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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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Sujay Dan

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"Glorious Guwahati" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I happened to be in this city last winter when there's chill in the air and pleasant sunshine teasing the city's green cover.

Guwahati is the gateway to many of the eastern hidden jewels like, Cherrapunjee, Kaziranga National Park, Tawang monastery, etc. It caters to all tastes and passions of people with a travel lust. It's idyllic ambience captures the imagination of even the most discerning tourist and will remain with them for ever.

Guwahati can boast of the mighty river Brahmaputra being it's lifeline. One can sit just looking at the river all throughout the day. River boats and easy river shuttles can take the tourists to either side of Brahmaputra. The highlight of it being the tiny river islands that graces us with their own charms. It gives quite a view of the city right from the middle of the river. A stroll or even jogging alongside the banks is so rejuvenating that it can give tough competition to even the likes of Marine Drive.

Another highlight of staying in Guwahati is a visit to the tantrik research centre of the Kamakhya temple - it's one of Shakti Peethas of Goddess Durga, nestled on a gorgeous hilltop besides the southern banks of the river Brahmaputra. It's a photographer's delight to climb right up and capture the breathtaking views of this blissful city.

Besides there's many more that won't fit into this column. Best time to visit would be end of October till mid February.

Go, discover this eastern paradise and the gateway to some more thrilling heaven's, waiting to play the perfect hosts for you.
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Kishore

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"Every time lot of enjoyment"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall masti at Guwahati was good, I enjoyed there with my friends. My friends stayed at Six mile, I have visited Guwahati around 10 times every time I enjoyed alot. Kaziranga Nation Park specially I liked the most, visited Kamakhya temple also and the experience of that place was awesome. In Kaziranga National Park I had seen rhino first time ever in my life.
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Amartya Dutta

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"Nature Lovers, welcome to Guwahati"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Being a part of this city, I have observed the beauty of this city very closely and am glad to tell you all that the next time any one of you plan for a tour around India, do make sure Guwahati is on your list. Moreover, do try and visit the campus of IIT Guwahati if you can. The beauty of this campus is breathtaking. I being a resident of this campus assure you of the fact that you won't be disappointed.
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Madhab Assam

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"A very good city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It's so nice to stay here and to see the natural beauty of the North East region of India. There are lots of ancient memories and the people of the area is too frankly and I loved the place.
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Ravinder Deekona

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"Visit only for the lush green landscapes during February"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Guwahati is capital city of Assam. The gateway to the north-east and the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the region, Guwahati serves as the starting block for most north-eastern itineraries. Also this is one of the fastest developing cities of India. October to March is the best time to enjoy a holiday in Assam. The weather is mostly pleasant with minimum temperature.

Must Visits in Guwahati: Kamakhya Temple. Nestled on the top of the beautiful Nilachal Hill, Kamakhya Temple complex consists of about 20 temples at the largest and most visited being the temple of Goddess Kamakhya. The Kamakhya temple is one of the oldest and most sacred of the 51 Shakti Pithas.

Saraighat Bridge connects north-east India with the rest of India and it's quite beautiful! Opened to traffic in 1962, the Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge over the leviathan Brahmaputra River.

Uma Nanda Temple, Temples of Hajo, Navagraha Temple, ISKCON Guwahati are other places to see. If time permits one can go to see Kaziranga National Park.

Assamese cuisine is highly influenced by the climate, vegetation and the soil of the land. Rice is the staple diet of the people of Assam. It is also used to make variety of sweets and snacks, as well as beer. Fish also plays a major role in the cuisine of Assam. Uncanny ingredients like bamboo shoot, Khar (banana tree ashes), etc are used to cook the various delicacies of Assam.

There are shopping malls like City Centre Mall, Dona Planet, Sohum Shoppe, The Cube, etc. It is quite interesting trekking and nature walking on hills in Guwahati. Joyful cruise in mighty Bramhaputra River.

It is very convenient to go to Guwahati by flight to save time. Generally it is comfortable whether during Oct-March. If you go during Oct-Nov/Feb-Mar no need to carry any woollens other wise in Dec-Jan it is required.
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Rohit Jain

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"Plenty of local places to be enjoyed"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
2015 is a year of joy and excitement and a place like Guwahati is a nice place to enjoy within family life. We visited as a family and stayed with other family members and roamed various local places. It's a quite good city. Since we stayed with relatives so it was fun out there to enjoying the variety of things to buy in the local and have group masti time.
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"Masti with friends"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2015
Guwahati is a very nice place to visit, with lots of beautiful sceneries. There you must visit a very historic and famous temple, THE KAMAKHYA mandir. One should must visit that temple for the purification of soul and body. The temple is located at the top of a mountain, with rocking beauty all around.

We enjoyed a lot with friends, have done boating, also enjoyed the sea breeze. The we ate a lots of food items, such as puchka, chow mein, momo, and we liked the special chat made up of curd and eemli. I would say one should must travel and visit guwahati.
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Pankaj Meena

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"Nice place to visit in Guwahati"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 13, 2015
It was a good experience. Very good place to visit. Its a quite good city. Since we stayed near to the local market so it was fun out there to enjoying the variety of things to buy in the local market. Guwahati is a pleasant place to visit. There is a Wildlife Sanctuary and a waterfalls, both are very beautiful. The nature lovers will definitely enjoy visiting this place.
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Shubham Bansal

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"A good place for nature lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2014
It was a good experience. Very good place to visit.. Its a quite good city. Since we stayed near to the local market so it was fun out there to enjoying the variety of things to buy in the local market. Guwahati is a pleasant place to visit. There is a wildlife sanctuary and a waterfalls, both are very beautiful. The nature lovers will definitely enjoy visiting this place.
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"Awesome place for nature lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2014
Awesome experience on my journey, it is a very good place to go. The capital of Assam, I went with my family and we loved the place. I will like to visit it in future. Temperature was very changing here keep some medicine with. Itís a good natural place. Government should keep the place clean.
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