The most vibrant of the eight states comprising the Northeast, Assam is synonymous to natural breathtaking beauty, wonderful wildlife, beautiful tea gardens and beautiful and warm people. The state shares its border with West Bengal in India, Bhutan and Bangladesh internationally. The accessibility from the rest of the country makes it the Gateway to the North eastern states. There is about 35% forest cover and thousands of hectares of area under tea cultivation. The state has five national parks and 20 wildlife sanctuaries. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Kaziranga and Manas are also in Assam having the one-horned rhinoceros. Assam is also termed to be the miniature version of India with people of various ethnic, religious and linguistic backgrounds coming to the state. The state experiences prolonged monsoons from May to September which supports the abundant wildlife and beautiful vegetation. Winters range from November till February with intermittent rains and dense fog creating scenic beauty. The Brahmaputra valley is enclosed by the Himalayas in the North and by the Garo, Khasi, Jaintia and Naga hills. The Brahmaputra river runs across the state at times flodding it and making it fertile. There are many beautiful and charming hills Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills. The only hill station of Assam, Haflong is situated amidst the beautiful orchards. The Barak valley in the south is the haven of untouched beauty. To enjoy nature to the fullest do visit Assam.