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Assam is the gateway to the North-East and is dominated by the mighty river Brahmaputra that has its origin in Tibet. Indeed, a large part of the state is located in the narrow valley that the river has created over the ages. The state's population includes a startling mix of Dravidians and Aryans and Tibeto-Burmans. Assam is perhaps best known for two things: tea and the one-horned Rhinoceros, which is found in large numbers at Kaziranga National Park. 


The capital of Assam, is Dispur, a suburb of Guwahati in 1972. The uneven topography of the land, full of hills, plains and rivers might, therefore, have contributed to her name. The Mongolian Ahom dynasty which had ruled Assam for more than six hundred years might also be the cause for her name.

Guwahati :

Next to the mighty Brahmaputra River, is also Assam's Capital. Host to the world's largest Tea Auctions and full of ancient Hindu Temples. It is divided into two towns housed on either sides of the river - Guwahati and North Guwahati. Guwahati is also Assam's biggest city. We can find the mention about Guwahati in the epic of Mahabharata, known by the name of Pragjyotishpura, meaning the eastern City of Light. 


The largest river island in the world is in Assam.



Where birds come in hundreds and die also in Assam.

Assamese is the most widely spoken language of Assam and is spoken by more than one crore people. The origin of the Assamese language dates back to antiquity. Scholars are of the view that the language originated from the eastern variety of Magadhan Prakrit. It is by all standards a composite language into which words of Indo-Aryan, Indo-Chinese as well as Tibeto-Burman origins have made their way.

Assam was once upon a time the original home of Tantricism in India. The Shakti temples like Kamakhya in Guwahati and Kechaikhati near Sadiya are proof to this. While veneration to Shiva largely prevailed in the early period, the other goddess cult gained ground subsequently. In fact, at one time, Assam came to be identified with Tantrik Shaktism, especially centering around the Kamakhya temple. Even today, Shiva and the Mother Goddess are venerated in various forms at the folk level in large sections of the Assamese society, both tribal and non-tribal.

Jorhat :

A night stop for travelers to Majuli.


Tezpur :

Center for Tea Industry with still having a touch of Colonialism.

Also in Tezpur we have Cole Park, which has 9th century sculptures and the excavated remains of a palace.

There is also a Agnigarh Hill which provides a marvelous view of the river at sunset.

Sibsagar :

Important center for the tea and oil Industries and 55 kms from Johrat. It was also the summer capital of Assam for 600 years before the arrival of British in India.

An artificial lake built by some Queen in 1734 is in the center of the town with a Shiva temple next to it. This temple is 33m tall and one of the tallest in the country.

Silchar :

Famous as a Transport Base into this side of the country.     


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