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Location : Guwahati India, Assam
Attractions : Kamakhya Temple, Bhubneshwari Temple, Umananda Temple, Bashishta Ashram, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Assam State Museum and Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden.
Best Time To Visit : Weather Guwahati India is best during October to May

Introducing Guwahati
Kaziranga National Park Commonly referred to as the "Light of the East", Guwahati is the gateway to the state of Assam and the entire north-east region. Straddling the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river and ringed by rolling hills, Guwahati is the biggest city in the Northeast. Once the capital of the Kamrup kings (when it was ancient Pragiyotishpur), Guwahati is now a crowded, busy town and a major commercial hub of the region. Surrounded by green paddy field and ancient rain-forests, Guwahati houses several temples dating back to Vedic and Puranic periods.

Visiting Guwahati: A god gifted place, Guwahati Assam is bestowed with thick forests that provide shelter to some of the most exotic ecological systems, a wide array of fascination tribes and cultures, unique wildlife and a picturesque landscape of shimmering rivers and lakes, verdant valleys and beautiful hills. Moreover, Guwahati offers lots of sightseeing and leisure activities to visitors. So, while you are here, don't forget to enjoy the favourite activity of the locals, that is a stroll along the river Brahmaputra. You can walk along the river, taking in the cool evening breeze and stop at the floating restaurants on the bank of the

How to Reach Guwahati
Guwahati Flights : Guwahati has an international airport (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport), located at a distance of 27 kms from the city centre. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Air Deccan has several flights to Guwahat from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Guwahati airport has also flight services to a few towns of the Northeast - Imphal, Agartala, Bagdogrs and Dibrugarh. From the airport taxis and auto-rickshaws are availble to various parts of the city. You can also take ASTC's Rhino City Bus Service that runs from the airport to city centre, in every half-an-hour.

Helicopter Sevices : Helicopter Services operate from Guwahati to Shillong, Tura and Itanagar.

By Train : Guwahati is the headquarters of North-east Frontier Railway and it linked by several mail and express trains to all parts of the country. Guwahati Railway Station is situated right in the centre of the city, taxis and auto-rickshaws are available at the railway station for transfer to different parts of the city.

By Bus : Guwahati is considered the gateway to the north-eastern states and it is also the junction of NH 31, NH 37, NH 40 and NH 52. Road distances of some important destinations from Guwahati are : Shillong (100 km), Tura (191 km), Tezpur (198 km), Kaziranga (217 km), Silchar (340 km), Bomdila (342 km), Dimapur (364 km), Cooch Behar (375 km), Itanagar (429 km), Kohima (438 km), Aizawl (480 km), Tinsukia (491 km), Digboi (522 km) and Imphal (583 km).

Local Transport : Rickshaws and tourist taxis are available here to take you to the nearest hotel or resort. Motorcycle taxis are also available at Mapusa near the main town square. Local buses ply to the nearby beaches of Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Chapora, and Arambol. Their is regular serivice of buses and taxis from Guwahati to Shillong.

Places Where You Can Stay
Accommodation in not at all a problem in Guwahati, as the city has a number of hotels ranging from deluxe to budget hotels. Some of the famous hotels of the town are Hotel Brahmputra Ashok, Hotel Belle Vue, Hotel Landmark, Hotel Dynasty, Hotel Raj Mahal, Hotel Nandan, Hotel Vishwaratna etc.

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What To See in Guwahati
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Kamakhya Temple :
On the Guwahati trip visit Kamakhya temple perched atop the Nilachal hills. Kamakhya Temple is the foremost shrine of the state of Assam and also an ancient seat of tantaric and shakti cults of Hinduism. From the temple get the breathtaking views of river Brahmaputra and its magnificent surroundings. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Parvati (Sati), and the temple is also called Yoni Pith and is said to be a tantric centre.

Bhubneshwari Temple : Close to the Kamakhya Temple is the Bhubneshwari Temple. From this temple you can get a panoramic view of the Brahmaputra river and the city.

Umananda Temple : Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Umananda temple is situated on the Peacock island in the middle of Brahmaputra river. Peacock island is believed to be the world's smallest human inhabited river island. To reach this temple you need to a take a ferry ride from the banks of the river.

Other Important Temples : Situated on Chitranchal Hill, the Nabagraha Temple is an important centre for the study of astronomy and astrology. Next, Ugratara Temple in Jorpukhuri is dedicated to an incarnation of Goddess Kali. Dirgheshwari temple is another important temple which is dedicated to an avatar of Goddess Durga. Visit the Ashvaklanta Temple which offers fine views of the city against the river Brahmaputra.

Bashishta Ashram : Bashishta Ashram, a must visit place in Guwahati dates back to the time when great sage Vashishta visited the spot on the confluence of the three steams - Sandhya, Kanta and Lalita and set up his ashram here.

Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra : A modern cultural complex, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra lies about 15 kms away from the city centre. One of the most favoured hangout spots in the city, the complex has an open-air theatre, a small museum, lush green gardens, an international convention centre and a library. Every weekend cultural events, musical recitals and dance performances are held at this complex.

Assam State Museum : A well-maintained museum, Assam State Museum displays the various aspects of Assami culture, history and traditional crafts. The museum has been divided into five sections - paintings section, freedom fighters section, village life section, sculpture section and ethnography section. Open everyday, closed on Mondays.

Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden : The zoo cum botanical garden, spread over 175 hectares of land and houses endangered and rare species of wildlife and plants. Main attractions of the zoo include the one horned rhino, giraffe, zebra and chimpanzee. Open daily, except Fridays.
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Other Attractions of Guwahati
Brahmaputra Beach Festival : Every year in the middle of January, the Brahmaputra Beach Festival is organized for five days, by the Assam Boat Racing and Rowing Association, in association with the Department if Tourism, Government of Assam. The beach festival is held on the sandy beach of the mighty Brahmaputra river and various colourful cultural activities are organized during the festival. The Indian Airforce organises adventure sports of para-trouping and paragliding during the festival. Besides, elephant rides, cultural programmes, a traditional north east fashion show and traditional Bihu food festival are major attractions of the festival.

River Cruises : River Cruises across the Brahmaputra is the most dominating feature of Guwahati. At present two type of cruising options are available that include the shot duration pleasure tour and longer excursions. Catch the ferry travelling between Sukheswar Ghat and North Guwahati or cruise a little more stylishly in one of the state tourism-rin vessels. Apart from these, take an hour's drive to Sualkuchi to explore the dazzling world of Assam.

Tourist Attractions Around Guwahati
Hajo : Situated 24 kms away from Guwahati, Hajo is often referred to as the cultural melting pot of Assam. Hajo is an interesting place, here you will find shrines of three different faiths - Hinduism, Muslim and Buddhism, coexisting peacefully down the ages. The Hayagrib Madhab Temple of the town is said to contain a relic of Buddha, who attained Nirvana here.
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Sualkuchi : Sualkuchi is 32 kms away from Guwahati on the bank of the river Brahmaputra. The town is renowned for its varieties of silk such as Pat, Munga and Endi. Every household at Sualkuchi has its own loom, on which they prepare the beautiful silk.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary : Located 60 kms from Guwahati, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary can be reached in two hours. Here you can see the one horned rhinos, deers and several other varieties of wild animals.

Tezpur : Tezpur lies 181 kms away from Guwahati and also referred to as the 'City of Blood.' The city of eternal love is steeped in mythology, legend and folklore. Set on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, Tezpur boasts of spectacular beauty and marvellous arhaeological ruins. Enjoy the delightful views of the Brahmaputra river at dawn, next see the flurry of activity as the day begins for the boats and vessels lined up near the lovely banks of the river. Visit the nearby Da Parbatia, to see the remains of the 5th - 6th centuries stone temples. Cole Park is another attraction of the town, if you have sufficient time drive down to the Eco-camp near Jai Bhoroli river, about 50 kms away.

Shopping in Guwahati
Guwahati offers wide and varied choices to shopper's. Shopping in Guwahati is a delightful experience and any trip to the city is incomplete without shopping. Guwahati has several markets where you can buy a variety of items. Famous traditional buys in Guwahati include silks, you may take them as souvenirs to your home. Opt from the varieties like Endi, Munga and Pat. You may also check a wide range of furniture, handicrafts and decorative items, made from bamboo and cane. Main shopping areas in the city are Fancy Bazar, Paltan Bazar and Pan Bazar. Here you can find items ranging from clothes, shoes and toys to the furniture and flowers of different varieties. Most of the emporium are located in Fancy Bazar and Pan Bazar area. You may also visit the roadside evening markets in these areas for traditional handicrafts.

Guwahati Airport
(IATA: GAU, ICAO: VEGT), also known as Guwahati International Airport and formerly as Borjhar Airport, is the airport of Guwahati, Assam, India. The airport is managed by Airports Authority of India and also serves as Indian Air Force base. It is named after Gopinath Bordoloi who was a freedom frighter and also the first CM of Assam after independence.

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