Lesser-Known Places You Should Explore In Assam

Assam, known for its captivating landscape and cultural heritage, attracts visitors from all over India. However, the lesser-known gems of Assam offer unique experiences and untouched beauty worth exploring
Representative image. Credit Shutterstock
Representative image. Credit Shutterstock

Known as "the land of red rivers and blue hills," Assam is blessed with scenic hills, tea plantations, undulating plains, and a rich cultural heritage. Beyond its fame for being India's largest tea manufacturer, Assam is also renowned for its ethereal beauty. While popular destinations attract visitors, many offbeat places await exploration. Venture off the beaten track to uncover the lesser-known gems of Assam, offering unique experiences and glimpses of untouched beauty.

Ranikhamar

A village in the Kamrup district, Ranikhamar offers a pleasant retreat for friends and families, making it an excellent destination for relaxation. Moreover, the village is a preferred spot for hikers and trekkers owing to its scenic surroundings.

Garbhanga

Garbhanga is a small township near Guwahati, on the border of Assam and Meghalaya. It is situated approximately 16 kilometres away from the city. This region is recognised for its abundant flora and fauna, with a reserve forest that houses rare varieties of birds and butterflies. It also serves as the only trekking spot in the vicinity of Guwahati.

Satargaon

Satargaon, a natural heritage site on the western outskirts of Guwahati, offers many activities, such as trekking, sightseeing, and camping. This less-explored destination is just an hour from Guwahati, making it easily accessible for travellers seeking a dose of natural beauty. The remote village also boasts a waterfall named Theopani, adding to the area's allure.

Panimur Waterfall 

Panimur is a well-known destination famous for its numerous waterfalls and rapids along the Kopili River. The water's colour varies from turquoise to kerosene blue, depending on the seasons. It is a popular spot for sightseeing, picnics, camping, and other tourist activities. Also, Panimur holds significance for the Dimasa tribe, who consider it a pilgrimage site and take holy baths on every Magh Purnima.

Maibang

Maibang is a town in the Dima Hasao district, approximately 53 kilometres from Haflong. Known for its captivating landscape, Maibang holds historical significance as it was once the capital of the Dimasa kingdom. The town offers river trekking and sightseeing opportunities, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts.

Parvati Pahar

Parvati Pahar is situated in Boko town, approximately 67 km from Guwahati. If you enjoy sunsets, a visit to Parvati Hills is recommended. The place's scenic beauty will surely offer visitors a peaceful and calming experience.

Bholaguri Tea Estate

Situated in Sonitpur, Bholaguri offers a perfect tea ambience. This estate holds historical significance as it was reportedly the filming location for the first Assamese film, 'Joymoti,' directed by Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla. At the tea estate's entrance is a museum displaying equipment the filmmaker used. For those interested in Assamese cinema and seeking to explore the past, this place provides an ideal opportunity to gather knowledge and immerse oneself in the heritage of Assamese filmmaking.

Hajo

Located 24 km northwest of Guwahati, Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage site in Assam. The area is known for its distinctive charm and attracts travellers from various places. Hajo boasts beautiful temples and sacred artefacts, making it a must-visit destination in Assam. Don't forget to explore the Hayagriva Madhava Mandir and the Hajo Powa Mecca while you're here.

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