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ASSAM

“People belonging to this place [Assam] are simple, honest and modest by nature. They have sharp minds and are very intelligent.

Hiuen Tsang, the great Chinese traveller on the people of Assam

Nestled amidst the blue mountains of Arunachal Pradesh in the north, and the highlands of Meghalaya and Nagaland to the South, Assam is the gateway to the northeastern region of India. Once home to the longest reigning kingdom in India, what makes Assam truly special are its hospitable population, and its myriad of culture and natural beauty. A cuisine with its own idiosyncratic aromas and flavours, a vibrant artistic heritage marked by exotic dance forms, the gamosa (a red-and-white scarf worn around the neck by men), the mekhela sador (the traditional dress for women), and the poetic view of a cowherd boy playing the pepa (traditional hornpipe made out of buffalo horn) by the setting sun all lend to Assam’s breath-taking beauty.

JORHAT

Jorhat is the second largest city in Assam. Often referred to as the Knowledge City of Assam, Jorhat is home to some of the oldest and top institutes of northeastern India. These include the world’s first and largest tea research institute – the Tocklai Tea Research Institute.

The rich cultural heritage of Assam finds a home in the city of Jorhat. The city was the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom and boasts of being home to numerous historical monuments of the time. The largest river island in the world, Majuli, which is also the principal site of pilgrimage of Vaishnavites, is situated in the Northern part of this district. The Kaziranga National Park, home to the great one-horned rhinoceros, is at a distance of 112 km from the city.