Guwahati is a North Indian state and is located beside the Sprawling Brahmaputra River. This city is historically known as Pragjyotispur and was the capital of Kamrupa Empire. This claims the status of being the largest metropolitan city in the North Eastern states. Guhawati is an ideal location for all the incursions into the other famous north Eastern states of India.
History of Guwahati
The history of Guwahati dates back to thousands of year back to the era of Mahabharata when this city was the capital of Narkasur. Thus in many ancient Scriptures and in the Purana’s, we find the mention of the city. The excavations done at Ambani prove the history of the Kushana age from 2BCE to 1st DCF. These excavations prove that this city was an important center of trade, commerce even up to 9th century A.D.
In the middle ages this city was the center of Borphukar which was the civil military authority deputed by Ahorn Kings. Muj the mighty Mughals tried to capture Guwahati may times but of remained unsuccessful. They had a big setback at the battle of saraighat in 1671 when they were crushed under the leadership of Lachit Dorphukar.
How to reach Guwahati?
Guwahati is well connected to the other parts of India by rail network, by road and by air.
By Train: – Guwahati being the headquarter of North-East frontier reality is connected to the other famous cities of India though the speedy trains.
By Air: – Guhawati can be approach by taking flights of major Airlines like spice jet, Indian Airlines, Alliance Air etc. This city is linked with Delhi, Kolkata, Bangaluru, Chennai and other important cities.
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By Road: – This famous historic city of Assam is linked to Dibrigarh, Kohima, Imphal, Aizal, Dinapur and other cities of North-East by good road.
The best time to visit Guwahati
The best time to visit Guwahati highlights is from October to March. In the monsoon period it is not advisable to plan visiting this city owing to extreme rainfall and flood situations. Even it gets much humid. Even if you want to go deep into the cultural facets of Assam, you can plan for Guwahati tour during the Bihu Festival.
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What are the famous places to visit in Guwahati?
Guwahati is like hot cake in the travel demands of the North-East. This city caters to the needs of culture, nature, wildlife and religious needs of the travelers. If you are intently to make a tour plan of Guwahati, you need to know about the famous tourist places of Guwahati. Just to ease your trip to plan, I am penning down some worth visit places of Guwahati.
Kamakhya Temple- For the shakti worshippers this temple has great esteem. This temple is known as yoni Peeth and is located just 7 kms from Guwahati on the top of Nilachal Hills. This temple is much revered among the tantric cult. It celebrations the power of woman to give birth to baby and is instrumental in the procreation.
This temple was rebuilt many times from 10th 17th century A.D the massive done of the temple and the principal entrance mesmerize the pilgrims. The Hindu myths say that this places houses the genitals of Goddess Sati, the consort of Shiva. Every year in the month of June or July Amavasi Mela is arranged which is considered very auspicious to take part.
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Kamakhya temple timings
This temple is open from 08:00A.M to 01:00P.M. Again in the afternoon it opens at 02:30P.M to 05:30 P.M .
This temple is located on the peacock island of the Brahmaputra River is dedicated to lord Shiva. This island can be approached by the small boats. The temple is located on the top of a hill known as Bhasmakala. This island was built by King Gadachar Singh on 1694. This famous temple is built by the local Assamese craftsmen. As the name signifies uma Ananda (the joy of Goddess Uma) this temple is set in the serene atmosphere.
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If you are on Guwahati tour you must not forget to include the cruising in the Brahmaputra in your tour plan. You need nearly 2 to 3 hours for this unique experience for having great romantic experience. You can enjoy a candle light dinner watching the sunset and live music.
Visiting the Assam state Museum
This museum was interacted by the Assam Research society in 1940. Later on the state government took power of it in 1953. This remains open six days in a week except Monday and 2nd and 4th Saturday.
|Summer||10:00 A.M to 05:00 P.M|
|Winter||10:00 A.M to 04:30 P.M|
These who are interested in the mysteries of the planets can find this visit of the planetarium very enjoyable. Besides the regular shows, you can take part in the special show which is done on a dome shaped overhead screen.
Assam state Zoo
This Assamese state zoo cum botanical gardens spreading in an area of 432 acres this is the largest of it’s kind in the North East. This zoo is situated inside the Hengrabani reserve forest in Guwahati.
Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra
This remarkable cultural centre located in the Panjabari area of Guwahati provides an insight into the cultural landscape of Assam. This center is named after the noted medieval play Wright Srimanta Sankardev. If has a cultural museum, library and other facilities.