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12 Of The Most Fascinating Secrets Of Assam

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From quiet monasteries to colourful markets, the city of Assam is full of fascinating secrets. HolidayIQ Travellers list 12 things that every traveller must do to experience Assam to the fullest.

12 Of The Most Fascinating Secrets Of Assam:

  1. Majuli (Assam)
  2. Kaziranga (Assam)
  3. Manas (Assam)
  4. Jorhat (Assam)
  5. Assam
  6. Digboi (Assam)
  7. Dispur (Assam)
  8. Guwahati (Assam)

1. Majuli - Home To The 22 Neo-Vaishnavite Monasteries


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World’s largest river island, Majuli is home to 22 neo-Vaishnavite monasteries founded in the 15th and 16th centuries by scholar-reformer-saint Sankaradeva, who also initiated deeply beloved forms of music, dance and theatrical performance. HolidayIQ traveller Shilpz S from Mumbai shares, “Satras are monasteries founded by the Vaishnavite saints, primarily started Sankaradeva. These have male disciples residing, and practicing Vaishnavism,immersed in Assamese culture. The Satras actively participate in the dramas and dances-a window in the cultural part of the place.Also on the must do list is a visit to the tribal Mishiing village,where you see the stilted bamboo houses , with ladies weaving handlooms outside the doors. Mishiing weaving in the traditional black and red colors is highly appealing.”

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2. Visit Kaziranga - Place With The Highest Density Of Tigers In The World


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When most people think of travel in Assam, Kaziranga is what comes to mind. The acclaimed wildlife destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site is always better—rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, spectacular birds and deer everywhere, and reportedly the highest density of tigers in the world. HolidayIQ Traveller Pramil Sutar shares,“If you plan to visit Kaziranga, best time to visit is mid of November. Rhinos of Kaziranga National Park are plenty in number. Other than Rhinos you can witness the beauty of wild buffalos & wild elephants. To get most out of your visit you should take the element ride at dawn. This is the time when wild life becomes most active.”

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3. Stunning Views Of Bhutan’s Mountains From Mathanguri Forest Lodge


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Assam’s another UNESCO-listed reserve, Manas, spills across the border into Bhutan. Plan your stay at Mathanguri Forest Lodge. The bedrooms have stunning views of Bhutan’s mountains looming above, while river rapids roared below. HolidayIQ Traveller Mrinal Chaudhury shares, “If you want to have a look of wild animals in wilderness, this is the place amidst the pristine beauty of the north eastern state of Assam. Manas National Park, or otherwise known as the Manas Tiger Reserve is situated on the foothills of Bhutan on the Assam Bhutan border. You can have a glimpse wild animals like deer, sambar, wild boar, innumerable number of peacocks, rhinos, wild buffaloes, wild elephants and if you are lucky even tigers, panthers, leopards and a host of birds including Hornbill, storks etc. Mathanguri which is situated on the Assam Bhutan border with its pristine beauty of the rocky flowing river is a must to visit place. From here you can have river rafting to Bansbari. Elephant rides, Jeep safari, River rafting etc are nicely arranged by the resorts or the hotels available at Bansbari.”

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4. Get A Taste Of Austerity At Uttar Kamalabari, Majuli


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HolidayIQ Traveller Nadh Sai shares, “It has to be the best place to stay in Majuli. Its authentic missing tribe bamboo huts, clean restrooms, home like atmosphere, mouth watering food and such friendly staff make this place perfect. I stayed in the basic bamboo huts which had a twin bed with mosquito net and clean restroom. No hot water but they can provide that in a bucket. Do not expect star property amenities, it's authentic and basic.”

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5. Relish Fish Tenga & Joha Rice At Thengal Manor


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The opulent Thengal Manor provides a fantastic contrast. The Edwardian Manor is known for serving some of the best food in Assam. Try as many meals as you can and get blown away by Chef Bipul Baruah’s creations. Some of the must try dishes are fish tenga, papaya curd, sautéed banana flower and bamboo-shoot chutney, with the local Joha rice. 
HolidayIQ Traveller Babita Goyal says, “ I would say that the food here is exceptional in its own way North-East india.” “ Rice is the staple diet of the people of Assam. It is also used to make variety of sweets and snacks, as well as beer. Fish also plays a major role in the cuisine of Assam. Uncanny ingredients like bamboo shoot, Khar (banana tree ashes), etc are used to cook the various delicacies of Assam,” says HolidayIQ Traveller Ravinder Deekona.

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6. Dance Away With The Red-Bedecked Dancers And Musicians During Bihu


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Celebrated thrice in a year, Bihu is mainly celebrated to welcome the different seasons and appreciate their offerings. Folk or authentic music, colourful attires, delicious foods, joy and merriment fills in the ambience during the auspicious celebration of Bihu. HolidayIQ Traveller Abhiraj Kumar from New Delhi says, “Guwahati is a place worth a visit if you are bored by rush of cities like Delhi. The city is calm. There is less traffic. The Bihu Dance is a must-watch. Go to Kamakhya Temple if you want to see some spirituality.”

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7. Visit Digboi, the Oldest Refinery in Asia


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The ‘Oil City of Assam’ or Digboi is located in the Tinsukia district of Assam. Home to the first oil refinery in the country as well as in the entire of Asia; Digboi Oil Refinery, this scenic town stands as a lively testimony to Assam’s British era. HolidayIQ Traveller Sumit Deka shares, “It's an awesome place, weather is fabulous, there are many historical places in Digboi. Digboi refinery is the first refinery in Asia which was established in the year 1901. In Digboi nature always wears the colours of the spirit.”

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8. Sample Tea At The Jorhat Tea Festival


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On a visit to Jorhat during the months of Novembe to January, you can witness and discover Assam’s immortal bonding with tea leaves at the Tea Festival; a chance to witness and sample some of the best quality black tea in the world and know more about the tradition. HolidayIQ Traveller Mahesh Anantarapu shares, “Jorhat is a district HQ and surrounded by lot of sightseeing places. The place has a number of tea plantations. Visiting the tea gardens is a must.”

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9. A Silky Visit to Sualkuchi


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Take a look at the production of silk and Assam’s specialty, Muga, which is a golden variety of silk, that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It is located about 24 km from the town of Guwahati and is particularly famous for this Muga silk.

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10. Seek Blessings at Kamakhya


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HolidayIQ Traveller Isfaqur Rahman says, “The Kamakhya temple is believed to have been built by the Demon King Narakasura atop the Nilachal hill and people have to climb a thousands steps reach it. It is one of the divine destinations in northeastern India of the cult. The Ambubachi mela is held here every year to honour the menstruation cycle of the mother earth. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit Kamakhya mandir every year. It is definitely a destination of the all people visiting northeastern India.”

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11. Cruise On The Brahmaputra


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Flowing through the entire length and breadth of the state, the mighty Brahmaputra is also an ideal river cruise destination in the country. HolidayIQ Traveller Antara Oruganti says, “Guwahati, famously referred to as the city of light, is a place of many surprises. The mighty Brahmaputra is one of the main highlights of the city. The enitire city is bordered by this beautiful, shimmering river that seems to have a powerful presence of its own. And to add to all this beauty are the green hills, just a few miles away. You can go for a trek to any nearby hillside location or spend your time on a boat sailing the river. Take your time and enjoy a boat ride in the misty river and serene hill side views. When it comes to Northeast cuisine, there's nothing to beat the fish items. Very similar to the Bengali cuisine, Assam has it's delilcious preparations of fish items that include the famous 'Maas tenga'.”

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12. Chomp On The Traditional ‘Assamese Tamul Pan’


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And finally it’s time to chomp on the traditional ‘Axomiya Tamulpaan’ and beat the frostiness of the winter! Tamulpaan comprises of areca nuts served with betel leaves along with a touch of lime. A symbol of respect of honour, Tamulpaan is offered after every meal and in every Assamese family.

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