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Guwahati is the kind of place that has its own flavour that never fails to charm the tourists. Situated between the banks of Brahmaputra River and Shillong Plateau, it is one of the major cities of Assam. From the Shunga-Kushana period to the Mughal era, different rulers were the reason for the establishment of this diverse city of Assam. It is a place where different cultures breathe and live together and this in itself becomes more of a reason to visit this city. 

Earlier, Guwahati was known as the Hindu kingdom of Kamarupa's capital and went by the name, Pragjyotisa. If you want to know the city spiritually, then some of the places which you must visit are Kamakhya Temple, Umananda Temple, Navagrah Temple, Moriaatti Jumma Masjid, and Rajdhani Maszid. For nature lovers, the popular Kaziranga National Park and Nehru Park are some of the most amazing options to explore.

History of Guwahati

The myths and legends of Guwahati date back to thousands of years. You would be surprised to know but there are some references that directly relate to epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. Thus, it can be said that it is one of the most ancient cities of India. Not just that, if we go by Mahabharata, then there was also a time when Guwahati was the capital of Narakasura and Bhagadatta. Within Guwahati, there is an ancient Shakti temple of Goddess Kamakhya in Nilachal hill.  

The Medival History

Appointed by the Ahom Kings, this city was the seat of Borphukan which was the civil-military authority of the Assam region. It is interesting to know that Borphukan's residence was in the present Fancy Bazar area. It even had a council-hall which was built in approximately 300 yards.  

Modern History

It is a known fact that the Mughals invaded Assam approximately 17 times. However, not a single time was they able to succeed. What's more intriguing is the fact that they were defeated by a considerably less Assamese army in the battle of Itakhuli and the battle of Saraighat. This gives us proof of the battle-readiness of the Ahoms. Furthermore, this city was even under the Burmese rule from 1817 to 1826. And after the first Anglo-Burmese War, the city came under the British Empire.

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Why You Should Visit Guwahati?

Falling alongside the mighty Brahmaputra river, there is every reason to visit Guwahati. Yes, whether it be discovering nature or indulging your senses in the joyful activities of Guwahati's culture and traditions, this is one of the most prominent destinations where you would definitely get to enjoy your time. 

Places to Visit in Guwahati

Umananda Temple. Positioned in the Peacock Island and dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is a tranquil spot to worship and align your spiritual energies. Surroundings of this temple are very peaceful as it is located on the top of the hill. Undoubtedly, it comes across as a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the scenic views of nature. Apart from Lord Shiva, there are 10 other Hindu God’s idols placed here.

Assam State Museum. Also known as Assam Rajyik State Museum, built amid the colonization of Britishers in India in 1940, this is a place that you would love to visit if you consider yourself a history buff. Once you visit this museum, you will realize how wonderful is the collection of artefacts, and old sculptures placed here that dates back to the 5th-12th century.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. This incredible hub of nature covers an area of 38 sq.km. and has gained a huge amount of fame due to its nearness to Guwahati. The lush green vegetation and the glimpse of the endangered species like one-horned Rhino will simply leave you mesmerized. One can also see the endangered Rhinos during an elephant or Jeep Safaris.

Guwahati Zoo. Falling in the list of one of the most captivating zoos of the nation, and situated in the dense green forests of Hengrabari, this place also goes by the name Green Lung Of The City Of Guwahati.

Kaziranga National Park. Here you would get to see one-horned Rhinoceros. Also, it was declared as the Tiger Reserve in 2006. Apparently, this place is home to a large breeding ground of elephants and wild water buffalos, swamp deer, etc. Furthermore, this place also has achieved great success in terms of wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity, this is a must-visit place for its natural beauty. Read More

Things to do in Guwahati

Explore Umananda Island. A beautiful and serene island, this is the perfect getaway from chaos for a while. Situated in the middle of Brahmaputra, you can enjoy sunbathing, surfing, kayaking, and so many other activities. It was named as Peacock Island by the Britishers due to its shape. 

Kamakhya Hills. Kamakhya Hills aka Nilachal Hills is a place with spellbinding views of nature's beautiful and breath-taking spectacles. It is an ideal place for a group of friends and couples, as you would get to enjoy the serene environment while trekking towards Kamakhya Temple. 

Dighali Pukhuri. This is a manmade lake surrounded by a soothing ambience to keep you calm yet curious. Those decorated gardens around the lake will definitely be a soul-rejuvenating spectacle for you. 

Events and Festivals in and Around Guwahati

Assam Tea Festival. Since Assam is the house for some of the biggest tea estates, it becomes necessary to celebrate its contribution to the nation. It is the largest tea producer in India and thus there are all the more reasons to celebrate this festival. Read More

Majuli Festival. Majuli is one of the most exotic tourist destinations of Assam and the festival is celebrated on the banks of river Luit which acts as a major factor for drawing the attention of the tourists. In this festival, special events are organized during the festivals round the clock. Read More

Rongali Bihu. Assam, often known as the Bihu state, is popular because of the festival of Bihu which is extremely entertaining and fun. Bihu festival is like a dramatic cultural festival that is filled with joy and abundance of love. Read More

Best Time to Visit Guwahati

During the summer, it will be difficult to face the temperature as it is somewhere around 33 degrees. In that case, the monsoon season is the best for you as it makes the city even more beautiful and greener for you. Also, the early days of winter are also a good time to explore Guwahati. So, if you are planning a trip to someplace amazing then it is highly recommended for you to plan your trip to Guwahati during the months of July to September or October to December. 

Famous Food and Clothing of Assam

The culture of Assam is amazing. People of this place are very generous. Here, women generally wear a motif rich Mekhela Chador or a Riha Mekhela which looks like a kind of skirt whereas men wear Suria, which is like a dhoti in their local language along with a Gamosa which is generally worn around the head. Coming to food, the people of Assam like to eat fish, chicken, duck, etc. In the sweet dish, Pitha is very popular in Assam. 

How to Reach Guwahati

Airport. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport aka Guwahati Airport is just 25 kilometres away from the main city. It is a well-established airport with regular flight services. It is well-connected to India’s major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. Apart from these metropolitan cities, the airport has good connectivity with neighbouring cities like Imphal, Bagdogra, Itanagar, etc. as well.  

Rail. One of the primary rail lines of Assam is the Guwahati Railway Station that is 5 kilometres away from the main city centre. The railway line is well-connected to other major cities in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.  

Road. The city of Guwahati can be reached via the neighbouring regions of the state of Assam as well as other major metropolitan cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. There are private and government buses that run frequently and if you are looking forward to travelling via your own vehicle then you would need to take NH 44, 16, or 27 depending upon your location.

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