The state of Assam lies to the northeast of India and shares its borders with the state of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram. It’s situated at the foothill of the Himalaya and known to be a lush green valley. This state is one of the most fertile in India and has some of the largest tea gardens known to produce the best tea in the world. It also has a large number of paddy fields and lush forests. Assam is also home to a large number of tea estates. This state is serene, calm and beautiful and a visit here will leave you nostalgic and mesmerized for a long time.
The first mention of Assam can be traced back to the Mahabharata where there is a reference of a kingdom which was then called Kamrup. Archaeological remains from the Gupta Empire as old as the 7th century have been found in Assam.
Assam was ruled by the Ahom tribes who hail from Myanmar during 1228. This is when Hinduism became popular in the state. The Ahoms ruled for almost 6 centuries.
It was post Independence that Assam was declared as an independent state and most of the regions that came under the Northeast region automatically fell under Assam. The states gradually got divided in 7 different states, Assam still being the largest.
Things To Do
Assam is known for its natural greenery and beauty. When you’re in Assam, you can do a number of things. If you’re looking for some sightseeing options then there are some amazing temples here that you can pay a visit to. There are also a few wildlife sanctuaries which will impress you. The temples include Kamakhya Temple and the Navagrah Temple in Guwahati while some popular wildlife sanctuaries include the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kaziranga Game Sanctuary, and the Manas National Park.
Shopping in Assam is fun. You will get a number of silk saris, bamboo cane items and tea that you must take back home. Assam also offers a number of outdoor activities including angling, golfing, hang-gliding and para-sailing, rock climbing, trekking, and white water rafting.
Best Time To Visit
Assam is a subtrpoical state that has humid climate. The rainfall in this state is heavy, so visiting the state during this time is not a good idea since you will find it tough to check out the different places here and traveling becomes an issue. Winters are the best time to visit Assam since it is cool and you can avoid the otherwise humid climate that this state is famous for. The best time to visit Assam is between the months of November to May.