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Explore Kaziranga National Park, cruise the mighty Brahmaputra and discover tea plantations and colonial history.
Assam is duly famous for its extensive production of tea. The rolling slopes and fertile soils provided the British East India Company with the perfect location to develop this industry that is still thriving today. But there is much more to explore in Assam, most notably the excellent Kaziranga National Park (home to the one-horned Rhinoceros) and of course the mighty Brahmaputra River. Assam also borders Nagaland, who tribes of fearless warriors were known for their head hunting exploits. Today, they do not practice this custom and are a joy to meet.
Most itineraries fly from Kolkata to either Jorhat or Guwahati. Both these cities are modern and thriving riverside metropolises with Jorhat famous as the capital of the Assam tea industry. From here, you can take a luxury river ship and sail on the Brahmaputra exploring Sivasagar, the old capital of the Kingdom of Assam, Majuli Island, the second largest river island in India, visit small riverside villages and discover Hajo a pilgrimage centre sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. We offer cruises on the custom built M/V Mahabaahu river ship.
The highlight has to be a visit to Kaziranga National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the banks of the Brahmaputra. Kaziranga National park holds the world's largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the world's highest density of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Large populations of elephant, wild buffalo, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer and many other species also call this park home. Kaziranga is often referred to as the Serengeti of Asia. You can visit either on a river cruise or taking a land tour staying on one of several luxury lodges, with safaris into the park available daily.
A trip to Assam will of course include a visit to a colonial tea plantation where you will discover the process of cultivating the tea leaves that are explored all over the world.
If travelling by land, then a trip to Nagaland and some of the Naga villages close to the Myanmar border is a fascinating experience.
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