Guwahati is the largest city in Assam. It is a leading centre of commerce and is rapidly getting filled by various companies, trades, businesses, etc. It is an old city and puts religion on a high rank. It is abundantly blessed with natural splendor and features a plethora of tourist attractions.
Guwahati is the second largest city in Northeast India after Kolkata. It falls within the state of Assam and contains the capital city Dispur within its circuit city region. It is Assam's largest city and acts as the gateway to the cities and tourist destinations of northeast India. Its history dates back to several hundred years to the era of Varman and Pala dynasties. It is the political, cultural, commercial, educational, and tourism hub of Assam state. Many old and new temples fill the city thus giving it the epithet of the "city of temples". It is most noted for the mighty Brahmaputra River that flows whirling and babbling through the city. The river is believed to be sacred, owning huge religious significance. The place is the chief commercial city in the northeast region of the country with housing a large concentration of businesses and trades. Guwahati is also one of the prime centres of education and to name some of the prestigious educational institutions here: IIT Guwahati, Assam Engineering College, Guwahati Medical College and Hospital, and Cotton College.
Guwahati is extremely well-connected city in India. It is home to the headquarters of the Northeast Frontier Railway Zone. Trains are the best economical ways to cover long journeys. The city is served by two major junctions namely Kamakhya Junction and Guwahati Junction with a large number of hotels in Guwahati in their vicinity. There are frequent trains from all over India stopping at the stations. Trains connect the city to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Ranchi, Jaipur, and Trivandrum. Those who opt flights, the nearest airport is about 20 k.m. away. It is one of the country's busiest airports and has direct flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, etc. It is also possible to access the city through waterways. National Waterways No. 2 passes through the city with the terminal at a place called Pandu.
Guwahati is an excellent destination in northeast India and has attracted backpackers from all over the globe from a long time. The stunning natural beauty adorned with beautiful structures, old temples, vibrant and colorful markets, archeological sites, historic monuments, etc. have made the travellers visit the city and left them wanting more, since a long time. The Uma Nanda temple is one of the prime tourist attractions. Set on a river island, it was built in the 17th century and is a Shiva temple. Tourists and pilgrims flock in thousands and the temple remains busy all the time. Ferry or motorboats are the only modes to access the island.
Another highly important and revered temple is the Kamakhya temple. It is a temple dedicated to Goddess Sati and is the site of one of 51 holy Shaktipeetha. Additionally, it is also the seat of Tantric Buddhism in the country.
Tourist visiting Guwahati also flock to other major sightseeing spots in the city including: Hajo, Agnigarh, Manas National Park, Haflong, and the world heritage site Kaziranga National Park. One could easily hire tour guides to get the best experience while exploring the place. Besides, many 5 Star hotels in Guwahati also offer good tour packages to their guests.