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A cruise along the Brahmaputra River, spotting wildlife in Kaziranga and Manas national parks, and exploring rural culture, all in Assam.

The birthplace of tea in India, Assam lies in the northeast of the country, bordered by mountains and cleaved by the Brahmaputra River. It’s a land of green rice fields and tea estates, elaborate Hindu temples, and wildlife-rich national parks. Our specialists have explored this remote, sprawling state to uncover the best things to do and places to visit in the region.

Kaziranga National ParkYou could spend a few days cruising down the river while taking in the rural scenery of fertile plains, small riverside villages, and distant mountains, looking out for Ganges river dolphins and a wide range of birdlife as you go. Pause at Kaziranga National Park, where game drives give you a chance to see one-horned rhinos (70% of the world’s population lives here), elephants, sloth and Asiatic black bears, and, if you’re very lucky, tigers. The region is also home to Manas National Park, located at the foothills of the Bhutanese Himalayas, where you might spot wild buffalo, rhinos, gaur (Indian bison), hornbills, and rare golden langurs.

The gateway to the region is the state’s capital, Guwahati, where you can admire Assamese temple architecture and visit the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra. This cultural institution gives you an insight into Assam’s history and heritage, with a particular focus on handloom textiles and silks.

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Places to visit in Assam

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Assam, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itinerary featuring Assam

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Assam, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places in and around Assam

    Our expert guides to exploring Assam

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Assam, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Assam at its best.

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    Accommodation choices for Assam

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Assam. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.