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  • 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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Ashwini

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  • 2 Reviews
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"A good place for shopping" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  •  477 readers

"Land of beauty" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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  •  2 helpful votes
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"A good experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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Thulaseedharan Achary

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  • Lives in Punalur
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"An old city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
During my visit to North-Eastern states in the first week of April 2016 I visited Guwahati in Assam & Shillong in Meghalaya. Guwahati is an old city & repainting is essential for so many main buildings. The city is widely spreaded The railway station & main bus station are nearby. But an important thing has to be remembered by every first visitor. When we enquire about main bus station - inter state bus station- with an auto driver or rickshaw wallah they will say it is very far away from railway station & they will demand Rs/-150/- as charge. But the interesting thing is that once we cross the foot over bridge of the railway station covering 7 platforms we land to inter state bus station. The reason behind this is that vehicles reach inter state bus station only after circling the city covering a distance of 3.5 kms.

Another important visiting spot of Guwahati is the kamakhya temple. This temple is on the top of a hill & is 5.75 km away from railway station. There is a bus stand in front of the railway station & all the buses have stop there. Transport bus is available to kamakhya temple. The temple is a very famous temple & I have to wait 4 hrs in the general queue for darshan. Urgent darshan counter for Rs 500/- is also there. Goddess kamakhya is the deity. But the important thing is that the sanctum sanctorum is in the form of the vagina of goddess kamakhya. It is covered with red pattu & decorated with flowers.

Another very important visiting spot is the uma mandir in the widely spread brahmaputra river. The temple darshan after travelling through the gigantic brahmaputra river is really interesting & enjoyable. So many temples in the city & suburban areas, state museum nehru park prasanthi udyan with boat yatra planetarium etc are the other main attractions. Really the Guwahati tour was an interesting one. I landed at Guwahati on april 4th 2016 which was the first polling day to state legislature. The polling was silent & no sort of issues.
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Arindam Saha

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  • Arindam Saha
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews
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"Nice Destination!"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We visited a few place there in Guwahati includes Maa Kamakhya Temple, Basistha Temple, Balaji Temple, Umananda Temple and a few other places. Overall nice experience. We got an AC car for whole day of all the spots in Rs. 2000 only which is available from any places in Guwahati. Kamakhya temple takes time, about 3-4 hours if you get VIP ticket. So you should start early in the morning.

For shopping, best place is paltan bazaar. You will get bamboo items and Assam silk saree there. You can also visit government emporium near Guwahati stadium. They have lot of things except saree, but stock is limited. Fancy bazaar is another place where you will get these things. Assam tea is available in paltan bazaar itself.
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Apu Deka

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  • Apu Deka
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2016
Guwahati, the big city of north east, Assam is a very good place to visit. Guwahati is locate near the very big and beautiful river 'the Brahmaputra'. There are many beautiful place and beautiful things to visit in the Guwahati city area. Few name of This kind of place is Sandubi near Guwahati, Sonapur, Kolakshetra, Kamakazi, Boisistha etc. The people of Guwahati is very helpful to others. They gives high honour to the guest.. Guwahati zoo, accoland, umananda temple, ma kamakhya temple are the also attractive places to visit. The transport communication of Guwahati is very good. All kinds of transport like as taxi, Bus, Rail, auto riksaw, riksaw are available for tourist. There are also facility for river trips like boating, dolphin trip etc in Brahmaputra river. Bikes, bicycle, car are also available for tourist in rent. I enjoyed lot in Guwahati up to 7 days. Guwahati is really a beautiful place to visit.
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Abhijit Sharma

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  • Abhijit Sharma
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 1 Review
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"Guwahati, heaven on earth!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2016
Guwahati is very beautiful. Visit we with your family and friends. There are plenty things to see in Guwahati. Kamskhya temple, zoo, Brahmaputra river, Kaziranga, manas, etc are the good attractions & there are plenty of hotels resort's in Guwahati, you can go to Shillong which is 3 hours journey from Guwahati.
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Samstuti Chanda

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"Had an awesome trip & loved the culture"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Very nice place. Liked natural beauty of Assam. Liked Kamakhya temple the most. Visited Neheru stadium. Lucky to see Rahul Dravid there :) The next day we visited the zoo awesome. Variety of animals. Loved to learn some Assamese words. Also attended the international trade fare which was just awesome.
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Sabana Alam

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  • Sabana Alam
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Visited for its Food & Park"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2016
I came to Guwahati with my college friends in our semester break. We visited Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Regional Science Centre, Temples of Hajo and many malls. I mesmerized by seeing the wild animal in Kaziranga National Park. We ate Chicken Momo, Jeera Rice and Chilli Chicken, Phucka, Chat, Chowmin, Pasta and Ice cream. Pasta and Chicken Momo were finger licking good. So, I recommend other to must visit Guwahati once in a lifetime.
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"Good place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2016
It was a good place as it has religious places to visit and also a city life. And the Brahmaputra river is great attraction. Its a great river almost you can have a feel of a sea beach there. Kamakhya temple was very crowded on our day of visit. But finally we got to enter the temple after a wait of 3 hours. There are other temples like the Ummananda on the Brahmaputra river. The Balaji temple temple, that is a quite beautiful place.
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