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Guwahati, the capital of Assam (Ahom) and one of the major cities of north east India, is located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The river literally means the ‘son of Brahma’, the creator. Brahmaputra is Assam’s real life line and marks the province so fascinating, but it may also bring its wake doom and destruction when flooded. River cruise on Brahmaputra is a popular tourist attraction.

Guwahati is also the entry point of Assam and the gateway to north east India. Guwahati was named as the ‘the Pragjyotishpura’ the light of the east. Many ancient Hindu temples are located at the near vicinity of Guwahati (Gauhati), i.e; Kamakhya Temple, Umananda temple, Nabagraha temple etc. Guwahati is the centre of travel and tourism activity.Guwahati is the largest commercial and educations hub in the entire North East India. Places of tourist interest in and around Guwahati includes Uma Nanda Temple, Janardana Temple, Assam State Museum, Guwahati Planetarium, Nabagraha Temple, Kamakhya Temple, Basistha Ashram, The State Zoo, Sualkuchi, Chandubi Lake and Hajo-Poa-Mecca.

Distance from Major Cities

  • Guwahati to Delhi – 2160 km
  • Guwahati to Mumbai – 3104 km
  • Guwahati to Chennai – 2688 km
  • Guwahati to Kolkata – 1164 km
  • Guwahati to Siliguri – 513 km
  • Guwahati to Thimphu – 549 km
  • Guwahati to Agartala – 597 km

Tourist Places

  • Umananda Temple
  • Navagraha Temple (Nabagraha Temple)
  • Chandubi Lake (64 kms from the city)
  • Basistha Ashram
  • The State Zoo cum Botanical Garden
  • Madan Kamadeva (40 km from the city)
  • Soalkuchi (24 kms from the city)
  • Hazo (32 kms from the city)
  • Hazo-Poa-Mecca (32 kms from the city)
  • Janardana Temple
  • Assam State Museum
  • Guwahati Planetarium
  • Regional Science Centre
  • Kamakhya Temple
  • Bhubaneswari Temple
  • Pandu
  • Vashistha Ashram (12 kms from the city)
  • Cottage Industry Museum
  • Assam Forest Museum


Cotton during summer and heavy woolens during winder months is preferable. If you are traveling in time of monsoon then do not forget to bring appropriate raingear.


Guwahati is the largest city as well as the most important business centre in Assam. Shopping can be very interesting and it can be an unforgettable experience for the tourists and travelers. The main shopping areas in the Guwahati town are Paltan Bazaar, Pan Bazaar, Ganeshguri, Fancy bazaar etc.

Guwahati is famous for Bamboo and Cane products. You will get to find a good variety of products in the market, i.e; household furniture, light shades, decorative items to ladies hair clips. Assam is famous of Muga (Assam Silk) and Mekhla (Traditional attire). In Guwahati you can find exclusive range of Assam Silk Sarees in the innumerous indigenous emporiums and shops. Other gift items are also available. Like wall hanging, decorative items, showpiece etc.

To Reach

  • By AIR: Guwahati is well connected with rest of the country by air. Regular air connection is available to and from Kolkata, Delhi, Bagdogra, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Paro, Bangkok etc. The name of the Guwahati airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. The town of Shillong, Tura, Naharlagun, Tawang is connected by regular helicopter service from Guwahati Airport
  • By Rail: The city is the major railhead of the Northern Frontier Railway. A good number of long distance trains are available for Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi etc.
  • By Road: 3 national highways (NH 31, NH 37, NH 40) are passing through Guwahati. Many buses with different routes all over the state and beyond the state are available.

Basistha temple, located in the south-east corner of Guwahati city is a Shiva mandir constructed by Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in 1764 along with gift of land 835 Bighas for the ashram. The history of the Basistha Ashram where the temple is located dates back to the Vedic age. According to legend the...

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Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage centre for three religions: Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. It lies on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, 24 km from the city of Guwahati in the Kamrup district of Assam, India. The area is dotted with a number of ancient temples as well as other sacred artifacts....

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Hajo is also a Muslim pilgrimage centre since the mosque known as the Poa Mecca (1/4th Mecca) is thought to have some of the sanctity of Mecca. It is said that Powa Mecca was constructed from the soil that was brought from the city of Mecca itself (Mecca is the holiest city for the Muslims and is located...

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Navagraha temples are temples devoted to Navagraha - the nine (nava) major celestial bodies (Grahas) of Hindu astronomy. These celestial bodies are named Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Chevvaai/Mangal (Mars), Budhan (Mercury), Guru/Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (North...

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Umananda Devaloi (temple) is a Shiva Temple is located at the Peacock Island in middle of river Brahmaputra just opposite the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup or the Kachari Ghat in Guwahati. It was built by the Ahom King Gadadhar Singha (1681–1696) who was a devout Shaivaite. It is...

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