Assam, the natural region of India, offers so many amazing attractions that no wonder many people referred it as a green paradise whereas other call it as a magical land. Rich in flora and fauna, there are a number of cities to explore in the state that will offer mesmerizing experience to the visitors. Let’s take a look at major cities of the state which are must to explore.
Dispur : The capital city of Assam India is well known for Auction Market of Tea. There are places of mythological significance like Basistha Ashram, and a cultural center Shankardev Kalakschetra.
Guwahati : Being referred as the commercial capital city of the Assam, Guwahati is the famous tourist spot which serves as a perfect place for uncovering less explored hill stations.
Situated on the banks of mighty Brahmaputra river, it was once referred as “Light of the East” or “Pragiyotishpura”. Some of the must visit attractions of the city is Assam State Museum, Kamakhaya Temple, Shiva Temple, Bhubaneshwar Temple, Vashistha Temple, Guwahati Planetarium, etc. The Museum is a must visit attraction because it contains authentic paintings made from ivory and metal and several historical wooden artefacts. Another important draw is the largest natural zoo of the country, Guwahati Zoo.
Sualkuchi : Three different varieties of silk are produced in the state, The Golden Muga, the Warm Eri and the White Pat. Although, silk is grown all over the state but majority found in Sualkuchi, 32kms away from Guwahati. Majority of population of the village is engaged in weaving unique silk fabrics. Being labelled as the one of the largest weaving villages of the world, the place is called as the Manchester of the East. The golden silk of Assam is produced here only, not in any part of the world.
Hajo : People of every religion prefer visiting Hajo as it is a place where three religions meet- Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. The place houses several temples, however the most popular amongst them is Hayagriva-Madhab. Different people have different beliefs for this sacred place as some think that Lord Buddha attained nirvana here whereas other section of people say that it contains the relic of Lord Buddha. During the winter season, several Bhutanese visit the temple. It is also a renowned pilgrimage centre of Muslims as famous mosque Pao Mecca is situated here.
Sibsagar : Sibsagar is an ancient city which is built around 200 years back. For 600 years, it has remained the old capital of the Ahom Kings. Till date, one can easily find the archaeological remains, temples and palaces of the Ahomes in the city which are now considered as national monuments. It is a beautiful town which is located around the Sibasagar tank. It is an artificial lake, which was constructed in 1734 AD by Queen Madambika. The place ranks 3rd as it contains the highest Shiva temples in India.
Barpeta : This “Land of Satras” has a prominence in terms of business. A great number of schools and educational institutions make it a hub for education in east.
Dibrugarh : The name of the city ha sits origin to the mouth of a river Dibaru. It is a small town less frequented by tourists. This commercial city located along the Brahmaputra is the largest tea exporting town in India.
Silchar : : Flowing to the extreme east of this city is the river Barak. The unmatched view of sunrise in the exotic natural environs is marvelous. Bhuban hill,Sri Sri Kancha Kanti Devi Temple, Khaspur, Maniharan Tunnel and temple of Goddess Lakshmi Devi are must see for travelers on Assam tourism.
Majuli : : The world’s largest river island, Majuli island is situated in the midst of the Brahmaputra river. Offering serene and sublime environment to visitors, more than 15 Vaishnava monasteries are situated in the island, which are famous centres of Assamese drama, literature, music, art, etc. The place is regarded as a melting pot of different tribes, Misings, Sonowal Kacharis and the Deoris.
Digboi : Digboi boasts of being regarded as the oil city of the state as the first oil well of Asia was drilled here. Surrounded by mystic blue hills and numerous tea gardens, its refinery came into being in 1901. The two most highlighting feature of the town is 100 year old extant oilfield and the presence of world’s oldest operating oil refinery.
Haflong : Haflong is a beautiful hill station in Assam which is famous for its scenic features like emerald green rivers, azure blue hills, unique orchids, etc. Also referred as the land of blue hills, the place is quite famous for migratory birds who come during the time span of August to November month and commit mass suicide. The beautiful lake “Haflong Lake”, traditional dances of the Tribals, trekking in Borail Hills are some of the major attractions spots of the place.