Assam

A northeastern state that shares borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan, Assam is a land of rain, lakes, and cool, breezy hills blanketed with forest. Originally an independent kingdom, Assam was caught in colonial intrigues between the British and the Burmese and was ultimately absorbed into British India. Thanks to the British, however, Assam is home to a number of thriving industries, among them tea and silk. Within Assam live a number of hill tribes, many of whom practice Christianity alongside their native religions, and who live a life quite distinct from inhabitants of other areas of India. While Assam has managed to preserve its natural heritage for the moment, even bringing the endangered Indian rhinoceros back from the brink of extinction, its efforts may be undone by the considerable mineral wealth that lies within its borders.

The best time to visit Assam is during the dry season, which normally runs from November to April; of these times, September and October are particularly pleasant, being dry and cool.

A northeastern state that shares borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan, Assam is a land of rain, lakes, and cool, breezy hills blanketed with forest. Originally an independent kingdom, Assam was caught in colonial intrigues between the British and the Burmese and was ultimately absorbed into British India. Thanks to the British, however, Assam is home to a number of thriving industries, among them tea and silk. Within Assam live a number of hill tribes, many of whom practice Christianity alongside their native religions, and who live a life quite distinct from inhabitants of other areas of India. While Assam has managed to preserve its natural heritage for the moment, even bringing the endangered Indian rhinoceros back from the brink of extinction, its efforts may be undone by the considerable mineral wealth that lies within its borders.

The best time to visit Assam is during the dry season, which normally runs from November to April; of these times, September and October are particularly pleasant, being dry and cool.

Experiences

Guwahati War Cemetery

The Guwahati War Cemetery features over 500 graves honoring those who fought and died in World War II. There are soldiers here from South Africa, New Zealand, India, the British Empire, China, Canada and even Japan.

Jokai Botanical Garden

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at Jokai Botanical Garden, the only natural botanical garden in all of northeast India.

Kaziranga National Park

Measuring about 154 square miles, or 400 square kilometers, Kaziranga National Park spans fertile valleys and grasslands. Bordered on two sides by the mighty Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga is also home to a staggering breadth of plant and wildlife, among them the Asian one-horned rhinoceros, as well as the Asian elephant and Bengal tiger (the latter is quite rare).

Given its biodiversity, Kaziranga is an excellent safari destination; the best time to visit is during the park’s brief, dry and mild winter, which runs from November to February.

Tea Plantations

As tea is one of Assam’s claims to fame, visit a tea plantation and sip various brews in a lovely tea garden. The tea in Assam is grown near sea level, which gives it an earthy flavor and malty sweetness when compared to highland teas such as the famous Darjeeling.

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