The largest of the states
in the northeast of India is Assam whose capital, Guwahati, has
an inspired location on the banks of the River Brahmaputra. Amidst
Assamís verdant lushness are two important game sanctuaries, Manas
and Kaziranga, both best known for their population of one
horned Indian rhinoceros, a species that faced extinction. Much of the
rest of the state is devoted to tea plantation which yield the strong
Assam leaf popular all over the world.
The ancient city of
Pragjyotishpur or the light of east is the site of modern Guwahati,
the Gateway to North Eastern India.
: 55 metres.
Temperature (deg C) : Summer- Max. 35, Min.
22; Winter- Max. 26, Min. 10.
Rainfall : 180 cms (from May to Sept.)
Best Season : October to May.
: Indian Airlines connect Guwahati with Calcutta, Delhi,
Bagdogra, Imphal Agartala, Dibrugarh and Dimapur.
Fare : Calcutta - Guwahati Rs.1157/- (Y), Rs.1433/- (C),
: Guwahati is connected by rail with New Delhi, Calcutta,
Bombay, Madras, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Cochin, Silchar, Tinsukia and
Fare : Calcutta - Guwahati Rs.905/-(AC-2A), Rs.688/-(I),
: Guwahati is connected by good motorable roads with Shillong
103 kms, Kaziranga National Park 217 kms, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
176 kms, Dimapur 280 kms, Itanagar 420 kms, Imphal 487 kms, Agartala
599 kms, Aizawal 538 kms, Gangtok 624 kms, Darjeeling 587 kms,
Calcutta 1182 kms and Kohima 342 kms.
: Guwahati is connected by regular bus services with Shillong,
Silchar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur, Siliguri, Sibsagar, Dimapur,
Kohima, Imphal, Aizawal, Itanagar, Barpetta Road and Cooch Bihar.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Janardhan Temple, Navagrah
Temple, Umananda Temple, Bhubaneshwari Devi Temple.
Assam Zoo and Botanical
Gardens : 0700 to 1600 hrs (Sep to March)
Anthropological Museum :
1000 to 1600 hrs. Closed on University Holidays
Assam Forest Museum :
1000 to 1600 hrs (Mon to Fri), 1000 to 1300 hrs (Sat)
Museum of Animal
Husbandry and Vaterinary Science
Assam State Museum :
1000 to 1630 hrs (Tue to Sat), 0800 to 1200 hrs (Sun)
Dept. of Historical &
Antiquarium Research : 1000 to 1600 hrs. Sun Closed.
Haplong (Hill Station) 355
kms; Jatinga (Famous for bird mystry near Haplong) 364 kms; Hajo 32
kms; Kamakhya Temple 10 kms; Basistha Ashram 12 kms; Sualkuch 32 km;
Chandubi Lake 64 km; Orang 150 km; Darrang 100 km; Bhairakunda 137 km;
Batadrawa 134 kms; Barpeta 137 kms; Tezpur 181 kms; Bhalukpung 250 kms;
Dibrugarh; Digboi; Jorhat; Majuli.
Government Of India
Tourist Office, B.K.Kakati Road, Ulubari, Guwahati 781 007. Tel:
Directorate Of Tourism,
Government of Assam, Station Road, Guwahati 781 007. Tel: 52-7102.
Assam Government Tourist
Office, 8 Russel Street, Calcutta 700 016. Tel: 29-8331.
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Kaziranga National Park
Situated on the south bank
of the Brahmaputra river, Kaziranga National Park is famous for the
stronghold of the armoured one-horned Indian Rhinocerous. The
Sanctuary provides unique setting for a sight of its best known wild
life including birds.
Area of the Park
: 430 sq. kms.
Temperature (deg C) : Summer- Max.35,
Min.18.3; Winter- Max.24, Min.7.2.
Rainfall : Heavy in Summer (2300 mms).
Best Season : November to March.
Closed Season : Mid-April to Mid-October.
Languages spoken : Assamese, Bengali, Hindi,
: Nearest airport Jorhat (96 kms) is connected by Indian
Airlines flights with Calcutta which in turn is connected with other
cities in India.
Fare : Calcutta - Jorhat (Thursday & Sunday) Rs.1956 (Y).
: Nearest railway station Furkating (75 kms from Kaziranga)
on the metre guage line is directly connected to Guwahati which in
turn is connected with the other major cities in India.
Fare (approx) : Calcutta - Furkating (via Guwahati) Rs.1175
(AC-2A), Rs.925 (I), Rs.300 (II).
: Kaziranga (Kohora) to Guwahati 217 km, Jorhat 96 km,
Furkating 75 kms.
: The Assam Road Transport Corporation runs regular buses from
Guwahati, Jorhat, Furkating which stop at Kohora 5 kms outside the
Park and where the accommodation is located. Long distance night
coaches run by private operators from Guwahati and Jorhat also stop
here on request. The Tourist Department, Kaziranga Forest Lodge, has
a reservation quota of 10 seats on the Kaziranga Express from
Golaghat to Guwahati.
: Taxis available.
SIGHTSEEING IN THE PARK
Charges inside the Park
Elephant Charges (per
seat) Rs.75 (adult), Rs.50 (child).
Vehicle Charges Jeep/Car
Mini Bus Bus Toll Fee (per vehicle) Rs.75 Rs.100 Rs.125 View Fee
(per person) Rs.10 Rs.10 Rs.10
Camera Charges Amateur
Professional Still without Telelence Rs.15 -- Still with Telelence
Rs.40 Rs.150 Movie (8 mms) Rs.75 -- Movie (10 mms) Rs.200 Rs.750
Video Camera Rs.400 Rs.1500 Movie Camera (35 mms) -- Rs.1500
NOTE : Toll Fee,
View Fee, Elephant Charge & Camera Fees are payable at Range Forest
Office, Kohora, Kaziranga National Park.
It is essential for
visitors to take a Forest Department guide with them if they are going
by car or jeep, so that he can both direct the vehicle and also sight
wildlife for the visitors.
HOURS TO VISIT THE
On Elephant Back: 0500 to
0600 hrs, 0630 to 0730 hrs and 1530 to 1630 hrs.
By Road : 0800 to 1100 hrs and 1400 to 1630 hrs.
ROAD ROUTES FOR
VISITING THE PARK
Kaziranga Range: Kohora,
Western Range : Baguri, Monabeel, Bimoli, Kanchanjuri.
Eastern Range : Agoratoli, Sohola, Rangamatia.
These are located at
Sohola, Mihimukh, Kathpara, Foliamare and Harmoti.
Government of India
Tourist Office, B.K. Kakati Road, Ulubari, Guwahati- 781 007. Tel:
Director of Tourism,
Government of Assam, Ulubari, Guwahati- 781 007. Tel: 52-7102.
Kaziranga Wild Life
Sanctuary, P.O.Kaziranga- 785 109, Assam. Tel: 23 (Kaziranga
Assam Government Tourist
Office, 8 Russel Street,
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Sibsagar was the capital
of the Ahom Kings who ruled Assam before the advent of the British.
The town is build round the Sibsagar tank, dug over 200 years ago. The
tank is above town level although situated in the heart of the town.
On its banks are located some of the famous temples of Sibsagar. The
Shiva temple, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be the
highest Hindu temple in India.
How To Get
: The nearest airport is at Rewriah, Jorhat (55 kms away)
connected by Indian Airlines with Calcutta, Guwahati and Tezpur.
: The nearest railhead is Simaluguri (16 kms away) on main N.F.
: Sibsagar is connected by road to most of the important places
Some distances are :
Guwahati - 369 kms
Kaziranga - 152 kms
Jorhat - 55 kms
Nowgong - 249 kms
Dibrugarh - 76 kms
Tinsukia - 114 kms
What To See
Sibsagar Tank and
Temples : The tank comprising 120 acres of water, dug
ever 200 years age, is above town level although situated down town.
fed by natural springs, the tank is surrounded by deep ditches and
earthen moats. Three temples are built on itsbanks - Siva temple,
Vishnu temple and Devidol temple.
: Built in 1699 by king Rudra Singha about 6 kms from Sibsagar
it is an underground garrison having three stories the lowest
connected with Dikhow river by tunnel.
: 9 kms from Sibsagar, this is a seven storied castle-four above
and three below the ground containing two underground pathways to
Dikhow river and Garden palace.
:The Ahom Kings watched elephant fights and other sporting events
from this two- storied oval-shaped pavilion built by king Pramutta
Joysagar Tank and
Temple : Historical records reveal that the tank was
constructed in 45 days at Rangpur in 1697. The tank stands on the area
of 318 acres half of which is under water and on its banks stand the
Jeydol (Vishnu) temple, Shiva temple and Devi Ghar and Ghanashyam (Nati
: 16 kms south of Sibsagar on the Assam Trunk Road, Gaurisagar
is one of the historical tanks constructed by Queen Phuleswari in the
year 1723. This springfed tanks is 150 acres under water and on its
banks stand three temples dedicated to Devi, Shiva and Vishnu.
: The principal town of the Ahom Kings, constructed by the 15th
Ahom King Suklemnung in 1540 lies in 13 kms east of Sibsagar. The
present seven storied palace was built by King Rajesshar Singha in
about 1762. All the underground stories and passages were blocked by
the East India Company. The magazine made of bricks is within the
palace compound and further eastward are two old stone bridges
constructed by King Gadadhar Singha.
: 28 kms east of Sibsagar, was the original capital of the Ahom
Kings built by Sukhapa the founder of the dynasty in about 1229.
Charaideo is famous for its numerous maidams (vaults) of the kings and
members of the royal family resembling the pyramids of egypt. Most of
them were build of stones and bricks and are in ruins now.
: A great number of old Sastras of the Vaishava cult Muslim
Dargahs, Budhist and Sakta shrines are to be found around Sibsagar,
Besides, there are more than 500 tanks, vaults, earthen forts and
castles belonging to the Ahom, Manipuri, Jaintia Shan and Kachari
kings in this sub-Division.
Jorhat (55 kms.)
Itinerary is famous for its sprawling tea gardens. It is the nerve
centre of tea industry. It has the world reknowned Teklai Experimental
Centre.Research is carried out to find new varieties of tea and also
therapeutic effected of green tea. Regional Research Laboratory which
is situated here conducts investigation on plants, herbs and seil.
There are also other organisations such as Assam Agricultural
University, Technical School etc. From Jorhat, one may visit majuli,
the largest island on the Brahmaputna. In Majuli, there are numerous
satras or monasteries. 60 kms aways from Jorhat, lies Nambar Foprest
reserve which is famous for being a rejuvenating hot spring. Further
90 kms down, one comes across Dimapur (in Nagaland), once the seat of
Dibrugarh (76 kms)
It is an upcoming major trading centre and a lovely river side town in
Upper Assam. This is the place where the mighty river Brahmaputra is
at its majestic best.
Miscellaneous Information :
: State Bank of India, United Bank of India, Central Bank of India
Clubs : Lions Club
Information Centre :
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At 680 metres above sea
level, in the lush hilly terrain lies this lovely lakeside resort
which is Assam's only hill station. It is the headquarters of North
Cachar Hills District and is situated at a distance of 355 kms from
Guwahati. Haflong is the name of variety of orchids, one of them being
the rare Blue Vanda.
: Nearest airport is Dimapur (266 kms), Jorhat (364 kms)
Gguwahati (355 kms). All there connected by Indian Airlines with
: Haflong is connected by North Erontier Railway from Guwahati
: Itinerary is connected by road to important places. The
distance to some important places are :
Guwahati - 355 kms.
Diphu - 170 kms
Dimapur - 266 kms
Jorhat - 364 kms
Newgong - 309 kms
Golaghat - 335 kms
Assam State Transport Corporation Buses connect most of these places
What To See
: Situated in the heart of the hill station it is a picturesque
: 9 kms away, this village has attracted orinthologists from all
over the world to unreveal the mystery of the flocks of little
migratory birds crashing to death on still dark nights. The phenomenon
is attributed by scientists to the sensitivity of these birds to infra
red emissions of the torches borne by the villages during the nights.
An elevated watch tower provides an opportunity to see this bird
: 47 kms away from Haflong, on the banks of river Mahur lies the
ruins of the once flourishing capital of the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom. A
stone house and temple of Kachari kings can be seen at Maibong.
: 115 kms away from Haflong by road, the biggest hydel plant under
North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) has come up with dams
across the river Kopili, a tributery of the Brahmaputra. Near Umrangsu,
there is a hot water spring (Garampani) which is believed to possess
For Tourist Information :-
Officer, Haflong PO : Haflong, District - N.C.Hills, Tel : 268.
Directorate of Tourism,
Assam, Station Road, Guwahati 781001, Tel - 27102/31022
Tourist Information Officer, Station Road, Guwahati 781001, Tel :
Officer, Assam, 8 Russel Street, Calcutta - 71.
Officer, B-1, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi - 110001 Tel :
325897Haflong, N.C.Hills Tel : 268
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Department of Tourism. Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Government of India.