Little Known Assam Facts One Must Know Before Traveling There
A state where mother nature has blessed the land with rich natural resources, diverse flora, fauna, vast and diverse land. The Brahmaputra river is the channel of life.
A country with different cultures and traditions where everyone lives in harmony.
You will find people from different communities here. I consider myself lucky and privileged to call this beautiful land my homeland and to be able to tell the amazing facts about this heavenly yet sometimes neglected place in Northeast India.
- Assam was not part of a prominent Indian kingdom until the British occupied the region in the Anglo-Burmese War of 1824-26.
- Assam has a national anthem, did you know that Assam also has a national anthem? Yes, ‘O Mur Apunar Dex’ is the national anthem, which was officially adopted in the year 1927 at the Axom Chhatra Xonmilon held in Tezpur. Written by Rasaraj Laxminath Bezbarua, edited by Kamala Prasad Agarwalla.
- Piyoli Phukan, an Ahom royalty, led a revolt against British rule in early 1830. He was captured and hanged in 1830 making it the first arrest of the Indian Freedom Struggle. It is sad that his name did not find a place in Mangal Pandey and Tatya Tope.
- Till now no one knows how the state was called ‘Assam’.
- Assam was the longest ruling Hindu kingdom in medieval India. Ahoms, the Hindu kings of Assam ruled for 600 years. In contrast, the Marathas, who were credited with fighting the Mughals, ruled for only 155 years.
- With 34.2 percent Muslims, Assam has the largest Muslim population among non-Muslim states in India.
- The first mention of Assam is found in the 4th century Allahabad pillar inscription written by Samudragupta of the Gupta dynasty.
- The Brahmaputra River is about 10 km long as it flows through Assam.
- All Northeastern states except Tripura and Manipur were part of Assam until 1950.
- The world’s largest river island, Majuli on the Brahmaputra, is located in Assam.
- Assam tea makes up the largest share of tea production in India. Assam Tea Company is the first tea company in the world.
- Kaziranga National Park and Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Many of Asia’s most endangered species are found in the wild habitats of Assam.
- The required silk of Assam is the general name for the three types of wild silk produced in the state. They are golden Muga, white Pat and warm Eri silk.
- Oil India Limited, a Navratna company and the country’s second largest hydrocarbon exploration and producer, has its headquarters in Duliajan, Assam.
- Assam is the world’s second largest source of petroleum. It was dug in Makum (Assam) way back in 1867.
- The region can be called the land of festivals as cultural activities are organized by the various ethnic groups in the region.
- Most of the Assamese are fond of alcohol. If you are a connoisseur of local drinks, you will be spoiled for choice.
- Assamese literature and music continue to have a profound influence on the greater Indian cultural scene.
- Dragons had a special place in Assamese culture during the Ahom rule.
- The Ahom dynasty, which ruled primarily in Assam for 600 years, was the longest unbroken empire in India.
- Mayong in Assam, has been practicing black magic since time immemorial, it is called ‘Black Magic Capital Of India’.
- Assam has a lamp that has never been extinguished since 1461 – Dhekiakhowa Bornamghor.
- Assamese Lemon (Kaji Nemu) is an important part of Assamese cuisine. Its taste is less acidic and it smells sweet. Clear heaven indeed.
- Ghost pepper, also known as bhut jolokia, is a hybrid chili pepper grown in Northeast India. It is a hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens. In 2007, Guinness World Records declared that the ghost pepper was the hottest chili pepper in the world, 170 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.
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Plan your visit to Assam after knowing these amazing facts about the place, get ready for the most beautiful welcome from the beautiful people here. They will drape you in the traditional Assamese gamosa – a small white cloth with red borders that is unique to Assam and cannot be found anywhere else.
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But in fact there is a sad part of the story in the mind of a section of people in the so-called heartland of India and through this blog I would like to remove these testicles.
The beauty of this place is endless. We cannot complete the list of interesting facts about this amazing land. It is unfortunate that there are people from the mainland who are still unaware of these amazing facts about this land. Some of us live in the forest, eating everything we find around us. But I can find from my experience that is not true at all and you should visit this place for first hand experience. So, welcome to Assam, one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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