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Assam, India

The Brahmaputra River is some 3,000km long, though the many braids that make up the river constantly change its course and length.

Assam is the world’s largest tea growing region and produces some 400 million kilograms of tea each year - enough to sink an oil tanker.

Assam is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, as the Brahmaputra’s floods deposit rich minerals that provide nutrients for the soil.

Assam has its own native variety of tea plant called Camellia assamica that is characterised by brown leaves flecked with gold that produce black tea.

Kaziranga is the oldest national park in Assam, designated in 1974 by the Indian government and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of endangered great one-horned Indian rhinoceros; more than 1,800 live in the park.

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Flying at 13,000m - The mighty Brahmaputra

   

Flying at ground level - Kaziranga National Park

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