Are you in Guwahati just for a day and wish to make the full use of your stay in the city? To cover any city, and that too a state capital within a day is a Herculean task. However, for your benefit, we have planned some itineraries for you.
Itinerary 1: (Guwahati sightseeing on a hired cab)
Travel around the tourist places of Gauhati by taxi available across the city. There are private taxi services and other cab services like Prime Cabs and My Tax services in Guwahati. However, one must either travel by meter or get the rates fixed in advance.
If one is traveling from the airport, one can visit the Kamakhya temple atop Nilachal hill in Guwahati. The Kamakhya temple is located at a distance of 17 kms and it takes around 25 mins to reach the temple from the airport. After that, one can visit Guwahati Planetarium. The drive from Kamakhya temple to Guwahati Planetarium takes around half an hour and tourists can enjoy the drive by the Brahmaputra riverside. On way, one can also visit river cruise services like Alfresco located on the Brahmaputra riverbanks.
The Assam State Museum and Dighalipukhuri pond is also a must visit site for the tourists during the morning tour time. The Assam State Museum with its beautiful artifacts and significant collection will surely take one travel back into its past times.
By evening as the sun sets down, tourists can enjoy the nightlife of Guwahati. A trip to any city is incomplete without visiting the shopping places like Fancy Bazar and the different malls like Pentaloons, Big Bazaar and Reliance Trends located across the city. These markets have a number of traditional and modern day dresses and commodities for the tourists to purchase.
One can also visit Shrimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra in Gauhati which displays the rich Assamese heritage and richness of Assamese culture. There is also a museum dedicated to Assamese legend Bhupen Hazarika having a collection of his personal belongings, artifacts and other articles related to the legend.
The final visit can be winded up by a sumptuous dinner in one of the Assamese ethnic restaurants like Paradise or Khorika. There are a number of varied ethnic Assamese dishes available in these restaurants for the tourists to enjoy. Cab charges: Rs 1500 (approx)
Itinerary 2: (Guwahati sightseeing on local buses)
There are many local buses in Guwahati available at every minute of the day. These buses run from early morning to up to around 9.30 in late evening. Though these buses do not provide tour packages, it is upto the tourists to travel by buses to these tourist places.
One can start the day by traveling to the Kamakhya temple or other religious sites to give the day a good start. Thereafter, one can take a bus from Kamakhya to Kachari where there are many tourist places like Dighalipukhuri, Nehru Park, High Court, Guwahati Planetarium located in that area. One can also visit the Assam State Museum and State Art Gallery located side by side.
Tourists can then take a bus to Paradise in Silpukhuri area to enjoy authentic Assamese delicacies or can also visit the other restaurants like Yo China, Pizza Hut, The Dhaba and JB’s restaurant located in GS Road area of Guwahati.
One can take buses to Fancy Bazar to do shopping and buy the beautiful traditional and modern commodities and dresses available there. One can also visit the different malls in GS Road like Pantaloons, Big Bazaar and Dona Planet to check out the products there.
Afternoon / Evening
During the afternoon, one can visit the various lounges and pubs in Guwahati like Trafik in Silpukhuri area and Tera Mayaa in GS Road to enjoy the nightlife of the city.
Bus Charges: The minimum charge to travel in a bus is Rs. 5. The rates will differ in accordance with the places and distance covered.
Itinerary 3: (One day itinerary for religious places in Guwahati)
Guwahati is a land of religious places. The city of Guwahati is dotted with many significant temples and other religious places which are visited by the tourists every year. One can take cab services or travel by buses to these religious places across Guwahati. Some of the religious tourist places across Guwahati which one must include in their religious itinerary include:
One of the significant Shakti Peethas, the Kamakhya Temple is one of the important religious spots of Guwahati.
The temple witnesses thousands of tourists who visit the temple every year to offer prayers to the deity.
Ugratara temple is another Devi temple located in Latasil area of Guwahati. Dedicated to Goddess Ugratara, this temple also has a Shiva temple in its premises and regularly witnesses rituals and pujas performed here in the temple.
Bura Jame Masjid
This Masjid located in Guwahati Club area of Guwahati is one of the major Masjids in the city. Everyday pilgrims from across the city and outside visit the masjid to offer prayers. There are also regular prayers and Namaz conducted in the Masjid.
The Umananda Temple located on Peacock Island is a Shiva temple on the mighty river Brahmaputra. The temple can be visited by ferries and boats which are available from Kachari ghat. The temple is located on a hill on the island and is also a beautiful tourist spot. The view of the city of Guwahati from the temple is mesmerizing in itself. Regular prayers and rituals are conducted in the temple. There are also a number of tourists who visit the temple every year.
The Navagraha Temple, also known as the ‘Temple of the Nine Planets’ is located atop the Nabagraha hill in Chenikuthi. This temple dedicated to the nine planets of the solar system hold significance as every year many devotees come to this temple to offer prayers and donations in form of kind to the planets to maintain well being in their homes. As it is said that the nine planets govern the course of events occurring in one’s life, devotes offer prayers for their well being.
Balaji temple is located in the Lokhra area of Guwahati and is a replica of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple located in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The temple premise is beautiful with four different temples dedicated to different Gods and Goddesses.