Tourism in Guwahati
The major tourist attractions in Guwahati city includes:
Nature and Wildlife in Guwahati
Guwahati tourism includes wildlife tourist attractions like the Deepor Beel or Dipor Bil, which is a permanent freshwater lake and is the largest lakes in the Brahmaputra valley. The place is at a distance of 9.8 km from Guwahati Airport and is of 18 mins drive. The name Deepor Beel has been derived from two words, viz. dip and beel. Dip in Sanskrit means elephant and beel is an Assamese word meaning lake. Deepor Beel is the largest congregation of aquatic birds and it has an exotic variety of bird species which could be seen during winters and has a record variety of 19,000 water birds seen in a day. Due to its richness of the variety of birds in Deepor Beel, the Birdlife International has declared it as an Important Bird Area.
Places like Dighali Pukhuri, Chandubi Lake, Chandrapur, Panikhaiti, and Basistha are other important natural and wildlife tourist destinations of Guwahati.
Buildings, Museums and Parks in Guwahati
Other than the State Museum, some important tourist attractions in Guwahati include the Guwahati Planetarium, Cottage Industry museum, Regional Science Centre, Nehru Park, Assam State Zoo, Accoland Amusement park, Shakardev Park, Uzanbazar Park and Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra that attracts thousands of tourist round the year.
Religious Places in Guwahati
Navagraha Temple or the temple of Nine Planets is another important religious place of tourist attractions in Guwahati. It was built in the late 18th century, by Ahom ruler Rajeswar Singha. The temple has nine shivalingams representing the nine celestial bodies. These are covered with coloured cloths which represent the nine planets; there is also a Shivalingam at the centre which symbolises the Sun. The distance from Guwahati Airport to Navagraha Temple is 23 km and the driving time is around an hour.
Other temples include Aswaklanta-Temple, Balaji-Temple, Basistha-Temple, Dirgheswari-Temple, Doul-Govinda-Temple, Iskcon-Temple, Madan-Kamdev, Sukreswar-Temple, Ugratara-Temple, Umananda Temple and Bhringeswar Devalaya.
Shopping in Guwahati
Guwahati in recent time has also seen the mushrooming growth of malls and marts. Mention may be made of the Sohum Emporium, Big Bazar, FBB, Reliance Trends, Pantaloons, Vishal Mega Mart, Dona Planet, Metro Bazar and so on.
One should also never miss buying the traditional cloths made of Muga and Eri, which is only to be found in Assam in the showrooms like Kalpataru, Silkalaya, Kamdhenu Silk Emporium, Baishya Silk Emporium, Brindabani Silk Emporium and many more. It’s a must thing for Tourists to take back home Japi, Gamosa and Mekhela Chadar found exclusively in Assam. One can also pick up Assam tea famous for its magnificent aroma.
Hotels and Restaurants in Guwahati
- Vishwaratna Hotel Pvt ltd.
Omkar Plaza, A T Road, Guwahati Gpo
Guwahati - 781001
Phone: (0361) 2607712, 9707700007
- Hotel Tibet
Sarhad Complex, Opposite Astc Multi Level Car Parking
G S Road, Paltanbazar, Guwahati - 781008
Phone: (0361) 2519815, 9435043966
- Hotel Brahmaputra Residency
Peace Enclave,8th Floor, News Time Building
G S Road, Ulubari, Guwahati - 781006
Phone: (0361) 2738446, 9435306614
- Hotel Blue Moon
Bhuban Road, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati - 781001
Phone: (0361) 2631292
- Hotel Gateway Grandeur
Near Old Postoffice, Cristian Basti, G S Road
Guwahati - 781005
Phone: (0361) 7110022
Guwahati is also home to some famous international chains like Mainland China, Mandarin Court, Yo China! and lots more.
Transportation in Guwahati
The Guwahati Railway Station falls under the Northeast Frontier Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. There are direct trains to Guwahati from all the major cities in India and Vice Versa. Trains like Rajdhani Express, Northeast Express, Saraighat express, Kamrup Express, Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express and Brahmaputra Mail run at regular intervals to and from Guwahati.
Guwahati is well connected with the national highways within Assam and the other states of the Northeast, west Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar. It also connects Guwahati to all the major cities of Assam. Transportation within the city is facilitated by autorikshaws, cycle rikshaws, buses, radio taxis, trekker jeep and so on.
Guwahati Travel & Tour Packages
- Destination Cloud Kingdom
4 days & 3 nights
Places covered: Shillong, Guwahati
Price: Rs. 8,008
Hotels: Hotel Lilawati Grand, Lake View Inn
- Abode of the clouds
5 days & 4 nights
Places covered: Shillong, Guwahati, Cherrapunjee
Price: Rs. 10,000
Hotels: Land Mark Hills, Landmark Hotel
- Shillong - Guwahati - Kaziranga
8 days & 7 nights
Price: Rs. 11,500
- Abode of the Clouds 7D
7 days & 6 nights
Places: Guwahati, Kaziranga, Cherrapunjee and Shillong
Hotels: Landmark Hotel, Land Mark Hills
- Discover the Eastern Himalayas
10 days & 9 nights
Places covered: Guwahati, Tezpur, Kaziranga, Bomdila, Tawang
Hotels: Landmark Hotel, Luit Hotel, Hotel Gakyi Khang Zhang, Hotel Tsepal Yangjom, Landmark Woods
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