Explore.. Indulge.. Soak in the tranquil natural splendor with Assam travelogue

Assam Tourism Holds Roadshow to Promote Destination Travel 4th?, July, 2015: Explore the kaleidoscopic beauty of the serene Brahmaputra, walk in the lush tea estates, wander in the majestic Kaziranga or groove to the beats of Rongali Bihu. Visit Assam?the gateway to the northeastern states?and explore the untapped natural treasures. Today top officials from the department of tourism, Government of Assam, held interactive session to showcase the potential of Assam as an ideal tourist destination. The state?s exotic natural wealth, heritage and culture are being upheld to attract travelers into the state. Assam, nourished by the Brahmaputra River which is the ?only male river in the world?, is blessed with a rich wildlife stock and vast stretches of greenery. Close to 40 per cent of Assam has a green cover. It has five national parks, of which, two have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The famed Kaziranga National Park is acclaimed as a biodiversity hub. River cruises on the Brahmaputra is being promoted for those who want to enjoy the bliss of the eternal flow. Tourists will be taken on a journey to experience the effervescence of Bihu and Sattriya dance forms authentic of Assamese culture. Tracing the heritage of the Kamakhya Temple, a pilgrimage spot atop the Nilachal Hills in west Guwahati, is a must visit for the pilgrims and devotees. Assam has the distinction of being a melting pot where diverse religions come together and thrive. ?Assamese culture, the state?s wildlife, green golf courses, sprawling tea gardens and the majestic Brahmaputra make Assam truly matchless. The place has immense tourism potential both for domestic and overseas travelers. It is well connected and safe. People are warm and hospitable. We invite one and all to visit Assam? said Ashutosh Agnihotri, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, Tourism Department, Government of Assam. DSC_1448Mr. Agnihotri further said ?Assam Tourism is planning to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Railways to start a tourist train for Assam and this will connect key destinations in the state that a tourist will want to travel to. This experience will be pocket-friendly, yet exotic.? To tap niche tourism opportunities, Assam, which accounts for about 60 per cent of the national tea production and 80 per cent of the country?s export, will promote its tea estates making way for travelers to enjoy and experience the craft of tea making. Tourists will get to reside in the quintessential British era bungalows within the estates, enjoy their cuppa and delve into the history behind this industry. There are close to 800 major and 60,000 small tea estates spread across 300,000 hectares in Assam employing 17 per cent of the state?s workforce. An added attraction will be the ?tea-tees? or golf courses in tea estates which are a class of their own. There are approximately 20 such zones in Assam. As part of legacy of the British planters of yesteryears, besides very classic clubhouses for post-golf sessions, some estates even house airstrips for tourists to arrive and take off in chartered aircrafts. During 2014-15, Assam?s domestic inbound tourist flows stood at 45,00,000 while overseas tourist flow was at 25,000. If you love pristine nature, wildlife, rich culture and heritage, Assam is the perfect destination for you. For more information, please contact Mr. M. Hazarika, Tourist Information Officer on 09854047841. ?

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