Awesome Assam - The Land of mighty Brahmaputra
Assam is a state in northeastern India known for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations. In the west, Guwahati, Assam's largest city, features silk bazaars and the hilltop Kamakhya Temple. Umananda Temple sits on Peacock Island in the Brahmaputra river. The state capital, Dispur, is a suburb of Guwahati. The ancient pilgrimage site of Hajo and Madan Kamdev, the ruins of a temple complex, lie nearby.
Soothing beauty, offbeat tourists attractions, spiritual ambiance, the sacred river, humble people, and zealous culture, Assam boasts plenty of fascinating secrets. Being one of the Northeast India's iconic seven sisters, a holiday in Assam is about witnessing a heady mix of history, culture, and nature at the same time. The state happens to be the land of many wildlife reserves, which are further home to the one-horned rhino, one of Assam's tourism best-known mascots.
A heady mix of serenity, and spontaneity, Assam hangs on to the rest of the India by a thin chicken neck (Siliguri Corridor). It is a gothic grandeur by the river that begs to be discovered. Located in the far-flung Northeast India, Assam is a part of captivating and iconic seven sisters, which are hard to reach yet their ageless forests and formidable mountain ranges are always on the back of almost every traveler's mind. With 78,440 Sq km area, Assam happens to be the second largest state in Northeast India after Arunachal Pradesh. Another thing that best geographically defines Assam is its closeness to the foreign lands like Bangladesh and Bhutan. The state has got an influence of every neighboring state, and country and a devil's own charm. And not to forget the long Brahmaputra, Asia's mightiest yet most enigmatic river that makes it way through Assam. If tourist's idea of a holiday is relaxing on the river island; treating taste buds with scrumptious food; indulging in shopping spree; going crazy on a wildlife safari; soothing the thirsty spiritual soul by visiting some of the quirky sacred centers then a vacation in Assam is what they've been longing for. From wildlife adventure to sightseeing places to pilgrimage circuit tour, one can enjoy every possible type of holiday in Assam. Some of the best places that one must explore in Assam are Guwahati, Sualkuchi, Hajo, Tezpur, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Barak Valley. And the iconic Kaziranga National Park, home to the one one horned rhino.
Best Time To Visit Assam : -Assam is located in the North- East region of India and experiences a tropical monsoon rainforest climate. The regions receive a high rainfall, that's why it won't be a good time to visit during the monsoon season. But visiting here during the winter season would be good as option as the weather is pleasant, just the right time to go for sightseeing.In summers, Assam is a refreshing retreat; the climate is not too hot and not too cold but it's humid. Kaziranga National Park, Jatinga, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Majuli, Guwahati, Haflong, Tinsukia, and Dibrugarh are some of the places that one should visit in Assam during summers. Moreover, summer happens to be an offseason, and one can get good hotel and travel deals.
Local Cuisine of Assam : - The cuisine is characterized by very little use of spices, little cooking over fire and strong flavors due mainly to the use of endemic exotic fruits and vegetables that are either fresh, dried or fermented. Fish is widely used, and birds like duck, squab etc. are very popular, which are often paired with a main vegetable or ingredient. Preparations are rarely elaborate. (The practice of bhuna, the gentle frying of spices before the addition of the main ingredients so common in Indian cooking, is absent in the cuisine of Assam.The preferred oil for cooking is the pungent mustard oil.A traditional meal in Assam begins with a khar, a class of dishes named after the main ingredient, and ends with a tenga, a sour dish. The food is usually served in bell metal utensils made by an indigenous community called Mariya. The belief is that when food and water is served in such utensils its good for health and boost up immunity. Tamul (betel nut, generally raw) and paan generally concludes the meal..
Places to Stay in Assam !
Here are my select set of hotels with great views of the snow peaks. Visit the links and read detailed reviews to know about all aspects of the hotel including service and amenities before you decide on one. Remember, only a great view isn't just enough to make a hotel a great one.