A vast state in the North East of India, Assam remains an unknown proposition for many travellers. The state is a land of many cultures and languages and its diverse terrains are teeming with some of the earth’s rarest species. The gateway to this magical place is Guwahati, a bustling city on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra. There are many interesting road trips that can be made from the city. With an easily available car rental in Guwahati, one can plan a trip spontaneously. Here are some of the famous destinations in Assam that cannot be missed.
A 350-km trip through the plains of Assam and a ferry ride later, one can reach Majuli – the largest river island in the world. This speck of land on the sea-like Brahmaputra is not just a geographical wonder, but it is also home to some distinctive culture. It is the home of the neo-Vaishnavite sects and there are many other indigenous communities that call this island district their home.
The local handlooms are famous all over the world and some of the important landmarks here are the temples – the DakhinpatSatra and the AuniatiSatra. Majuli is also a paradise for bird lovers. Many migratory birds land in Majuli during the winter months – some of them are the Pallas’s Fish Eagle and many types of warblers, pipits, and wagtails.
Sivasagar contains some of Assam’s most well preserved historical architecture. It is around 360 kms north from Guwahati and the major attraction here is the TalatalGhar – where the Axom kings used to rule the plains in the 18th century. The building design one encounters in Sivasagar is very different from the rest of the country – they follow the design principles of Tai Axom architecture. The Rang Ghar, famous for its arched entrances, can be called the coliseum of the Axom kings and is more than 250 years old. The KarengGhar is another resplendent remnant of the Axom Empire.
Kaziranga National Park
The Kaziranga National Park is home of one India’s most treasured species – the one-horned Indian rhinoceros. The reserve is more than a hundred years old and is considered a conservation success story. Today hundreds of the still-endangered leviathans roam amidst the tall elephant grass. Kaziranga also has a population of tigers and elephants amongst other rare species. With the approach of winter, this is the best time to visit the park as the waters subside and animal sighting becomes easier. The journey from Guwahati is 195 kms via the NH27.
There is a reason why intrepid travellers prefer self drive cars in Guwahati. They offer privacy and extra space and one has complete freedom to make detours or stops. App-based rentals like Zoomcar offer the widest range of cars – hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs. 24/7 on-road support is another key assurance which is especially great for longer trips.
The enchanting landscapes and heritage of Assam offer unforgettable experiences. Get behind the wheel and enjoy exploring the gateway of India’s North-East.