ASSAM

The Himalayan foothills in the north and the state of Meghalaya in the south. With the mighty Brahmaputra River raging through it, Assam is one of the most fertile states in India spread over 800kms of lush forests and paddy fields. Best known for its terraced tea gardens that produce some of the world’s finest tea and the one horned rhino that roams free in the Kaziranga Park, Assam also boasts of numerous golf courses dotting the many tea estates.

Every corner of Assam has something to offer – from wildlife, to temples and monuments, to outdoor adventure, to it’s amazing people – Assam is a beautiful state.

Capital: Dispur

Best Time of Visit:

  1. The best time to visit Assam would be November to May when cool winds from the Himalayan foothills temper the heat and humidity.
  2. March to May is when the orchids are in bloom; the people are joyous and festive and the Bihu (harvest festival) drums resonate in the valley.
  3. Assam is best avoided during the rains (June to September) when heavy downpours cause the Brahmaputra River to flood its banks all across the state.

Min Days Required: 5 days

Places of Interest: 

  1. Guwahti – Kaziranga National Park, Saraighat Bridge, Assam State Zoo, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Dispur  - Jatia, Basistha Ashram, The Garbhanga Reserve
  3. Tezpur – Agnigar Hill, Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary, Bamuni Hills, Padum Pukhuri
  4. Digboi – Digboi Lake, War Cemetery
  5. Silchar – Borail Wildlife Sanctuary, Silchar Tea Gardens, Lake Sone

Climate:

  1. The climate of Assam is humid and subtropical. Rainfall is extremely heavy, about 1800 to nearly 2500 mm (about 70 to nearly 100 inches) annually.
  2. The average temperature in January ranges from 10°C to 23° Celsius (50° F to 73° Fahrenheit) and in July it ranges from 26° C to 32° Celsius (79° F to 90° Fahrenheit). Assam is subject to floods and earthquakes.
  3. Avoid visiting in the monsoons, as transportation gets disrupted and you may be stranded indefinitely.

Things to carry:

  1. Summers usually tend to be hot and humid, with the mercury rising to about 30- 35 degree Celsius. So, light cotton clothes will be the best option in this season.
  2. Also ensure that you apply ample of sunscreen, to avoid getting a tan. Umbrellas and raincoats are also a must-have, as heavy showers sometimes overlap summers.
  3. Winters are mild and light woolen clothes can be used.
  4. A wide variety of woolen clothes can be purchased from the local shops at very low prices and thus, a heavy travel bag can be avoided.

How to get there:

Air:

  1. The national carrier and private airlines have flights from major Indian metropolis to Borjhar Airport, 25km from Guwahati.
  2. The other cities in Assam that are connected by air to the rest of India are Silchar, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Jorhat and North Lakhimpur.

Rail:

      1. You can get into Assam by train quite easily from any major city in India. There are direct train services from Calcutta, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum to Guwahati, the rail hub of             Assam.