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A sprawling city located beside the mighty Brahmaputra, Guwahati is the epitome of an amalgamation of ancient history and modernization. The largest city in all of Assam, Guwahati stands as the gateway to the Seven Sisters of North East India. A city shaped by time itself, Guwahati is home to age-old temples that take you centuries back to the pages of ancient history, but it also boasts of a cutthroat lifestyle and an electric nightlife, keeping up with the modern era of urbanisation and commercialization. The gushing Brahmaputra river carries with it untold tales from thousands of years past, and the peaceful ambience lingering in the city despite its modern lifestyle is one of the main reasons you should visit Guwahati if only to get a slice-of-life experience of the vivacious juxtaposition of the old and the new.
Guwahati is home to a huge number of old temples, all of which have interesting stories and legends behind them. The Kamakhya temple, arguably the most visited temple in the city, is a temple dedicated to the goddess Kamakhya, who was also known as the goddess of desire. Associated with a legend that finds its way in the pages of history, this temple hosts the annual Manasha Puja and the Ambubachi Mela, celebrations which see pilgrims from far and wide congregating to attend them. Other temples in Guwahati worth visiting include the Umananda temple and the Navagraha temple.
If you’re curious about the local folklore and culture, a visit to the Assam State Museum, which houses artefacts belonging to ancient times, will give you an authentic taste of the local history and its development through the years.
The Guwahati Zoo, also known as the Assam State Zoo, is the biggest zoo in the entirety of North East India and houses a huge number of animals such as monkeys, rhinos and pelicans, as well as a wide variety of exotic flora and fauna.
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Modern cosmopolitan culture, a treasure of historic charms, endearingly called the ‘city of eastern light’ Guwahati is situated on the bank of Brahmaputra River and surrounded by hills on three sides which makes it an exotic travel destination. The picturesque city is located in the foothills of lower Assam encompassing an area of 216 km square and the state capital Dispur. Nicknamed as the ‘Gateway to North East India’ the city is rated as a cultural hub as it concentrates the entire northeastern experience within itself. Guwahati is where you will find a rich history and culture of the state of Assam, and this is the most developed city in the entire north-east India. Most travelers covering Assam and other nearby states typically take a flight to Guwahati, maybe spend a day in the city, and then carry on to the other travel destinations. For those spending a day in Guwahati, there are some highly revered temples that they can visit - including the famous Kamakhya Devi temple. Guwahati is located on the banks of the Brahmaputra, and you can take a stroll by the riverside, or take a boat ride to the Umananda temple which is located in the center of the river. There are also various monuments, architectural showcases, museums and more. The city is also a great shopping destination, and the local market has a good collection of artifacts and pieces from the states and the cultures nearby.
Ambubachi Mela, also known as 'Kamakhya Devi Puja', is held annually at the Kamakhya temple atop Nilachal hill in Guwahati. "Link Hidden"
Beautiful landscape, diversity in culture (and cuisine ).
Poor waste management, poor drainage system in monsoons, traffic congestion in some parts of the city.
Guwahati is a blend of new and old cultures. Perfect for adventure lovers. Ideal vacation spot for people from eastern India and North Bengal.