Exciting Assam

 
One of the beautiful states of India, Assam, is the gateway to the enchanting beauty of the country. Assam is synonymous with pristine natural beauty, teemingwildlife, and immaculate tea gardens, warm tribal peoplethat are exposure to the state’s beauty. Since the days of Hiuen-Tsang (Chinese Buddhist monk), Assam has fascinated the rest of the world with its aura of myth and mysteries, history and folklore, music and dance.
Assam has the most diverse culture and products all over the world, starting with the world famous Assam Tea, One horned Rhino, Crude Oil, Bihufestival, Mighty Brahmaputra River, Assam silk where Muga Silk has got the Geographical Indication in 2007, Majuli (the largest river Island), Umananda (the smallest river Island), Tempting Traditional Food, India’s longest bridge “The Dhola Sadiya bridge”, and variety of flora and fauna.

Maa Kamakhya Mandir

 

The religious Gem of the country Maa Kamakhya Mandir is situated at the Hillock of the Nilachal Pahar in Guwahati.Despite of so much diversity in traditions,cultures and ethinicities the faith in the supreme power binds the people over here in diverse forms. The deity of the temple,Kamakhya Temple is revered as the ‘Bleeding Goddess’.

The Ambubachi Mela is the most important festival of Maa Kamakhya Temple. The best time to visit Kamakhya Temple is the month of June as the Ambubachi Mela is celebrated in the month of June.

 

Majuli

 

Majulis the world's largest riverine island in Guinness book of world's record. Majuli is also famous for its tradition and its vibrant culture. Majuli is also known as ‘Mani Kanchan Sthal’. The ‘Mising Tribe’ of the village has a unique lifestyle,and they celebrate various festivals with a lot of pomp and show.

The main festival celebrated is the famous ‘Raas festival’ in the month of October-November.

 

Kaziranga National Park

 

Kaziranga National Park is a world heritage site famous for the One Horned Rhino. Apart from being a rich natural habitat for Rhinos, Kaziranga also has a sizable population of the Wild Buffalos and great herds of wild elephants, sometimes numbering up to 200, including other major counts of species.
A visit to Kaziranga is an experience of a lifetime with wildlife &nature. The National park is surrounded by Brahmaputra river and the KarbiAnglong,offers phenomenal natural beauty.
Apart from tea, silk and petroleum, Assam is known for ample variety of Orchids. The Kaziranga’s fauna landscape has definitely got a new picture with the introduction of the Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park.
The Kaziranga National Park also offers Jeep safari and Elephant safari for the wildlife lovers to explore the wilderness smoothly. The best time to visit is from November to April.

 

Historic Sivasagar

 

Sivasagar, one of the holistic towns in the upper ranges of Assam as it is the rich and diverse biodiversity surrounded by many historic attractions, was formerly known as ‘Rongpur’. The original name of Sivasagar district was Sibpur. Sivasagar is popular for its Ahom monuments and palaces which are a work of excellence. Encircled by the lovely ambience and graceful hills this place has a number of other attractions as well. With booming Tea and oil industries, tourism is an additional bonus point for the town of Sivasagar. One of the top things to do in Sivasagar is to visit Sivasagar Shivadol Temple which gave this town its name and was built during the year 1734 by Kuwori Ambika, wife of Swargadeo Siba Singha.
The major points of attractions in Sivasagar are –
Shivadol: This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and was built by Bar Raja Ambika, Queen of Ahom King Swargadeo Siba Singha, located on the shores of the Sibsagar Lake and was constructed in 1734.It is the tallest shiva temple in India with a height of about 32 metre.

Joysagar Tank and Temples: Located nearby Rongpur, these massive structures were completed in a record 45 days in 1697. Along with these tanks and temples which span area of nearly 320 acres, there are also temples on the banks of the water body – Jeydol, Shiv Temple, Devi Ghar, and Nati Gosain Temple.
Rang Ghar: Often known as ‘House of Entertainment’ and also reffered to as the ‘Colosseum of the East’, Rang Ghar is one of the oldest surviving amphitheaters of Asia. This monument is an important edifice reflecting the architectural precision and grandeur of that time. Originally, the two-storied building was built by Ahom ruler Swargadeo Pramatta Singha to be used by Ahom Kings and nobles for witnessing sports like buffalo fights and other sports held at the adjoining Rupahi Pathar. It served as a royal sports pavilion particularly during the Rangali Bihu festival of Rangpur.
Talatal Ghar: The Talatal Ghar or the Rangpur Palace is situated in the northern region of Assam and is one of the most impressive of Tai Ahom architecture. It is the largest of all Ahom monuments in the entire world and it stand as a worthy testament to the vibrant Assamese culture and its rich history. The upper ground floor is popularly known as Kareng Ghar and was used by as a live-in palace by the royalty of Assam. Raja Swargadeo Rudra Singha, the successor of Swargadeo Rajeswar Singha, made the Talatal Ghar an elegant and truly spectacular seven-story royal palace. The monument is of typical Mughal architecture style, built with purely organic materials – bricks and organic cement (a mixture of rice powder and duck eggs), standing tall and strong for centuries.
Other attractions for tourist to envy Sivasagar are – Vishnu Dol, Devi Dol, Charaideo, Gaurisagar Tank, Sibsagar Lake and the beautiful Tea gardens nearby Sivasagar.
 


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