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Guwahati- the Gateway to Northeast: Tourist places in Assam

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-01-13

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Assam is known as the “Gateway to the Northeast” because it provides the best connectivity to other states in the region and the world beyond. Assam has about 11 forest reserves, several wetlands including a Ramsar site, and hill ranges, many places of tourist attractions, one which houses the ancient Kamakhya Temple. Guwahati’s graph started rising after the capital was shifted to Dispur—now a part of the city—from Shillong in 1972.

Among India’s fastest growing places and investment destinations for major global brands, Guwahati in Assam as a tourist destination that provides a window to a market of 60 million people comprising 8 Northeast states and adjoining countries such as Bhutan. This tourist destination’s strategic location in Assam makes it the focal point and a place of India’s Look East policy that envisages the Northeast as a bridge between Southeast Asia and the rest of the country.

Guwahati, Assam, is not only one of the beautiful places in northeast but it has a large heart too, catalysing the process of assimilation of various South Asian cultures and offering the best of hospitality. From fabulous viewpoints and bird-watching spots to theme parks and river cruises, the tourist city of Guwahati, Assam, offers almost everything for every type of tourist.

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Guwahati, Assam

Communication hub (Guwahati, Assam)

Guwahati’s Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi International Airport is one of the busiest places in India. Regular flights connect the city to major cities and towns in the Northeast and elsewhere in the country besides Paro (Bhutan) and Bangkok. Guwahati Railway Station has regular trains to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and other places in major Indian cities. Luxury and general buses ply regularly from the Inter-State Bus Terminus to all major towns across the Northeast and to northern West Bengal. This kind of connectivity makes Guwahati, Assam a leading tourist destination.

Cultural showcase (Guwahati, Assam)

Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra on the southern edge of Guwahati is a microcosm of Assam’s cultural diversity. This cultural centre offers the A-Z of customs and traditions of various communities that have shaped Assam. It also has an amphitheatre for cultural pursuits, recreation, and fun rides for children. This is a worthwhile tourist spot to visit.

Temples and Shrines (Guwahati, Assam)

Led by Kamakhya, Guwahati has many ancient and medieval temples, 19th century mosques, churches, and gurudwaras. One of the modern additions is the Balaji Temple, the showpiece of South Indian cultural influence in Assam. The presence of such holy places in Guwahati has made it a popular religious tourist destination.

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Kamakhya Mandir – One of the major tourist places to visit in Assam

Scenic Tanks (Guwahati, Assam)

At Guwahati’s heart is an epic tank named Dighalipukhuri, named after its elongated (dighal) shape. Flanked by Guwahati High court to the north and Assam State Museum to the south, this tank is believed to be linked with river Brahmaputra via underground tunnels. Legend has it that king Bhagadatta had this tank carved out in honour of his son-in-law and Kaurava prince Duryodhana. It is also one of the popular places of tourist attractions in Assam. The other tanks are Nagkata or Nagpota Pukhuri, Jorpukhuri meaning a pair of ponds (adjacent to the Ugratara temple), and Silpukhuri. 

Cruises and Cuisine (Guwahati, Assam)

While exploring interesting and amazing places, any evening in Guwahati isn’t complete without dining in a floating restaurant—remodelled barges and steamers offer short cruises on the Brahmaputra River along with local music and fine food. Luxury liners offer more meals with fabulous accommodation and trips to popular tourist destinations such as the silk town of Sualkuchi and Kaziranga. Tourists love cruising while they enjoy delicious Assamese cuisine in Guwahati Assam.  

Brahamaputra River Cruise-Tourist places to visit in Assam

Time out (Guwahati, Assam)

Like most major urban centres in India, Guwahati as a tourist destination has a network of shopping malls, niche restaurants including those exclusively offering local/tribal cuisines, resorts on the outskirts, and theme parks. This city in Assam offers several important places with picturesque views. Then there is Guwahati Planetarium, Assam State Zoo, and Botanical Garden housing 200 species of captive and resident mammals. 

Commercial centres (Guwahati, Assam)

Most of the budget and high-end hotels are in the Paltanbazar, Fancybazar, and Panbazar areas of the city. Paltanbazar and Panbazar are on either side of Guwahati Railway Station of Assam. Paltanbazar is also the main centre for cabs to and from LGBI Airport and ferries to Inter-State Bus Terminus at Betkuchi. Fancybazar is the commercial hub of the Northeast in Assam.

Top tourist places to visit in Guwahati, Assam:

Assam State Museum (Guwahati, Assam)

The Assam State Museum in Guwahati, Assam, is a popular tourist destination. Tourists can learn about the history and cultural heritage of Assam through a number of exhibit sections displaying sculptures, arts, and crafts etc.

Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden (Guwahati, Assam)

Another popular tourist place in Guwahati, Assam, is Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden. Covering an astounding 432 acres, the tourists can roam inside the landscaped gardens, view the herbarium collection, visit the museum, and visit the reptile house.

Guwahati Planetarium (Guwahati, Assam)

The Guwahati Planetarium in Guwahati, Assam, is a great place for kids and tourists who are interested in astronomy. The planetarium holds regular sky-watching sessions. It also holds special shows, which are projected on a dome-shaped overhead screen.

Guwahati War Cemetery (Guwahati, Assam)

The Guwahati War Cemetery in Guwahati, Assam, is a tranquil tourist spot in Guwahati. It contains the graves of World War II soldiers, commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War, and Chinese war graves. It is one of the popular places of tourist attractions in Guwahati in Assam.

Nehru Park (Guwahati, Assam)

Nehru Park in Guwahati, Assam, is one of the highly popular places among tourists in Guwahati because of its beauty and musical fountain. Around the park are 45 concrete sculptures each depicting the dance forms of Assam.

Maati Centre (Guwahati, Assam)

Maati Centre in Guwahati, Assam, is a non-profit initiative started by a husband wife duo, Maati Centre is a platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their crafts. On display are unique handicrafts such as ceramics, saris, jewellery, etc. This is one of the tourist places in Assam worth visiting.

Kamakhya Temple (Guwahati, Assam)

From all the places in Guwahati, Assam, Kamakhya Temple is the most famous tourist destination. Every year the temple hosts Ambubachi Mela festival.

Tourist places around Guwahati, Assam

Apart from Guwahati, there are many tourist places in Assam that are worth visiting. These include national parks, lakes, waterfalls, and more.

Tourist places in Tezpur, Assam:

  • Nameri National Park
  • Padam Pukhuri

Tourist places in Jorhat in Assam:

  • Majuli Island
  • Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kakochang Waterfalls
  • Tocklai Tea Research Centre

Tourist places in Haflong, Assam:

  • Haflong Hill
  • Haflong Lake
  • Panimoor Falls

General tourist information— Assam

How to reach Assam from different places in India

By Air

Assam is well connected with Delhi, Bengaluru, and other major cities of India through major airlines. There is no any issue of reaching Guwahati by air from different places in the world. Guwahati’s Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is the most accessible airport.

By Rail

There are direct train services from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, and all the other major metropolitan cities to Guwahati, the rail hub of Assam. There are two railway stations in Assam: one is Guwahati railway station and the other is Dibrugarh railway station.

By Bus

Guwahati in Assam is connected to the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal through National Highway 31, while National Highway 37 connects Guwahati with almost all the major cities of Assam.

Transportation in Guwahati, Assam

Guwahati has good public transportation. Buses ply frequently within the city. As a tourist, you can opt for Ola cabs and explore the places.

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