It is called the Gateway of the Northeast which is blessed with the mighty Brahmaputra River. The capital of Assam is amazing in every possible way and also the first place you will have to reach before you explore any of the Northeast states. The wilderness here is pretty amazing and diverse. They have also managed to preserve the nature and its rich wildlife in the best possible form. It is also the home to the Kamakhya Mandir, which is one of the most religious temples in the whole of India. The capital is really beautiful and the Kaziranga is the best sightseeing that draws loads of tourist here.

Wildlife sightseeing is very popular here and you have a lot of safari options to choose from. Be it Tiger or one horned rhino, your thirst for adventure shall definitely be quenched here. Some of the best places to just roam around are the Paltan Bazaar, Panbazaar, and Ganesh Guri. Guwahati is also famous for its local dance and cuisines that you must experience atleast once. Some of the dishes like the Masor Tenga, Kholaspori, Pitha, Puthi Maas are some best dishes you must try. The capital is also filled with ample nightlife options for some good late night experience.

Best time to visit

The summers in Guwahati (April - May) can be really unpleasant during the day and soothing after dusk. The temperatures during summers may range between 30-40°C. The monsoon (June to September may also be inappropriate as the rain brings along floods and closure of wildlife sanctuaries. Guwahati from October - March gives you the best of weather to enjoy to its fullest.

HOW TO REACH

Guwahati is well connected to major Indian cities through rail and air. The nearest airport is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport which has regular flights from cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Goa. There are ample taxi services from the airport till the main city. The city is connected through rail and its Guwahati station is well connected with major railway stations like Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur.

PLACES TO SEE

Temples of Hajo

Located around 31 km from Guwahati is the ancient pilgrimage site of the ancient Hajo, which lies on the banks of river Brahmaputra. It is one must visit a place that is of great cultural heritage and is of great importance to Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists too. One of the main features of the ruins is the Hayagriva Madhava temple which is popular for its excellence in architecture which has a resemblance to both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims. However, the best of it all would be a giant ancient turtle here, that steals the limelight.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

It is the second most popular sanctuaries that are well known due to its preservation of the wildlife from its well preserved habitat. Many tourists come here yearly for a wild safari of the sanctuary to view some of its treasures like the one horned Rhino which has been preserved here after it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1987. While in Guwahati, you shouldn't miss visiting this wildlife paradise.

Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya is one of the oldest and the most sacred of the 51 Sakti Piths that are scattered throughout India. The location of the temple is very ideal and it is just nearby after you reach the Kamakhya railway station. It is also a collection of around 20 smaller temples that are all different forms of the Goddess Kamakhya. The temple is a very holy site and is one of the most famous pilgrimage tours throughout India. While in Guwahati, you can visit and take back some blessings.

Assam State Zoo

Assam Zoo is one of the most popular attractions of Guwahati for local as well as tourists. Spread over an area of around 130 hectares, the zoo is an astounding reserve of rich endangered species of wildlife and birds. The zoo lies in the Hengrabari reserve forest in Guwahati and along with the zoo, around 82 hectares of its land is a botanical garden too. The Zoo was established in the year 1957 and has been serving as a place of interest since then.

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