A gateway to northeast India, Guwahati lies between the bank of Brahmaputra River and foothills of beautiful Shillong plateau. A vital tourist destination in itself, this sprawling city is an amalgamation of rich natural beauty and vivid culture.
The history of Guwahati goes back to over 1000 years. Known as Pragjyotishpura (City of Eastern Lights) in the ancient times, the Demon King Narakasura is said to have built the city of Guwahati.
Home to many holy sites, Guwahati is known for its Temples. You can climb the Nilachal hill to reach one of India’s most revered Sakhti Peethas - The Kamakhya temple. Umananda temple dedicated to Lord Shiva stands on the Peacock Island on river Brahmaputra. Navagraha temple on the other hand is the astronomical center with nine celestial bodies. A visit to Balaji temple during the day will make an excellent outing. Curved out of a single stone, the most striking feature of this temple is the 70 ft. Rajagopuram.
Guwahati has also one of the oldest churches of the region, the Christ Church built in 1844 at Church Field in the very heart of the city. Also one of the oldest mosques of the state, the Burha Masjid is located at Ambari also in heart of the city.
Be a part of Assam’s heritage, culture and tradition by paying a visit to the Assam State Museum and Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra.
If you are inquisitive to decode the mechanism of the infinite universe, then Planetarium in Guwahati is the right place to head too. If you are accompanied by kids, your trip to Guwahati will be incomplete with visiting Guwahati zoo. The Zoo’s claim to fame is the great India one horned rhinos. Many other animals such as tiger, elephants, deer, the rare golden langur, snakes etc can be spotted here.
Apart from stipulated tourist destinations, there is lot more in Guwahati to be explored. Cruise down the untamable Brahmaputra and witness the vastness and tranquility of the mighty river. Guwahati offers a plenty of river cruising options to choose from. Guwahati is also a place where you can indulge in several outdoor activities like trekking, river rafting, motor biking etc.
If you are in Guwahati never drop a chance to visit the nearby jungles! Pay a visit to Pobitara Wildlife sanctuary, just 30 km away from the city and experience wilderness in its rawest form.