Guwahati Tourism

Guwahati Tourism

Guwahati Info

  • State: Assam
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 55 m
  • Pincode: 781001
  • District: Kamrup
  • Language: Assamese,Bengali
  • STD code: 0361
  • Weather: Summer 25 to 35°C, Winter 10 to 20°C
Formerly known as Pragjyotishpur, Guwahati, also called as Gauhati, is considered as the gateway to the north-east region of the country. Located on the bank of the Brahmaputra River, Guwahati is also the largest city of Assam. The largest metropolis in the north-east region of the country, this city is also the second largest metropolitan area in entire eastern India.

The history of the city dates back to the epic times. Guwahati has its first mention in the great epic Mahabharata as the capital of the demon king Narakasura of Pragjyotishpur. Due to this reason, the city came to be known as Pragjyotishpur, which means Light of the East. It is also believed that the city was the ancient land of Kamarupa. In this ancient land, the Hindu god of beauty, fertility and source of life was reborn.

The destination, till the invasions of Ahoms, had been the nerve-centre of all cultural activities. In addition, the city has also been a battleground and witnessed plenty of intense struggles between the Mughals and Ahoms. The Mughals tried to invade the state around 17 times, however every time they were defeated by the Ahoms. During the time of battle, the army of Ahoms was led by the great Ahom General, Bir Lachit Borphukan.

In 1897, the entire city was ruined due to a major earthquake. Most of the old city was wiped out because of this earthquake, which was followed by a series of devastating floods. 

The present capital of the State of Assam is Dispur, which is located within the city and is also the seat of the Government of Assam. With world class institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati is also a major commercial and educational centre of North-East India.

A hub for cultural activities and sports in the north-eastern region, the city is also the centre for political and administrative activities of Assam. Moreover, the destination is also an important transportation hub in the north-east region and is well connected to the rest of the country.

Guwahati airport is the main airport of the region and has flights to places like Aizawl, Agartala, Delhi, Kolkata etc. The closest international airports are at Kolkata and Delhi. The city is part of the North-East Frontier Railway and is a major railhead of the region. It is connected by quite a few train services to different parts of the country.

Buses also connect Guwahati to major destinations in and around the state. There are bus services to places like Darjeeling too which is in the state of West Bengal. These buses are operated by the state as well as private tour groups.

Guwahati attracts tourists due to its rich cultural mix and tribal traditions along with several colourful festivals. One of the most popular fairs that is held in this city is the Ambubachi Mela. This fair is organised every year during the monsoon season, which is attended by large number of devotees.

Some of the major festivals celebrated in the city are Bihu, which is the National Festival of the Assamese and the Bahag Bihu during April. The Kati or Kangali Bihu and the Magh or Bhogali Bihu are some of the other festivals of Guwahati. The best time to visit Guwahati is from the months of October to April.

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Kiran B kutinha

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  • Kiran B kutinha
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 12 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  11 readers

"A city that's simple and full of HEART!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
This December, I took a trip to Guwahati, my first and I truly wasn't certain what I was looking forward too, what to anticipate or what to expect. We had a wedding in the family and that's how this trip came to be. Now I know just very little about this city and now having returned, I still know little (because there's so much) but one thing I definitely know' is this city is very underplayed.

I wasn't there very long to have been able to tick off from my list of things to do, having said that I was there long enough to know there is something special about this place. I'm told Guwahati is the largest city in Assam and is also a major port city. Sitting on the North Eastern part of the country, Guwahati is like the distant cousin we barely talk or meet. And after my visit this time, I'm bound to question why?

In the little time that I was there, I knew what I already LOVED about this city.

1. The food: Yes, their food is absolutely delicious. I got the opportunity to eat at fine hotels as well as sample (in plentiful) home made meals. Being someone who loves spice, it is but only normal that I hooked on to the 'bhut jolokia' (or ghost chillies). They were something, writing this is already making me want to go back.

2. The Culture: So it is a big city in size but comparatively it still harbors a small town ambience and energy to it. Look of course this is my opinion and I may be wrong but what I thoroughly loved noticing was everyone seems to know everyone. Even if they didn't they was an unmistakable camaraderie that was very apparent. People always seem to have the time to smile back at you or ask if you needed any assistance. That, for me was a huge win.

3. People and Climate: I went in the winters so my opinion here is skewed I'm sure. I got only the cold and I didn't mind it. In fact I enjoyed the chill nights and early mornings. I thought it was very pleasant (but of course I can't say the same about Summers which I hear is incredibly hot). The people are exceptionally nice. I like that neighbors, friends and family gather together in the evenings to play a sport or sing over a bonfire, breaking bread and sharing a drink.

It's heartwarming to see such simplicity in our times of craziness. I KNOW I haven't seen too much of the place but my first impression is what governs this review. Will I go back? Oh yes and perhaps this time for a little longer. Also it's exciting the proximity of Guwahati to many of the other places I want to add to my travel list.
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Mitashri Das

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  • Mitashri Das
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 4 Reviews
  •  123 readers

"It is a nice city of assam. It is a capital city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a capital city in Assam .. It is a very big city in Assam ... There have a lot of place for visit ... Their have a lot of temples, resorts, stadiums and parks. There have the worlds biggest river in Assam that is Brahmaputra. Really nice city please visit here
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Tamal saha

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  • Tamal saha
  • 2 Reviews
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"A green paradise"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2016
Guwahati is situated in the lap of hills. It is an awesome tourist destination. The city have many tourist places and famous temples. One of the temple every tourist must visit is kamakhya temple. The another cool thing is you can enjoy the sight of mighty Brahmaputra river which is one of the largest river in Asia. The expenses are quite reasonable. In short it's an excellent destination with hills, river and greenery
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Ramesh dixit

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  • Ramesh dixit
  • 2 Reviews
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"Stay in hotel vishwratna"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2016
It was a pleasant stay at hotel Vishwanathan. We stayed in super deluxe room which was very neat & clean Staff was very cooperative. Food was excellent.
The only problem we face during demonetisation of 500 & 1000 note. We requested to management to help us to solve the problem exchange of notes for our some local requirement but they've refuse to help the guests of the hotel
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  • Durganrla2
  • 1 Review
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2016
GUWAHTI is the largest city in Assam. A major riverine port city and one of the fastest growing cities in india. An authentic Assamese meal begins with KHAAR Followed by the main course such as meat Masor tenga green leafy and Aaloo Pitika, Tamil pagan.
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Masayoshi tamura

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  • Masayoshi tamura
  • 4 photos
  • 7 Reviews
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"Nice city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2016
Guwahati has become my 61st visit among the 100 Smart city development sites.

Nice views and local culture, I've experienced.

Also, I felt some good balance of traditional and modern features.

I met someone here who had lived in Bangalore. The person told me that the thoughts of people in Guwahati are more modern than even Bangalore.

If that's true, Guwahati could be the most modern thoughts city in India. I've seen some signs of that is true.
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Srinivas Lic

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  • Srinivas Lic
  • Lives in Berhampur
  • 6 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Bhubaneswar to guwhati, Shillong and cherapunji"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 29, 2016
We started our journey from Bhubaneswar to Guwahati by puri-guawhati superfast train. First day we visited local place, at first we went to kamaskhya temple. For darshan we had to stand in queue about 5 hours. Sitting arrangements were there while you are in queue. One can sit there. In the evening we visited Guwahati iscon temple, balaji temple etc. And done some marketing. 2nd day we started our journey to Shillong and cherapunji by pvt. Vehicle. 3rd day visited some local market and returned to Howrah. 4th day iscon mayapur and on that day night returned to odisha by Chennai mail.
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Riya Nath

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  • Riya Nath
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"My hometown"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2016
Guwahati, my hometown. It's been more than a year I have been staying in New Delhi. After almost seven months I took my vacation and what better place can it be than coming back to your own native place. The moment I step my foot, I was enthralled to see the beauty and got captivated all over again. My city has changed so much. Commercialisation has engulfed the town but the hills and the mighty Brahmaputra are still the same. They are as beautiful as they were the last time I saw. The roads, the markets, the people have taken a modern twist yet the grounded nature is intact. I go back to Delhi tomorrow but I will miss Guwahati a lot. I don't know this time this place has left a special place in my heart or may be I never look my hometown or got to know it the way I did this time.
Goodbye Guwahati. See you soon.
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 26 Reviews
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"City Life Guwahati"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 15, 2016
Guwahati, situated in the state of Assam is one the most important cities of India and the of premier importance in the north east. There are two railway station connecting the city- Guwahati And Kamakhya. Also there is an airport to connect the city. The main tourist attraction here is the Kamakhya temple. That requires a separate day for its visit. Mosst attractive location apart from it is the Guwahati Zoo. It has wide collection of animals and birds. One will simply enjoy the ambience at the zoo. The other places of tourist interest are the Umananda ashram for which one will have go through a ride on the ferry; The Balaji temple, The mueseum for Assamese culture, etc. But if you are melancholy, the best thing for you is a ride on the Brahmaputra river in the setting sun- it's so calm and peaceful. Being a city make sure you have enough time because the traffic is often rampaged. Else both hotels and Foo ding are available in plenty to make your stay a pleasant one. Also you can find buses and hired taxis leaving for the various north eastern states of India from Paltan Bazar which is about a few minutes walk from Guwahati station.
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साधना संसार

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  • साधना संसार
  • Lives in Kangra
  • 1 Review
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"Shri Manishanand Giri"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 25, 2016
A wonderful place for Tantra practitioner in the world. Jai Maa Kamakhya! Tantra practitioner must go and practice there especially from Shakt Sect. There are 10 mahavidya temples around the temple and the main temple of Goddess Kamakhya is situated on the top of the hill. A special energy emerges from the temple and around and can be felt by Spiritual practitioner. JAI MAA TRIPURSUNDARI!
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