Brahmaputra river side,Kaziranga national park ,Manas Pashu Vihar,Shivsagar,Manjuli Islands,Assam State Museum,Van Sangrahalya, Commercial Museum,Chandubi Hill etc.
Situated at the banks of the River Brahmputra, Guwahati is the capital of Assam. Its name during the olden times, this was the capital city of Kamrup kings and its name then used to be ‘Pragjyotishpur’. The River Brahmputra flowing down from near its vicinity adds four colours to its beauty.
It’s no less than an adventure watching the nearby jungles, the rare sights and sceneries to be found herein and the different rare varieties of species of birds and animals. As for that matter, Guwahati is also the center of commercial hub as well.
There are many tourist spots near and around Guwahati as listed below.
- TEMPLES OF HAJO
This is a religious village situated near the banks of River Brahmaputra. It is 30 km away from Guwahati. There are many worship places for Hindus , Buddhists and Muslims. Most famous is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple atop the Monikut hill. Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrims seek solace at this scared stone temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Hayagriva Madhava Temple is also known for its exemplary architecture.
Other famous temples in this village is Madan Kamdev Temple on Dewangiri hill and the Kedareswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hajo is also famous for Powa Mecca which is the holy destination of Muslim community.
This is a temple complex situated on Nilachal Hill consists of 20 temples out of which most important is of goddess Kamakhya. The temple consists of a Garbhagriha and three mandapas. The temple complex consists of individual temples dedicated to ten Mahavidyas: Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari, Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamal. The Ambubachi Festival at the Kamakhya Temple attracts tourists not only from India but also from all parts of the globe.
Uma Nanda Temple
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and a great number of gatherings on the occasion of Shivratri. This famous temple situated in peacock island situated middle of Brahmaputra river. King Gadadhar Singha of the Tai-Ahom dynasty built this temple in 1694 AD. The temple is filled with magnificent engravings and sculptures depicting the craftsmanship of the local Assamese artisans. The Ambubachi Festival at the Kamakhya Temple attracts tourists not only from India but also from all parts of the globe. The boat ride on the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra River to reach the temple is one of the most exciting experiences. A visit to the famous Umananda Temple is, therefore, a must for every tourist.
The Nehru Park
This is the biggest park in Guwahati and full of greenery of small and big trees and different bushes. A travel to the park in the evening is a memorable one. This park has many statues of various styles of Assam’s well known dance Bihu.
Deepor Beel (Beel means wetland or large aquatic body in Assamese) is a freshwater lake located in the south-western part of Guwahati. It is situated around 18 Km from Guwahati on National Highway 31. The birds visiting this beel includes pelicans, Siberian cranes, and kingfishers. there are some migrant birds like siberian crane, mallard, whistling teal etc.Besides this, the tourists can also witness various types of lizards, turtles, and tortoises in their own habitat. In the summer the beel covered by aqua plants like water hyacinth, water lillies and other plants.
The planetarium, equipped with the most advanced scientific devices, never fails to excite visitors. This is located in M.G Road is one of the prime location in Guwahati. This is the only planatarium in the North East India.
Assam Rajyik State Museum
This is the only one museum in the North east India with a splendid collection of sculptures and artifacts dating way back to the fifth century. It was started in the year 1940 as a private venture and in 1953 took over by state government. In 1985 a library also started in connection with Museum. The collection of the Museum are displayed under different sections like Epigraphy, Sculptures, Natural History, art and Crafts, Anthropology section.
Assam state Zoo
This zoo is also known as Guwahati zoo and this is the first zoo in North east India. It is located at the Hengrabari Reserve Forest. The Guwahati Zoo was established in the year 1957 and was inaugurated and opened to public for the first time in the year 1958. There are around 40 various species adopted in this zoo. The Assam State Zoo is popularly known as “Green Lung” of the Guwahati city.