Assam, a land of natural bounty, fertile valleys, mighty rivers and rich cultural heritage is situated in the north eastern corner of Indian union and is one of the eight sister states of North East India. The State is bounded by Eastern Himalayan foot hills and Naga-Patkai hill ranges on three sides and a narrow opening in the west links the state with the rest of the country. The State shares international borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan and serves as a Gateway to other North Eastern states as well as to South East Asia. Assam has a latitudinal extension of 24ºN to 28ºN and a longitudinal extension of 89º45´E to 96º00´E and covers a geographical area of 78,438 sq.kms. It is divided into 27 administrative districts. Dispur, the capital of Assam is a part of Guwahati city, the communication and commercial hub of the North East.