If you have the soul of a wanderer but haven't yet explored Northeast India, it's about time you change that. With lust greenery and picturesque sights, Northeast India is not just stunning but unexplored too, and probably that's what makes it a great holiday destination to soak in the best of nature sans the crowd. And one of the top picks is Assam, known as the land of the one-horned rhinoceros and tea gardens, but also so much more than that.
If Assam has been on your travel itinerary for this year, think no further and start making your plans already. The best time to visit is from October to February, and it's always advisable to make your reservations well in advance. To help you get started, here's a list of 10 places you should visit while in Assam:
For wildlife lovers, Kaziranga National Park is a must because here is where you can spot the one-horned rhinoceros in India. Sign up for the thrilling elephant safari, laze around in a luxurious resort and enjoy the slow life.
Places to stay: Diphlu River Lodge, Resort Borgos and Iora The Retreat
(Also read: 7 Most Popular Wildlife Destinations In Assam)
Majuli is touted to be the world's largest river island. A short ferry ride away from the town of Jorhat, it is the home of Assamese monks of neo-Vaishnavite movement. Rich in culture, you can explore the many monasteries and hermitages known as satra.
How to get there: Take a ferry from Nimati Ghat in Jorhat
Places to stay: Dekasang Resort
For those who love old architecture or history, Sibsagar is a must-visit to witness what remains of the Ahom Dynasty - Rong Ghar, Talatal Ghar, Shiva Dol, etc.
Distance from Jorhat: 60 km
Ruined yet so beautiful. If you love old architecture and tales of kings and queens then this little town in Assam is worth a visit. Sibsagar, the capital city of Ahom dynasty, has many historical structures to explore. This one has been my favourite - Kareng Ghor aka Tolatol Ghor. It may look basic, but is actually a 7-storied fort - 4 underground with endless tunnels designed as a maze. It is said that one even leads to the sea, probably the Brahmaputra, at that time. The upper floors are referred to as Kareng Ghor, which is open for public, as well as the ground floor. . . #assam #assamtrackmind #assamtourism #travel #northeast #northeastindia #travelandliving #instatravel #nofilter #wednesday #sibsagar #ahom #tolatolghor #karengghor #awesomeassam #traveller #instatravel #instalove #wanderlust #wanderer #cntraveller
Nameri National Park is a popular spot for camping in the wild, river rafting and trying your hands at angling to catch the golden mahseer.
Places to stay: Nameri Eco Camp and Wild Mahseer
When in Assam, you need to sign up for a tea tasting session to savour the soothing flavour of fresh tea. Upper Assam regions like Jorhat and Dibrugarh are best for such an experience.
Places to stay: Thengal Manor and Burra Sahib's Bungalow
This quaint hill station towards southern Assam is a natural beauty with lush green hills, waterfalls and lakes. A must-visit is Jatinga Bird Sanctuary, which sees many migratory birds.
Places to stay: Landmark Hotels
If you are in Guwahati, you shouldn't miss out on visiting the ancient Kamakhya temple, one of the shakti peeths in India. The locals have great faith in the miraculous powers of the Goddess. Go early to skip the crowd.
Best time to visit: 7 am
Well, don't just buy the gorgeous Assamese mekhela sador when you can also get insights to the process of making it at Sualkuchi.
Distance from Guwahati: 35 km
There are many luxury river cruises that let you enjoy the beauty of the mighty Brahmaputra with the backdrop of stunning skies. Sign up for one and enjoy life, as locals would call it, "lahe lahe" (meaning slowly).
Who to connect with: Assam Bengal Navigation and M.V. Mahabaahu
Cruising the Brahmaputra River on MV. Rudra Singha #houseboat The boat design and its furnishings is entirely hand-made with love in Assam #lahélifestyle #empoweringlocaldesigners #mvrudrasingha . . . . . . . #assam #abncruises #responsibletourism #slowtravel #boat #travelandleisure #travelgirl #boating #liveauthentic #adventure #passionpassport #gopro #beautifuldestinations #paperjournalmag #untoldvisuals #adventurethatislife #boatlife #cruise #sailing
You cannot leave Assam without indulging in the delicious local food - from fish curries and grilled meat to numerous leafy greens and tempting snacks. A thali would of course be the best way to explore the cuisine.
Where to eat: Paradise and Khorikaa
Make the most of your time in awesome Assam.