Guwahati, an important city of Assam is situated on the banks of Brahmaputra river. The gateway to north east part of India, Guwahati is also called the Light of the East. Derived from two words Guwa (betel nut) and Hat(market), it is one of the commercial and educational centers of the region. The famous Kamakhya temple, situated in Guwahati is known world wide. City is recognized by the fascinating tribes, unique wildlife, mighty rivers, lakes, hills and valleys.
By Air : There are regular flights to Delhi, Kolkatta, Imphal, Agartala from Airport located in Guwahati.
By Road : Guwahati has a well-developed road networks.
By Rail : Guwahati is the headquarter of the Northeast Frontier Railway and is well connected by rail with the rest of the country.
There are plenty of staying options ranging from number of star category hotels having all the modern amenities to economy hotels.
Hotel Raj Mahal
Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok
Hotel Kuber International
Situated atop the Nilachal hills, this temple was constructed by the Koch king Naranarayan in the 10th century AD. It is one of the foremost shakti cult temples in India. The Ambubachi Mela(Fair) is held during the monsoon season in the temple premises.
This temple is erected on Chitrachal Hill and is devoted to the nine planets of hindu astronomy. The nine linga's inside the main temple represents nine planets. Since from the ancient times, it is the center of astrological and astronomical research.
This museum has a collection of archaeology, sculptures, manuscripts, inscriptions, paintings, metals, costumes, ethnology and other artefacts giving a glimpse of ancient cultures of the region. Museum also exhibits huts of various Assamese tribes, weavings and musical instruments.
The botanical garden is spread on an area of 82 hectares and houses several types of palm, shrubs, herbs, conifers. Established in 1982, it has an orchid house having 44 varieties of rare orchids of the North East region.
The temple is located amidst Brahmaputra river and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the island of Umananda, this temple can be reached by crossing the river by boat.
Situated 25km away in the west of Guwahati, Hajo is a religious place for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. Pua-Mecca mosque, built by an Iraqi prince in the 12th century and Hayagriba Madhava Temple symbolises the communal harmony among the people living here. Hajo is well known for the bell metal work.
Climate Summer: Max. 35°C - 22°C :Winter : Max. 26°C - 10°C
Languages Assamese, Rabha, Garo, Karbi, Tiwa, Hindi, Bodo, Santali, Sadri and English
Best Time to Visit October to May
Excursion Madan Kamdev( 35 km), Chandubi( 64 km), Manas wildlife sanctuary( 176 km)
Guwahati is known for beautiful bamboo and cane products. Muga, Pat and Endi silks, cottons, wall hangings and caps also draw visitors to the shops.
Guwahati is famous for the Assamese cuisine ie. rice and fish. Visitors who love sweets, must relish pithas (cakes) made of rice flour. Rice-based breakfast, yoghurt or thick creamakhoi (puffed rice), chira (chura), muri, komal chaul and hurum are liked by the tourists. Assamese are non- vegetarian and visitors can find variety of fish dishes here.
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