Assam, one of the seven north-eastern states (together called as 'seven sisters'), is the gateway to the north-eastern part of India. Situated just below the eastern Himalayan foothills, Assam is bordered by the Kingdom of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh to its northeast. The states of Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram lie in the south, while Meghalaya lies to the south-west. West Bengal and Bangladesh are to its west.
Assam Travel- Tourist Destinations
Assam, a land of pleasant contrast and excitement attracts large number of tourists every year. From the big towns and cities to the remote areas, Assam offers a wide array of attractions. A journey through this picturesque land is bound to cheer up your mind and body and stimulate you to explore more as well as learn more. Important tourist destinations of the state are Guwahati, Dispur and Tezpur.
Arts & Culture of Assam
A perfect fusion of heritage of several old races has made Assam the home of a rich art & culture. Art and culture of Assam reflect the true spirit, tradition and lifestyle of the people of the state. Music, Dance and several other art forms make important part of the people of Assam. Also, since time immemorial, the people of Assam have traditionally been master craftsmen. Though the state is known mainly for its fine silk fabric and the bamboo and cane products, but you will find several other excellent pieces of crafts here. Some of the popular arts and crafts include Cane and Bamboo, Metal Crafts, Woodcraft, Handlooms, Toys, Pottery, Masks, Jewellery, Terracotta and Traditional Paintings.
How to Reach
By Air: Guwahati airport is the only international airport in the state of Assam. Deccan Air operates an international weekly flight between Guwahati and Bangkok. Apart from Guwahati airport, the state has other airports in Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, North Lakhimpur and Silchar. Several airlines like Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Deccan Air and Sahara Airlines operate regular flights from Guwahati to major cities of India.
By Rail: An excellent rail network of Indian Railways connects Assam with the rest of the country. Assam is well-connected by railways with the rest of the country. Rajdhani Express and several Super-fast and Express trains run between Delhi and Guwahati. A number of trains also run to Guwahati from cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and the rest of the country.
By Road: National Highways and many other roads link Assam with other cities and towns of the country. All the tourist destinations in Assam are well-connected by road network and served by buses and other modes of road transport.
Shopping in Assam
Rich in traditional handicrafts and locally made items, Assam provides you a wonderful shopping experience. While you visit Assam, you can shop a wide range of handicrafts available everywhere from Government Emporia to private shops. In addition to handicrafts, Assam is renowned for its traditional handloom products. Amongst the variety of handlooms, Assam silk is one of the exclusive souvenirs to take back home. Must buy items in Assam include Tea, Silk fabric like - Muga and Paat, Handmade toys, Eri Handloom products, Cane and Bamboo work, Decorative items, Furnitu