Considered the gateway to the North-East region of India, Guwahati or ‘Gowhatty’ is the largest city in the region. An important administrative, trading center and a river port, Guwahati is an ancient town and an important place of veneration of Goddess Shakti. Kamakhya temple situated atop the Nilachal hill is an important site for tantric Hinduism. Guwahati city is situated between the southern bank of Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Dispur, situated within Guwahati, is the capital of Assam.
Guwahati, known as Pragjyotishpur (Light of the East) in olden days, was the erstwhile capital of kingdom of Kamrup which existed between 350 and 1140 CE. During past few decades it has experienced violent separatism from organizations like ULFA, but now situation is under control of the government of Assam. Besides the most revered and popular Kamakhya Temple; the city has several ancient Hindu temples like the Umananda Temple, Navagraha Temple and Basistha Temple. The abundance of temples has earned Guwahati the sobriquet of “City of Temples.” Guwahati and its surrounding areas are rich in wildlife. Kaziranga National Park, known for its famous resident the one-horned Indian rhinoceros, is 214 km away.
As capital of Assam, the second commercial tea production region besides southern China, Guwahati is also an important tea trading centre. Assam also has the distinction of being the only region in the world besides southern China, with native tea plants. Known for its body, briskness, malty flavor, and strong, bright color, Assam teas are often sold as “breakfast” teas. The Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) is among the busiest tea trading facilities in the world.
Guwahati is among the 100 fastest growing cities of the world and the fifth fastest growing among Indian cities. It is a major commercial and educational centre of eastern India. The premier Indian Institute of Technology campus is also located in Guwahati. Any mention of Guwahati is incomplete without reference to its prodigal son Bhupen Hazarika. Lyricist, film-maker, singer, musician and poet from Assam, Hazarika’s songs became popular in Assam, West Bengal and even Bangladesh. Hazarika is acknowledged for introducing folk music of Assam and Northeast India in Hindi films. The memorial to Hazarika at the Guwahati University campus is popular with tourists and locals.
A visit to Guwahati is complete only after a cruise on the Brahmaputra river. Luxurious vessels, some with AC upper decks, ply regularly to Dibrugarh. The cruise to Dibrugarh passes through Kaziranga and Tezpur. If river cruise seems too long, try crossing the river on ferry. Ferries cross the river regularly for transporting locals. Ferries leave Fancy Bazaar jetty every half an hour. Round trip takes around 45 minutes. Brahmaputra River is also the venue for annual boat race held at Sualkuchi. The annual boat race dates back to over 100 years and is is organized to commemorate death anniversary of Srimanta Sankardev, who revived Vaishnavism in Assam. The competition is held in three categories.
Things to do in Guwahati
River Cruise in Guwahati
River Cruise: Enjoy a wonderful cruise on the river Brahmaputra that will surely give a experience of lifetime. Several private ferry services will take you on a short…
Golfing at Assam
Assam is a state of picturesque beauty. With green valleys, blue hills, the mighty Brahmaputra, awesome wildlife, ancient monuments, timeless temples and a reverberating rural life with a…
Bohag Bihu Festival in Guwahati
The most notable festival here is the Bohag Bihu, which is the beginning of the Assamese New Year and falls in mid-April. This festival is celebrated with great…
Ambubachi Mela in Guwahati
In the months of June-July, there is the famous Ambubashi Mela at Kamakhya temple that attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the country. The mela offers a…
Brahmaputra Beach Festival in Guwahati
Brahmaputra Beach Festival is organized by Assam government every year in January to promote tourism. Elephant races, kite flying, adventure sports activities, etc. are organised on the occasion.
Shopping in Guwahati
Assam is famous for its silk cottage industry. Guwahati is the best place to buy textiles made of Muga – the golden silk of Assam. Handicraft and handloom…
Places to visit in Guwahati
Brahmaputra river side
Known for the beach festival in April, the Brahmaputra river side offers a cool breeze and a beautiful view to all thos ewho visit. During winter, it is…
Dedicated to mother Godess Kamakhya, the Kamakhya temple is one of the oldest of the 51 shakti peeths. It is situated on the Nilachal hill in the western…
Saraighat bridge is a road-cun-rail bridge located over the river Brahmaputra in Assam. It is the vital link between North East region and the rest of the country.
Assam State Zoo
The Assam State zoo which is also known as the Guwahati zoo is the largest of its kind in the North East region. It is located within the…
Regional Science Center
The Regional Science centre in Guwahati is one of India’s 27 science centers administered by the Government of India’s National Council of Science Museums. It is very popular…
Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary
Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary in Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts of the northeastern Indian state of Assam is famous for its resident population of Golden Langurs. Spread over an area of 45.56 sq km, the sanctuary…
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to the endangered Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Morigaon district of Assam. Boasting of the highest density of Indian rhinos, the sanctuary is 50…
Popular with Hindu, Muslim and Buddhists, Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage centre. The Hayagriba Madhava Temple with its giant ancient turtle is famous. According to legend, Lord Buddha…
Situated on the north bank of Brahmaputra, Sualkuchi is a weaver’s village famous for its silk weaving. It was called the Manchester of the East by the British.…
Located 360km north east of Guwahati is Sivasagar, known for its Ahom palaces and monuments. Sivasagar today is also an important centre for the tea and oil industries.…
Located about 65km from Guwahati at the foot of the Garo hills is the Chandubi Lake. The lake is located at the foot of Garo hills surrounded by…
Kaziranga National Park
Located in Assam, the Kaziranga National Park in Assam in north east India has been declared a world heritage site. The wildlife park is famous for its one-horned…
Cafe Hendrix is a live blues music cafe in Guwahati dedicated to musicians from North East India.
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HOW TO REACH – ADVENTURE, GUWAHATI
Gopinath Bordoloi Airport, located 23 km from the city centre, connects Guwahati to Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Agartala, Aizawl, Dibrugarh and Jorhat.
Guwahati is an important terminus on the North-East Frontier Railway. It is well connected with several major cities of India like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Chandigarh and Hyderabad.
Guwahati is a major road hub of North East. Overnight buses ply from Kohima, Imphal, Itanagar and Siliguri.