The eldest, biggest, and largest of the seven sisters of the North East, Assam is the gateway to the northeastern corner of India. The misty mountains, juxtaposed with the verdant floodplains, render an awe-inspiring view of the natural landscape, evoking the wanderlust in every traveler to come and explore Assam in its entirety.
The highlight of Assam, however, is its bittersweet chemistry with the mighty Brahmaputra- its primary and most significant source of water, power, and livelihood for its people. Cutting right through the center of the state, the Brahmaputra basin provides it with abundant greenery, flora, and fauna on both its banks. At the same time, the river with its meandering course and endless tributaries are infamous for causing floods and wreaking havoc on its adjacent settlements.
To understand this love-hate relationship of Brahmaputra and Assam, one needs to explore its terrain, feel its beauty, and absorb the nature in its true essence. And what’s better than a road trip through the trails of Assam and experience its true beauty.
The travel route
The best and the most popular stretch is through Guwahati – Tezpur – Dibrugarh, which you can easily complete in 3-4 days, or extend if you so wish.
The starting point of your journey would be Guwahati- the biggest city of Assam and a largest urban settlement of the North East. Guwahati is well connected to other major cities of India and you can easily fly down. You can then rent a car in Guwahati for your entire trip. Or you could also break your journey and book another car in Tezpur to go to Dibrugarh.
Your first stop would be at Tezpur, which is about 185 Km from Guwahati city and takes about three and a half hours via NH 27.
The road runs parallel to the Brahmaputra River and you can only get a full-fledged view of the wieldy waterway once you take the Kaliabhomora Bridge on NH715 to cross the river and reach Tezpur. This 3015m –long bridge is one of the most important attractions of the town.
If you want to explore Tezpur, you should make a day’s halt and take a tour of the place. One of the popular tourist destinations in Assam, Tezpur is replete with lush tea gardens, expansive paddy fields, historic monuments, and of course, the uninterrupted views of the snow-capped Himalayas in the backdrop.
Take a tour of the Agnigarh fort or the Da-Parbatia, or explore the 9th-century relics at Bamuni Hills, for a peek into Assam’s history. To discover the indigenous wildlife, you can visit the Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Nameri National Park (35 Km from Tezpur town).
Dibrugarh is at about 300 Km from Tezpur and takes almost eight hours (including traffic, weather conditions etc.). You can make a pit-stop at Jorhat. A major town in this part of Assam, Jorhat makes for a perfect stop for refreshments.
Once you reach your destination, you can leave your rented car and opt for a local taxi service in Dibrugarh to go around the town. For an in-depth experience of the town, it is better to stay over for a couple of days.
Also called the Tea city of Assam, Dibrugarh offers tea garden tours and plantation stays for tourists. The Jagannath Temple is another significant place to visit. The red-stone temple is a replica of the Puri Jagannath Temple and is a major pilgrimage center. You can also take a tour of the Anthropological Museum to learn about the indigenous tribes and communities of Assam, or simply explore the Maijan Lake on the edge of the Brahmaputra.
And, with that, your road trip through the prominent locations of Awesome Assam comes to an end leaving a lasting impression of its natural beauty in your heart and soul.
Disclosure: It is a guest post and all the opinions mentioned here are of the writer.
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