Guwahati, famously known as the City of Temples stands in the state of Assam bringing together the scenic beauty of nature, historical places, wildlife sanctuaries and religious shrines. The sight of the dominant Brahmaputra River along with the enormous bounty spread throughout the place makes Guwahati inescapable for anyone visiting Assam. Though the city houses a whole lot of attractions and places to visit, but let us take you through Top 9 places to visit to make your trip a memorable one.
An ancient temple located in the Nilachal Hills, this is among the most significant places to visit when you visit Guwahati. Recognised for supreme female power and fertility, this temple is dedicated to the revered Goddess Kamakhya and is one of the most sacred shakti peethas in the country. As per the popular belief of the devotees the womb of Ma Sati fell here and she is worshipped in the form of stone yoni by lakhs of devotees that come every year to offer prayers. Further, the dome shaped architecture and the sculpture carved walls inside the temple are a beautiful sight to behold.
The mention of Guwahati always brings the mention of Kaziranga for this national park is the pride of whole Assam. World renowned, this sanctuary is home to the largest number of one-horned rhinos in the world. The park also has elephants, swamp deer, wild water buffalo, birds, reptiles, mammals etc. You can enjoy elephant and jungle jeep safaris respectively. Boat rides are also available for you to explore the north-eastern side of the park. Kaziranga can be reached through National Highway 37 that is connected to the tea estates and park.
Dipor Bil is a perpetual freshwater lake situated on the outskirts of Guwahati. This bird sanctuary is a photographer’s delight due to its scenic beauty and the number of migratory birds that visit here. Dipor Bil shelters large flocks of aquatic birds and flowers during winters. It also shelters amphibians, reptiles and insects of varied species. Occasionally even a herd of elephants is found visiting the Bil.
Alternatively known as the Peacock Island, its beauty lies in the fact that it’s located in the middle of River Brahmaputra and the smallest inhabited river island in the world. The Shiva temple situated inside makes it even more intriguing and is treated as a shrine by the devotees. It’s believed that Lord Shiva lived here with Goddess Parvati hence comes to the name ‘Umananda. The mythology attached with it says that River Brahmaputra is a protector against calamities and surprisingly despite witnessing so many floods in the recent past, the temple remained untouched by the flood.
Digholi Pukhuri is a mesmerising man-made pond located in the heart of Guwhati. Popular as a picnic spot, the place is a perfect tourist spot is home to recreational activities like boat rides and rowing championships. A children’s park inside the complex makes it more fun. The lake provides a spell binding view when the place is lit up with several lights in the evening. After enjoying the boat rideyou can enjoy a cup of tea/coffee in the little café at the lakeside. Digholi Pukhuri is easily accessible through a bus or an auto.
This is a storehouse of cultural riches depicting the art and culture of Assam. The museum gives a peek into the sculptures made from different materials like metal, wood and terracotta. It also harbours a variety of handicrafts, history and folk art forms. The antique collection of ivory paintings, royal garments, coins, bamboo items and musical instruments are prime attractions of the museum. The in house library of the museum offers a wide and varied collection of books, journals describing the culture, art, biography, and mythology of Assam. Visitors also have the facility to sit and enjoy reading these books. It is advisable to go at leisure.
This astronomical research centre is a fascinating place to visit where celestial screen is created through technology to view all the heavenly bodies in the sky. There are daily shows with Digital HD video projectors, and the Dolby sky theatre's sound system. Sky gazing sessions, seminars, workshops and conferences are held by the experts. Planetarium also includes a library. This is a delightful spot for the children to visit.
The location of the temple on Nilchal Hill along with the breathtaking surrounds make this temple worth visiting. It is dedicated to the ruling mother of the Universe and Queen of the solar system, Goddess Bhuvaneshwari. This highly revered temple stands in the middle of serene lush locales from where the entire landscape of the city and Brahmaputra River can be seen. Besides this, there are other numbers of sites too around the temple that can be visited. It is close to Kamakhya Temple and you can trek /walk it down from there.
This is only one of the oldest Biodiversity parks n Assam but also one of the most romantic and the best places to visit in Guwahati. This is an opulent public park adorned with 45 statuettes, a rock garden and an amphitheatre. Musical fountains in the evening makes for a beautiful sight and you will find it relaxing to stroll here and soak in the atmosphere here. Blooming trees and flowers of different species along with widespread manicured lawns are delightful respite from the noise of the city. Children will love it as it has dedicated play areas for the kids too.
Flights to Guwahati are well connected through Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Travolook offers cheap flight booking from major parts of the cities like Delhi to Guwahati, from Mumbai to Guwahati, from Pune to Guwahati, from Kolkata to Guwahati and many more.
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