is a state of India in the north-eastern region. Its capital is Dispur, located within the municipal area of Guwahati city. Located south of the eastern Himalyas, Assam comprises the Brahmaputra and the Barak river valleys along with the Karbi Anglong and the North Cachar Hills with an area of 30,285 square miles (78,438 km²). Assam the rich, green land of rolling plains and dense forests is the gateway to the north eastern part of India. The mighty Brahmaputra river that has its origins in Tibet charts its majestic course through this state.
Assam is surrounded by six of the other Seven Sister States Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Triputra
. Geographically Assam and these states are connected to the rest of India via a narrow strip of land in West Bengal called the Siliguri Corridor or "Chicken's Neck".
Assam shares international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh, and cultures, peoples and climate with South-East Asia – important elements in India’s Look East policy. Assam became a part of the British India after the British occupied the region following the First Anglo-Burmese War of 1824–1826.
Assam is rich in culture, ethnic groups, languages/dialacts spoken and literature. It is known for Assam Tea, large and old petroleum resources (the first oil reserves of India were discovered in Assam in the late 19th century), Assam silk and for its rich biodiversity. Assam has successfully conserved the one-horned Indian rhinoceros from near extinction, along with
the Pygmy hog, tiger and numerous species of birds, and it provides one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant
. It is becoming an increasingly popular destination for wildlife tourism, and Kaziranga and Mnas are both World Heritage Sites. Assam was also known for its Sal tree forests and forest products, much depleted now. A land of high rainfall, Assam is
endowed with lush greenery and the mighty rive Brahmputra, whose tributaries and oxbow lakes provide the region with a unique hydro-geomorphic and aesthetic environment.
It is the world's single largest tea-growing region, producing more than 1,500,000 pounds of tea annually. Most of this tea is commercial in quality but that is NOT to say that it is all of commercial grade. There are some stunning, absolutely stunning, high quality (and very expensive) teas produced in this tea wonderland.
This mystic land of eternal blue hills and beautiful rivers is renowned for its tea, rich flora and fauna, the world famous one horned rhinoceros and other rare species of wildlife on the verge of extinction. Barring Africa, there is perhaps no part of the world where such a variety of wildlife exists.
Exotic denizens of the sylvan world add to the mystery and charm of this weird land. Frolick of apes, graceful elephants, fluttering of wings & singing of birds, migratory birds flying into the hills, the majestic tiger enforcing his authority all invite you to carry back home a little what the heaven is made of.
The rhino emerges as if from prehistory and treads the Kaziranga National park
. And who can forget lush green Tea gardens
which beckon you to have a cup of fresh tea and enjoy the enthralling music of life.