Guwahati

The gateway to the North-Eastern States Guwahati is Situated on the Southern Bank of the mighty Brahmaputra river the son of Brahma. A reference of Guwahati has been mentioned in Kalika puran and Mahahbharata. In history, Guwahati was identified as 'Pragjyotispura' meaning the 'light of the East '. The Present Name Guwahati is apparently derived from 'Guwai' and 'Hatt' that mean batalnut market. Dispur the capital of Assam is in the heart of this city and it is a principal center of socio-culture , political , industrial , trade and commerce of the entire region . The largest Tea Auction market in India lies in Guwahati.

 

Places of Interest in Guwahati:

  • KAMAKHYA TEMPLE:
  • This temple on NIlachal Hill is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshya, this is one of the oldest and most sacred centres of Shakti worship and Tantric Hinduism. The annual Ambubachi festival in July attracts a large number of devotees from far and near.
  • SUKRESHWAR TEMPLE:
  • Situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has one of the largest Shivalingas in India.
  • BASHISTHA ASHRAM:
  • Situated on Sadhya Chal Hill, this picturesque ashram is beleived to be the hermitage of Sage Bashista. It is an important place of pilgrimage, the ashram and the three mountain streams Sandhya, Lalita and Kanta flowing nearby also makes it an ideal picnic spot.
  • SHANKARDEV KALAKSHETRA:
  • The recently constructed cultural musuem has an art galery and a beautiful children's park. In the evening the Assamese history and culture is presented by a light and sound show.
  • PEACOCK ISLAND/UMANANDA TEMPLE:
  • This Shiva Temple on Peacock temple was build by the Ahom Kings in 1594. The temple is in the middle of the River Brahmaputra and can be reached by boats.
  • RIVER CRUISE ON BRAHMAPUTRA:
  • A number of cruise vessel ply in the evening on the Brahmaputra river. It is a thrilling experience. One can enjoy a cup of Tea and snacks or Dinner onboard.
  • STATE MUSEUM:
  • This largest museum of North East India was established in 1940. It has an interesting collection of Archeology, Sculpture, Paintings,Costumes and Ethnology. It has separate sections for archeology, epigraphy, numismatics and iconography.The walkthrough also exhibits reconstructed Assamese Tribal huts which also displays weaving and musical instruments.
  • STATE ZOO CUM BOTANICAL GARDEN:
  • This is the largest natural zoo in the country with open enclosures housing tigers, leopards, one horned rhinos and a rich variety of bird life. The well landscaped botanical garden spreads over an area of 82 hectares with various types of Palms, Shrubs, herbs, conifers and broad leaved plants. The Orchid house here has 44 varieties of rare orchids native to north eastern region.
  • PLANETARIUM:
  • This is one of the finest and sophisticated planetariums in India.
  • DIGHALI PUKHURI:
  • This beautiful lake is located in the heart of the city and offers boating and a beautiful childrens park.
  • DEEPORBEEL:
  • It is spread over 4 sq Kms, various types of birds including storks, fishing eagle and kingfisher can be found here.
  • NABAGRAHA TEMPLE:
  • The Temple of Nine Planets is located on Chitrachal hills. Here the nine planets are represented by the nine lingas inside the main temple. The temple was built in the year 1752.
  • TIRUPATI BALAJI TEMPLE:
  • The Temple trust of the ancient temple of Lord Tirupati Balaji in Andhra Pradesh has constructed this similar temple in Guwahati. A holy place of pilgrimage for people from all over the North East.
  • STATE EMPORIUMS:
  • One must visit the various arts and craft and handloom emporiums at Ambari area to pick up traditional sovenirs of Assam.
  • NEHRU PARK:
  • A beautifully landscaped park with lots of rides and Go Karting for Children.

 

Places of Interest near Guwahati:


HAJO:

32 Km from Guwahati, Hajo is a sacred place for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. The famous Hayagriba Madhava temple here was rebuilt in 1543. The temple is also considered to be a Buddhist Shrine. The Poa Mecca is a historic Mosque sheltering the tomb of Hazarat Shah Sultan Giasuddin Aulia Rahmatullah. This Mosque is architecturally remarkable.

SUALKUCHI:

This town is famous for 'Muga Silk'which is naturally golden in colour and is a famous silk weaving centre.

MADAN KAMDEV:

Famous for its mysterious yet impressive archeological ruins and stone sculptures, the origin of these ruins are still unknown.

POBITORA NATIONAL PARK:

It is a small national park 40 kms from Guwahati. The park has the highest concentration of rhinoceroses in the world. One can do a Elephant Safari from November to March.

 

Copyrighted © 2012, Assam Holidays
Powered by e-adware