Assam – A case of Mistaken Identity

Bogibeel Bridge at sunset
Bogibeel Bridge at sunset

Assam with its myriad colours has till date not been explored in its true form.

A case of mistaken identity, Assam, will appeal to all only when you detach yourselves from the pre-conceived notions and explore it yourselves.

So come be a part of this exploration with me as I take you to the popular tourist attractions of Assam, places of historical significance, give you a glimpse of our rich culture and tradition, a culinary journey of our rich food, a sizzling experience of our dances and dresses, village life, and all questions you have in your mind regarding Assam will be answered herein.

As you embark on this enchanting journey with me, you will see the beauty of this land, of its people.

 ” We were meant to explore this earth like children do, unhindered by fear, propelled by curiosity and a sense of discovery. Allow yourself to see the world through new eyes and know there are amazing adventures here for you.”

Laurel Bleadon Maffei

For those who have little idea about Assam, let me tell you the basics.

Dispur is the capital of Assam, Guwahati being the largest city.

There are 33 districts and the official languages are Assamese, Bodo in Bodoland, Bengali in Barak Valley.

FYI we also live in concrete and not jungles, we wear brands and not leaves, we eat multi- cuisines and not raw meat. But which state does not have villages, after all we evolve through the changes we adapt to.

Yes, we are adapting in all possible ways, which also does not mean we are not deeply rooted in our tradition and culture.

We celebrate Bihu by taking part in “Jeng-Bihu”(Girl dance troupe) and “Husori” (Boys/common dance troupe) who perform in almost every household during Bihu times.

We love to flaunt our traditional ‘ Mekhela-Chador’ during festivals, religious occasions and whenever we feel like because it is a style statement for us always in trend.

We visit “Naamghars” (Temples) on all important and religious occasions to offer our prayers.

We have ample land and so we like to grow our own paddy and vegetables, we are rich in agriculture.

But at the same time there’s this other side to us you cannot overlook.

The modern Assam with growth in the industrial sector, tourism, health, hospitality, education, fashion, food, sport, beauty industry and the likes.

With growth in these sectors there is an influx of foreign brands, business giants in Assam markets which is making Assam a better and comfortable place for both natives and tourists.

There’s a whole lot of new possibilities in Assam which we will explore as we proceed along. So welcome aboard and let’s explore Assam!