Even though North East is well-known as a paradise for adventures, there are some undiscovered places still waiting to make a mark in the tourism circuit. Umananda Island, in Assam, is one such marvel that has still managed to remain hidden from the maddening crowd. It is in fact the smallest inhabited river island in the world. It has been said that before visiting Kamakhya Temple one should visit Umananda Temple first.
Kamakhya Temple – Situated on the Nilachal Hills is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pith of India.
Kamakhya Devi is famous as a bleeding goddess and also known as the Goddess of Desires.
She is the incarnation of Devi Sati. She is the tantric mother idol and is identified as Kali and Maha Tripura Sundari. She is also worshipped as Siddha Kubjika. Kamakhya associates with fertility, mainly for childless couples, they come over every year for blessing of the deity. Once you are in Guwahati do not miss the Visit to this Temple.
Kaziranga National Park – A world Heritage Site famous for the Indian One Horned Rhinocerous and also declared as a Tiger Reserve.
Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Ganges River dolphins swim in the park’s waters. It’s visited by many rare migratory birds, and gray pelicans roost near Kaziranga village. Apart from Kaziranga there are few more famous National Parks in Assam. Manas Tiger Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Tiger Reserve in Assam.
Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary – Surrounded by River Brahmaputra on one side n tea gardens on all others.
Nameri National Park – A Tiger Reserve famous for its Royal Bengal Tigers
Majuli Island – World’s largest River Islaimnd in the River Brahmaputra.
Majuli has shrunk as the river surrounding has grown. While it is often claimed to be the world’s largest river island, Ilha do Bananal and many other river islands around the world are significantly larger. The island is formed by the Brahmaputra river in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti, an anabranch of the Brahmaputra, joined by the Subansiri River in the north. Mājuli island is accessible by ferries from the city of Jorhat. The island is about 300–400 kilometres east from the state’s largest city —Guwahati. It was formed due to course changes by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries, mainly the Lohit. Mājuli is the abode of the Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture
The smallest river island in the world, Umananda Island is a place with legends aplenty, a place where man and the wilderness co-habit in peace and serenity. Umananda Island lies at the heart of the Mighty Brahmaputra River which flows through the middle of the city of Guwahati. An island with many legends associated with its Pristine and calm environment has not been destroyed by the presence of human as yet. It was known as Peacock Island among the British Colonists who named it so based on its shape. The Island is home to a very rare and endangered species called Golden Langurs who are considered to be highly sacred among the people of the Himalayas.
The legend goes that it is the very same place where Lord Kamdev (Lord of Love) was burnt into ashes by the third-eye of Lord Shiva when the former tried to disrupt his meditation thereby giving its alternative name Bhasmchala. The major attraction of the island is the Umananda Devi Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiv and sees a large influx of devotees during religious festivals.
Talatal Ghar – Resides the Ruins of the Ahom Kingdoms.
A historical place in the midst of Sibsagar in the state of Assam. Sibsagar had been the capital of Ahom kingdom and there are a number of buildings (Talatal ghar, Rang ghar etc), a grand Shiva temple and a few big tanks (Sibsagar, Gaurisagar etc) which were built during their times. Talatal Ghar had been the Ahom kingdom’s palace built around 250 years ago by King Rajeshwar Singha. Though most of it has been ruined there are still standing structures which give a feel of the architectural marvel of the olden days. Worth seeing if you plan to visit Sibsagar.
Shivadol – It is the Tallest Shiva Temple in the entire Northeast.
The Sivadol or Shiva temple, built in the Shikhara architecture (more specifically Ahom temple architecture), has a central tower which is said to be the tallest Shiva temple tower in India at a height of 104 feet (32 m).
The temple was built in 18th Century by Queen Ambika of Ahom dynasty. The temple has a top made of pure gold. There is a trident perched on the golden top. The complex has two other temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Durga. The temple surroundings is lush green and is very well maintained.
Jatinga – Famous for the phenomenon of birds committing suicide.
Jatinga is a small village located in Assam, a state in northeastern India. The village is lush green and scenic, surrounded by serene mountains. But that’s not what it’s famous for. In fact, Jatinga is well-known for an entirely different reason – its Bird Mystery.
The Bird Mystery is a unique phenomenon that occurs at Jatinga between September and November each year. During these late monsoon months, several migratory and local birds commit mass suicide at the village. Just after sunset, between 7 and 10 pm, hundreds of birds descend from the sky, plummeting to their deaths by crashing into walls and trees. Since birds aren’t known to be suicidal, the phenomenon has baffled villagers, visitors and scientists alike. For many years, locals believed that evil spirits living in the skies were responsible for bringing down the birds .
Of course, this isn’t true. After several scientific studies and experiments, it has been concluded that the birds are generally disoriented by the monsoon fog. So they are attracted by the village lights and fly towards them, sometimes hitting walls and trees during the descent. Some of the birds die, while others are grievously injured, becoming easy prey for the villagers to capture. These birds are often dazed and disheveled, and do not put up any resistance when villagers attack them with catapults or bamboo sticks.