Assam is the largest of the seven states comprising the northeastern region of India. This is the least explored region of India though it is endowed with tremendous natural beauty. However, of late tourism is picking due to the aggressive promotion done by the authorities.
Assam is known for its fairs and festivals. Most of the festivals originated due to the diverse faith and tribal characteristics of its inhabitants, but a sense of togetherness marks the celebration of all festivals. These festivals reflect the true spirit, tradition and lifestyle of the people of Assam. Most of the festivals are organized by the tourism authorities to encourage tourists to visit Assam. Some of the popular ones are listed below.
Bihu is the most important festival of Assam and is celebrated with joy and abundance by all Assamese people irrespective of caste, creed, religion, faith and belief. In a year there are three Bihu festivals locally known as Bohag, Kaati and Magh. The most important and colourful of the three Bihu festivals is the spring festival "Bohag Bihu" celebrated in the middle of April, which marks the sowing of seeds by the farmers. Kaati Bihu is observed to mark the cutting and binding of grains and Magh Bihu celebrated in the month of January marks the season of harvesting of grains. Young and old alike come out dressed in traditional attire made out of Assamese silk and dance to the lusty and wild beats of Dhol and Pepa(buffalo hornpipe). Bihu dances performed by young boys and girls is characterized by brisk stepping, flinging and flipping of hands and swaying of hips representing youthful passion and songs sung are based on the theme of love and often carry erotic overtones.
Tea festival is organized by the Tourism Authorities in the month of November every year and is a unique experience which offers holidays combining visits to Tea Gardens, jungle safaris, rafting, golf, river cruises, shopping and cultural programs. The “Guwahati Tea Auction Centre” based in Guwahati is the largest of its kind in India and is well worth a visit.
Dehing Patkai festival is quite popular in the eastern parts of Assam and derives its name from the lofty Patkai mountain range and the swift flowing Dehing River. This festival organized in the month of January every year includes ethnic fairs, adventure sports, wildlife excursions and trips to the World War II cemeteries and the Stilwell road, once used as an entrance to Myanmar.
Majuli Festival lasts for 4 days and is celebrated every year in the month of November. The festival showcases the rich cultural and natural heritage of Majuli, which is the largest river island in the world.
Elephant festival is organized by the Government authorities in the Kaziranga National Park for conservation and protection of elephants. Various cultural programs are held and shows by domestic elephants are a treat to watch.
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU) near Guwahati offers flights to/from Aizawl, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Imphal, Jorhat, Kolkata, Lilabari, Silchar, Tezpur, Bangkok, Paro, Bagdogra, Chandigarh, Chennai, Jaipur, Mumbai, Agartala, Bangalore, Itanagar, Naharlagun, Shillong, Tawang, Tura, Ahmedabad and Pune.
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India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost 50rs to 200rs. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.
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I was born in Assam and i have lived here for a long time. Assam has always been my first love. I have traveled a lot, and yet there are many places still unknown.I would say North-East India is a land which is still very very unexplored and a very very beautiful region. I also operate a initiate called "Greener Pastures", it is a eco-tourism project which i have started to benefit to the indigenous people.
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