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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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Apu Deka

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  • Apu Deka
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 1 Review

"Awesome place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
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
  •  26 readers

"Guwahati, heaven on earth!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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  • Samstuti Chanda
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  264 readers

"Had an awesome trip & loved the culture" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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
  • 1 Review
  •  215 readers

"Visited for its Food & Park"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Prasenjit deb

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  • Prasenjit deb
  • 2 Reviews
  •  232 readers

"Good place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Upal Chakrabort

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  • Upal Chakrabort
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews
  •  52 readers

"A place to explore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a place to explore the natural beauty of the mountains as well as to explore the city with it's culture and heritage. Besides natural beauty there are also some temples like the famous Kamakhya temple which are a very religious prospect of the city. The other side scenes are also good and can be visited. For people with religious belief it is a city to come with hope and faith. But food are somehow costly for may be mountainous terrain. However, with all the odds and evens it is a nice place to visit.
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Sandipan Panda

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  • Sandipan Panda
  • Lives in Purulia
  • 5 Reviews
  •  338 readers

"Nice place but make it more tourist friendly"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gauwahti is famous for its main attraction Kamakshya temple. It situated in hill top just outside of town. 7 km from our hotel ( Panbazar) & railway station. The main markets are GS road market, Paltanbazar, Panbazar, fancy bazaar.

Tips:
1. Auto fare is very high try to avoid id. Better option is Ola, Uber, Mini taxi, green cab etc
2 Non-veg & south Indian food hard to find.
3. Travel operator charges Rs 15/km, which I think quite costly, one can bargain with car drivers in open taxi stand.

We spend two days in Guwahati town and one day in Shillong.
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Nirbhai Das

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  • Nirbhai Das
  • Lives in Shillong
  • 1 Review
  •  326 readers

"Good Place for Nature lovers-Guwahati"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visited Guwahati in November, 2015. Here are the pros and cons according to me.

Pros:-
Not warm at all. Temperature ranges from around 12-28 degrees in November.
Inexpensive place. Many good hotels available in range of Rs 300-600 per night.
Natural beauty. The zoo and the museums are beautiful.
Accoland is wonderful.
Kamkhaya temple is very beautiful and is well maintained.

Cons :-
Difficult to find good veg-only restaurants and hotels.
Too many vehicles. Difficult to cross roads.
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Vikram Poloju

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  • Vikram Poloju
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been there for 5 days, the greenery & hill stations are awesome. And especially the Kamakhya Temple is pleasant place to visit. Over all good feel, the temple is one of the Shakti Peetha according to Hindu religious stories. And the boating experience also very good I have travelled across the river to reach Kamakhya Temple.
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Jagdish Raval

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  • Jagdish Raval
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 201 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
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"Guwahati, capital of Assam"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We have been here for 2 days. After having Darshan of Kamakhya Temple, we went to Shillong and back to here and saw Uma Nanda Temple and went to Airport for return Flight. Over all a good city having good public transport. You can get Rikshwa at a reasonable rates. Bazaar are good and people of Guwahati seem to be of helpful nature.
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