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The city of Guwahati is the liveliest and the most happening city in the entire northeast. The city is full of life with some of the best cinema theatres, sports complexes, international hotel chains and restaurants, pubs, night clubs, dance and musical shows and lots more. It offers a whole lot of options for its tourist to have a fulfilled stay in Guwahati.
Cinema halls in Guwahati
Cinema has always been one of the major sources of entertainment in Guwahati. With some of the best quality movie theatres and multiplexes like Fun Cinemas, Gold Digital, Cine Max emerging in Guwahati, people in Guwahati can now hit to these technologically advanced and good quality movie halls to watch their most awaited movies. Other than these multiplexes, Guwahati also has several other good cinema halls where one can freak out, it includes Anuradha Cineplex, Meghdoot Picture Palace, Bijulee, Aruna Cinema, Vandana, Rupashree, Urvashi, Pragjyoti, Apsara, Mayur Krishna, Chaudhury Talkies and so on.
Theatre and Plays in Guwahati
Guwahati is known for its mobile theatres, popularly known as the Bhraymaman theatres. These theatres showcase the unique culture of Assam by providing entertainment in both rural and urban areas of the state and also have an annual record of Rs 10 cr turnover. Some famous mobile theatre groups include Aawahan, Bordoisila, Hengool, Kohinoor and lot more. Other than the mobile theatres, Guwahati also hosts various plays and dramas; the traditional form of Assamese drama is called the Bhaona. Bhaona is a religious play written by the Vaishnava Saint Sankardeva. Bhoanas are usually performed in Namghars or at some religious functions.
Radio stations in Guwahati
Radio has always been an interesting source of entertainment for the people of Guwahati. Starting from the morning Vandana to various other shows and programs, radio has always been the best companion for all sections of people in Guwahati. Either listen to your favorite number or get the latest news updates in Assamese, Hindi, English and other regional languages, it is the best source of entertainment to cut down boredom. Some famous and evergreen radio stations in Guwahati include All India Radio Guwahati, Big 92.7 FM, Gupshup 94.3 FM, 93.5 Super hit RED FM.
Dance & Music in Guwahati
Dance and music are the best ways to showcase the culture and traditions of Assam. One will be surely mesmerized by the beautiful Assamese songs and dances which has a variety in it. Bihu dance is the most important dance of Assam, and is performed accompanied by the Bihu songs known as Bihu Geet in Guwahati with much pomp and funfair. Bihu songs are folk in nature and are mainly performed during the festival of Bihu at the various Bihu pandals in Guwahati. These songs are based on lover’s expression, nature, humorous tales, social awareness, etc. A variety of instruments like Dhul, Pepa, Gogona, etc. are used to perform Bihu dance and songs. Other than the folk songs and dances, Guwahati also organizes various dance and musical events all through the years.
Shopping in Guwahati
Shopping is something which no one dislikes. Be it a 3 year old kid or an 80 year old person, shopping is something which always attracts everyone. Guwahati is the main shopping hub of not only Assam, but of the entire northeast. It is abuzz with shopping areas, showcasing things like the fine and exquisite silk, Assamese traditional jewellery or Kesa Xoon, cane and bamboo products. The ever busy Ganeshguri, Fancy Bazaar, Paltan Bazar, Beltola, Maligoan, Lakhtokia, etc. are known for shopping in Guwahati.
Guwahati in recent times have seen the mushrooming of malls and marts in around the city. Malls like HUB, Reliance Trends, Sohum Emporium, Big bazaar, Pantaloons, Dona Planet, Vishal Mega Mart, FBB, etc. have become the major place of shopping for various international brands all at one place.
One can also take the taste of buying traditional cloths made of Muga, Eri, Paat with exclusive design and which is only to be found in Assam in showrooms like NEDFI Hut, Silkalaya, Chayanika, Baishya Silk Emporium, Kalpataru, Artfed, and lots more. It’s a must for a tourist to take back home a Gamosa, Mekhela Chador and Japi that explains Assam’s uniqueness. The Assam tea is another famous thing which is known for its magnificent aroma and taste.
Guwahati also hosts the annual expos and trade fairs with various countries participating in the event from all around the globe.
Restaurants, Hotels and Nightclubs in Guwahati
The hotels and restaurants in Guwahati offer a variety in its tastes and cuisines. One can relish the best authentic food in some of the finest hotels in Guwahati like the Brahmaputra Ashok, Hotel Vishwaratna, Hotel Pragati Manor, Hotel Gateway Grandeur, Hotel Prag Continental, Hotel Dynasty, Hotel Grand Star line, Hotel Kiranshree Portico, Hotel Rajmahal, Hotel Nova, Hotel Nandan, Hotel Agnideep Continental and so on. The resorts and Dhabas in Sonapur and National Highway (outskirts of Guwahati) is another new thing in Guwahati and have gradually become a major place of tourist attractions, these resorts offer various activities for entertainment such as rock climbing, bird shooting, boating, fishing, elephant ride, camel ride, etc. Some of the famous resorts and Dhabas include the Green Wood Resort, Spring Valley Resort, Deka Chung, Niru’s Dhaba, Hemlata Dhaba and so on.
Guwahati is home to some of the famous international restaurant chains like Mainland China, Mandarin Court, Yo China!, Dominos, KFC, etc. The coffee shops in Guwahati, like the Café Coffee Day, Brewberry’s Café, Brown Bean Café in recent times have become some of the most popular hangout zones for the young crowd. Guwahati has also witness the emerging of some of the famous Night clubs such as Ozone, Blues, Terra Maya, Kamakazi, Club DMD, etc.
Parks, Sanctuaries and Amusement Parks in Guwahati
Entertainment is well associated with enjoying the beauty of nature and sightseeing and Guwahati is blessed with this aspect. It’s a must thing for a tourist to make a visit to Nehru Park, Guwahati Zoo and Deepor Beel in Guwahati. Other parks of entertainment in Guwahati include Accoland Amusement park, Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, Sankardev Park, Shradhanjali Kanan, etc. that attracts thousands of tourist round the year.
Sports in Guwahati
Guwahati is an ideal place for adventure lovers. The famous sports for entertainment in Guwahati include Para Sailing, boat racing, rowing, fishing, angling, river rafting, swimming and many more. Rafting on the mighty river Brahmaputra offers tourists with the opportunity of exploring the river. The Assam Boat Racing & Rowing Association and the Assam Tourism Development Corporation organizes the Brahmaputra Beach Festival every year for the promotion of culture festival in Assam.