Places to visit near Guwahati, Assam, Tourist places Sightseeing

Tourist Places to visit near Guwahati, Assam are Kaziranga, rhinoceros,Kaziranga National Park, SIBSAGAR, Talatol Ghar, Joysagar, tezpur.

Assam is the gateway to the North-East located between 90-96 East Longitude and 24-38 North Altitude, Assam is dominated by the mighty Brahamputra river that has its origins in Tibet. Indeed a large part of state is located in 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.

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Kaziranga

tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam - kaziranga national park, assam

kaziranga national park, assam

Assam is perhaps best known for two-things: tea and one-horned rhinoceros which is found in large numbers at Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga, is one of the most visited wildlife reserves of India and figures quiet often on the itinerary of the discerning tourist from around the world.
There are several ways of getting to Kazinranga: you can either fly to Jorhat and then drive to Kaziranga or rent a car or take a bus from Guwahati. The route of this national park,which is full of wetlands and some forests apart from the tall elephant grass, is scenic: one will find men and women fishing in the beels or ponds, children diving into the inviting water on a warm day, coconut sellers hawking their wares by the roadside and boys on buffalo back in paddy fields. In the near distance, the blue hills of Arunchal Pradesh beckon.
you will pass the town of Jagiroad, where the Assam Silk mill has an outlet and the town of Mogaon.14 km from Nogaon is Bordoa, the birth place of the Assamese saint and reformer, Sankardeva who led a 16th century revival movement of Vaishnavism.
Kazinga is spread over more than 430 sq. kms. and is the place where one of the last creatures of the prehistory are, the rhinoceros lives. The lumbering beasts are easy to spot even from the national highway which passes by the sanctuary. They are best viewed from top an elephant rides for tourists which must be booked in advance at the Tourist Centre in Kaziranga. There are jeep safaris as well and these can be organised at the centre. At the sanctuary, you can sight herds of wild elephants, the massive wild buffalo, huge numbers of deer-the hog deer, the barasingha or twelve antlered and the large and stately sambhar. Wild boar abound as do many water birds as well as migratory species, including hornbills, such as the Great Adjutant Stork and cranes. Kaziranga is top in the list of tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam.

 

SIBSAGAR

tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam - Talatol, Assam

Talatol, Assam

Sibsagar was once the capital of the Ahom rulers who dominated Assam for more than 600 years. They ruled Assam virtually uninterrupted for 6 centuries until their kingdom fell to the British, in 1826.Thsi city’s main feature is the water body from which it gets its name: a 257 acre tank that is at a higher elevation than the rest of town, with three temples on the banks. Of these temples ,the most prominent is Shivlok which draws large crowds at Shiv Ratri.  The other temples are the Vishnudol and the Devidol.
Other attraction include Rang Ghar, the double-storied, oval shaped amphitheatre; the seven-storied Talatol Ghar ,with three underground floors, is a place with a difference-there are two secret tunnels here. Joysagar, said to be the biggest man-made lake in the country is spread over 318 acres of water on the edge of the town. A new addition is the Ahom Museum on the bank of the rulers, including sword and cloths, manuscripts, goblets and platters. The ancient capital of the Ahoms is Gargaon about 13 km east from Sibsagar where the major draw is the Kareng Ghar, a seven storied palace built by 18th century architects. Charideo situated nearby is another old capital which was built by the founder of the Ahom dynasty, Sukapha. There are numerous maidens or vaults for the kings and members of royal families here. Travellers cross the Namdang stone bridge carved out of a single boulder hundreds of years ago, over which a busy highway still runs today.
Take a day trip from Sibsagar to Dibrugarh, one of the major tea producing centres of the subcontinent. Near Dibrugarh are major oil and gas installation. The road to the city is flanked by tea gardens on either side, a carpet of green bushes; women and men stand in the shade and sun, plucking the leaves at a surprising pace and tossing them into the conical baskets they carry on their backs. And in Dibrugarh, there are tea plantation even within the city limits. Assam produces most of India’s tea and a visit to a tea factory should be included in an itinerary. Sibsagar is top in the list of tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam.

tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam - Jorhat tea garden, assam

Jorhat tea garden, Assam

Jorhat, another major tea producing area, located on the edge of the Brahamputra, south west of sibsagar is a major cultural centre. Majuli, the world largest inhabited riverine island, which is reversed for its satras or Vaishnavite monasteries, is near Jorhat. It can be reached by ferry.The satras here are significant for Assam because they were set up by Sankradeva, the leader of Vaishnavite revivalism, in the 16th century.Majuli is dominated by the Mishing tribe, which came down from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh many years ago and is among the only tribal riverine community in Assam valley. Their handalooms are exquisite, particularly the colourful Mirizen shawls & blankets which can be used as wall hanging or even bed-cover. Top in the list of tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam.

 

TEZPUR

Driving south from Jorhat and then across the Brahamputra on the Kalia Bhomura bridge,you will come to Tezpur or City of Blood, also known at one time as Sonitpur. A very special sight awaits a visitor to the circuit House in the early mornings: just a few hundred metres away as the first rays of dawn streak the sky, the river comes alive slowly with boats and vessels of all shapes and sizes -ferries and barges ,sail boats and launches and the ubiquitous small nao, or little boat, seen all along the course of this great river.
Ruins of stone temples and a door frame discovered t Da Parbatia about 5 kms. west of Tezpur, date to the 5th and 6th centuries. Other architectural remains include the Agnigarh and Bamuni hills,the Bhairavi and Mahabharib temples and the twin tanks of Bar Pukhuri and Padam Pukhuri.
A new attraction is the Cole park, named after a British administrator, which has been recently redeveloped with the participation of local people. Top in the list of tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam.

tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam - Nameri National Park, Assam

Nameri National Park, Assam

About 50 kms from Tezpur off the road to Arunachal Pradesh, drive over a dirt track and creaky bridges to reach the Eco Camp, a unique experiment by Assam Anglers Association and the state’s Forest department.The Eco camp is near the Jia Bhoroli river and across the river, on the other side ,is the Nameri National Park. Nameri National park is top in the list of tourist places to visit near Guwahati, Assam.
The organisers at the Eco Camp can put together a day or part of a day for white water rafting.The scenery is magnificent: forests on either side,snow capped mountains in the distance and a rushing river at hand. Visitors can do river rafting, with guided by an expert and try their hand at casting for the elusive large and threatened golden Mahseer, the great fish of these waters. This is part of an ecological campaign to save the Mahseer-so part of the river is protected and fish need to be caught and then released in an effort to stablise their dwindling numbers. The food at the camp where the visitor live in modern tents is excellent and on most evenings there is a camp fire with music to brighten the late hours. The Nameri national Park sprawls over Assam into Arunachal Pradesh, The best way of travelling here is (as at Kaziranga) on elephants. There are no roads inside the park. The thick jungle with patches of swamp, is home to a variety of animals and birds. Among the animals you can spot are the powerful Mithun or Indian Bison and the rare White Winged Wood Puck, among the most endangered bird species on earth.
A short distance on the main road to Tawang is Bhalukpong,the entrance of Arunachal Pardesh, where the police check tourist permits.



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