Lying between the banks of the breathtaking Brahmaputra – that defines it – and the foothills of the Shillong Plateau, Guwahati is the gateway to the Northeast, and the region’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Its strategic location has made it the commercial and financial hub of the entire Northeast. But Guwahati’s character lies in its ability to effortlessly blend both the ancient and the modern, giving it its distinct identity. Guwahati’s chaotic urbanisation appears to be at odds with its scenic setting. However, the busy suburbs soon give way to paddy fields and green hillocks. Dispur, Assam’s capital, is just eight kilometres away. A bustling city and major pilgrimage centre, Guwahati has the largest CTC Tea Auction Centre in the world.
The city is divided by the sea-like Brahmaputra into North Guwahati and simply, Guwahati. The Brahmaputra is the biggest attraction – you can hire a motorised boat (bhotbhoti) from the riverfront for a private river cruise, take the ferry, picnic by a secluded sandbank, walk along it or simply sit beside it.
Guwahati’s most revered site is the Kamakhya Temple, that sits atop the Neelachal Hill, some eight kilometres west of the city. The ancient temple has always been associated with tantric and occult practices and Shakti (divine female energy) worship.
Other tourist highlights include the city’s famous temples, the Assam State Museum, Assam State Zoo, and Botanical Gardens.
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