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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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Mukesh shelat

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  • Mukesh shelat
  • 4 Reviews
  •  142 readers

"Nice place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The name "HAFLONG" itself resembles Shillong. As it sounded this is a hill station in Dima Hasao district of Assam. It is gifted with full of natural resources viz, Waterfall, Vegetation, tribal localities. Situated at a height of 675 meters approx. It has access by rail & road only. The road journey is good from Lumping dist. Hojai, also the train journey equally good.
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Shankar subramaniam

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  • Shankar subramaniam
  • 4 Reviews
  •  157 readers

"Guwahati" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a lovely experience of ambubachi mela. But the temple or municipal authorities could have done something at least for the pilgrims.
Only bus service was free.
They could have some toilet facilities drinking water and free food stalls.
Where does all the money go?
No special queue for senior citizens.
No proper dustbins.
Can they not chanellise the money for the benefit of pilgrims?
When will we come out of the corruption. Even in temples?
Of course there was no corruption in letting people go without queue.
VIP darshan was also closed. This was good.
But senior citizens have to be given some priority. I AM NOT A SENIOR CITIZEN.
Outskirts of Guwahati is awesome.
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Surya Bhattacharya

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  • Surya Bhattacharya
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 8 Reviews
  •  901 readers

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
In rainy seasons Assam is looking awesome. Everybody need to see in different angle. It is one of the Indian city where you will find mixed area, hill and plain area. During rain it shows different colours, where your mind will speak at such a level you will feel fantastic.
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Khem thapa

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  • Khem thapa
  • 2 Reviews
  •  208 readers

"Average place to visit"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Average, but autos are available easily, roads are narrow and heavily populated with vehicles. Good food joints are missing where one can confidently take a meal break in the pan bazaar area. Mostly all roads are bad with potholes that makes your ride, except the highway.
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Sanjay kumar srivastava

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  • Sanjay kumar srivastava
  • 3 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  601 readers

"A green city with natural beauty"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gauhati is green city with natural beauty. When you enter the city, both sides will give you good feel as it is surrounded by mountains. Bhupen hazarika big monument welcomes you when you enter. Looking at road gives feel of Kolkata or any other town from north. Roads are very wide. Entering city along the sides of brahmaputra river is cool view. City insides roads are OK. G S road is market hub. City has got good hotels. Kamakhya temple is India's famous temple here.
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Putulkutum

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  • Putulkutum
  • 1 Review
  •  340 readers

"Very good place of Travelling"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had travelled to Guwahati many times. Though there are more beautiful in Assam but I liked Guwahati because in Guwahati there are many beautiful Traditional Houses, Botanical Zoo, Kamakhya Temple, Museum, park, and such more place in Guwahati we cannot missed. That's why I love to Travel to Guwahati.
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Animesh Das

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  • Animesh Das
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  385 readers

"Awesome place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The city is blessed with natural beauty and its awesome to visit it during winters. The whole Assam just sparkles. Beautiful natural scenery, plenty of awesome restaurents, good lodging facilities and upper assam is more beautiful. The drive to Dibrugarh had some exquisites highways with awesome scenic beauty. Definitely a thumbs up for me.
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Ashwini

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  • Ashwini
  • 4 Reviews
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"A good place for shopping"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
For shopping Fancy Bazar and Pan Bazar is good we get Asambhav silk saree range start from 6000 to more. Makhala was good to wear in any of parties. Silky Lay in Pan Bazar was to shop saree. They also bargain, besides it there is another shop I don't remember the name of that shop but his services was too good they bargain too much therefore try to buy makhala or saree in that shop. Kurtis cloth was also good, we had food in Randhan Hotel there also food is too good. We go there from Nagpur by train named Saraighat Express to Kolkata then at night by another train we go to Guwahati. We see there Khamakha Temple it was too good take vip line pass you get darshan in two to three hours. Don't give any money to brahman they asked money too much but don't give them. Brahmaputra cruise trip was good, there we enjoyed dj dance. In Fancy Bazar we get all types of Indian spices, too good quality, after Guwahati we moved for Kaziranga forest, it was good too.
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Amit kumar Sah

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  • Amit kumar Sah
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4812 readers

"Land of beauty"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Great place with multi culture tradition. Land full of mountains and lakes. Guwahati is considered as main city of seven sisters as people of different religions could be found here. Many people consider Assam as tribal and back area but reality is quite opposite. Once anyone travels here, they would surely love to visit again.
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Raja rajeswari S

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  • Raja rajeswari S
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"A good experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visited in Feb 2016 an ideal climate. Enclosed pictures of Kamakhya temple, ECO park in Cherrapunji and walk through in cave in Shillong. It was a real holiday. The stay in Brahmaputra river view guest house was really great. We had a boating in the river which is unforgettable.
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