj is a place of peace and tranquility. It is only 56 kms. from Tezpur town. Mini buses ply regularly to Bhalukpunj from tezpur. It is the entry point to Bomdila and tawang.