The capital of Assam, Dispur is located as the shadow of its big city, Guwahati. It became the capital of Assam after Shillong was carved out of Assam and became the capital of Meghalaya. Dispur is known for some the famous tourist attractions and ancient sites. Some of these sites include the famous hermitage of the Basistha Rishi, Srimanta Shankaradeva Kalakshetra which is the biggest art and culture gallery in the entire northeast, Shilpagram which portrays the rich cultural heritage of Assam, Garbhanga Reserve Forest, Jatia, Regional Science Centre and lots more.
Dispur is also home to some of the famous shopping places and markets like Ganeshguri, Beltola, and Panjabari.
Travel enthusiasts can visit the famous Basistha temple in Dispur, which is not only famous for the temple but also has a beautiful and scenic waterfall and a trekking trail. The history of the Basistha Ashram dates back to the Vedic age, the temple is situated on the Basistha ashram, the abode of Rishi Basistha and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has a beautiful scenic view which stands on the bank of the mountain streams and originates from the Meghalaya hills, which in turn becomes river Bharalu and Basistha that flows through the city. Address: Basistha, Near Basistha Chariali Dispur, Guwahati Pin: 781029
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra is located at Panjabari area of Dispur. It is one the biggest art galleries of not only Assam but of the entire Northeast. It also has a museum which preserves the rich tradition and culture of the Northeast India. The place is named after the great scholar and exponent of Assam Mahapurush Srimanta Shankardeva. On display, the museum includes things like the costumes, jewellery, articles, statues, stones, inscriptions, weapons and lots more. The Kalakshetra also has different sections for children, as well as a gallery for dramas, performances and theatres. Address: Sankaradeva Kalakshetra Panjabari, Guwahati, Assam Pin - 781037 Phone No: +91 361 2332665 Fax No: +91 361 2330269 Email: email@example.com
Shilpagram is a place in Dispur which houses the handicraft items portraying the rich cultural heritage of Assam and the Northeast as a whole. The main attractions of Shilpagram are its handloom carpets, ethnic jewellery, silk sarees, metal and handicrafts among many others. Shilpagram plays a major role in adding to the attraction of Dispur tourism. Address: Panjabari Road, Guwahati Assam Pin: 781037 Phone: 0361-2335358, 9864839444 (M), 0361-2229150 (R) Fax: 0361-2335359 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Garbhanga Reserve Forest
Garbhanga reserve in Dispur is home to some numerous elephants. Over 65 families lives the villages of Garbhanga Reserve Forest whose main source of earning is daily-wage labour, poultry and farming. Address: Meghalaya Border, Khanapara Guwahati Pin: 781022
Regional Science Centre in Dispur
Regional Science Centre is situated at the Khanapara area of Dispur. The museum has some interesting exhibits on both science education and pre-historic life. Some of the major attractions of the museum are the dinosaur, the cliff lift, magic tap, the coalmine, the fun mirror, the mirror maze, etc. Address: Jawaharnagar, Khanapara Guwahati, Assam Pin: 781022 Phone: 0361 236 1699 Pin: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Jatia is an ancient township located close to the capital of Assam.
Markets in Dispur
The two very famous markets in Dispur are the Ganeshguri and Beltola. Ganeshguri is a huge commercial area and the major attraction of the area is the famous Ganesh Mandir. Beltola on the other hand is also a residential area and is popular because of the fruits and vegetable markets set up on every Sunday. Traders from Meghalaya and Shillong come with local produce for trade purpose to ‘Beltola Bazaar’.
Hotels in Dispur
Ambarish Hotel House No 523, Near Ganeshguri Chariali G S Road, Guwahati - 781005 9706099649, (0361), 2344527, 2344526, 2344528 Fax: (0361) 2346646 Website: www.ambarishhotels.com
Nakshatra Hotel Opp Shankar DEV Netralai, Beltola Tiniali Beltola, Guwahati – 781028 9957181929, (0361) 2235861
VIP International Hotel Colony Bazar, Kahilipara, Guwahati – 781019 9613092338, (0361) 2472798, 2472197
How to Reach Dispur
Dispur is well connected to all the major cities in India, it has a proper air, rail and road network.
By Air: The nearest airport to Dispur is the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati which is 32.7 km away and the driving time is 41 mins.
By Train: The Guwahati Railway station is the nearest railway station to Dispur. There are all the major trains running everyday from Guwahati to every major towns and metro cities in India.
By Road: The NH 31, 40, 52 and 37 connects Dispur with the rest of Assam and India as well. Private buses, auto rickshaw and state transport buses are available for covering the short distances in and around Dispur.