Enjoy the Boat Ride at Umananda Temple
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.
Timing: 5:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry fee: 10 INR
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Shop at Fancy Bazar
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.
Cruise 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
Drive over Saraighat Bridge
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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Stargazing 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)
Go 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
Stroll 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
Visit 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.
Watch 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
Worship at Kamakhya temple
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.
Timing: 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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Pray 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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Wander 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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Get 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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Learn 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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Visit 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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