Guwahati, “The Light of the East” is the gateway to Assam and to the entire northeast region. Surrounded by paddy fields and ancient rain forests, Guwahati is home to many temples that date back to Vedic and Purnic time. The Kamakhya Temple dominates the life of Guwahati as much as does the Great Brahamputra River. One of the most revered shrines of the Hindu faith, the temple is located on Neelachal Hill. The temple offers grandstand views of the Brahamputra and its surroundings. The shrine finds mention in the inscription of King Samudragupta’s pillar at Allahabad. A rush of devotees throngs the temple during the Ambubachi Puja. Amongst some of the other holy places in Guwahati is the Bashishta Ashram, the Nabagraha Temple, Ugratara Temple, the Dirgheshwari Temple, Ashvaklanta Temple offers superb views of the city against the Brahamputra River. A River Cruise on the mighty Brahamputra is a wonderful opportunity to get a feel of this legendary river.
Air: Nearest airport is Guwahati’s Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport 25 km from down town. Helicopter services are operated from Guwahati to Shillong, Tura and Naharlagun (Itanagar).
Rail: Nearest railhead is Guwahati (located close to down town).
Road: The bus stand is across the over bridge at the railway station. The Assam State Transport Corporation has offices and reservation/booking facilities here. Guwahati is the junction of National Highways Nos. 31, 37, 40 and 52. It the nodal point for road transport in the region.
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalashetra: The Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra is situated on Shiloong road in the Panjabari district. It is a house of museum, art
gallery, open-air theatre and traditional Vaishnavite temple.
State Museum:It is situated near the city centre. Archaeological and ethnographic displays are one of the major attractions in the museum. The collection includes stone and copper plate inscriptions dating from the 5th century, a 12th century sculptures of ‘Surya’, terracotta pieces and costumes.
Janardan Temple: It is located at Shukaleswar hillock near Shukaleswar Ghat, the heart of town. The ancient temple is worth seeing.
Sualkuchi: Sualkuchi is a small nearby village of Haza at Guwahati in Assam. This Village is known for the production of golden Muga silk for which Assam is famous.
Nabagraha Temple: Nabagraha Temple is situated at the east of Guwahati. This temple is popularly known as the ‘Temple of the Nine Planets’ an ancient seat of astrology and astronomy. Large trees surround it with huge monkeys. This temple has single red dome in the beehive style. Nine representing planets encircle the central lingam.
Kamakhya Temple: The magnificent Kali Temple of Kamakhya is situated on the commanding Nilachal hill at Guwahati in Assam. This temple with its beehive-shaved on the ‘Shikhara’ is a five example of the distinctive Assamese style of architecture. As one of the ‘Shakipith’ of 51 pieces, this temple is one of the most important tantric temples in India.
Umananda Temple: The Shiva Temple of Umananda stands on an island bluff in the middle of the Brahamputra. Its location at the top of a flight of steep steps up from the beach is more dramatic than the temple itself.
Assam State Zoo: The well-managed zoo and botanical gardens are located at the east of the city centre at a distance of 5 km. Animals include the one-horned rhino as well as tigers and leopards.
Baisistha Muni Temple: Basistha Muni Temple is situated 11 km southeast of Guwahati along with picturesque waterfalls. This temple has a small red dome with beehive style commemorate Basistha Muni, the author of Ramayana, the Hindu mythology. Nestling within an impressive grove of trees, with rock carvings in the stream to add to the air of antiquity.
Madan Kamdev: Madan Kamdev was the site of tantirc temple of ‘Shakti’ dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries. This temple is known as the ‘Yogini Tantra’ was destroyed but much of the site remains unexcavated. Only a museum preserves many finds including figures in various erotic postures.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary: Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the about 50 km from Guwahati city in the Morigaon district. Pobitora is one of the major wildlife sanctuaries of Assam.
Chandubi: A natural lagoon and a fine picnic spot which is 64 km from Guwahati. The lake and its surroundings broken by glades, is an ideal holiday resort and has the added attractions of fishing and rowing in the lake. The place is easily accessible by bus from the central bus stand at Adabari, Guwahati. Best season to visit the place is from November to April.
Manas National Park: Manas National Park is situated 176 Km from Guwahati in Assam. Manas are one of the India’s most magnificent National Park. It is situated at the foothills of Himalaya.
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