Assam has different kinds of tourist attractions ranging from historical sites, natural beauty to adventure. Let's explore such 26 popular sightseeing places in this beautiful state.
Kaziranga National Park
This is the most popular wildlife park of Assam and one of the largest national parks in India. The Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. It is famous for its population of Indian one-horned rhinoceros that attracts lots of tourists from around the world. This Park has a very wide range of flora and fauna.
This national park is located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Golaghat district. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions not only in Assam but also in the entire Northeast India. This is home to the world's largest population of endangered One-Horned Rhinoceros and Indian Wild Buffalo.
The Park is famous for its population of Rhinoceros which is the world's largest concentration of One-Horned Rhinos. The Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hoolock Gibbon are some of the rare species which can be found only in Assam and nearby states.
Kaziranga National Park is a well-known tourist attraction in Assam about which films have been made too. It is situated at a distance of about 107 kilometres from the city of Guwahati. The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is between November and May when the weather is quite pleasant.
Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden
This is the second-largest zoo of Assam situated at a distance of about 13 kilometres from Lachit Nagar. It has been established over an area of about 10 acres and is famous for its collection of different species of animals, birds and some rare species as well. The zoo has several amenities such as food stalls, a cafeteria and a toy train for the kids.
Guwahati Tea Auction Centre
This is the largest tea auction centre in the world where tea auctions take place on a daily basis. You can visit this place to know about the process of making tea and its export. The variety of tea available here is worth tasting. This place also has a canteen which serves some exquisite Assamese delicacies.
Assam State Museum
This is the largest museum in Assam and one of its kind in India. It has a large art collection and other historical artefacts which you can see while visiting this place. The museum has been set up at Lachit Nagar near Guwahati over an area of about 10 acres.
This temple is located atop Nilachal Hill in Assam. It is dedicated to Kamakhyan Devi who is one of the popular Hindu fertility goddesses. The temple gets its name from the tantric practices related to it. According to legends, this place has close connections with Shakti tradition and Tantric texts. The temple is visited by lots of tourists every year for its tantric practices.
Sheikh Muslihuddin Home and Museum
This is the house where Sheikh Muslihuddin, the famous Sufi scholar was born in 1857 at Fatwabad now in Nagaon district of Assam. He was a disciple of Mahim Bora and became a prominent religious figure of the time. There is a small museum in this house dedicated to his memory.
Barpeta town and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
This ancient town located at about 50 kilometres from Guwahati is famous for its ancient temples, scenic beauty and wildlife sanctuaries. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of about 20 kilometres from Barpeta and is famous for its population of One-Horned Rhinoceros.
Sualkuchi town and Sualkuchi Brahmins
This place is situated at a distance of about 25 kilometres from Guwahati and is famous for its handicrafts. It is also known for its ancient Sualkuchi culture, dances and folk music which are part of the rich Assamese traditions.
This ghat is located over the Brahmaputra River at a distance of 12 kilometres from Tezpur city in Assam. The beauty of this place is worth seeing and Khamukh Ghat is often considered one of the most amazing places to visit near Guwahati.
Sun Temple Kamrup (Rural)
This temple is dedicated to Lord Surya who is called Bhaskar, or Aditya in India. The Sun Temple is located just at a distance of about 12 kilometres from Guwahati and is believed to be built by King Raghu Deva.
Baguri Kamakhya Temple
This temple dedicated to Goddess Kali or Baguri is located about 2 kilometres from the famous Kamakhya Devi Temple in Assam. It is one of the prominent temples in the city of Guwahati and is situated at a distance of about 5 kilometres from Bharalu. The idol of Baguri Devi in the temple is quite ancient and it has been worshipped for centuries by lots of devotees.
This small town located over the banks of river Brahmaputra River is around 20 kilometres from Tezpur city in Assam. This place is famous for its ancient Vishnu temple which is dedicated to Biswanath or Lord Vishnu.
Bhalukghat Tea Estate
This tea estate is located at a distance of about 40 kilometres from Guwahati and is popular for producing pure Assam tea. The scenic beauty of this place is worth seeing and the tea estate has an 18 feet tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi standing in front of it.
The Brahmaputra is one of the longest rivers in Eastern India and is famous for its wide valley where it enters into Assam after flowing through Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Brahmaputra River Cruise is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Assam.
Rani Jhansi Marine National Park
Located on the south bank of Devi River in the Bongaigaon district, it serves as a refuge for migratory birds which can be spotted in the winter season. Crocodiles and otters are the major attractions of this park.
It is a town located on the north bank of Biswanath River with its own municipality which was once famous for the handmade paper industry. This place attracts tourists by its rich historical background as it contains many ancient temples, monuments, and shrines. This place is also famous for its Bihu festival which falls in the month of April and May.
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
It is located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in Tinsukia district, Assam. It is considered one of the best bird-watching destinations in Asia due to the large number of migratory birds which visit this park during the winter season. This place is also famous for its rich wildlife and vegetation.
This lake is located in the heart of Nagaon town on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra. It was once a favourite picnic spot but after the construction of Koliabor Bridge in 1988 it lost its popularity. But still this place attracts locals and nearby town people to come here in the weekends for picnicking purposes.
It is a town located on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra. It is known for its rich cultural heritage and temples which attract both domestic and international tourists. One of the most famous temples in Bongaigaon is the Baidyanath Dham temple which is believed to be one of the 12 Shiva Jyotirlingas of India. There are many other temples in Bongaigaon that are popular for their architectural significance.
Located on the south bank of river Brahmaputra, it has always been an important place for its strategic location and natural resources availability. It is famous for its rich historical background having connections with the Indian independence movement in the early 20th century. This village is also a destination for bird watchers during the winter season.
It was established in 1974 by the forest department of Assam and has become one of the well-known tourist attractions of Bongaigaon city. It is located on the south bank of Brahmaputra and has a large collection of 37 mammals, 45 birds and 8 reptiles.
It is a town located on the south bank of river Ujir or Desoi at about 130 km from Guwahati. Hamren was the last capital of the Ahom dynasty before they shifted to Gargaon in the Sibsagar district.
Hamren Government College is one of the premier colleges of Assam and is known for its excellence in higher studies as well as sports activities.
Pancharatna Floating Restaurant / River Court Restaurant / Chulajhari Eco-Tourism Village
This floating restaurant is situated just near Kaziranga National Park on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra. This place is also famous for its fish dishes which are served by the local people of nearby villages.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is situated about 110 km away from Guwahati city on the north bank of river Gaurang or Barnadi. It contains a large population of Golden Langur, barking deer, rhesus macaque and wild boar.
There are lots of small towns located near Guwahati which are famous for their ancient temples, beautiful landscapes and lush forest areas. These places make visiting Assam even more interesting.
The Rangapahar Fort is located on a hillock on the northern bank of river Brahmaputra in Guwahati city of Assam near National Highway 37. The fort was built by King Rudra Singha in 1694 A.D and Ashok Singh after ascending to throne of Ahom kingdom added more buildings within its precincts. This fort is a favorite with the visitors and one can find about 10 ancient temples around this fort.
It is a small town located on the south bank of river Brahmaputra. It is famous for its handloom industry and Assam silk sarees which attract both domestic and international tourists to visit this place.
Pobitora National Park
It is one of the famous national parks located on the south bank of river Brahmaputra. The major attraction here are the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tiger. This park has been declared as a heritage site by UNESCO for its rich bio-diversity and large number of endangered species.
These are some of the major attractions that are found in Assam. The attractions are given in random order, without any preference. This is because all these places have something unique to offer and every place has its own beauty which you should not miss at any cost.
So, enjoy your trip and don't forget to check out all these places when you reach Assam. If you like this article, please share it with your friends and let them know.