Assam Travel Info
Lonely Planet India magazine’s recognition:
• Assam has received first Runners Up position in the competition of Best Wildlife Destination of India in 2013.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s recognition:
• Kaziranga National Park was declared as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1985.
• In the same year ie, in 1985, Manas National Park was also recognised as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
• Kaziranga National Park boasts of having largest number of population of Great Indian One horned Rhinoceros (2401 according to 2015 census) in the world.
• Kaziranga National Park is also acclaimed as being the residence of highest density of population of Tigers (32 Tigers per 100 sq kilometers) among all the protected areas in the world.
• Manas National Park is a home to more than 20 endangered wildlife species. The park is famous for its exceptional picturesque beauty.
• Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is recognized as the only wildlife sanctuary in North East India being home to seven out of nine species of non human primates, namely – Hollock Gibbon, Indian Slow Ioris, Capped Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Assamese Macaque, Pigtailed Macaque and Stump tailed Macaque.
• Majuli, a sub-divisional head quarter of Jorhat district, is acclaimed to be the largest river island in the world. Recently, Majuli was shortlisted for three times in the nomination list seeking the status of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site under the category of ‘cultural landscape’, but failed to achieve on “technical grounds” due to submission of “incomplete documents” by the ministry of culture, Govt. of India.
• Assam boasts of having 765 tea estates and more than 1,00,000 small tea gardens in its domain which altogether produces 5.7 million quintals of tea annually in 753 tea factories ie, 51% of the total tea production in Indian subcontinent. It is about 13% of the total tea production in the world. Assam auctions more than 1.5 million quintals of tea valued at more than INR 5,500,000,000/- every year.
• Sualkuchi, popularly known as ‘Manchester of the East’, is designated to be the largest centre for commercial production of Assam textile – Muga silk, Paat silk and Eri or Endi silk.
• Jatinga, a village located in the Dima Hasao district, is famous for mysterious phenomenon of birds “committing mass suicide” from August to November every year.
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