What to See in Guwahati
Situated atop the Nilachal Hills, the foremost shrine of Assam, Kamakhya is an ancient seat of Tantrik and Shakti cults of Hinduism. A little distance from Kamakhya temple is Bubhaneshwari temple from where one can have a panoramic view of the Brahmaputra River and the city.
Close by the North Brooke Gate, built to welcome the then Viceroy of India, Lord North Brooke, Sukreswar temple is famous for the Sixth Jyotirlinga of India.
Umananda temple is situated on the Peacock Island, in the middle of the Brahamputra River, which is world's smallest river island inhabited by humans.
Situated atop Chitrachal hills this " Temple of Nine Planets" was a great centre for the study of Astrology and Astronomy.
Opposite Assam State Museum, Dighali pukhuri is a historic tank where facilities like boating, video games parlour etc. are available.
A large natural wetland with an area of 4.14 sq. km, Deepor Bil is the state's first Bird Sanctuary (Wildlife Sanctuary). A variety of local and migratory birds can be spotted here.
Assam State Museum
Situated in the heart of the city, the Assam State Museum is a well laid out complex displaying various aspects of Assam's culture, history and crafts. The various sections are epigraphy, sculpture, natural history, crafts, arms, manuscript, village, ethnography and a miscellaneous section. Ph: 2540651
The Guwahati Planetarium is the only one of its kind in the entire northeastern region. The intriguing aspects of the universe are brought alive and explained inside the planetarium. It is open for visitors on all days except the 1st of every month. Ph. 2548926.
Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden
Covering a huge area of 175 hectares of land, this Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden is a storehouse of endangered and rare species of wildlife and plants. Among the main attractions are the one-horned rhino, giraffe, zebra etc. It is open on all days except Friday. Ph.-2201363.
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra
Situated at about 10 km from the main city centre, Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra is a modern cultural complex at Panjabari. Regular cultural events, musical recitals & dance performances are held every weekend. It is open to visitors on all days except Mondays. Ph. 2337382.
Science Museum (Regional Science Centre)
A few kilometres away from Dispur the Regional Science Centre houses many exhibits and models depicting various natural phenomenon and modern technological advancement. A great learning experience for students and professionals alike. It is open on all days except public holidays. Ph. 2361699.
Set in idyllic surroundings about 12 km away, this ashram was established by Rishi Bashistha in the remote past. It is now a pilgrim centre as well as a picnic spot for visitors.
Tirupathi Balaji Temple
This newly constructed temple with striking South Indian Architecture is around 11km away from the city.
The mighty Brahamputra river is amongst the greatest attractions of Assam. A pleasant river cruise on the Brahamputra aboard the Jolporee, a luxury cruise vessel, in the evening hours, is a thrilling experience. Cruise starts from 4 pm onwards.