Assam Backpacking Jungle Safari

Exploring Assam: Kamakhya to Majuli via Kaziranga National Park

Exploring Assam
Written by Disha Bhatt

Assam is synonymous with unexploited greens, wildlife, immaculate tea plantations, and beautiful people. It’s the gateway to the North-East India because of the easy accessibility.

Let’s embark on a spiritual and adventurous journey in this splendid state starting from Kamakhya, proceeding to Kaziranga National Park, and then ending the journey on Majuli.

Kamakhya Temple

Renowned as one of the oldest Shakti Pithas, Kamakhya Temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya is located on the Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati, around 10 kilometers from there. It was built in the 8th century and has been renovated several times up to the 17th century.

It bears the paramount importance amongst the different temples in the complex. These temples house the ten Mahavidyas namely Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari, Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamala. Out of these Tripura Sundari, Matangi, and Kamala are in the main temple whereas the others have distinct temples dedicated to them.

Hindu and Tantric worshippers consider it an important pilgrimage place.

It’s believed that Kalapahar had destroyed this temple during 1566-1572 but according to recent historical proof, it was destroyed during Hussein Shah’s invasion on the Kamata kingdom that was under Nilambar at that time (1498).

The best time to visit this temple is during Navratri to be a part of the numerous worshippers and enjoy Durga Puja celebrations.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is 200 kilometers from Kamakhya Temple. It is a popular world heritage site that is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is home to the big five, viz. one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, swamp deer, and wild buffalo.

It is understandably difficult to spot the tigers because of the camouflage of the tall grass but it is worth it because of the wild ambiance it presents before the travelers.

The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is from November to April. The park is closed from 16th May. Whether you are a wildlife lover or a birdwatcher or a photography enthusiast, Kaziranga won’t disappoint you. Various species of ducks, woodpeckers, warblers, babblers, larks, sunbirds, wagtails, and Munia can be spotted here.

How to reach Kaziranga National Park?

If you are planning a trip to Kaziranga exclusively, you can reach Jorhat, the nearest airport by flight, and then take a 105 kilometers road trip to the destination.

Wildlife Safari

Jeep Safari-

  1. Morning: 7.00 AM- 10.00 AM
  2. Evening: 1.30 PM -3.00 PM

Elephant Safari-

  1. Morning: 5.30 AM-6.30 AM
  2. Morning: 6.30 AM-7.30 AM

From adventure, let’s move to the spiritual land of Majuli. It beautifully reflects the cultural beliefs of Vaishnavism. The satras of Majuli are awesome centers of traditional performing arts. They promote Borgeet, Bhatima, Jumora, Chali, and other crafts. There’s a large prayer hall that faces a shrine that’s in the middle of dormitories and Monks’ bathing tanks.

If you are a Vaishnavite, you should definitely visit Majuli for some deep insights into the religion and the tales of Sankardeva, Father of Assamese culture.

In a Nutshell

If you are looking forward to planning out an itinerary in Assam to these magnificent tourist destinations or a sojourn to any part of North East India, Just Wravel would be more than happy to assist you with the planning in your budget.

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Disha Bhatt

Dr. Disha Bhatt is an ardent traveler & loves to explore new places.She believes that every place has something awesome to offer & no place is "good" or "bad" to travel.

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