guwahati Travel Guide

Welcome to Guwahati

Guwahati, The Capital City of Assam 

Introduction 
Guwahati is the capital city of Assam and gateway to the north-east. The name of the place Gauhati or Guwahati is derived from the Assamese language. It is a combination of Guwa, meaning areca nut and Haat, meaning market. Guwahati is an important tea trading center because it is the second largest commercial tea production region in the world after China. The Guwahati Tea Auction Center (GTAC) is among the busiest tea trading facilities in the world. Guwahati is among the 100 fastest growing cities of the world and the fifth fastest growing among Indian cities. It is a major commercial and educational center of eastern India. The premier Indian Institute of Technology campus is also located in Guwahati. Instead of this, the city is also quite famous for its blessed beauty and amazing tourism. The lush green mountains of the place are quite striking and the waterfalls at the place are also very alluring. The calm and serene ambiance of the place will surely win the hearts of the travelers. The picturesque beauty of the place attracts numbers of travelers every year. Apart from the loveliness, the place attracts a large number of people to get rejuvenated.

History
Guwahati is mentioned in the epic tales of Mahabharata. Earlier it was known as Pragjyotisapura, and was capital of the demon King Narakasura, who constructed the original Kamakhya temple. It is also said to be the land of 'Kamarupa' where the Hindu God of beauty, fertility and source of life was reborn. After the British occupation of India it was the headquarters of the Chief Commissioner of Assam Province. Apart from this, the lower half of the state of Assam was under the British rule in 1826. By 1906, the place became a part of British India. At the outset, the state of Assam including the city Guwahati merged with the Bengal Presidency. Later in the year of 1906, the city was referred as an important part of eastern Bengal in Assam. After independence, Assam's capital shifted from Shillong to Dispur, which is currently the administrative hub of Guwahati.

Tourism
Guwahati is one of the most beautiful Tourist Destination in India where number of Tourist comes for their vacation. There are many shopping and commercial centers that give the tourists an opportunity to buy things that have essence of the local place. There are many places to visit in Guwahati are Kamakhaya temple, Kaziranga national park, Zoological gardens, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Umananda temple, Manas temple park, Saraighat Bridge and many more. Apart from this, the city has numerous attractive places and sightseeing, which makes it an ideal tourist spot for travellers.

Places To Visit 

Kamakhaya Temple
Kamakhaya Temple is one of the most famous temple located at a distance of 7 kms away from Guwahati. This temple is dedicated to different forms of Mother Shakti, namely Sundari, Tripura, Tara, Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi and Chinnamasta.

Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park is a must visit place in Guwahati. It spreads over an area of 232 sq km. The mixture of vegetation at Kaziranga makes it a biodiversity hotspot with a large density of animals like tigers, wild buffalos, swamp deer, gibbons, and sloth dear other than the array of birds.

Zoological Gardens
Zoological Gardens is a major tourist attraction in Guwahati. It spreads over an area of 130 hectares. It is the only zoo where there is a natural forest. Swamp tapirs, white tigers, leopards and the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros are some of the animals that can be seen here.

Umananda Temple

Umananda Temple is a most famous holy shrine situated in the middle of river Brahmaputra in Guwahati. It was constructed in 1694 AD by Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique. This temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. During the festival of Shivratri, a large number of devotees visit this temple every year.

Area 216 kmĀ²
Population 957352
Language Assamese, English
Pin Code 781001

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