Guwahati Tourism

Guwahati Travel Guide

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Guwahati Overview

Located at the bank of divine Brahmaputrariver. Guwahati is one of the most Beautiful Places in India. The city is a part of the North Eastern State, Assam and was once the capital of the state in ancient time. Once known as Pragjyotishpura this place is also mentioned in Indian epic Mahabharata. Often mentioned as the Gateway of the Northeast, Guwahati is having rich culture and tradition. The term Guwahati is derived from the Assamese language where ‘Guha’ means Areca Nut and ‘Haat’ means market. Blessed with the gorgeous beauty this place also receives number of tourists from around the world. Guwahati is the second largest city in North East after Kolkata and the biggest city of Assam. Guwahati is also one of the major centers for oil industry as well as tea industry. This pleasant and relaxed place is filled with mesmerizing monuments and temples. The Kamakhya temple of the city is considered as one of the holiest shrine of Goddess Durga. The temple is located at Nilanchal Hill. Along with monuments and temple the city also have rich wildlife areas such as Kaziranga National Park, Assam State Zoo and many more.

History of Guwahati

The City of Guwahati is as beautiful as its history. The ancient name of the city was Pragjyotishpura. According the legends this is the ancient city which is mentioned in many Puraans (Hindu Scriptures). The mention of the Guwahati is also mentioned in the India epic literature Mahabharata. According to some mythology scholars it is believed that in Dwapar Yuga the place was haunted by the demon named Naraksur. He killed every king and demolished every kingdom, moreover he abduct Queens of the deceased kings and make them prisoners. When Lord Krishna came to know about this catastrophic condition he along with his wife killed the demon and made the place free from the demonic presence of Narkasur.

Culture/Traditions/Festivals of Guwahati

The largest city of Assam is culturally rich place. Guwahati is the main centre of cultural activities in Assam and the tourist coming to Guwahati will love the rich culture and heritage of this city. You can see the beautiful city of Guwahati in its art and craft forms, music and dance and also in its gayest festivals and scrumptious food. The dance and music of Guwahati is the integral part of its culture and life of people. Bihu Dance is the most popular dance form of the city which is performed during various cultural festivals. Another dance form is Satriya Dance, an important dance form that was introduced by the Vaishnava Saint of Assam Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva.

Festivals and Fairs of Guwahati

This culturally rich place is having many festivals that are celebrated in most happening way possible by the people of the place. Since the place is full of different communities hence different festivals are celebrated round the year by the people of different communities. The major festivals Guwahati is Bihu. This is celebrated three times in a year. It includes Rongali Bihu, Kati Bihu and Magh Bihu. Some other festivals of Guwahati are – Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Ambubachi Mela, Holi, Diwali and etc.

Art and Culture of Guwahati

The people of Guwahati are very fascinating towards different arts and cultures. They are very fond of vivid form of arts that showcase the cultural heritage of the city. The handmade thing is handlooms, painting forms, handicraft, and other traditional art forms such as weaving form portray the richness of the traditions and cultures of the city. The Shrimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra is the most significant art and craft gallery in Guwahati.

Cuisine in Guwahati

Being of the richest cultural places the city is also showcasing plate full of variety of authentic Assamese cuisines to scrumptious tempting Chinese food.Other than being the staple food, rice is also used to make variety of Assamese snacks, sweets and also beer. Guwahati traditional food is Khar, Meat, Masor Tenga (fish curry), greens and vegetables etc. Some of the famous cuisines are Rice, Fish, Meat, Khar, Aaloo Pitika, Pithas and many moder lip smacking dishes.

Shopping in Guwahati

There are many markets or shopping areas in the city that sold silk made items such as Pat Silk and Muga Silk. The traditional jewelries of the city is something that women travellers would definitely would like to purchase. The tourist coming to this place can also shop in the malls located here like HUB, Dona Planet, Sohum Shoppe, Sohum Emporio and many more. You can also find Super markets like Big Bazar, Reliance Trendz and many more here.

Guwahati Map

Best Places to Visit Guwahati

Guests can spend wonderful vacation in the wilderness, hearing the birds chirping, winds whispering and rivers gushing giving the picturesque view to enjoy the vacations. Situated on the banks of Brahmaputrariver having plush landscape and rich cultural background. Here are some Best Places to Visit in Guwahati, that would like to note in your to do list.

Kaziranga National Park:

The Park was established in 1974 and houses various wild species such as wild cats that is tigers, majestic elephants, leopards and panthers and many more. People who love watch birds; this place is a heaven for them. This is listed among the world heritage site. Once can enjoy elephant safari here.

Umananda Temple:

This is one of most important temple whole Guwahati. Situated on the peacock Island in the middle of Brahmaputra River, this temple was built in 17 century by Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique.

Kamakhya Temple:

Situated on the magnificent hill of Nilanchal, the temple was reconstructed by Kala Pahar in 1565. This magnificent temple houses 5 temples inside it. Aryans and Non-Aryans follow common practices and share same beliefs here.

Some other places which you would love to travel are

Assam Rajyik State Museum

Guwahati Planetarium

Navgraha Temple

Nehru Park

Brahmaputra River Cruise

Manas national Park

Guwahati Weather

Best Time to Visit Guwahati

The best time to enjoy your holidays is in the month between October to March. The weather is mostly pleasant with minimum temperature of 5 degree Celsius.

How to Reach Guwahati

By Airways:

Guwahati is well connected with all major cities and towns. Nearest airport to this place is Lokpriya Goppinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati.

By Bus:

Well-planned cluster of roads is connecting with Guwahati. Some major buses to Guwahati can be reached from Jorhat, Silchar, Dibruagrh and many more.

By Railways:

Connecting this city with all major cities through a well-managed rail ways. The connectivity of the trains is indeed commendable and on time.

This rapidly developing city is coping with both traditional and modern way of living. The rich culture, many religions living in harmony, the beautiful natural beauties all makes this place a worth visiting destination during your holidays.