Things to do in Guwahati for a Perfect Fulfilling Trip

Top things to do in Guwahati

Guwahati is often known as the 'gateway to the North-East' owing to its close proximity to the region. Enveloped in mighty mountains and verdant forests, the city boasts of unbelievable natural beauty. There are umpteen things to do in Guwahati from river rafting to birdwatching, jeep safaris and wildlife spotting. The place boasts of more than three national parks within a radius of 200 kms. Among the top things to do in Guwahati, there are also several temple visits, science explorations at various planetariums, shopping, cultural shows and the like. Have a look at the elaborate list of things to do in Guwahati given below!

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Here is the list of 25 Things to do in Guwahati for a Perfect Fulfilling Trip

1. Offer Prayers at Kamakhya Temple

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Located on the Nilanchal Hill in the western part of Guwahati in Assam, the Kamakhya temple is one of the most revered shrines of Shakti in India. The shrine is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in the country and is a part of the four most important Shakti Peethas along with the Vimala Temple and Sthana Khanda in Odisha and Dakhina Kalika in Kolkata, West Bengal. Kamakhya temple is the Goddess of Desire, and celebratory for the Tantrik sect of Hinduism. Followers of the Tantra Sect place their belief in Kamakshi or Kamakhya and hence this shrine holds tremendous religious, historic and archaeological significance. Making a visit here is one of the best things to do in Guwahati.

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2. Enjoy a Jeep Safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

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Home to the densest population of One-horned Rhinos in the world, the Pobitora Wildlife sanctuary is a small heaven for the wildlife lovers, situated 30 km to the east of Guwahati. It is one of the two treasure troves of the famed and endangered one-horned Rhinos in the world coupled with an amazing birdlife which has earned it the tag of "Bharatpur of the East". You can experience elephant rides and jeep safaris at the sanctuary which is also some of the top things to do in Guwahati.

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3. Take a Cultural Peek at Shrimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra

Named after the poet-playwright and reformer of the medieval times- Srimanta Sankardev, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in Panjabari, Guwahati. With an aim to promote the culture, art and tradition of Assam, the complex has several centres dedicated to the promotion of the state’s cultural brilliance with an impressive display of its history and its glorious past. Built in 1990, this Kalakshetra showcases the artistic excellence of the North- East along with nurturing the bygone heritage. Sprawling over vast acres of land, the premises boast of a museum, a library, an art gallery and a children’s park beside several other adjuncts. Make sure to include visiting here in your list of things to do in Guwahati.

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4. Soak in the Serenity of Umananda Island

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The smallest river island in the world, Umananda Island is a place with legends aplenty, a place where man and the wilderness co-habit in peace and serenity. Umananda Island lies at the heart of the Mighty Brahmaputra River which flows through the middle of the city of Guwahati. An island with many legends associated with it, a pristine and calm environ has not been destroyed by the presence of human beings as yet. Initially known as Peacock Island by the British, the Island is home to a very rare and endangered species called 'Golden Langurs' who are considered to be highly sacred among the people of the Himalayas. Be sure to include visiting here in your list of things to do in Guwahati.

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5. Seek Blessings at the Umananda Temple

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The Umananda Temple is located in the small Peacock Island amidst the mighty Brahmaputra. This quiet place of worship is named after and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Peacock Island is the smallest inhabited riverine in the world and possibly one of the most beautiful too. The Umananda temple is nestled in the laps of this serene island whose shores are washed by the mighty Brahmaputras. It is a haven for nature lovers. The surroundings of the temple are undisturbed and serene and thus prove to be a perfect place just to sit and enjoy the beauty of the area. Visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Guwahati.

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6. Travel into Space at Guwahati Planetarium

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The Guwahati Planetarium, located on MG Road is an excellent destination for the 'universe lovers'. The magic of the infinitely expanding universe is explained in such detail and is yet beyond anybody's understanding. Apart from the regular Sky watching sessions conducted by the experts at the planetarium, special shows projected on a dome shaped overhead screen are the star attraction of the Planetarium. These shows are available in Hindi, English as well as Assamese and the timings are as convenient. The shows are just 2 hours apart and attending it is one of the best things to do in Guwahati.

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7. Spot Wildlife at Guwahati Zoo

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Having been established as one of the better zoos in the country, the Guwahati Zoo as it popularly known as a wildlife paradise spread over an extensive area of 430 acres. Located in a densely vegetated forest area in the centre of Guwahati called the Hengrabari Forest Area, the protected area has not lost its vibrant touch with mother nature. The zoo exhibits captivating landscape gardens, a great deal of wildlife and a serene environment. A unique abundance of the wildlife here makes it an admirer's paradise and is certainly worth the visit! Be sure to include visiting here in your list of things to do in Guwahati.

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8. Natural Retreat at Dipor Bil

Located in the Kamrup district of Assam, 18 km southwest of Guwahati city, Dipor Bil (also spelt Deepor Beel) is a freshwater lake in the former channel of the Brahmaputra river. Sprawling over a vast area of 40 sq. km, the lake was declared as a Bird Sanctuary in 1989 owing to its rich biodiversity and heritage. Home to a vast variety of exotic bird species, Dipor Bil is a major tourist attraction of Assam. Well known for its pristine beauty and biodiversity, the area offers a spectacular view of the fascinating wetland and rich forest ecosystem. Visiting here is one of the prime things to do in Guwahati and the place attracts tourist in hordes.

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9. Get Acquainted with Scientific Equipments at Regional Science Centre

Located in Jawaharnagar Khanapara, on the outskirts of Guwahati, Regional Science Centre is one of the 27 centres maintained and administered by Government of India’s National Council of Science Museums. Locally known as Science Museum, the depository is a wonderful initiative by the science fraternity to educate, enlighten and entertain the visitors through the medium of science and technology. Established in the year 1994, the museum houses rare instruments, machinery, rare science equipments, demo experiment setups etc. If you are a science enthusiast, visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Guwahati.

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10. Shop Your Heart Out at Fancy Baaar

Endearingly called as the ‘Chandni Chowk of Guwahati’, Fancy Bazaar is probably the best flea market in all of Guwahati. Consisting of a bazillion tiny shops, stray stalls, roadside setups, Fancy Bazaar is sure to lure you with its labyrinthian alleys and its throwaway prices. A chaotic yet charming amalgamation of the disarrayed shopkeepers, the hustling shoppers along with the aroma of the local street food, the market is a shopping hub for all the compulsive shoppers out there and shopping here is one of the most essential things to do in Guwahati.

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11. Cruising in the Brahmaputra

One of the prime things to do in Guwahati is experience a cruise ride in the Brahmaputra. Considered to be one of the most romantic experiences in the city, you can opt for a romantic candle lit dinner or watch a mesmerizing sunset with your significant other. You can also enjoy mouth watering cuisine and live music.

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12. Rafting in Kameng River

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One of the prime things to do in Guwahati is River Rafting in the Kameng River. Amid the rich tribal culture, glory of Mother Nature, thick forests, luxurious riverine system and amazing bio diversity, raft along the strong currents of Kameng River for a pumped up experience. Enliven the experience of thrill and rush of rafting on Kameng River surrounded by a serene habitat of North-East. The remotest of the areas packed with the bundles of wilderness offers the white river rafting, a lifetime experience that will leave you completely awe inspired. So, pack your bag and get ready for a most enthralling experience of your life.

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13. Revisit North-eastern History at Assam State Museum

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Assam State Museum, also known as Assam Rajyik State Museum, is located in the heart of Guwahati city in Dighali Pukhuri tank. It is one of the most famous museums of the North- East India that gives insights into the rich culture of ancient history and as well as the modern history of North-East India. The Museum offers an extensive collection of artifacts and sculptures dating back to the 5th-12th century to the new artifacts from the World War II. This museum is a great place to visit if you want a sneak-peak of the history of the North-east India. If you are a history buff, you should definitely include visiting here in your top things to do in Guwahati.

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14. Pay Your Respects at Guwahati War Memorial

Located near the Dighalipukhuri park in Latasil of Guwahati, Guwahati War Memorial is dedicated to the martyrs who fought for the nation and died in the process. The foundation of the memorial was laid on 18th May, 2015; however, the site was open for public visit in December 2016. Established as a mark of respect for the heroes who sacrificed their lives for our homeland, the memorial aims to spread the feeling of patriotism among the younger generations and for the mass acknowledgement of gallant sacrifices by our fearless soldiers.

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15. Watch a Match at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium

Inaugurated in 2007, Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium is located in the southern edge of Guwahati in Lokhra and is also known as Sarusajai Stadium. The stadium originally boasted of 30000 seats, however, the tournament director of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup sought other improvements in the construction and installed bucket seats, which reduced the capacity to 28500 seats. With a neat race track surrounding the football turf, the multi-purpose stadium has been used for 33rd National Games of India in 2007, South Asian Games in 2016 and Assam Global Investors' Summit in February 2018.

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16. Revitalize at the Nehru Park

Located in the heart of the city of Guwahati, opposite to Cotton College in Panbazar area of Guwahati, Nehru Park is a charming garden park built in 2000 and named after the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Based in the age old institutional area of Guwahati with plenty of colleges in the vicinity, the park area was originally a church with several cemeteries. Later, the Assam government overtook it and decided otherwise. Currently, one of the major tourist attractions of the city, the park has been beautified with several trees, soft grass and spectacular sculptures.

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17. Visit God Krishna at ISKCON Guwahati

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ISKCON, International Society for the Krishna consciousness is a Hindu religious society which was founded in the New York City in the year 1966 by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Its core belief is based on the holy Hindu books of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. The society has international recognition, and various temples of ISKCON are located in various parts of the world. ISKCON Guwahati is one of the temples under the parent organization which is dedicated to Lord Krishna.

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18. Admire the Handicrafts at Maati Centre

Located in Uzan Bazaar, Guwahati, Maati Centre is a commendable initiative by a former World Bank employee Pabitra Lama Sarmah and her husband- Rishi Raj Sarmah. Established with the objective to promote the talents and hand crafted works of local artisans from nonprofit organizations like Tihar Jail and Dastakar Ranthambore, the centre has emerged as a wonderful blend of local culture and regional arts. With the idea to promote handicrafts and heritage, Maati Centre provides a platform to showcase young and independent artists and gives them a broader exposure. The centre protects, documents and maps the oral and folk and tribal arts to restore the long lost culture.

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19. Enjoy Jazz Music at Cafe Hendrix

Cafe Hendrix is one of the popular cafes in Guwahati boasting of pleasant ambiance and even better food. You can enjoy live performances and gigs at the cafe or groove on the neon dance floors. Particularly known as a Jazz bar, the cafe attracts a large crowd especially on weekends. Visiting the cosy hippie cafe is one of the best things to do in Guwahati.

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20. Make a Visit to the Bhubaneswari Temple

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Dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, this white shrine perched atop a hill adjacent to the city is a major draw amongst the religious pilgrims. The temple itself provides visitors with a magnificent panoramic view of the city of Guwahati. The enchanting view of the sunset on the Brahamputra River as viewed from the hill attracts many tourists. Though the temple is high upon a hill, it requires a 20 minutes walk from the Bus Stand below to reach the Bhubaneshwari temple.

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21. Visit the Archaeological Site of Madan Kamdev

Located at a distance of 40 kms from Guwahati, Madan Kamdev Temple is an archaeological find in Baihata Chariali, Assam. Spread over an area of 500 metres, you will find idols and sculptures of Madan Kamdev scattered all over the place. The idols all have, detailed architecture and carvings on them. Perched atop a hill, it is one of the fascinating attractions and visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Guwahati.

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22. Birdwatching at Manas National Park

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This park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is nestled in the foot hills of the Himalayas, around 136 kms from Guwahati, and is home to a number of animal species including the lispid hares, pygmy dogs, etc. The Manas river runs within the complex and tourists can opt for a raft ride for a view of the jungle and it's animals. Forest safaris and elephant rides can also be arranged to move around the sanctuary. Birdwatching is another interesting activity at the park. Visiting here is one of the top things to do in Guwahati.

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23. Wildlife Safari at Kaziranga National Park

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Home to two-thirds of the world's one horned rhinoceros population, this national park has been declared as a World Heritage Site. Sitting in the laps of Mother Nature, this park has a very versatile bio diversity which makes Kaziranga National Park a very important and popular tourist destination. Situated around 193 kms from Guwahati, the national park boasts of a rich wildlife including Swamp deer, elephants, wild buffalos, Chinese pangolins, Bengal foxes, gibbons, civets, sloth bears, leopards and flying squirrels etc.

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24. Spiritual Retreat in the Pilgrim Village of Hajo

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The ancient pilgrim centre of Haajo, is an attraction for three religions - Hindu, Muslims and Buddhists. Shrines dedicated to Durga, Shiva, Vishnu, Buddha and major Muslim saints are found all over this place, making it an important pilgrimage center for people from all these three religions. It lies on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, 24 km from the city of Guwahati in the Kamrup district of Assam, India. Temples and other sacred artifacts can be seen spread across the region.

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25. Drive Through the Magnificent Saraighat Bridge

Built over the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati, Saraighat Bridge is the first railway-cum-road bridge. The construction of the bridge was started in 1958 and it was first inaugurated for goods trucks in 1962, by the then Prime Minister- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. A year later, on 7th June 1963, it was open to public traffic. The double-decker bridge has a road highway on top with a rail line below. Originally built for the North Frontier Railway, the bridge is a vital link between North East region and the rest of the country; it has Lachit Borphukan Park situated on the south end and Chilarai Park situated on the north end. Walking across or driving through this bridge is one of the prime things to do in Guwahati.

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