A TRIP TO ASSAM | Holiday destinations in India for foreigners

Assam- The Gateway to North-East India

Assam is also know as Ahom. This land has its deepest roots to the beautiful valley of  Brahmaputra Rive & Barak Rivers which overpowers the landscape and has shaped both culture and the environment.

Assam is a land of blue hills, green valleys and a red river. Situated just below the eastern Himalayan foothills, it is surrounded by the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya, which together with Assam are known collectively as the seven sisters.

Local Food and Cuisine of Assam 

Do taste ethnic Assamese cuisine which comprises of Rice with regional curries, including choices of fish, lambs, chickens and ducks. Assamese meals are usually accompanied by various side dishes like mash potatoes (Alu Pitika) or pickles of small fried fishes.

Such as –

Khar :  It is a signature class of preparations made with a key ingredient. It is made with filtering water through the ashes of a banana tree, which is then called kola khar .

Tenga – It is a light and sour fish dish.

Poitabhat – A favourite dish in Assam during the summer season

Side dishes called Pitika – is a signature characteristic of this cuisine. The most popular is Aloo Pitika, Pickles,Chutney,Pokori .

Assam is Famous for Tea

Assam is internationally famous for tea. It has a large tea growing industry. Most plantations are located in the upper Assam. 70% of tea is exported outside India. People drink tea with/without milk and also sometimes containing ginger and spices such as cardamom.

Top Places to Visit In Assam

Kaziranga National Park

Manas National Park

Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra

Kamakhya Temple

Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden

Assam State Museum

The Regional Science Centre, Guwahati

Bamuni Hills

Tai Museum

Digboi Oil Museum

Umananda Temple

Talatal Ghar

Rang Ghar

Kareng Ghar

People and Culture of Assam

The people of the state are friendly, and they belong to different tribes and communities. Keeping in sync with the picturesque landscapes and colourful customs, the people of Assam are a perfect example of unity in diversity. The state has the largest number of tribes within their variety in tradition, culture, dresses, and exotic way of life.

The native and official languages of the state are Assamese and Bodo. The major religions of Assam are Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism.

Assam famous for Assam Silk

Assam silk denotes the three major types of indigenous wild silks produced in Assam—golden Muga, white Pat and warm Eri silk.

Festivals In Assam

Ambubachi Mela

Ambubachi Melaor Ambubasi festival is held annually during monsoon in the Kamakhya Devi Temple at Guwahati, Assam. The Ambubachi festival also known as Kamkhya Devi Puja is closely related to the Tantric cult. Ambubachi Mela is also known as Ameti or Tantric fertility festival and is a four-day fair.

Magh Bihu

Magh Bihu is one of the most important community festivals in Assam. It is the harvest festival celebrated by the Assamese people in the local month of Magh during mid-January. Magh Bihu is also called as Bhogali Bihu as it is celebrated with community feasts after the annual harvest.

Rongali Bihu

Rongali Bihu is a weeklong festival with different celebrations in each of the seven days.Bihu is also celebrated by the tribal communities of Assam, their festivals may be known by different names such as Bwisagu, Bixu, Boikhu, Boyohu or Busu but the celebrations are similar. Mukoli Bihu, or open air dance celebrations were traditionally seen in the fields of countryside.

Raas Festival

Raas Festival is one of the most popular festivals of Assam. It is a religious festival observed by the Hindu community of Assamese society. Raas Festival showcases Bhaona, or traditional dance dramas that depict tales from Hindu mythology. Raas takes place around the full moon night of mid-November, though the exact date changes every year, it is celebrated for three days.

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