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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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Pankaj Meena
  • Pankaj Meena
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 2 Reviews

"Nice place to visit in Guwahati" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • Shubham Bansal
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 9 Reviews

"A good place for nature lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Vatsal Solanki
  • Vatsal Solanki
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome place for nature lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Kangkan Rajkhowa
  • Kangkan Rajkhowa
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 4 Reviews

"Good place over all"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Had a very good experience. It is a very good place to visit and to enjoy. It is the capital city of Assam. I really liked this place. I would love to visit this place once again in the future. The pollution is a bit problem in that place and yo may feel some problem with the temperature.
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Dhaval
  • Dhaval
  • Lives in Surat
  • 8 Reviews

"Great experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Guwahati is a pleasant place to visit. The wild life sanctuary and the waterfalls are very beautiful. The nature lovers will definitely enjoy visiting this place. Usually there is many problems for the food in the north east side but here we got nice and good food. You would love shopping warm shawl and woollens. The bamboo art is also impressive.
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Arun Mondal
  • Arun Mondal
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 2 Reviews

"The place for shoppers"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its a quite good city. Since we stayed near to the local market so it was fun out there enjoying the variety of things to buy in the local market. The local market is really cheap & quite attractive. Shoes dresses & bags are the best attraction of this market. You can also find a lot of other interesting stuff in the market. Best thing you have an ATM in the entrance of the market....
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Abhiraj Kumar
  • Abhiraj Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Peace away from rush of the world."

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 10, 2014
Guwahati is a place worth a visit if you are bored by rush of cities like Delhi. The city is calm. There is less traffic. The Bihu Dance is a must watch. Go to Kamakhya temple if you want to see some spirituality. IIT Guwahati is the most beautiful IIT campus in India. Have a visit there if you can. Random Rain are expected, so be prepared.
Advice to traveller: If want want to experience the roads in hilly areas, a journey by bus is a good thing but be aware, as it is tiresome. There is no electric train so train are very slow and journey can be long. Prefer a flight.
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Navi Mishra
  • Navi Mishra
  • Lives in Tiruchirapalli
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome experience at a beautiful place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 27, 2014
The very first thing to visit Kaziranga is Elephant safari. Second thing is the one horned rhinos. You will fall in love with both. The weather is very awesome and the people are so cute and helping that you can never think of that. Well that is my personal experience, so I cannot say you will feel the same but you will enjoy.
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Suhail Rafat
  • Suhail Rafat
  • 4 Reviews

"A nice place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2014
The city and its residents are nice. But the traffic situation is pathetic.During rainy season the entire old city is nearly flooded. The lush green and few hillocks that surrounds guwahti give it a nice view. The city is an ideal place for shopping also. The weather remains good throughout the year. Power supply is good.
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Tirtha Changmay
  • Tirtha Changmay
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Guwahati is amazing"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 15, 2014
Guwahati has been my first ever trip I have ever made out of own city Sivasagar, itís the capital city of Assam. The sceneries enchanted me for a while I stepped into this city. I wanted to stay there for a quite longer but the trip was a limited one. I would love to visit this place again and again.
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