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  • Things to do in Guwahati include boating in the river, wildlife tours, cruise sailing, shopping at fancy streets, picnic and day outing at State zoo and of course, offering pilgrimage to famous Kamakhya temple. 

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    The mighty Brahmaputra and its banks provide various activities like taking a cruise ride with multi-amenities or a boat ride to Peacock Island. Where the young minds are attracted towards stargazing at the planetarium while learning the solar system, the fun and leisure time of many goes to explore camping sites and treks nearby along with wildlife adventures and safaris at Pobitora Sanctuary.  

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    The culture of Assam and other North Eastern states attracts travelers from all over the world and visiting ‘Kalakshetra’ is an added advantage to enjoy the gallery and museum here. This local culture speaks loud even in handicrafts and textile which could be shopped at the local streets. The enlisted activities will help anyone to explore Guwahati in a unique way while letting them enjoy various activities at the same time.

    Here are the best things to do in Guwahati:

  • 01Enjoy the Boat Ride at Umananda Temple

    Another religious addition in the Guwahati list will take you down to the beautiful island called Peacock island, in the middle of Brahmaputra river. Peacock Island is known as one of the smallest riverine islands in the world. It can be easily reached by the country boats that can be easily located on the banks of the river Brahmaputra.

    Umananda temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in the late 17th century by the regional king of the era. The old form of rock-cut figures of Lord Surya, Ganesh and Shiva can let anyone associate the beauty and skills of craftsmanship of Assamese people and shows their dedication towards spiritual energy. Today, a breath fresh river while sitting on the rocks can uplift anyone's mood. Moreover, the sound of waters of Brahmaputra and the view all around from the center of the island is just breathtaking and meditates the mind by itself.

    5:30 AM to 6:00 PM

    Entry fee
    : 10 INR

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  • 03Shop at Fancy Bazar

    We are sure you don’t want to miss the shopping while on a vacation to Guwahati. And you should not even when Fancy bazar is present. Lined up with street shoppers and open market for anything you name is here.

    From small pocket things like Garlands to silk sarees, antiques to handmade items, find it right here. This place is a handpicked zone for shoppers who want to enjoy not just buying things but also tasting local food, enjoy a few beers and chill by the end of the day making it one of the popular places for shopping in Guwahati.
  • 04Cruise Away on the Brahmaputra River

    After a whole tiring day from visits and work, the water ripples can just calm you. And these ripples could be felt in the heart while taking a soothing ride on the cruise. The famous Alfresco cruise running on Brahmaputra river is dedicated to multiple experiences ranging from Party cruise, Dinner cruise, Lunch cruise, and sunset cruise. With time relatability, it can be booked easily for some cool affair. 

    The cruise is well decked up with welcoming and smiling staff members, restaurants serving amazing cuisines and bars to enjoy drinks while you view the river and riverside of the city of Guwahati, studded with buildings and lights making it one of the best places to visit in Guwahati. This is definitely an experience of the life while one can enjoy the river from multi-level decks, having cool breeze passing through the face and hair. Another amazing feature that adds in the waters is good music and the vibrant tunes to dance on and enjoy 

    Timing: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Fee: INR 150 

  • 05Drive over Saraighat Bridge

    Built in an amazing but strong manner above the Brahmaputra river, this is the first rail cum road bridge in Assam. Decked up in two separate layers, the view of the bridge in the night has a totally different charm. The scenic view of hills and river from the Saraighat bridge side is breathtaking and leaves many tourists awestruck in one sway.

    Saraighat bridge has given the urbanized Guwahati a class of quality and added an extra cherry to the well smooth cake. You can get a click of a reminder of various huge bridges of India and around the world with just a single sight of this bridge. Cross through the same to connect different zones of Guwahati and other Northeast states.

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  • 06Stargazing at Guwahati Planetarium

    A beautiful building at M.G road placed around the beautiful green garden, having red sloping walls and a white large dome will attract anybody's eyes from a great distance. The dome above the head acts as a screen to project the show with hybrid projection system while people sit below it inside. 

    The Astronomical research center of Guwahati is not only playing an active role in stargazing amidst this urbanized city but also involved in seminars, workshops, and conference on Astronomy. The planetarium is working hard to build young and beautiful minds and attract them to the Science world. This place is perfect for a family with kids to enjoy and get amused by the show. When in Guwahati for a trip, the planetarium is totally unavoidable. Hence this place is a must visit and one the best things to do in Guwahati.

    Timing: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Everyday except Sunday)

    Fee: INR 30 per person

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  • 07Go for an Outing at Assam State Zoo

    Visiting Assam state zoo Botanical gardens is surely one of the best things to do in Guwahati. When in Assam, one can't miss the opportunity to be at places having wildlife inhabitants, especially Guwahati zoo. This zoo is home to more than 900 animals, reptiles and birds, amongst which some of them are never been heard of before. That's what makes it a must visit place during your trip to North East India.

    A perfect blend of species like Rhinoceros, Tigers, Peacocks, Spotted deer, Pelican, Clouded leopard can be sighted here. Not just from here, the zoo hosts exotic fauna from South America, Australia, and Africa. Hence, this is a perfect getaway for family, children, and travelers to view greenery and wildlife on a large scale. Moreover, your hunger and basic needs are well taken care of within the campus.

    Timing: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM

    Fee: Rs 10 per person

  • 08Stroll in Nehru Park

    Got some time with yourself or family and kids? Well, then there is no place better than Nehru park to take a stroll. This park is located centrally in the city and offers huge open green space to connect with nature when bored with buildings around. 

    Studded with sculptures of local dancing ladies, Chacha Nehru, beautiful columns and local singing group, the park also offers distinct flora and fauna to watch for. One can visit this park for a relaxing time in the beautiful weather of Assam and appreciate the nature and its virtues.

    Timing: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    Fee: Rs 20 per person

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  • 09Visit Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

    Located 30 km east of Guwahati, Pobitora wildlife sanctuary hosts a dense population of wildlife like One-horned Rhinoceros and Elephants. This sanctuary is well marked within 40 kilometers and has a perfect setting of hills, lush green tropical forests, swamps, marshes and Elephants on whom one can take a ride upon. 

    People can also opt for jungle jeep safari inside which will take them to the amazing routes where one can enjoy clicking pictures at Hadug Hanging bridge and have a meal at reserved restaurants within the area. A day in vegetation, marshes, and lakes will prove lovely with a distinct wildlife experience which is a special feature of Assam which makes it one of the best places to visit in Guwahati.

    Timing: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    Fee: Ranges from INR 50 to 5000 for Indian nationals. And INR 500 to 25000 for Foreign nationals.

  • 10Watch Magic at Regional Science Centre

    Developments around the whole world are happening by the grace of Science. Every day new innovations are rising for the good and these can be well noted in Regional Science center at Guwahati. From prehistoric life park to magic of mirrors, knowledge about lakhs of species to chemical inventions, all are found in this one box at this center. 

    Young minds and leaders can act as the torchbearers of tomorrow. And by keeping this in mind, the Science center has shown its innovative head out here. Visiting this center can be one the best thing to do in Guwahati and we bet, you will not miss out on the creativity in this institution if you are a Science buff out there.

    Timing- 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

    Fee: Rs 20 per person

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  • 11Worship at Kamakhya temple

    Built in the 10th century, the Kamakhya temple is located 7km from the city of Guwahati. The mighty temple in Nilachal hills is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya and one of the best things to do in Guwahati without which the tour is incomplete. It welcomes thousands of tourists every day from all around the world.

    The story behind Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati is on the tongue of every devotee here and hence, it is also known as one of the Shaktipeeth. The main festival that hosts plenty of tourists is Ambubachi festival held in the month of June where people celebrate the annual mensuration of Goddess Kamakhya. Built-in elongated chamber line and curvy mandapa at the top, it is a deep faith and amusing ancient Architecture that invites many tourists to this temple.

    : Daily 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM + 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    Entry fee
    : Free for the public. For direct entry by skipping the queue, Rs 501 is applicable.

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  • 12Pray at Temples of Hajo

    Spend a day in Hajo to revive up the feeling of ancient Indian Architecture, History and enjoy a blend of multi-religious temples. Lying on banks of Brahmaputra river, Hajo acts as a pilgrimage center for Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims in the same zone and situated 31 km away from Guwahati. Some famous temples here include Hayagriva Mahadev temple, Kedareshwar temple, Madan Kamdev temple etc. The high stepped entry of Mahadev temple in the zone is itself magnificent on its own.

    Along with the lines, Poa Mecca or a quarter of Mecca, built in the 12th century, is standing erect in the campus for the Muslim faith and is one of the most important places in Guwahati. Hajo is a perfect set up of old carved built ups in the climate of Guwahati below the withered clouds. 

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  • 13Wander around Dipor Bil

    Lake is known as Bil in Assamese. Located 13 km in South West direction from Guwahati, the lake is perfect to watch beautiful birds basking in the sun and swinging on the tunes of the waterbody. The Bil is placed naturally by hillsides along and an actual extension of river Brahmaputra inside the plains. 

    Sprouting plant species like Waterlily, aquatic grass, and floating vegetation are visible to the naked eyes while making lake greener on many patches. Soothe your eyes after a short drive at Deepor Beel and refresh your minds in the sun while looking at Pelican, kingfishers. Storks and variety of Ducks. This lake also acts as a breeding ground for many migratory birds around the world. Don't just imagine the beauty but hit the spot!!!

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  • 14Get Religious at Basistha Temple

    This splendid Shiv Mandir is situated at the South East corner of Guwahati and was built in 18th century by Ahom king. The catch in this temple is an Ashram which was the home of a sage named Bashistha or Vashistha. This red temple welcomes the devotees with a charm of greenery,  ample birds and species around. 

    The most super exciting part of this temple is its relation to Vedic age to which the sage belonged. It is said that Vasistha muni had created the ashram and died here and his grave can also be seen here. A waterfall at the backstage of the temple adds extra grace to the whole environment. Delve into the ancient age and enjoy the scenery along at the same time.

    Timing: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    Fee: Not applicable

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  • 15Learn Local Culture at Sankardev Kalakshetra

    Like the name, Kalashetra represents art and culture, this place a true copy to that and is named after medieval poet and play writer Shankardev. This cultural center holds local culture of not just Assam but also other Northeastern states. The premises of the building includes a museum, open-air theatre, emporiums, places of worship and of course, eateries. 

    Major attractions here include traditional and ethnic articles of Assamese culture, an Artistic village that teaches about the life of the village of Assam, world-class exhibition space for art and culture and workshops for cinema and visual arts. Since the '90s, local culture has become a matter of importance here with this kalashetra and attracting young students and performers from all over the country.

    Timings- 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

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  • 16Visit Assam State Museum

    Culture and History buff can enjoy the real culture of the state of Assam and satiate themselves here. This museum is located in the heart of Guwahati only. The collection varies from the epigraphic section, Art and craft, Natural art, Arms, Ammunitions, and Sculptures. Amongst them, sculptures are also available in stone, terracotta, wood, and metal. Arms and ammunition section consist of swords and armors from the Medieval period to the Mughal period. 

    The importance of Natural history and rhinos could be experienced here beautifully. The vast range of coins from different eras like the Mughals and Ahom dynasty are well defined and amuses every visitor. The handicrafts have a special role in the museum as various handicrafts and handmade objects of North-east India with reconstructed tribal huts are adding advantage here. Don't forget to dive into this museum before leaving Guwahati. And yes, we believe this is one of the best things to do in Guwahati for sure.

    Timing: 10:00 AM to 4:30 hours (open all days except on Monday, 2nd, and 4th Saturday and Government holidays)

    Fee: INR 10 per adult

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Kamakhya Temple

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 


Assam State Museum

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


Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden

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


Guwahati Planetarium

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 


Nehru Park

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

Umananda Temple

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


Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

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 


Afresco Grand Cruise

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 

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