being T-shaped, consists of the northern Brahmaputra
valley, the middle Karbi and Cachar hills and the
southern Barak valley. Assam has a stunning grandeur of
dense tracts of tropical forests, interspersed with
emerald patchwork quilts of paddy and lush tea gardens
enriched by the flow of river Brahmaputra (‘Son of
Brahma'). The alluvial plains of the Assam valley (100
km at its widest) enjoy an abundance of natural riches.
The state is the largest producer of timber and tea in
the country and it has the oldest oil refinery in India.
Assam is the only region in the world that has its own
variety of tea, called Camellia assamica. Assam tea is
grown at elevations near sea level, giving it malt
sweetness and an earthy flavor, as opposed to the more
floral aroma of highland teas.