Assam - In the North Eastern part of India, is a mixing urn where culture, heritage, tradition, lifestyle, faith and belief of her Aryan & Non-Aryan, numerous tribes & sub-tribes, Mongoloids & Australoids, drawn from various hives at different points of time have gone into form the Assamese culture - a fascinating and exotic recipe of delightful flavor.

Assam is a home to several wildlife sanctuaries which are a home to endangered and rare species and orchids.North East is a hub of wide variety of flora and fauna.

Orchids are abundantly found in Assam; a variety - Khopo phul(Fox tailed orchid), Bhatou Phul or Vanda coerulea etc. Assam has several attractive destinations; majority of these are National Parks, Wildlife and Bird Sanctuaries.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Guwahati: Comercial city of North Eastern part of India

Guwahati (Assamese: গুৱাহাটী, previously spelled Gauhati) is a major city in the north eastern part of India, often considered as the gateway to the North-East Region(NER) of the country and is the largest city within the region. Dispur, the capital City of Assam,is located within the city.

Guwahati is one of the most rapidly growing cities in India. According to a survey done by a UK media outlet, Guwahati is among the 100 fastest growing cities of the world, and is the 5th fastest growing among Indian cities.

The city sits between the southern bank of the Brahmaputra river and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. The city is gradually being expanded to the northern bank of the Brahmaputra (North Guwahati). It is a major commercial and educational center of eastern India and is home to world class institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. The city is also a major center for cultural activities and sports in the North Eastern Region and for the administrative and political activities of Assam. The city is also an important hub for transportation in the North East Region.

As a river port, Guwahati has traditionally been an important administrative and trading center. The name Guwahati is derived from two Assamese words: 'guwa' (areca nut) and 'haat'(market place). The name used to be spelled as Gowhatty (pre-colonial and colonial),standardized to Gauhati (colonial-British), which was then changed to the present form in the late 1980s to conform to the local pronunciation.