Here’s All You Need to Know About Rongali: The Festival of Assam

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Rongali Festival Bihu

Third Edition of Rongali Festival from 3 – 5 Feb’17

Undoubtedly, Northeast is a land where you can come across a medley of food, culture, festivals, music and you can get an opportunity to try it all. WHAT? Hold your breath and don’t wave just yet because 2017 got better and bigger. You will get a chance to savour all that Northeast has to offer in this cultural fiesta called Rongali in Guwahati. So, this year celebrate the essence of Assam’s biggest festival and be a part of its third edition in the month of February.

This vibrant event will bring the best of Northeast in three days of fun and frolic celebration from 3rd to 5th of February. The festival celebrates the upliftment and brings recognition of Northeast region to the entire world. Rongali means colors, and many tribes and communities from different regions of Northeast and will be showcasing their dance, music, art, craft, food and traditional sports. Along with promoting Assam as a tourism destination, this event also encourages to build harmony amongst different tribes and communities in Northeast.

Fun activities are set and are ready to take you for a spin

Fun Activities in Rongali Festival

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Come and enjoy festivities at the biggest festival ever in Assam where you can enjoy traditional sports, eccentric dance, fun carnival, beautiful music and delicious cuisine. There will be aero sports activities like paragliding, parasailing, and other water sports like a boat race, angling etc at Brahmaputra Riverfront, Guwahati. Other major attraction of the event is a fashion show by top models and designers of Assam.

Something about the significance of Rongali

Rongali Festival Assam

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Guwahati is best known for tea and silk, and a cultural festival-Rongali Bihu that honors the start of Assamese New Year. Rongali is one of Assam’s most famous festivals and is celebrated during the spring time. Rejoiced by the Assamese from across the world, Rongali is a celebration of the sowing season; and this auspicious celebration can be vibrantly witnessed as it up stage its grand feast in the second month of this year. Assam is in a quest to showcase and bring Northeast vibrant culture, art, music, food to the people for its tourism. Besides, people have a keen interest to learn about its many tribes along with culture of different regions of Northeast. And you certainly can through this one platform you can come in close contact with the region’s spellbinding cultural fiesta.

The venues of the Event

  • Khanapara Veterinary Ground, Guwahati
  • Brahmaputra Riverfront, Guwahati

Event Date: The event will open on the 3rd and end on 5th February.

How to get to Guwahati

Air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, you can get direct flights from all major Indian cities.

Rail: Guwahati Railway Station is located near Brahmaputra Riverfront in Pan Bazaar.

Road: Guwahati, Assam is a well-connected city from all major states of India and via National Highway 27 crossing Brahmaputra Bridge you can reach the venue at ease.

Where to stay in Guwahati

Guwahati has many hotels to check in, from average to expensive. You can reside in some of the hotels found close to the venues like:

  • Riverview Guest House in M.G.Road, Opp Sati Radhika Shaanti Udyan Main gate, Uzan Bazar Riverside, Guwahati
  • Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok in M G Road, Opposite High Court, Guwahati
  • Vivanta by Taj in Nikita Complex, G S Road, Khanapara, Guwahati
  • The Elgin Guest House in Namghar Path, Beltola Jayanagar Rd, Jaya Nagar, Khanapara, Guwahati

Weather in Guwahati

The weather in Guwahati during the months of February will be pleasant with the temperature not exceeding more than 25 degrees Celsius, a perfect time and occasion to explore Assam.

Other Sites to Keep You Occupied

Digholi Pukhuri

Digholi Pukhuri

If you happen to visit this part of India early or plan to stay back and sightsee after the event, then here are few sites in Guwahati and nearby to keep you occupied.

  • Kamakhya Temple
  • Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra
  • Digholi Pukhuri
  • Dreamland Amusement Park
  • Sualkuchi

And you can also visit places off route to Guwahati, check the link here.

However, if you are planning to visit any other places apart from Assam, you have to avail an ILP [Inner Line Permit] for the safety and knowledge of your whereabouts [only for foreigners]. You can collect ILP from any state houses of Northeast in New Delhi.

So make sure to free your weekend this February to witness this auspicious celebration. Feel the eccentric energy of the people of Northeast and store the tokens of love and appreciation you get from its vibrant cultural celebration of food, art, laughter, games and much more. What are you waiting for? Book your tickets with Tour My India and have a fun frolic vacay you deserve!

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About

Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.


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