Assam, the Gateway to North- East India is a treasure trove of natural beauty and diverse history. The state of Assam is situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys.
Well known for its national parks, it welcomes visitors with a subtly flavoured cuisine and a hospitable population with a vibrant artistic heritage.A land of wild forests, mighty rivers, and acres and acres of tea plantations, Assam has a breath-taking landscape and is on the list of the top biodiversity hotspots in the entire world.
Spread over an area of 1250 kilometres, Majuli is the largest river island of Asia and is famous for its traditions and its vibrant culture. Assam is renowned for its tea, with Dibrugarh being known as the Tea City of India. Assam exports tea to all parts of the world, and a visit to the lush green tea gardens is a magical experience that is unparalleled by any other.
Some of the common and unique cultural traits in the region are peoples' respect towards areca-nut and betel leaves, traditional silk garments (e.g. mekhela chador, traditional dress of Assamese women) and towards forefathers and elderly. Moreover, great hospitality and Bamboo culture are common.
The confluence of a variety of cultural influences in Assam has led to a huge diversity in Assamese cuisine. In spite of little art in the style of cooking and minimal use of colourful and teasing spices or oil, the food here is rich given the exotic flavors and freshest and natural ingredients. Local dishes mainly consist of rice and fish, while seafood is also a predominant part of Assam’s local cuisine.
The people of Assam have a unique lifestyle, and they celebrate various festivals with a lot of pomp and show. Bihu is the most important festival and celebrated all over Assam. It is the Assamese New Year celebrated in April of the Gregorian calendar. Christmas is observed with great merriment by Christians of various denominations. Durga Puja, a festival introduced and popularised by Bengalis, is widely celebrated across the state.