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GUWAHATI (INDIA)

STATE :- ASSAM

 

DISTANCE

  • 475 KM From Siliguri
  • 589 KM From Gangtok

 

CONNECTION
  • By Air : Guwahati being the capital of Assam has the only airport in the entire north east region named Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. And almost flights to every domestic destinations can be caught here along with the destination to the all around the world.
  • By Rail : The busiest station is Paltan Bazaar Station in Assam. It is the only station in Assam that is connected to other states.
  • By Road : The road network to all parts of Assam and to other states is really impressive .Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) provides buses for interstate travel starting from the main bus stand.

 

ABOUT GUWAHATI

Guwahati has a dignified history as it has been referenced in the Mahabharata by its ancient name of Pragjyotispura, which means "the Light of the East". In the history Guwahati was the capital of two powerful kings, Naraka and Bhagadatta. Archaeological surveys and the presence of several ancient temples in the region support the conjecture of it being an important city in antiquity. The excavations at Basista and Ambari revealed some of the hidden parts of the mystifying history of Guwahati, the most important city of the entire North East.

Guwahati, part of the Kamrup district, is North-East India’s potpourri and a virtual epicenter with almost every soul from this part of the globe visiting it once in their lifetime, be it en route another destination, for commercial or educational purposes, tourism, health issues - you name it! The mighty Brahmaputra forms the very life-blood of this Assam metropolis both nourishing its fish-crazy gourmets, and ravishing its shores during monsoons. And Guwahati emerges phoenix-like and continues to absorb citizens and foreigners alike. Right from the annual floods, Bhupen Hazarika and Zubeen Garg (the favorite singers), Bihu functions held at every nook and lane to the Digholi pukhuri cruises, grandma’s muga mekhela-sador (traditional draping), Cotton-Handique (colleges) love-war stories, Kamakhya legends, Assamese films, Tea Auctioning - and what not, Guwahati makes finest sepia-memories to be cherished at leisure.

 

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN GUWAHATI
  • Assam State Zoo : Assam state zoo is among the most visited attractions in the city and is located on R.G Baruah Road, The Assam State zoo is also known as Guwahati Zoo and has a nice and peaceful environment. Animal species that you can see here are Asiatic Lions, the royal Bengal tiger, one horned Indian rhinoceros, stump tailed Macaque and many reptiles. The zoo is open from 7 AM till 5 PM and is closed only on Fridays.
  • Hajo : 25 km west of Guwahati you will find a place named Hajo which is the site of the Pua-Mecca Mosque, established by an Iraqi prince-turned-preacher, who travelled all the way to Assam in the 12th century to spread the Prophet's teachings. Hajo is a sacred place for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. The town also boasts the Hayagriba Madhava Temple, accessible via a long stone stairway. At the foot of the stairway is a large pond inhabited by one of Hajo's eminent residents: a giant turtle. Hajo is also renowned for its bell metal work.
  • Assam State Museum : This archaeological and ethnographic museum has recently been enlarged and is well worth a visit. There are also good displays of weavings, musical instruments and large sculpture gallery. The museum is open daily except Monday, from 10 am to 4.15 pm (5 pm in summer). It's also closed on Sunday afternoon and on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
  • Basistha : Basistha is a popular picnic spot with small temples and a waterfall, this is the place where the rishi or sage, Basistha, once lived. It's 12km from Guwahati.
  • Deepor Beel : Deepor Beel is situated on the south west side of Guwahati, it is a permanent natural lake formed by a channel of Brahmaputra River. The lake has been designated as a Ramsar wetland of International Importance as it is home to variety of flora and fauna. Deepor Beel covers an area more than 4 sq km. and is the state's first bird sanctuary where one can see both local and migratory birds. Endangered species of birds like blacknecked stork, adjutant stork and large whistling teal are one of the reasons for bestowing it the title of Ramsar Site.
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary : Manas wildlife sanctuary one of the famous wildlife in india is situated on the banks of river Manas, and 176 km from Guwahati, this sanctuary is the only 'Tiger Project' of its kind in Assam. The park straddles two rivers, the Manas and its offshoot the Hakua, along the Assam-Bhutan border. The protected area extends into the Bhutan foothills. Manas houses 19 of India's most endangered animal populations, home to the rare golden langur and a sizeable tiger population. Its wetlands are essential for the survival of the fast-vanishing hispid hare and pygmy hog. The fauna to be found here include the rhino, wild buffalos, elephants, gaur, swamp deer, capped langur and clouded leopard. The park, the eastern range of the chital and habitat of the sambar deer, also boasts a rich and diverse avian population. The main highlight is the giant hornbill, two subspecies of which, the pied and grey varieties, are to be found here.

 

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN GUWAHATI
  • Kamakhya Temple : Kamakhya Temple is the most important temples in Assam and one of the most important Goddess Shakti Shrine in India and is Situated on Neelachala Parvat, the temple is known as one of the Shakti Peethams in India. The temple was reconstructed by King Nara Narayana in 17th century after it got destroyed in 16th century. There is no image of presiding Deity Goddess Shakti in the temple. Instead, there is a carved image of Yoni (reproductive organ) of Goddess Shakti which is the object of reverence in the temple. However, there are images of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Chamundi and many dance fixtures. The major thing that you will notice in temple structure is its Shikhara. The Shikhara closely resembles a beehive.
  • Sri Purva Tirupati Balaji Temple : The temple is the most recent addition to the list of attraction in the city of Guwahati. With pure white and imposing structure the beauty of the temple is simply indescribable. The main deity of Sri Purva Tirupati Balaji Temple which is located at Lokhra Betkuchi is Lord Balaji. The statue of the deity is carved out of a single rock weighing 4 tonnes. The regular pujas and religious ceremonies make the temple a very important pilgrimage destination. At the starting of the temple, there is a Ganesha Shrine.
  • Navagarh Temple : Situated on Chtitrachal Hill to the east of the town, the Temple of the Nine Planets has long been known as a centre of astrology and astronomy. The nine planets are represented by nine linga inside the main temple.
  • Umananda Temple : The most interesting thing about this Siva temple is its location, on Peacock Island in the middle of the river.

 

WHEN TO GO GUWAHATI

The best time to visit Guwahati is November to March when the heat and humidity are soothed by the cool winds blowing in from the Himalayan foothills. June brings the ambush of heavy rains and it lasts until September. Guwahati has a fairly good drainage system leaving communication relatively unaffected by the rains.

 

WEATHER FORECAST

Guwahati enjoys moderate weather with average high temperature of 29°C and average minimum is 19°C. Summer (April-May) has a maximum of 40°C and winter (October to March) has a minimum 5°C. Monsoon during June to October give good rainfalls.

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN GUWAHATI
  • Beach Festival : The Brahmaputra Beach Festival is held in the city of Guwahati in the north eastern state of Assam in India. The Brahmaputra Beach Festival in Guwahati held’s with Magh Bihu, which is the harvest festival of the Assamese people. Guwahati is the quiet capital and also the largest city of Assam. The city of Guwahati is placed on the banks of the mighty river Brahmaputra. The other reason for the appeal of Guwahati is that it was the olden place ‘Kamrup’, the birthplace of Kamdeva, the God of Love.
  • Bihu : The Bihus are the national festivals of Assam. There are three such festivals in Assam: in the months of Bohaag (Baisakh, the middle of April), Maagh (the middle of January), and Kaati (Kartik, the middle of October). The Bihus have been celebrated in Assam from ancient times. Each Bihu coincides with a distinctive phase in the farming calendar. The Bohaag Bihu marks the New Year at the advent of seeding time, the Kaati Bihu marks the completion of sowing and transplanting of paddies, and the Maagh Bihu marks the end of the harvesting period. Bohaag Bihu is also called the Rongaali Bihu or the Festival of Merriment, Maagh Bihu is also called Bhogaali Bihu or the Festival of Food, Kaati Bihu is also called Kongaali Bihu or the Festival of the Poor. Of the three Bihu festivals which are secular and non-religious, the Bohaag Bihuushers in the period of greatest enjoyment and marks the arrival of Spring.
  • Tea Festival : The Tea festival organised by Assam Tourism in the month of November is a unique experience. One cannot miss this festival which offers holidays combining visits to Tea Gardens, Golf and River Cruises. A visit to the "Guwahati Tea Auction Center" (GTAC) in Guwahati, the largest in India is a must.
  • Ambubasi Mela : This festival is organised every year during monsoon period at the Kamakhya temple of Guwahati. The fair attracts thousands of devotees from all over the nation. Ambubasi is closely related to the Tantrik rituals that are performed during this festival. The legend associated with the fair is that this period comes during menstrual cycle of Goddess Kamakhya. On the occasion, the temple remains close for first three days and devotees can worship the Goddess only on the fourth day.
  • Rongali Utsav : Rangoli Utsav is one of the most important festivals in Guwahati.
    The three day long festival is organised by Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and the Assam Boat Racing & Rowing Association (ABRRA) to promote indigenous culture, crafts and popularising the traditional sports of Assam.

 

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN GUWAHATI
  • Rice Items : The main food of Assam is rice, which is consumed in a variety of ways. Somse of the ways are steamed rice, poita (cooked rice soaked overnight) garnished with mustard oil and onions or Komal Saul (soaked with milk), rice is used in the everyday meal of the native people. During special occasions like Bihu, a special type of rice preparation called Pithas is made. The different varieties of Pithas include Ghila pitha, Til pitha, Sunga pitha, Tekeli pitha, Bhapotdiya pitha, Tora pitha, Kholasapori pitha & Xutuli pitha.
  • Vegetarian Items : Served in bell metal utensils called Kahor Thal, a typical Assamese meal comprises of steamed rice, taken with Khar anja (a dish made of raw papaya), a variety of Pitikas (mashed potatoes, brinjal or tomatoes), Tenga - a type of sour curry (which may be fish tenga or simple vegetable tengas) along with kahudi, kharoli and khorisa (bamboo shoots).
  • Non- Vegetarian Items : Among the non vegetarian items that form a part of the Assamese cuisine, the favorites are chicken, pigeon, duck and fish - the most popular varieties being Rohu, Hilsa, Puthi and Chital. Hukoti, a dish made of small dried fish, is also a hot favorite among the native people of Assam. Pork and beef dishes are favorites among some tribes in Assam. The mainstream Assamese Hindus usually do not take beef or pork.
  • Tea : The state of Assam is famous all over the world for its tea production. Assam tea is known for its strong malty flavor and bright color. The state produces both the first and second flush tea and is particularly famous for its second flush, which produces black tea with golden tips. Whether served as black tea, lemon tea or the common milk tea, Assamese tea is very refreshing and forms an indispensable part of the cuisine.
  • Vegetables : A wide variety of vegetables are used in the Assamese cuisine, commonly called Xaak in the local dialect. A list of such vegetables has been given below :

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