Kaziranga National Park
Brahmaputra River Cruise
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Manas National Park
Temples of Hajo
Welcome to Guwahati (Kamrup Metropolitan),
Guwahati is the largest city of Assam, a major riverine port city. It is the headquarter of the Kamrup Metropolitan district. It is also known as the 'City of Temples'. Dispur, the capital of Assam, is located within Guwahati. Guwahati lies between the banks of the Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Guwahati is a paradise for nature lovers. The majestic Himalayan ranges and the famous Brahmaputra River provide a stunning landscape and the rich cultural background of the place combine to provide you with unique experience.
Some of the famous places are Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Kamakhya Temple, Assam Rajyik State Museum, Brahmaputra River Cruise, Guwahati Planetarium, Bhubaneswari Temple, Guwahati etc.
A must to do activity in Guwahati. A 2 hours Dinner Cruise with Cultural and Folk Dance Performances followed by Live Singing is quite informative, entertaining and refreshing. Lastly the dinner served at the dining hall with candle light setup is awesome. If anybody is visiting Guwahati, one must spent a night on the Dinner Cruise.
Assam Rajyik State Museum offers an insight into the rich culture and heritage of the place. The museum is awe-inspiring with stunning range of collections. The massive collection in the library includes over thousands of scripts belonging to ancient period. Apart from scripts, the museum houses prehistoric sculptures and ivory paintings. Costumes belonging to ancient people are on display as well.
Assam State Zoo is one of the most prominent attractions of Guwahati. Spread over 130 hectares of land, the zoo is home to an astounding collection of rare and endangered species of wildlife. Take your kids along on this magnificent walk through the array of exotic and rare wild species of animals in their natural habitat. Some of the most photographed animals here include the rare one-horned-rhinoceros, the rarer white tigers, swamp tapirs and leopards. The zoo also comprises of animal exhibits, a museum, a reptile house, a botanical garden and a herbarium collection.
Situated on the banks of a small yet charming stream, the Basistha Ashram Temple is one of the most revered temples in the city of Guwahati. In the year 1764, King Rajeswar Singha of the Ahom dynasty commissioned the building of this temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. If the inscriptions are to be believed the Ashran dates back to the Vedic period and was built by Saint Basistha.
Located on top of the phantasmagoric Nilachal hill, the Bhuvaneswari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneswari. The temple is even further above than the famous Kamakhya Temple. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Bhuvaneswari is the queen or the feminine ruler of the universe. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Guwahati from the temple area. Ambubachi festival is celebrated with great fervor in the temple.
The real thrill and fun in touring Guwahati lie in cruising Brahmaputra. The majestic river flows through Guwahati dividing the same into halves. Spectacular views while on cruise will leave you mesmerized. You could opt for longer cruise or short cruise. The cruises are well planned and conducted that you are not short of anything while on board. Both your taste buds and your vision are left to feast upon at will.
Located 13 kilometer South West of Guwahati, Deepor beel bird sanctuary is well connected to the city by roadways.
Guwahati Planetarium is located on MG road. It is one of the popular tourist destinations in Guwahati. The planetarium conducts sky watching sessions regularly. Viewers are delighted by special shows projected here.
Located around 32 km from Guwahati,the temple is located on the Manikula hill, in the Kamrup district of Assam, on the northern banks of the Brahmaputra river.
ISKCON Temple is located on a hillock in Ulubari Chariali area, 2 km away from Guwahati railway station. The stark white exterior of the marble-floored Temple makes it a landmark of the locality. There are idols of Lord Krishna and his wife Rukmani, both dressed in beautiful attires. Krishna Janmashtami, Jagannath Rath Yatra and Holi are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in the temple.
The Janardana Temple is nestled amongst the lush greenery of the Shukleshwar hillocks, which is near to the Shukleshwar Ghat of the Brahmaputra River. The temple is known for its architecture which is a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. The temple houses an idol of Lord Buddha in the main hall. You can offer your prayers and meditate in the temple. You can also enjoy the mesmerizing scenery all around the temple.
Kamakhya Temple is situated 7 km away from Guwahati on Nilachal Hills. The temple was reconstructed in the year 1565 after it was destructed by Kala Pahar. The temple has several myths associated with it. Kamakhya Temple complex houses five temples inside it. The temple gains more importance, as in this place of worship, Aryans and non-Aryans follow common practices and hold common beliefs.
Declared as National Park in 1974, the 430 sq. kms Kaziranga National Park houses various wild species including tigers, elephants, leopards and panthers. It is home to one horned rhinoceros. The park could be called as haven for bird watchers, as birds in thousands are seen here. It is also declared as world heritage site. As elephant safaris are available, it would be a great experience for you if you opt to settle down on elephant's back to tour the park. If you want to visit Kaziranga National Park, you need to plan your tour between November and April, as these are the months, the park is open for tourists.
Manas National Park spreads across 391 sq. km area on Himalayan foothills. This park too has the honor of being declared a World Heritage Site and it received this status in the year 1985. Famously referred to as the only Tiger Reserve in Assam, the park is home to various species including elephants, bison, langur, sambar, chital, rhinos and buffalos. The park houses endangered species as well. Some of the birds spotted here include bulbuls, falcons, serpent eagles, hornbills and magpie robins. The right time to visit this park would be between October and April.
Navagraha Temple belongs to the 18th century. It is located on top of Navagraha Hill, which was initially known as Chitrasal Hill. The temple derives its name from Navagraha or the nine planets of the solar system and it is dedicated to these nine planets.
Nehru Park is an ideal location if you are here with your family. The serene atmosphere spell bounds you. You could grasp the essence of the life and culture of the people of Assam. The concrete statues depict various dances namely Bihu, Deodhani, Bor Taal and Ojapali. The park has excellent facilities to entertain children. There are various rides to keep the children amused. You will love the rock garden here. Yet another specialty of the park is the open-air theatre.
If you are in guwahati, take some time out and visit this place. Smallest habitable river island in the world, this place has a temple and all basic amenities. Can be reached only by boat from 'uzanbazar' ghat.
Situated in the floodplains of the mighty Brahmaputra River, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the endangered one-horned-rhinoceros. Although quite small for a sanctuary, the density of rhinoceros in Pobitora is quite high. On a visit to the sanctuary, you can easily spot groups of rhinos roaming in the wilderness. You can even get very close to the rhinos during an elephant ride in the sanctuary.
Regional Science Center is a world full of knowledge and the wonderful miracles of science. The center was established in 1994 with the aim to provide non formal science education to the visiting masses. The center boasts of a vibrant science park, a prehistoric park, 3D science movies and science shows. The indoor as well as outdoor expositions like Mirror Magic, Fun Science, Butterfly Corner and Children's Corner make a visit to the Regional Science Center a fun and learning experience. The museum at the center has useful information and exhibitions of the world's greatest scientists.
Saraighat Bridge connects northeast India with the rest of India - and it's quite beautiful! Opened to traffic in 1962, the Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge over the leviathan Brahmaputra River. Saraighat is a historically important place too. It was where the legendary battle between the Mughals and the Ahoms (rulers of Assam from the 12th century for about 600 years) took place. The Ahoms defeated the Mughals in this historic battle.
Assam is a land of great heritage and culture. The fusion of this ancient culture and glorious heritage has given birth to great pieces of artistry and greater artists. Shrimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra, popularly known as just Kalakshetra, is a cultural institution that provides a great platform for the local artists to bring their talent to the fore. The institution was established in 1998 to promote and conserve the local art, dance, music and drama. The Kalakshetra comprises of a cultural museum, a library, an open air theatre, an art gallery and a children's park where you can take your children for a fun time.
Sri Surya Pahar is a significant archaeological site in Assam. It is located about 12 km southeast of Goalpara town and about 136 km northwest of Guwahati. In this hilly terrain, many rock cut Shivalingas and votive stupas have been discovered. Idols of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain deities are scattered all along the area. Sri Surya Pahar is a treasure trove of ancient monuments, idols and other sculptures that depict a confluence of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist religion. If the legend surrounding the Sri Surya Pahar is to be believed, sage Vyasa engraved 99999 Shivalingas here in order to create a second Kashi where there were 1,00000 Shiva Lingas. A carving of Adinath - the first Tirthankara of the Jains - can also be found here.
Sualkuchi is amongst the top favorites in Dispur as it is renowned for silk production. This is where Muga, golden variety of silk is produced. This type of silk is not found in any other part of the world. You could view silk production and production of Muga.
The Sukreswar Temple id dedicated to Lord Shiva and is famous for being the abode of the sixth Jyotirlinga of India. The temple was constructed in 1744 by Ahom King Pramatta Singh. The temple is located on the Itakhuli Hill (Sukreswar hill) by the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River. A long step of stairs leads down to the river from the temple complex. According to the Hindu legends, if the post death rituals and rites of any person is performed at this temple than the dead person would attain moksha or salvation.
The religious village of Hajo is situated on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River. About 30 kilometres away from Guwahati, Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage centre for Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. There are quite a few temples in Hajo and all enjoy the reverence of their devotees. Most famous is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple atop the Monikut hill. Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrims seek solace at this scared stone temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Hayagriva Madhava Temple is also known for its exemplary architecture. Other historically and religiously important temples in Hajo include the Madan Kamdev Temple on Dewangiri hill and the Kedareswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Ugratara Temple is one of the most sacred and important pilgrimage centres of Assam. Dedicated to Goddess Ugra Tara (considered as another form of Goddess Parvati), the temple was constructed by King Shiva Singh of the Ahom Kingdom in 1725. On the east side of the temple, you will find a water tank called the Jor Pukhuri. The upper section of the temple suffered considerable damage due to an earthquake. Since then, it has undergone several renovation and modification attempts. During the festival of Navaratri, pilgrims from far and wide come to the temple to offer their prayers and participate in the festivities.
One of the most important temples of Guwahati, Umananda Temple is situated on Peacock Island in the middle of Brahmaputra River. The temple belongs to the 17th century and it was constructed by Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique. Since the temple is at the center of River Brahmaputra, it can be accessed only on ferries or motor launches. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the sculptures and engravings depict other gods namely Surya, Ganesha and Devi. The walls of the temple are wonderfully engraved and sculpted, which stand proof of the artisanship of the people of the past.
The Vashishtha Temple is an integral part of the Vashishtha Ashram nestled in the scenic Sandhychal hills. The building of the temple was commissioned by the Ahom King, Raja Rajeswara. Apart from being an important pilgrimage center, the place also offers peace, serenity and scenic views. The Vashishtha temple is located at the confluence of three rivulets- Sandhya, Kanta and Lalita. Lagend has it that a dip in the holy waters of the confluence washes away the sins of the sinners and grants long life.
- Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji Temple, Fancy Bazar, Accoland, Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati War Cemetery, Treasured Wheels etc.