- Wildlife – 19 sanctuaries including in Kaziranga, Pobitora & Manas National Parks
- Tea – Explore the estates & history of where tea originated in India
- Textiles – Over 14 lakh handloom weavers and an incredible array of textiles and designs
- Bell-metal crafts, the largest cottage industry here
- Food – local produce like herbs and ferns, variety of fish and duck meat dishes
- Community markets – Jonbeel Mela
Flowing all the way down from a Tibetan glacier, it is the mighty Brahmaputra River that has shaped life in Assam through the ages. In addition, there are over 19 wildlife sanctuaries where the star attraction is the one-horned Indian rhino (spotted widely at Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Manas National Park). But visitors can also look forward to spotting the Bengal tiger, golden langur, sambal and a rich variety of bird species.
Home to 14 lakh weavers, Assam has a vibrant handloom culture consisting of a rich repertoire of refined silks and colourful tribal weaves. A significant proportion of weavers continue to weave clothes for themselves and their families within the confines of domestic spaces. Weaving is, therefore, not just a source of livelihood but also a living cultural tradition, an identity strongly worn by the women of the various communities. Another flourishing craft culture is the bell-metal industry. The most famous seat of this cottage industry is in Sarthebari, 95kms from Guwahati.
Food is an essential part of travelling in Assam. Farmers’ markets and weekend haats are a regular affair, consisting of the best of local produce such as ‘ou tenga’ (elephant apple), ‘thekera’ (Indian kokum), ‘khorisa’ (bamboo shoots) and ‘posola’ (banana plant stalk). Jonbeel Mela that takes place in Morigaon district right after Magh Bihu is a large-scale example of such community fairs which host farmers, fishermen and indigenous growers.
Take a stroll through markets, interact with local communities and share a meal with them. Picnic along the banks of the Kulsi River or on the white sands of the Brahmaputra riverbanks. Celebrate the great outdoors by cruising along the Brahmaputra and visiting Majuli – once the world’s largest river island. Seek the goddess’ blessings at the Kamakhya Temple. Take home some fresh tea from an estate to remind you of your varied experiences in the land of the Brahmaputra.