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Assam ([æˈsæm], About this sound pronunciation ; Assamese: অসম Ôxôm, /ɔxɔm/) is a northeastern state of India. Its capital is Dispur, located within the municipal area of Guwahati city. Located south of the eastern Himalayas, 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 is surrounded by six of the other Seven Sister States: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya. 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.[1] Assam became a part of the British India after the British occupied the region following the First Anglo-Burmese War of 1824–1826. (more)

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Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. In 1968, the state government passed 'The Assam National Park Act of 1968', declaring Kaziranga a designated national park. The 430 km2 (166 sq mi) park was given official status by the central government on 11 February 1974. In 1985, Kaziranga was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique natural environment Kaziranga. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest. (more...)

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The Peacock Island is a small river island of the river Brahmaputra, is located near Guwahati city, is known as smallest inhabited Riverine Island in the world. It is the place of Umananda Devaloi (Shiva Temple) which was built by the Ahom King Gadadhar Singha (1681–1696) Country boats that are available on the bank of Brahmaputra take the visitors to the island. The mountain on which the temple has been built is known as Bhasmacala. (more...)

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1.... that the Brahmaputra's upper course was long unknown, and its identity with the Yarlung Tsangpo was only established by exploration in 1884–86?
2.... that Camellia sinensis is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce the popular beverage tea?
3.... that a total of six Tai language were spoken in Assam, although two are now extinct - Tai Phake, Tai Aiton, Khamti, Khamyang (critically endangered), Ahom (extinct), Turung (extinct)?
4.... that the Talatal Ghar, together with its above-ground counterpart the Kareng Ghar, is also the largest of all Ahom monuments?
5.... that the First Anglo-Burmese War ended under the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826, with the East India Company taking control of Assam?
6.... that Assam is divided into 27 administrative districts, 49 sub-divisions, 219 development-blocks, 206 police stations and 2489 village panchayats covering 26247 villages?
7.... that Assam is a major producer of crude oil and it accounts for about 15% of India's crude output, exploited by the Assam Oil Company Ltd., natural gas in India and is the second place in the world (after Titusville in the United States)?


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Geography: BrahmaputraMore

History: History of AssamBritish RajIndian independence movement1950 Assam earthquakeMore

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  1. ^ Sushanta Talukdar (20 April 2012). "Assam has lead role in Look East effort: PM". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 December 2012.