Assam is often in the news for the wrong reasons. The recent floods in Assam have caused massive destruction of property and life including 225 animals in the Kaziranga National Park. It’s a shame that a state so rich in culture and wildlife has to face such damage due to natural disasters. However, the good thing is that conditions are not always so grim in Assam. The winter season is actually an excellent time to visit this breathtaking state known for its food, people, folk dances, nature and wildlife. Located in the relatively lesser-explored north-eastern region of India, Assam is a state that’s abundant in natural beauty and rich in traditions and culture. Home to some scenic wonders as well as cultural delights, Assam may be one of the most underrated tourist destinations in India. So, if you want to tread off the beaten route and explore someplace new, here are 5 best places to visit in Assam.
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The Kamakhya temple in Guwahati is a popular temple dedicated to revered goddess Kamakhya. It holds great significance for Hindus as it is believed to be one of the oldest of the 51 shakti peeths in the country. Considered to be an important pilgrim spot for tantric worshipers, Kamakhya temple is also worth a visit for its beautiful architecture and the plethora of temples in its complex.
One of India’s most popular national park, the Kaziranga National Park is known for its bounteous natural beauty and diverse wildlife. Known mainly for the one horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga is also known to have the highest density of royal Bengal tigers in India. The spectacular road that leads to the park is a delight in itself and has certain viewing points on the way which give you a glimpse of the stunning region. (ALSO SEE Kaziranga National Park hit by Massive Floods: When to Visit Kaziranga National Park)
Pobitora National Park
Located 1 hour from Guwahati, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is actually one of the most underrated wildlife sanctuaries of the country. It is the best place in India to spot the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. There are elephant and jeep safaris available, although we would like to encourage you to stop elephant rides and go for the jeep safari instead.
The Brahmaputra riverside
While the river is often in the news for the floods, when calm, it makes for a breathtaking landscape. The Brahmaputra riverside serves as an excellent picnic spot for tourists and locals alike. However it would be prudent to check weather conditions before making a visit to the Brahmaputra riverside.
Uma Nanda temple, Guwahati
The Uma Nandi temple devoloi or temple in Guwahati is popular among devotees of Lord Shiva, whom the temple is dedicated to. The temple was built way back in the 17th century by Ahom king Gadadhar Singha.
While Assam is home to a number of magnificent monuments and beautiful natural delights, the places mentioned above can be a good start to exploring this marvelous Indian state.