Guwahati is the bustling urban centre and the largest city in the Indian state of Assam. It is located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River and is known for its rich history and culture. The name is derived from the Assamese words guwa (betel nut) and haat (market), reflecting its historical role as a significant trade hub.
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“The Gateway to Northeast India”
“Embrace the Essence of Northeast India in Enchanting Guwahati”
About the place
- Guwahati is the oldest continuously inhabited city in India.
- It was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kamarupa.
- The Assam State Zoo showcases diverse wildlife, including the iconic one-horned Indian rhinoceros.
- It is a major commercial and transportation hub in Northeast India.
- The city resonates with cultural vibrancy, hosting a tapestry of festivals such as Bihu that mirror the rich Assamese heritage.
- Umananda Island on the Brahmaputra River features the Umananda Temple, an oasis of tranquility dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Places to visit when in Guwahati
- Kamakhya Temple
- Assam State Zoo
- Umananda Island
- Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra
- Nehru Park
- Ahom Palace
Best time to visit the place:
The best time to visit is during the spring (March-May) or fall (October-November). The weather is mild during these times and there are fewer crowds.
Text by Gajanan Mudegol