Places to Visit Near Guwahati

There are a number of beautiful places around Guwahati with exquisite tourist spots. These places have both historical and natural beauty significance which the tourists can enjoy. Some of these near Guwahati include:

Tezpur:

Tourist attraction near GuwahatiTezpur is one of the historical and mystique cities of Assam located in the Sonitpur district. The town is located on the banks of the river Brahmaputra having many mythological and ancient artifacts. Tezpur is the fifth largest city of Assam after capital city Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Silchar.

The original name of Tezpur was ‘Sonitpur’ which later changed to Tezpur. The word ‘Sonit’ in Sanskrit means blood. The name ‘Tezpur’ is derived from the words ‘Teza’ meaning blood and ‘Pura’ which means city.

Tezpur is popular as being the home to some of the well known literary and cultural persons. It is the cultural capital of Assam. Cultural and philosophical dignitaries like Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, well known Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Phani Sarma and writer Ananda Chandra Agarwala who have made a mark in Assamese as well as Indian cultural fraternity are born here in Tezpur. Tezpur has many tourist places which enthrall tourists who come to the town every year. Some of the iconic and must-visit places include Agnigarh, Padum Pukhuri, Kolia Bhomora Bridge, Mahabhairab Temple, Bamuni Hills and Cole Park among others.

Agnigarh was a fortress built by Banasura to protect his daughter from Aniruddha. It is now a hill and a popular tourist spot with a view of the Brahmaputra River and the beautiful surroundings. One can also see the Kalia Bhomora Bridge from this hill. There are sculptures and waterfall which adds to the beauty of the place. The Padum Pukhuri is a beautiful pond with a lovely island on it. A musical fountain and toy train are also there. The 3 kms long Kolia Bhomora Bridge which connects Tezpur to south of Nagaon is beautiful providing view of the mighty river Brahmaputra. It is considered as one of the longest bridges in the world.

The Mahabhairab is a Shiva temple and has one of the biggest as well as oldest Shivalingas of world. The Shiv Ratri festival is celebrated with great devotion here. The Bamuni hills in Tezpur have sculptural remains dating back to 9th Century A.D where a cross shaped bracelet having figures of 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu are there. Cole Park or the Chitralekha Udyan is one of the popular tourist spots in Tezpur. It has many sculptural inscriptions as well as pillars along with water sports facilities and lush green walkways.

How to Reach Tezpur

Tezpur is well connected by air and road. The nearest airport is the Saloni airport 8 kms from the city. Flights from Guwahati, Delhi and other places are available to Tezpur. The NH 52A running through Tezpur connects the town to other places. There are regular bus services from Guwahati and other places to Tezpur.

Fast Facts of Tezpur:

Distance from Guwahati: 167 kms
Time taken by road:  3 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Tezpur: Mahabhairab Temple, Agnigarh, Bura-Chapori wildlife sanctuary, Nameri National Park
Languages: Bengali, Hindi and Assamese

Hotels in Tezpur

Hotel DL
NC Road, Tezpur, Sonitpur, Sonitpur , Tezpur , Assam,784001

The Magnolia
S C road, Bh Tezpur police station , Tezpur , Assam,784001

Hotel KRC Palace
J.N ROAD, J.N ROAD , Tezpur , Assam,785001

Barpeta

Barpeta, also known as ‘Land of the Satras’ is the second largest town of the Barpeta district in Assam. Place to visit around guwahatiBarpeta has a number of Satras across the region propagated by the great Assamese reformer and preacher Mahapurush Shrimanta Sankardeva and his followers. The Barpeta town is surrounded by canals and two tributaries of the Brahmaputra which are Saolkhowa and Mora Nodi.

The town of Barpeta shone on the cultural map of India with the remarkable works of the renowned reformer and cultural exponent Mahapurush Shrimanta Sankardeva. Sankardeva preached religious and cultural values through the Satra institutions he built. After Sankardeva, his followers continued his teachings and legacy to make Barpeta one of the popular towns of Assam.

There are many different Satras and institutions in Barpeta built by Sankardeva and his followers. Some of these are Patbaushi Satra, Ganakuchi Satra, Jania Satra and Barpeta Satra among others. The Patbaushi Satra was built by Mahapurush Shrimanta Sankardeva. He spent 18 yrs of his life completing the ‘Kirtan Ghosh’ as well as composed 20 priceless Borgeets. The Ganakkuchi Satra was found by Sri Madhab Deva. Sankardeva selected Madhab Deva as the Satradhikar to carry on his teaching in this Satra. The Jania Satra was built Shri Narayan Das Thakur Ata, disciple of Shrimanta Sankardeva.

The Jania Satra is located at a distance of 8 kms from Barpeta in the Barpeta Jania Road. The Barpeta Satra was founded by Shri Madhab Deva and he stayed here for 8 years. There is the Kirtan Ghar in the Satra where Naam and Kirtan are held regularly. The ‘Bhajghar’, the lamp house is a place where the ‘Akhay Banti’, a lamp is burning continuously for more than 400 years. Pari Hareswar Devalaya is a Shiva temple located in Dubi near Patshala. The famous dance ‘Devadasi Nritya’ is considered to have been originated in this temple.Barpeta also houses some of the remarkable handicraft industries like the bell and brass metal industry, pottery making, mask making and paintings, jewelry, ivory carvings and wooden crafts.

How to reach Barpeta

Barpeta is well connected to Guwahati by road and rail. It is connected by road by NH 31 and there are regular bus services from Guwahati to Barpeta. The nearest railway station to Barpeta town is the Barpeta road station situated 21 kms away.

Fast Facts of Barpeta:

Distance from Guwahati: 110 kms
Time taken by road:  2 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Barpeta: Barpeta Satra, Patbaushi Satra, Ganakuchi Satra, Pari Hareshwar Devalaya.
Languages: Bengali, Hindi and Assamese

Hotels in Barpeta

Hotel Diya Disha
Harsha Bazar, Muslimpatty, Barpeta Town
Phone: 9435401111

Hotel Doli
Barpeta Road, Barpeta Town
Phone: 03666-260823

Golaghat

Golaghat is a beautiful town in Assam and is the sister town of Jorhat which is located around 5 kms from Golaghat town. The town is the home to the beautiful Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary located in the areaGolaghat has few tourist spots like the Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, Uncle Robinson’s Children Museum and Golaghat Baptist Church among others.
Tourist places around guwahati
The Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. It is considered as oldest park of Assam and is famous for the One-horned Rhinoceros found in its highest number in the park. The Kaziranga National Park has the world highest population of One-horned Rhino, the majestic Wild Asiatic Water Buffalo and the Eastern Swamp Deer found here. The Kaziranga National Park is also a renowned bird reserve with large numbers of resident and migratory birds found here.

The Uncle Robin’s Children Museum constructed by naturalist Dr Robin Banerjee is located on the Mission Road. The museum has a large collection of dolls, beautiful mementos, artifacts and personal belongings which were presented to him during his trips. The Golaghat Baptist Church is one of the oldest and biggest Baptist churches. It was set up by Dr. O. L. Swanson, a missionary from America in 1898. One can also visit Doss & Co., which is the largest and oldest departmental store of Assam. It was established during British Rule has many items and products.

One can reach Golaghat by bus and private vehicles through NH 37. There are many buses and ASTC buses to and from Golaghat. The Jorhat Airport is the nearest airport to Golaghat. By rail, there is the Intercity Express which runs between Guwahati and Golaghat.

Fast Facts of Golaghat:

Distance from Guwahati: 287 kms
Time taken by road:  4 hours 40 mins
Best time to visit: October to April
Attractions in Golaghat: Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, Uncle Robinson’s Children Museum, Golaghat Baptist Church.
Languages: Bengali, Hindi and Assamese

Hotels in Golaghat

Nambor Guest House
Station Road, Golaghat
Phone: 03774-281066

Jupuri Ghar
Kaziranga National Park, Golaghat
Phone: 9435196377

Wild Grass Lodge
Near Kaziranga National Park, Golaghat
Phone: 03776 -262085

Sualkuchi

SualkuchiSualkuchi, popularly known as ‘Manchester of the East’ for being one of the weaving villages of the world, is located around 35 kms from Guwahati. It is situated on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra. There are many handloom industries in Sualkuchi. Weaving is the major occupation of the people of Sualkuchi. The silk weaving industry in Sualkuchi provides directly and indirectly employment to more than 25,000 people of the town. There are around 17,000 silk looms across Sualkuchi.

The Silk weaving tradition of Sualkuchi can be traced to the 11th century during the time when King Dharma Pal of the famous Pala Dynasty sponsored the weaving craft and brought with him 26 weaving families from Tantikuchi place to Sualkuchi. The silk Muga dresses and Pator chadors, mekhelas chadors and other garments have been are worn from times immemorial.

The silk looms and weaving industry are itself tourist spots with people coming to look into them. The tourists also can look into the way the garments are weaved in different processes by the weavers. There are also places of tourist importance in Sualkuchi like the Sidheswar Devalaya, Hati Satra and Ganesh Bigrah Temple. The Sidheswar Devalaya is located in Sidheswari hill in Sualkuchi. The Hati Satra is one of the biggest monasteries in Sualkuchi. The Satra stands as epitome of Vaishnavite culture in Assam. The Ganesh Bigrah temple is located in Ghatia hills towards the east of Sualkuchi. The temple has Lord Ganesh idol carved out of stone. Hajo place near Sualkuchi is also a holy place and a tourist spot of Assam. The Hagriva Madhava temple and Powa Mecca are located in Hajo.

How to reach Sualkuchi

There are regular buses and trekkers plying between Guwahati and Sualkuchi. The Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is the nearest to Sualkuchi and the nearest railway station is the Kamakhya station.

Fast Facts of Sualkuchi

Distance from Guwahati: 36 kms
Time taken by road:  48 mins
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Sualkuchi: Sidheswar Devalaya, Hati Satra, Ganesh Bigrah Temple.
Languages: Bengali, Hindi and Assamese

Hotels in Sualkuchi

Hotel Silk Route Spa & Resort
Near Brahmaputra River, Sualkuchi
Phone: 9435105727

Bhalukpong

Bhalukpong is the entry point of the state of Arunachal Pradesh and is located on the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Bhalukpong is a small town lying along the eastern Himalayas in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Bhalukpong is a major tourist destination of Arunachal Pradesh located near Guwahati. The scenic beauty of Bhalukpong is the major attraction of the place.

Bhalukpong, also known as nature’s paradise has many dense forests, towering waterfalls and natural beauty. There are thousands of tourists who visit this place for its beauty. Bhalukpong is also famous for the archeological ruin remains of king Bhaluka, an ancient ruler of this region. The ruins of the capital of the king along with his grandson Bana of Mahabharata fame have been preserved here. There is also a historical fort dating to the 10th-12th century AD in the hilltop.

Bhalukpong is also a paradise for adventure lover tourists and nature lovers. The river Kameng flowing through Bhalukpong offers tourists many opportunities of angling and rafting activities. Bhalukpong is an ideal destination for hikers, trekkers and mountaineers. Also being an ideal picnic spot, many tourists can be seen visiting the place throughout the year.

How to reach Bhalukpong

Bhalukpong is located around 5 kms from Tipi, 52 kms from Tezpur in Assam and 100 kms from Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. There are regular bus and taxi facilities from Tezpur. The nearest airport to Bhalukpong is in Tezpur and the nearest rail station is Rangapara.

Fast Facts of Bhalukpong

Distance from Guwahati: 219 kms
Time taken by road: 4 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Languages: Bengali, Hindi and Assamese

Hotels in Bhalukpong

Hotel Solu
Near PWD Inspection Bunglow, Bhalukpong,
Phone: 03782-234955/ 8761875076/ 9436638626

Hotel Hornbill
Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh
Phone: 03782-234456

CherapunjeeCherrapunjee

Cherrapunjee, located near the Indo-Bangladesh border, is one of the most beautiful towns of Meghalaya. The town has many natural beauty places and tourist places like waterfalls and beautiful scenic places. Every year many tourists from across the world come to Cherrapunjee to witness its immaculate beauty. Some of the tourist places in Cherrapunjee include Living Root Bridge, Mawsmai Cave, Khasi Monoliths, Dain-Thlen Falls, Nohkalikai Falls and Nohsngithiang Falls among others.

The Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji are natural bridges There bridges are known as living root bridges as they form out of roots which are alive and growing. Some of these bridges date back to around five or six hundred years. The living-root bridge system of Cherrapunjee regularly attracts tourists from across the world who visits to witness its beauty. There is also an Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge comprising of two bridges placed one over the other. 

The Mawsmai cave is a limestone cave located in Mawsmai village in Cherrapunji. The cave is located around 6 kms from Sohra market towards Bangladesh border. The Khasi Monoliths are memorials containing ashes of the dead people deposited in cairns or cenotaphs. The monoliths consist of labyrinth of underground passages. The Dain-Thlen Falls is a beautiful and soft waterfall as there is no noise of the water falling down even from a great height.

The Nohkalikai Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls of India. The beautiful fall falls from a forested drainage into a rocky base which is accompanied by blue pool. The height of the Nohkalikai falls is 1100 feet and has a giant cave behind it. The Nohsngithiang Falls, located south of Mawsmai village is also known as the Seven Sisters waterfalls or Mawsmai falls as the waterfall is a seven segmented fall. The Nohsngithiang Falls is the 4th highest waterfalls of India. The water falls down from 1,033 feet.

How to reach Cherrapunjee

One can reach Cherrapunjee by buses and taxis available from Guwahati. The nearest airport to Cherrapunjee is the Umroi Airport.

Fun Facts to Cherrapunjee

Distance from Guwahati: 147 kms
Time taken by road: 4 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Cherrapunjee: Living Root Bridge, Mawsmai Cave, Khasi Monoliths, Dain-Thlen Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls
Languages: Bengali, Hindi and Assamese

Hotels in Cherrapunjee

Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort
Mawmluh Laitkynsew Road, Cherrapunjee
Phone: 9436115925

Coniferous Resort
Sohra Shella Road, Cherrapunjee
Phone: 9436178164/ 9615791752/ 03637235537

Orchid Polo Resort
Cherrapunjee
Phone: 8794701636/37

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    P Das from Guwahati 668 Days ago

    To whomever it may concernMost of the facts are correct but you have mentioned Bengali in the first of languages spoken over all the districts. Where as, that is not the fact. All of these districts have Assamese or other tribal majority by language spoken in them. As wrong as the fact is, also it would mislead people to think Assam as a whole as a Bengali state and it isn't. So I request you to survey upon the fact and update it correctly as soon as possible.

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