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9 Best Tourist Destinations in the Land of Blue Hills – Assam

Assam is a true definition of Beauty and bliss. Its beautiful landscapes resemble a fairytale-like picture perfect world. Surrounded by beautiful hills, serene rivers and its tributaries, emerald tea gardens, lush dense forests, a gorgeous island and ancient historical monuments, it always attracts the eyes of nature lovers, photographers, couples and wildlife enthusiasts. Its charm is irresistible. Assam’s diversity in terms of culture, cuisines, traditions and tourist attractions will absolutely set you in awe and wonder. One must visit Assam to see the magical attractions for wonderful vacations.

Quick Essential Assam Travel & Tourism information

Assan Nickname The land of Blue Hills
Area 78,438 sq. km
Assam State Bird White Winged Wood Duck
Assam State Animal One Horned Rhinoceros
Assam State Flower Fox Trail Orchid
Assam State Tree Hollong Tree
Best Time to VisitAssam October To April
Popular Tourist Destination of Assam Guwahati, Jorhat, Dispur, Kaziranga, Tezpur, Majuli, Barak Valley, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, North Cachar hills etc.

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Assam Tourism Highlights

Assam Tea Field

  • Assam is known for its rich Historical legacy. It houses 600 years old monuments of the Ahom dynasty which is considered as the longest ruling dynasty in Indian history.
  • You will see great diversity in the cultures and traditions of Assam as there are various ethnic tribes and groups. Each has their own socio-cultural life including customs, culture, food, beliefs, languages and festivals.
  • Some popular festivals of Assam are Baishagu, Bhihu, Rongker Chomangkan, Me-Dum Me-Phi, Ali-Ayeligang and Ambubachi Festival etc.
  • Half of the world’s one-horned Rhinoceros population resides in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park. You will behold 25% of India’s floral and faunal wealth in Assam. It has 5 National Parks and 18 wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • There are around 6oo emerald tea gardens in Assam to enjoy leisure nature walks.
  • Assam also houses MV Mahabaahu which is one of the top 10 river cruises in the world.
  • Assam has the largest river Island in the world called Majuli as well as the smallest river Island in the world known as Umananda temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva built in the 17th century.
  • Kamakhya Devi Temple is the oldest temple in Assam which is very popular among tantric worshippers.
  • Hajo, a sacred Pilgrimage site in Assam will give you an opportunity to see blissful harmony between three religions – Hinduism, Muslims and Buddhism as devotees of all these three religions come here to worship the almighty.

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Here is the list of best places to visit in Assam that will help you explore more about this Golden Land-

  • Guwahati
  • Sualkuchi
  • Tezpur
  • Jorhat
  • Majuli
  • Sivasagar
  • Dibrugarh
  • North Cachar Hills
  • Barak Valley

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Assam

Guwahati

Guwahati-Kamakhya Devi Temple

It seems like the elders in the society can never be wrong. They once named Guwahati Pragjyotishpur (Light of the East) and we believe that Guwahati has lived up to this title. It is the largest cosmopolitan city in the North East and is often referred to as the Gateway of North East India as well. Snuggling the turbulent Brahmaputra River and touching the feet of the Shillong plateau, Guwahati has been blessed with immense natural beauty that one can apparently witness, once one moves towards the suburbs of the city. It is one of the best places to visit in Assam. Tourists must pay a visit to this incredible place.

Top Things to See and Do in Guwahati

  • Sualkuchi is very popular for its bewitching landscapes, silk and art products. Make sure to pay a small visit on your Assam tour. The greenery and soothing vibe of this place makes it worth a visit.
  • If you are a great history buff and always look for places to enhance your knowledge then you must visit Assam State Museum. Artifacts and tools more than 7th century old will amaze your mind.
  • Curious about science and magic? then visit the regional Science Center where the principles of science and enchantment of magic will take your breath away.
  • Cruising the Brahmaputra River is one of the top things to do in Guwahati to enjoy the best Assam sightseeing tour. Couples from across the globe come here to enjoy the cruise once in a lifetime.
  • Tickle your taste buds with amazing Assemese cuisines in Guwahati.
  • Enjoy a thrilling wildlife Safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • If birdwatching excites you then there is no better place than Deepor beel.
  • Embrace the divinity and get the divine blessings of Ma Kamakhya Devi in Kamakhya Devi Temple in Guwahati.
  • Old ancient sculptures of the god of love in Madan Kamdev will mesmerize your soul.
  • Visit Umananda Temple at peacock Island which is dedicated to lord Shiva. It was built in the 17th century.

Best Time to Visit – October to April

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Sualkuchi

Sualkuchi Assam

Find the best handloom work at Sualkuchi. Situated about 35kms from Guwahati, Sualkuchi is the pride of Assam. It is one of the top tourist destinations in Assam. Visiting here can be an eclectic experience as at each house here one can find traditional bamboo looms. Known for silk weaving and making of some gorgeous Mekhela Chadar, (Traditional Women Attire), saris and shawls, the locals of Sualkuchi have simple traditional lives. It is one of a kind place, where tourists have the opportunity to witness the lifestyle of the natives and interact with them. The rustic setting and the nature’s beauty further add to the attraction of this lovely place.

Top Things to See and Do in Sualkuchi

  • Sualkuchi is declared as Handloom Heritage Village. So, you will find great handwoven fabrics that are centuries old. Shoppaholics will love this place a lot.
  • Kinkhaap Designed Mekhela Chadors are very popular in Sualkuchi. These types of designs were very popular during the rule of ahom kings. Make sure you check some of these items. Also look for Muga Silk and Pat silks.
  • Birdwatching is the best thing to do in Sualkuchi as lots of migratory birds visit this place in winter.
  • Try traditional cuisines. This will definitely make your day here.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

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Tezpur

Tezpur-Bamuni Hills

Abounding archeological sites, deep mythological connection and beauty that can woo any nature lover, makes Tezpur one of the popular points of tourist interest in Assam. Situated in Sonitpur district, Tezpur is located at the bank of the River Brahmaputra. The city is often called the City of Eternal Romance as it narrates a love story of Usha (King Baana’s Daughter) and Anirudha (Grandson of Lord Krishna). The scenic beauty of Tezpur has been enhanced by the surrounding mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, the sprawling tea gardens, swiftly flowing Brahmaputra and the northern backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, which honestly make the city ever so romantic. Tezpur can be an ideal honeymoon destination in Assam, the kind that will amplify the power of Love.

Top Things to See and Do in Tezpur

  • You will be mesmerized by the culture and flavors of tea in Tezpur.
  • The grandeur of Agnigarh Fort will take you to relive the love story of King Bana’s daughter Usha and Anirudha.
  • The sculptures dating back to the 9th and the 10th centuries at Bamuni Hills are the center of attraction in Tezpur.
  • Enjoy thrilling water sports and the scenic natural landscapes at Chitralekha Udayan. Also enjoy soothing nature walks.
  • The oldest architectural marvel of Assam Da-Parbatia depicts the grandeur and magnificence of Gupta Period. You must visit this wonderful monument.
  • On the serene banks of the river Brahmaputra lies Ouguri Hill which offers breathtaking views of Tezpur and river Brahamputra.
  • Visit the ancient temple of Nag Sankar which dates back to 4th Century AD. The pond near the temple has turtles which are more than 100 years old.
  • Enjoy some blissful moments with your family and friends at Hazara Pukhuri. It is a wonderful picnic spot to spend awesome moments for a memorable family vacation in Assam.

Best Time to Visit – (Summer)March to June and (winter) November to January

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Jorhat

Jorhat Tea Field

Reckoned to be the Cultural Capital of Assam, Jorhat owes much to its history. It was the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom and thus has the last burial mounds of the empire. Today Jorhat has the largest Tea research station in the country and therefore it is now known as the Tea Capital of India. Jorhat is inhabited by people of different cultures; thus, every now and then the city is seen celebrating one festival or the other making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Assam.

Top Things to See and Do in Jorhat

  • Kaziranga National Park is a must visit tourist attraction and top wildlife destination in Assam. Enjoy a thrilling Wildlife Safari and also feed wild Elephants.
  • You will get the best tribe culture tour in Majuli. Taking a cruise through the mighty Brahmaputra River is in itself a blissful journey. The scenic landscapes, unique traditions and cultures, cuisines will elevate your travel experience in Assam. Visiting here is one of the best things to do in Assam.
  • If you love to be caressed by nature’s healing touch you will love the beauty of Sivasagar. Numerous heritage attractions belonging to the Ahom dynasty makes this place more charming and popular to visit for the best Assam holidays.
  • Flow through the wild yet serene waters of Nimati Ghat by indulging yourself in a boat ride.
  • You must not miss Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary. Apart from the exotic wildlife, it is surrounded by Brahmaputra River on one side and emerald tea gardens on the other side. For nature lovers it is pure bliss.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

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Majuli

Majuli Island Assam

A little history and a whole lot of nature makes Majuli the best place to visit in Assam. It is India’s largest riverine island and is also one of the most important Satras established by Sankardeva and Madhavdeb. Formed by the turbulent Brahmaputra, Majuli Island sprawls over an area of approximately 452 sq km. Most of the islands in Majuli get submerged in water during monsoon; however, the bigger islands like Kamalabari, Auniati and Garamur remain in a better condition. Majuli is a birdwatcher’s paradise and the camera wielders are simply going to get hooked to this place. Holiday in Assam is incomplete without paying a visit to this impeccable destination. It comes first in the list of top 10 destinations in Assam.

With almost no hotels, Majuli is a one of its kind place that you will visit in India. Homestays are the only option here, but during the stay one gets the chance to witness the lifestyle of the people of Majuli. The main occupation here is agriculture, weaving, fishing, pottery and boat making.

Top Places to See and Things to Do in Majuli

  • Experience an awe-inspiring ferry ride through the mighty Brahmaputra River and soothe your soul with the enchanting views.
  • Staying in a bamboo hut will be a unique experience.
  • Try Authentic Majuli Thali, it is so delicious that you will never be able to forget.
  • Traditional art of mask making is an art which is worth watching on this river island.
  • A visit to tribal villages of Majuli will elevate your travel experience in Assam.
  • Try Rice Beer, it is served as a welcome drink to the guests who visit tribals.

Best Time to Visit – October to February

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Sivasagar

Sivasagar Assam

Literally meaning The Ocean of Lord Shiva, Sivasagar is one of the popular tourist spots in Assam. This Upper Assam city has served as the seat of the Ahom for over 6 centuries, so you can expect a lot of Ahom influence in the architecture and culture here. Sivasagar was reckoned as the Golden Land by the Ahoms, who by chance reached this gorgeous place and found it worthy enough to be their power seat.

At present, the city is amongst the most important tea and oil trading centers in Assam. Sivasagar is a great place for history lovers. Also, since the city has a fabulous backdrop, photographers are likely to get attracted to it as well.

Top Things to See and Do in Sivasagar

  • Witness the charm of the 1st capital of Ahoms at Charaideo.
  • Sivasagar Sivadol are gorgeous Hindu temple structures which you must not miss in Sivasagar.
  • Embrace the wilderness and make some wild friends at Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary.
  • Gaurisagar Tank, Joysagar Tank and Temples, Rang Ghar, Ahom Museum, Talatal Ghar and Gargaon Palace are some other tourist attractions in Sivasagar. It is not an adventurous place but for sightseeing it is one of the best places to visit in Assam.

Best Time to Visit – October to February

Also Read: Top Places to Visit in Central Assam

Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh Tea Garden

Meet the Tea City of India, Dibrugarh, which is situated in the Upper West region of Assam. An important tea trading center and the authentic reflection of Assam, Dibrugarh has been quite a charmer all through the years. One has the opportunity to see the most turbulent face of Brahmaputra here along with witnessing the scenic panorama of pristine beauty. Dibrugarh has been a popular point of tourist interest in Assam as it offers the opportunity for different adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering and camping and if you are traveling in Assam, you are likely to be advised to visit this beautiful place for sure. The city is also an important hub of silk garments. Exhilarating is all its senses; Dibrugarh is one experience that you should not miss out in Assam.

Top Places to See and Things to Do in Dibrugarh

  • Rainforests of Assam will captivate your soul. For nature lovers and photographers, it’s a wonderful place. So, don’t miss Dehing Patkai and Joypur rainforest in Dibrugarh.
  • Embrace the beauty of the mighty and serene Brahmaputra River and try amazing water adventure activities.
  • Visit Radha Krishna Temple for divine blessings and get mesmerized by its marvelous architecture.
  • Serene nature walks at Naharkatia tea plantations for solace and awesome photography.
  • River camping in Dirhing would be a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with family and friends.

Best Time to Visit- October to March

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North Cachar Hills

North Cachar Hills Assam

Yes, this is the place that you were looking for… far from the madding crowd and nestled in the pristine lap of nature; North Cachar Hills are amongst the best sightseeing places in Assam that you can think of! The rolling hills are home to many tribes in Assam like Dimasa, Hmar, Kuki, Zeme, Biate and Hrangkhol, who have their own customs, dialects and traditions. A lively region with ever so vivacious culture and landscape, North Cachar is a nature lover’s heaven with cascading waterfalls, streams and rivulets and the chain of emerald green mountains.

Top Places to See and Things to Do in North Cachar Hills

  • Watching beautiful birds at jatinga will be one of the best things to do in Dima Hasao.
  • Refreshing vibes in the lush greenery of Halflong and soothing nature walks will elevate your tired spirit.
  • If you love shopping, you must check Haflong Bazar for awesome Handloom products.
  • Dima Hasao as it is called has attractions like Maibang, Umrangso and Panimoor etc. Each of these places has the enigmatic power to leave one spellbound with its beauty and utmost tranquility.

Best Time to Visit- October to March

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Barak Valley

Barak River Assam

Assam got it rolling and Barak Valley led the march. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions that one can come across in Assam, Barak Valley covers the regions of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. Silchar is the major town of this region, which lies on the bank of the Barak River.

The whole of Barak Valley is a dreamland with undulating lush green hills, tea gardens, meandering rivers (Barak and Kushiara) and impeccable peace; it is indeed the best place for honeymoon holidays in Assam. There is an element of romance in its surreal landscapes. Couples would surely enjoy their time in Barak Valley.

Top Places to See and Do in Barak Valley

  • The main attractions of Barak Valley are Khaspur, Bhuban Temple, Salganga, Karimganj, Badarpur Fort, Hailakandi, Pirbadi, Siddeshwar Temple, Adi Kali Mandir and Kachakanti Temple.
  • Nature photography and shopping are the best things to do here.

Best Time to Visit – Winter is the best season to visit Barak Valley but if you want to taste the famous Lakhipur pineapple, monsoon is the best time to be here.

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I am spellbound and hope you are too! Assam just made an indelible mark in my mind and is definitely in my list of places to visit in India. As a traveler, you should also make a note on Assam and visit this surreal land whenever it is possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which are the best places to visit in Assam in December?

  • Halflong Hill
  • Panimoor Falls
  • Orang national Park
  • Kakochang Waterfalls
  • Majuli Island
  • Kamakhya Temple
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Umananda island
  • Barak Valley
  • North Cachar hills
  • Dibrugarh
  • Sivasagar
  • Jorhat
  • Tezpur
  • Guwahati

Which are the top visiting places in Assam for January?

  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Umananda island
  • Barak Valley
  • North Cachar hills
  • Dibrugarh
  • Sivasagar
  • Jorhat
  • Tezpur
  • Guwahati
  • Dispur
  • Nameri National Park
  • Manas National Park

Which are the best places to visit in Guwahati for couples?

  • Nameri National Park
  • Umananda Island
  • Kamakhya Temple
  • Guwahati Planetarium
  • Nehru Park
  • Accoland
  • Alfresco Grand
  • Dispur
  • Manas National Park
  • Sukreswar Temple
  • Chandubi Lake
  • Madan Kamdev

Which are the top places to visit in Guwahati with friends?

  • Fancy Bazaar
  • Umananda Temple
  • Dispur
  • Nehru Planetarium
  • Accoland
  • Chandubi Lake
  • Nehru Park
  • Nameri National Park
  • Manas National Park
  • Guwahati Zoo
  • Assam State Museum

Which are the top tourist destinations in Upper Assam?

  • Charaideo
  • Rang Ghar
  • Talatal Ghar
  • Sivasagar Sivadol
  • Borhill
  • Digboi
  • Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
  • Namphake Village
  • Majuli
  • Jeypore Rainforest
  • Agnigarh

Which are the must visit unexplored or offbeat destinations to visit in Assam?

  • Namphake Village
  • Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
  • Paradise Lake Nagaon
  • Bheloghat Waterfall
  • Garbhanga Forest Hike
  • Bhairabkunda
  • Nakkati Hill
  • Chandubi Lake
  • Panimur Falls
  • Digboi

Which is the best time to plan holidays to Assam?

Winter (October to February) is the best time to plan Assam Holidays because of the pleasant weather, opportunity for adventure sports and festivities.

Which are the nearest airports & railway stations to Assam?

  • Nearest Airport- Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport
  • Nearest Railway station- Guwahati Junction

Is Assam a safe destination to visit?

Yes, absolutely! Assam is the best destination for awesome holidays. It is safe to travel for wanderers.

Is Assam a good honeymoon destination?

Yes, Assam is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit for a romantic honeymoon. The picture-perfect landscapes, soothing weather and cultural experience will take your breath away.

What are the top things or souvenirs to buy from Assam holidays?

  • Handloom Products
  • Handicrafts
  • Metal Crafts
  • Assam Tea
  • Assamese Jewelry
  • Assam Silk
  • Pickles
  • Fulam Gamusa (Towel)
  • Traditional Mask

Published: 07 Feb, 2022

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.