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Cities in Assam

There are 22 districts in Assam. Except for the districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills, Assam is generally composed of plains and river valleys. Guwahati is the gateway to the enchanting north eastern India. The various other places in Assam are Majuli, Sibsagar, Haflong, Digboi and Tezpur.
 

Majuli

Assam is famous for Majuli, the world's largest river island. Majuli is situated amidst the Brahmaputra river and accessible by ferry from the tea estate town of Jorhat. The total area of Majuli has been steadily decreasing due to strong erosion of the river Brahmaputra. Majuli is the centre of Vaishnava culture and known for the numerous satras, or Vaishnavite monasteries set up in the 16th century by the revivalist leader, Sankaradeva. There are about fifteen Satras in Majuli. Some of the major Satras are Kamalabari, Natun Kamalabari, Auniati,

Majuli, Assam

Garmur, Samoguri, Dakhinpat and Bengenaati. These Satras are regarded as the main centres for Assamese art, music, dance, drama, handicrafts, literature and religion etc. Auniati is famous for its considerable collection of Assamese old utensils, jewellery and handicrafts. Upper Majuli is the centre of a living heritage of colourful costumes and festivals. Members of the Mishing tribe that came from Arunachal Pradesh live here, and are renowned for their woven Mirizen shawls and blankets. A large variety of migratory birds can also be seen here.

Sibsagar
Sibsagar, Assam

Sibsagar is located about 369 kms. towards the east of Guwahati and also the headquarters of the district of the same name. It is also a leading tea and oil producing district. Sibsagar is a fast developing modern and beautiful town located around the huge Sibsagar tank, an artificial lake constructed by Queen Madambika in 1734 A.D. Sibsagar was the capital of the Ahoms who ruled Assam for the six hundreds years before the coming of the British. The Shiva Temple built on the bank of this tank is believed to be the highest Shiva temple in India.

 
Haflong

Haflong, the Assam's only hill station is situated in the rugged terrains of Assam. It is the district Headquarters of North Cachar Hills. Hilly Assam is like a heaven to the senses where one can touch the sweetest dream with the fingers. Haflong Lake, a beautiful lake is located in the heart of the town.

 
Jatinga
Jatinga, Assam

Jatinga, about 9 kms. from Haflong, is famous for the unexplained phenomenon of migratory birds, committing mass suicide. The migratory birds come here during the month of August to November. From the elevated watch tower, one can see them yielding to their death wish and their little plumage dropping down. Other attractions here include exciting trekking in Borail Hills, watching the traditional dances of the tribes and a visit to the Orchid Garden. The best season to visit the Jatinga is from August to April.

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Digboi

Digboi is a major oil town which is surrounded by numerous tea gardens and hills. A 100 years old refinery and 112 years old oil field still exist here. The Digboi Refinery was started in 1901 as the first refinery of Asia and the second refinery in the world. Today, the oil field and refinery are the oldest oil field and refinery in the world. There is also a War Cemetery and Golf Course in Digboi.

Digboi, Assam

Tezpur

Tezpur is situated on the north bank of the majestic river Brahmaputra, and known for the magnificent scenic beauty and exquisite archaeological ruins. It is the headquarters of Sonitpur district and is considered as one of the most beautiful towns of the state. Undulated green valleys surrounded by the hills, with snow capped peaks of the Himalayas and lush green tea gardens have all contributed to make Tezpur a tourist's delight. Tezpur, also known as Sonitpur, the city of blood in Puranas, is associated with the eternal love and romance between princess Usha, the daughter of King Bana and prince Anirudha, the grandson of Lord Krishna. According to the legend, a great mythological war was fought between the Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva and as a result the whole city was said to have been drenched in blood. So this place was known as Sonitpur. Tezpur has received a unique place in the history of Assam due to its contribution to art, culture, literature and particularly during the freedom struggle. In 1942, for the first time in entire British India, the Indian flag was hoisted in the police station at Gahpur. Fourteen year old Kanaklata braved British bullets and died holding the national flag aloft.

 
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