Guwahati and Assam

Guwahati is the largest city in the Indian state of Assam and lies in the banks of the river Brahmaputra and the foothills of the Shillong Plateau.

Assam and biodiversity: Assam is a state in Northeast India, situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. The state is known for Assam tea and Assam silk and one of the richest biodiversity zones in the world consisting of tropical rainforests, deciduous forests, riverine grasslands, bamboo, orchards and numerous wetland ecosystems; The state has many national parks and reserved forests and has conserved the one-horned Indian rhinoceros from near extinction, along with other wild animals like the tiger, wild water buffalo, pygmy hog, and various species of Asiatic birds. Assam provides one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant.

Culture of Assam: Assam is the meeting ground of people of diverse cultures. The people are a mixture of various racial stocks such as Indo-Burmese, Mongoloid, Indo-Iranian and Aryan. The Assamese culture has evolved through a long assimilative process and such is a rich and exotic tapestry of all these races.

Places of visit: Kamakhya temple, Kaziranga National park (home of the Indian one horned rhino), Cherrapunji and Mawsynram (worlds highest rainfall), Majuli (Worlds largest river island), Dawki (Indo-bangladesh border) etc.

Photo Credit :Mr. Rajeev Basumutary, Mr. Dibyadutta Barkataki and Mrs. Irani Hazarika