Assam is the land of beauty. As scenic as this northeastern state is, there is a sense of mystery attached to everything that is found here. No doubt, it has been attracting tourists and travelers since long, who find themselves helpless in avoiding being attracted to this intriguing land. Below, we compile a list of 12 of the most fascinating secrets of Assam that will force you to pack your bags and visit Assam.
Majuli is the world’s largest river island and is home to monasteries preserving the Vaishnavite culture. Most of the century-old songs and dance forms of Assam have been preserved in these monasteries.
2. Manas Tiger Reserve
Manas Tiger Reserve is a pristine national park in Assam, that is famous for being a mysterious place. It is one of the UNESCO listed reserves and the area of this national park spills into Bhutan too.
3. State’s Anthem
A fact hidden from most, Assam has its own anthem – ‘O Mur Apunar Dex’. The song was officially declared as the state’s anthem in 1927.
4. Brewing pot of culture
Assam is home to people belonging to different cultures- Bengalis, Marwaris, Biharis etc. These cultural influences can be seen in the attire and culinary habits in the state, making it even more mysterious.
5. 3 types of Bihu celebration
Assam celebrates Bihu 3 times in a single year. The three Bihu celebrations are Rongali Bihu, Maagh, and Kaati Bihu, celebrated in April, January and October respectively
6. The capital of Assam many
people confuse Guwahati as being the capital of Assam as it is the most happening city of the state, with IIT and IIM also located here. But in fact, the capital of Assam is Dispur.
Assam is one of the safest states for women and has the lowest rate of reported crimes.
Kaziranga has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site and is the place with the highest density of certain flora and fauna all over the world such as tigers, one-horned rhinos etc.
9. Oldest Oil Refinery
Assam houses the oldest oil refinery in India as well as Asia. Digboi oil refinery is a testament to the rich and diverse history of Assam.
10. Assam Tea
Assam tea is considered to be the best among all other teams in the worlds. The tea leaves have therapeutic properties and are relished by people all over the globe. There are tons of tea festivals happening in the state, which promote the practice of harvesting tea plantations.
Assam is home to Muga: a golden variety of silk, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Clothes made of Muga silk are possessions worthy of being cherished for a lifetime.
12. Kamakhya Temple
Kamakhya temple is located atop Nilachal Hill and people have to exactly climb one thousand steps to reach it. This temple is also the witness to Ambubachi Mela, a religious event that celebrates the menstrual cycle of the earth or Dharti Maa.