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Exotic Destination

Kaziranga National Park

A World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is one of the most, if not the most, visited attractions of Assam. Kaziranga National Park has over 1800 one-horned-rhinoceros roam freely through the dense jungles and vegetation of the park. The Kaziranga National Park was declared as a 'Tiger Reserve' in 2006 owing to the high density of tiger population in the park. Other exotic wildlife thriving in the national park includes elephants, water buffalos, and swamp deer. Birdlife International has declared Kaziranga National Park as an 'Important Bird Area' for conservation of avifaunal species. You can go for an hour long elephant ride through the rhinoceros populated areas. You can also try a thrilling jeep safari through the dense forests of Kaziranga.

   

Majuli Island

The biggest river island in the world, Majuli is located on the river Brahmaputra in Assam and is formed by Brahmaputra in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti joined by the river Subansiri in the north. Making you feel at peace with nature, it is home to many migratory birds. Majuli has been the cultural capital of the Assamese civilization since the 16th century and its main village, Naghmar, hosts all the important events, festivals and prayers. A good learning center for neo-Vaishnavite philosophy, there are 22 Vaishnava Satras in the city, the first of which was established in the 15th century by Sankaradeva, the father of Assamese culture. These attract a lot of tourists.

   

Sibsagar

About 363 km from Guwahati, Sibsagar is situated close to the sight of Charaiadeo the Ancient Capital of the Ahom King (1229 AD) who ruled Assam for 6 centuries. Their rule was consolidated by their domineering presence in the Assam Valley and their stiff resistance to the Mughal incursions. In time their weakened positioning gave the British the advantage to wrest their kingdom in 1826. A large water tank established by queen Madambika in 1734 AD, dominates the city. Strung around it are three temples, the most important of which is Shivadol (quite possibly the tallest Shiva Temple in the country) which is the focal point of Shivaratri Pooja.

   

Hajo

The religious village of Hajo is situated on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River. About 30 kilometres away from Guwahati, Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage centre for Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. There are quite a few temples in Hajo and all enjoy the reverence of their devotees. Most famous is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple atop the Monikut hill. Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrims seek solace at this scared stone temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Hayagriva Madhava Temple is also known for its exemplary architecture. Other historically and religiously important temples in Hajo include the Madan Kamdev Temple on Dewangiri hill and the Kedareswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

   

Madan Kamdev

The Madan Kamdev Archaeological Sight has temples dating back to the 10th - 12th centuries. The relics of temple of Goddess Shakti, built during 11th and 12th centuries are also called as the "Khajuraho of Kamrup".

   

Haflong
Haflong, the only hill resort of Assam is noted for its tranquality and splendid scenic charm. The beautiful lake in the heart of the town is an ideal place for enjoying a peaceful holiday. Haflong is also known for orange and pineapple orchards.

Jatinga : it is known for bizarre 'bird mystry', as migratory birds flock here between Aug.- Nov., to 'commit mass suicide'.

   

Kamakhya Temple

Nestled on the top of the beautiful Nilachal Hil, Kamakhya Temple complex consists of about 20 temples - the largest and most visited being the temple of Goddess Kamakhya. The Kamakhya temple is one of the oldest and most sacred of the 51 Shakti Pithas. The temple comprises of four chambers - one garbhagriha and three mandapas. The garbhagriha is believed to contain the yoni of Goddess Sati fallen on the hill following the splitting of the Goddess' dead body. You can reach the garbhagriha by narrow steep stone steps. The temple complex consists of individual temples dedicated to ten Mahavidyas: Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari, Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamal.

   

Shillong

Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It’s known for Lady Hydari Park’s manicured gardens. Nearby, Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails. North, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people. Waterfalls include the Elephant Falls to the southwest. East of here, forested Shillong Peak offers city views.

   

Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji is a subdivisional town in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is credited as being one of the wettest place on Earth. Cherrapunji holds the all-time record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year.

Cherrapunji is the traditional capital of the Nongkhlaw hima (Khasi tribal chieftainship constituting a petty state) known as Sohra or Churra.

   

Pobitora

Pobitora or Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve in the Morigaon district of the state of Assam in India. It is located about 30 km east of Guwahati. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is about 48 km by road from Guwahati. It is a 1-hour drive through a road passing by River Brahmaputa, and a small portion of the village of Mayong. It has a dense population of the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Pobitora is very beautiful place and it is also home to over 375 species of birds.

   
Umananda

Umananda Island is the smallest river island in the midst of river Brahmaputra flowing through the city of Guwahati in Assam, a state in northeast India. The British named the island Peacock Island for its shape. According to Hindu mythology, Shiva created the island for his wife Parvati's happiness and pleasure. Shiva is said to have resided here in the form of Bhayananda. According to a myth in Kalika Purana, Shiva burnt Kamadeva with his third eye on Umananda when he interrupted Shiva's deep meditation, hence its alternative name Bhasmachal. Umananda Island is the home to the species of golden langur. Maha Shivaratri is widely celebrated in Umananda. Monday is considered to be the holiest day in the temple and the new moon brings bliss to the pilgrims.

   
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