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Best Places to Visit in Assam in 2019

  • The state of Assam is situated on the foothills of the Himalayan range of mountains and the Meghalayan plateau. The state is particularly dominated by the presence of the Brahmaputra River, which acts as the factor of pristine beauty for this state. The countries of Bangladesh and Bhutan acts as its immediate neighbours.

    The Kaziranga National Park is one of the alluring attractions of this region and acts as the world heritage site where one can find the rarely seen one horned rhinoceros. The other species of animals which can be seen in this state include red-headed vulture, Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, Ganges shark, wild water buffalo, barasingha, Indian dog heer, black pond turtle etc. The white winged wood duck is tagged as the state bird of Assam. This state harbours the largest number of the Wild water buffaloes. There are nearly 820 species of birds present in this region. Around 190 species of mammals can also be seen in this state.

    The three main destinations of Assam are Haj, Guwahati and Digboi. Usually Guwahati acts as the starting point for the journey in the state of Assam. The ancient monuments and the tribal handicrafts available in this region can captivate the senses of the tourists to make visits to this state. The Kamakhya temple located in Guwahati act as one the major pilgrimage spot located in this state.

    The leisure tourism of this region is one of the major factors which calls a large number of tourists to this state. The places such as Silchar, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Sibsagar and Majuli are the major tourist hubs for the tourists. The best time to tourists who plan to visit is between the months of october to april and a word of caution also needs to be sounded as Assam is a hotbed for insurgents and maoist activities. One should be careful and alert at all times when heading out to Assam.

  • Guwahati

    Guwahati
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    The gateway to the northeast and the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the region, Guwahati serves as the starting block for the other seven sisters locations . This featureless city – a prosaic heap of glass and concrete for the most part – is a blend of old and new sights but there are a scattering of interesting temples to explore, when it comes to tourist places in Guwahati. Walk its back alleys and old quarters to  click some timeless picture and you will be able to salvage a generous amount of local flavour that lingers amid its suburban sprawl of ponds, palm trees, small single-storey traditional houses and old colonial-era mansions.It is located on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra and is the largest city of Assam and Northeast. The place has many ancient temples and is also known as the ‘city of temples’ in Northeast India. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakhya an incarnation of Sati. It is on Nilachal hill, says the Shiva Purana, which the yoni or creative organ of Sati fell when Vishnu, in a bid to save the world from the Shiva’s tandava nritya or dance of destruction, cut her dead body into 51 pieces with his sudarshan chakra. Other ancient temples located in the city are Navagraha temple, Umananda temple which is tucked on an island on the river Brahmaputra, Balaji Temple; you can also visit the state Zoo.

     

    The British legacy is still visible in the architecture and food habits of the population. The place serves as the starting block to getaways like Meghalaya, Kaziranga National Park, Kohima, Imphal, Tawang, Mawlynnong, Bhalukpong, Dirang, Bomdila, Tezpur etc.  Northeast is a hidden treasure of India and if you really want to explore the best of India then do not miss this region with exceptional vistas, phenomenal cultural differences in each state and a the unaltered Himalayas with some of the highest peaks in the world. The tourist places in Guwahati are indeed is a place for every traveling soul to visit once.



  • Guwahati Attractions

  • 01 Kamakhya Temple

    Kamakhya Temple
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    One of the most famous Shakti Peethas in India, Kamakhya Temple is a venerated shrine in Assam. One of the oldest temples in Guwahati associated with the legend of Shiva and Daksha Yagna, Kamakhya Temple is a famous temple and visited by millions of devotees. Renowned for its legendary tales, Kamakhya Temple is located on the Nilachal Hill with a splendid complex of 6 temples and 6 monuments inside it. 

    The temple is listed among the famous tourist places in Guwahati and associated with a legend that says during the month of June, the waters of River Brahmaputra turn red due to the Goddess’ menstruating blood. The scenic beauty encompassing the complex of Kamakhya Temple is breathtaking and one can look forward to exploring various artistic sculptures here. Kamakhya Temple is best visited during the months of September and October when there is a fantastic celebration of the festival of Durga Puja for five days.

    Location: Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya, Guwahati

    Timings: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm

    Entry Fee/charges: Free to visit

    Distance from Guwahati Bus Stand: 133 kilometres 



  • 02 Assam State Museum

    Assam State Museum
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    Famous as one of the richest repositories of antiques, Assam State Museum is hailed as one of the biggest multipurpose museums in India. Situated in the scenic locales of Dighalupukhuri area, Assam State Museum was built in 1940 and boasts of being the oldest museum in Northeast India.

    Established by the Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti, this museum is a must-visit to explore the culture and heritage of Assam through the fascinating antiques that are on display here. Some of the most interesting things that one can find here are prehistoric ivory paintings, sculptures, metal, woodwork and costumes etc. With different categories of exhibits like Epigraphy, Sculptures, Miscellaneous, Natural History etc, the museum is a wonderful visit for everyone who wishes to witness the traditions of the state of Assam.

    Location: Assam State Museum, Gopinath Bordoloi Road, Near Dighalipukhuri Park, Ambari, Guwahati

    Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed on Mondays, 2nd, and 4th Saturday)

    Entry Fee/charges: INR 5



  • 03 Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden

    Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden
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    Popular as the largest zoo in North East India, Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is situated in the Hengrabari Reserved Forest. Home to a number of animals, birds and reptiles, this place is a popular tourist attraction if you are a wildlife enthusiast. Also called ‘green lung’ for Guwahati, Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is a nice place to indulge in awareness activities and encourage animal welfare and education. 

    Offering a natural habitat for flora and fauna, this place is a great place to relax and unwind in the realm of nature when you are in Guwahati. Some of the popular animals which you can see in Guwahati Zoo are Royal Bengal tiger, white tiger, white rhino, black panther, Asiatic lion, deer, sambhar deer etc. 

    Location: Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden, Zoo Road, Japorigog, Guwahati

    Timings (If Applicable):7:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): INR 30

    Distance from Guwahati Bus Stand: 12.7 Kilometer



  • 04 Guwahati Planetarium

    Guwahati Planetarium
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    One of the most famous tourist places to visit in Guwahati for lovers of astronomy, Guwahati Planetarium attracts a number of visitors. If you love knowing more about the universe, Guwahati Planetarium is an enthusiastic retreat to dive into the celestial space. 

    Along with enhancing your knowledge of solar system and universe, Guwahati Planetarium is known as a popular astronomical research centre. Tourists here can look forward to enjoying a number of seminars and exhibitions along with witnessing some celestial events like an eclipse or a meteor shower closely when arrangements are made to attract a number of visitors. 

    Location: Guwahati Planetarium, M G Road, Near Gauhati High Court, Latasil, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati

    Timings (If Applicable): 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): INR 30 for adults

    Distance from Guwahati Bus Stand: 121 kilometres 



  • 05 Nehru Park

    Nehru Park
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    One of the popular tourist places in Guwahati, Nehru Park is a bustling attraction that you must visit when you are in Guwahati. Constructed in 2000s, Nehru Park is named after Jawaharlal Nehru and boasts of having a number of famous educational institutions in its vicinity.

    Known for having thousands of species of trees with several dancing statues performing Assamese folk dance, Nehru Park boasts of a serene escape for the tourists. The splendid park also has a rock garden and an open-air theatre where one can enjoy a refreshing getaway with lawns and blooming flowers. The scenic park attracts a number of tourists and makes for a wonderful visit if you are visiting with children.

    Location: Nehru Park, Cotton College Road, Pan Bazaar, Guwahati

    Timings (If Applicable): 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Closed on Thursdays)

    Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): Adults: INR 10, Kids- INR -5

    Distance from Guwahati Bus Stand: 1.8 Kilometer

  • 06 Umananda Temple

    Umananda Temple
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    With Lord Shiva as the main deity, Umananda Temple is a serene getaway for nature lovers in Guwahati. Perchet atop the mountain Bhasmakuta and surrounded by the gurgling waters of River Brahmaputra, Umananda Temple was built in 1694 AD by King Gadadhar Singh.

    It is believed that Lord Shiva lived here as Bhayananda and burned Kamadeva into ashes when he became a hindrance while Lord Shiva was meditating. With breathtaking surroundings, Umananda Temple is an idyllic retreat to enjoy the natural scenery of this beautiful riverine island and take home a tranquil memory of your vacation in Guwahati. A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, 
    Umananda Temple is a great place to enjoy some solitude and bask in the luxury of nature. 

    Location: Umananda Temple, Peacock Island, North Guwahati, Guwahati

    Timings (If Applicable): 5:30 am to 6:00 pm

    Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): Free Entry 

    Distance from Guwahati Bus Stand: 121 kilometres



  • 07 Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

    Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Located in the Mayong village in Marigaon district of Assam, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a delight for all nature lovers among tourist places in Guwahati. Offering some memorable sights of the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros who dwell in a nice population here, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of some great biodiversity. Along with the rhinoceros, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also known for being home to other fascinating animals like Asiatic buffalo, leopard, wild bear, civet cat etc

    Location: Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest Range Office Road, Pabitara, Assam

    Timings (If Applicable): 6:30 AM to 5 PM

    Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): 50 INR

    Distance from Guwahati Bus Stand: 82 kilometres 



  • 08 Afresco Grand Cruise

    Afresco Grand Cruise
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    Gear up to be mesmerised by a serene day spent at Alfresco Grand Cruise. Offering an evening river cruise on the waters of Brahmaputra, visiting Alfresco Grand Cruise is one of the most sought-after activities to do in Guwahati. 

    One can look forward to an enthralling sunset and a grand dinner to enjoy the day with your loved ones. Along with the delights of live music and cultural activities like folk dance, Alfresco Grand Cruise promises to be a memorable activity to do in Guwahati on your holiday. The three popular types of cruises which you can enjoy here are Luxury river cruise on Alfresco Grand, Party cruises on Alfresco and Houseboat cruises. 

    Location: Alfresco Cruises, Brahmaputra River, Ferry Ghat, MG Road, North Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam 781030

    Timings (If Applicable): 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm

    Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): INR 800

    Distance from Guwahati Bus Stand: 122 kilometres