Namaskar friends! Welcome to Visa2explore! This is your host, Harish Bali. We just completed our Assam tour in 18 days. Through this video, I am going to share some relevant information with you…. …so that you can plan your own Assam tour easily. After watching this tour guide, you can also refer to our Assam tour playlist. And you can watch the individual episodes as well. First of all, you must know that Guwahati is the gateway to Northeast India. If you are interested in touring Arunachal Pradesh or Meghalaya along with Assam,…. ….you must begin your journey from Guwahati. If you want to go to Sikkim, you will need to begin your journey from Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri. By the way, with the Pakyong airport being operational now, you can begin your journey from there too. The Brahmaputra river is the lifeline of Assam. Brahmaputra means ‘son of Lord Brahma.’ There are just a few rivers with such masculine names, out of which holy Brahmaputra is one. We can divide the tourism opportunities in Assam into seven different categories. Wildlife! Tea & Golf! Adventure! Monuments! Pilgrimage! Fairs & Festivals! Rural charm! You can plan your journey as per your area of interest. Talking of wildlife, a number of travelers would have, on the top of their mind,….. ….Kaziranga National Park, for one-horned rhino. There are about 3,500 one-horned rhinos in the world. And 70% of those are in Assam. Assam has total 5 national parks and 17 wildlife sanctuaries. Each wildlife species has an identity of its own. For instance, for one-horned rhino, there is Kaziranga and Pobitora sanctuaries. If you want to watch Asian elephants in a herd,…. ….you can do that in Kaziranga or Manas national parks. If you are interested in watching tiger, leopard or feral horse,….. ….you can do that at Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. As per your interest, you can decide on which national park or wildlife visit you want to go. And enjoy the safari! Most of the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are open for visitors between October & April. Here is the list for your reference! We did our Assam tour in March. That is not the season for tea-plucking activity. This is the reason we could not explore tea. In India, tea was first discovered in Assam. The people of Singpho tribe, natives of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh,…. …have been consuming tea as a herbal rejuvenator since ages. In 1823, it was a Singpho king who offered tea to Robert Bruce. After that, tea acquired a commercial form. About 17% of the State’s workforce is employed in tea plantations. About 55% of the tea plantations are in Assam. If we talk about the contribution of Assam tea in exports, it would amount to 80% approximately. Within Assam, 50% of the tea is grown in the 3 districts of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Sivasagar. From these figures, you can imagine the huge role of tea production in the state’s economy. If you are a golf-lover and want to plan a luxury holiday,…. …then Assam has more than 20 golf courses. You can visit the Kaziranga Golf Resort on way from Kaziranga to Jorhat. If you are interested in trekking, then,…. …you will find a lot of trekking opportunities close to Guwahati. Haflong hill station is about 350 kms from Guwahati. We could not visit there. When you go there, you can go for hiking at Hempeupet. I am reading here that Hempeupet is the second-highest peak in Assam. When we were travelling from Bhalukpong to Jorhat,… ….I had noticed a lot o rafting camps on the way. So, if you want to club a visit to Nameri National Park with some rafting activity,… …you can follow this journey. Ahom dynasty ruled Assam for 600 years. In Sivasagar, we visited the capital of Ahom dynasty. We also visited some monuments there. We also visited the first amphitheater in Asia. For your information, Mughals attacked Assam 17 times….. ….and every time, it was the Ahom king who emerged victorious. To understand the history of Assam in detail, Sivasagar is the best place. If I talk about spiritual spots,…. …Assam has temples, mosques and shrines belonging to all religions like Hindu, Muslims, …. …..Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians. We began our journey by seeking the blessings of Ma Kamakhya in Guwahati. When you will visit Hajo, you will realize that the place is a beautiful example of unity in diversity. In Hajo, we visited the Hayagriva Madhav temple as well as Powa Mecca shrine. In Dhubri town, you can visit a major pilgrimage spot of Sikhism -…. …Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib. In Majuli, we visited the ‘Satras’ – Vaishnavite monasteries. There, we tried to understand the culture prevalent in Satras. People of Assam are known for their mass participation in local festivals. And the festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show. A few details, for your information! We also saw a folk dance performance in Kaziranga. Assam’s economy is based on its agriculture. This means you will get to see a lot of villages. If you are interested in experiencing culture, spiritual appeal and village life, all in one place,…. …then you should go to Majuli. For your information, Majuli is the largest river island in the world. The main link between this island and the mainland is the ferry service, which runs between….. ….7.30 am and 4.00 pm. Speaking of the rural charm…. ….I would like to share that we also visited Sualkuchi. This place is also known as the ‘Manchester of Assam.’ The silk handloom production takes place in every other household here. There are about 2,500 silk handloom units here, which produce silk handloom products. We visited Sarthebari as well. There, we witnessed how utensils are made out of bell metal, known as ‘Kansa’ in Hindi language. Now, he is going to demonstrate to us how, rubbing iron over this plate, changes its color. Some things, which are beyond categorization! We visited the Digboi Oil Museum. This was the place where oil was first discovered. This place has Asia’s first oil refinery, established in 1901 and still operational. We could not visit Silchar during our tour. Did you know that the game of polo originated in Manipur? And the world’s polo club was created in Silchar in 1859. We also missed visiting Haflong during this trip. I’ve heard it is a beautiful hill station. You can club visits to Haflong and Silchar, with your Meghalaya tour as well. We discussed a lot of things about the Assam series but the thing we explored the most here is – local food! Before embarking on this journey, my perception was that you get mostly non-vegetarian food in Assam. However, as we went on traveling, we began to realize that…. …that there are immense varieties in vegetarian food as well. The best time to travel to Assam is between October and February. We did our journey in March. For your ready reference, I am going to share a few itineraries for you. You can follow these and alongwith that…. ….you can refer to the individual episodes detailing our Assam series of 18 days….. This brings us to the end of our Assam tour guide. I really hope you must have enjoyed this video. And this guide will help you to plan your own Assam tour. We will meet soon with a new and exciting destination. Till then goodbye! See you soon!