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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

History of Guwahati

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.

People and Culture of Guwahati

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.

Things To Do in Guwahati

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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Bivash Barua

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  • Bivash Barua
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 62 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  174068 readers

"Gateway to North East India" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Situated on the bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra is the city of Guwahati. It is a lovely city and is of utmost importance in terms of connectivity to the other North Eastern states. You can reach Guwahati by air or by train. It hosts the famous Kamakhya temple which is located in the Nichol Hills. One should not miss this opportunity to seek blessings from Goddesses Durga, if you are in this city. A cruise across the river Brahmaputra in the evening is a must as you can enjoy the sunset view while trying the local delicacies in the cruise. You will get a very good view of the Saraighat bridge and the smallest river island named - 'Umananda Island' or more famously known as the 'Peacock Island' if you take the cruise. Guwahati is a big hub for shopping and one should check the beautiful silk attires which are available in different colors and varieties. Apart from that do not miss the opportunity to taste the Assam tea. For shopping you should go to the G. S. Road, where you will find the outlets of all the top brands. The Kaziranga National Park, famous for the one horned rhinos is just 194 kms from Guwahati. One should surely go to this National Park and enjoy the superb drive amidst lush green tea gardens.
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Rupesh

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  • Rupesh
  • 2 Reviews
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"Must Visit Place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This place is very beautiful and so quite. All the tourist place are connected with transport so visitor will not face any problem. Another thing is that you can take Ola uber for travelling. The Local foods are very good. Local dishes are so delighted. The weather is so nice and romantic.
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Preeti silawat

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  • Preeti silawat
  • 2 Reviews
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"Guwahati" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Guwahati it is a very humid place ... And except kamakhya devi temple and umanand temple ... And other temples I found sum thing else ... Kaziranga national park was closed in monsoon season I. E from april to October. So first do enquire about it before going .. Pre book your hotels because during may month you will not get any rooms anywhere not even in lodges ..
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Swagata  Mandal

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  • Swagata Mandal
  • 5 Reviews
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"Good religious place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Guwahati is mostly famous for Kamakhya Devi temple which is considered to be the most spiritual among all Shaktipeeths. Kamakhya Devi temple has long queue so its better to avoid the line by paying special ticket for 500₹ or going in evening. The view of the Brahmaputra river is awesome from the hill. Do visit the bhairav in the midst of the island in Brahmaputra river.
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Kiran B kutinha

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  • Kiran B kutinha
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 22 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1017 readers

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

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  •  366 readers

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

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 10, 2017
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
  •  3 helpful votes
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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
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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
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"RELIGIOUS Relaxed"

  • 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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"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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