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Guwahati

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Straddling either banks of the Brahmaputra , Guwahati-said to be the legendary Pragiyotishpur or City of Eastern Light-is a bustling, busy and crowded city. Guwahati is actually two words: Guwa meaning areca nut and Hat, meaning market of market for areca nuts.

Although Guwahati is the most important commercial hub of the region, this capital of Assam is located at the adjoining township of Dispur .

Places of Tourist Interest

Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya  Temple

Guwahati has several places of historical interest. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal hill, where the Goddess Kamakhya is worshipped and which commands a majestic view of the city and the river. The ponds here are home to giant turtles which are quite used to being fed by visitors.

Shiva temple

Another temple which draws people is the Shiva temple on the island of Umananda . This site is especially busy during the Shiva Ratri festival when the god is  worshipped and boats, packed with pilgrims, ply to the island. There are other centers of religious and archaeological  interest such as the temples of Nabagraha and Basists as well as of Janardhana.

Those who are interested in cruises can take one, either on the ferries that travel regularly between Sulkheshwar Ghat and North Guwahati or travel in style in the vessels of the State Governmentís Tourism Department. 

State Museum

The State Museum is a must for visitors, with exhibits which date to the 7th Century A.D., stone sculptures and bronzes.The collection includes stone and copper plate inscriptions dating from the 5th century, a 12th century sculpture of 'Surya', terracotta pieces and costumes. Also see the weaving exhibit and sculpture gallery.

Excursion 

Sualkuchi is an hourís drive from Guwahati and produces the golden silken thread of which Assam is famous. One can see the silk begin its journey from the cocoon stage, to its unraveling and then to the loom and finally as a saree or the traditional Mekhala Chador, the two piece saree, which women wear on festive occasions.

Hajo, 25 kms. West of Guwahati, is the site of the Pua-Mecca mosque, set up by an Iraqi prince who turned preacher and travelled all the way to Assam in the 12th century to spread the Prophetís teachings. 

Hayagrina Madhava Temple

Hajo is revered by Muslims and Hindus, for in the town is the Hayagrina Madhava Temple , reached by way of a long stone stairway. At the base of the stairway is a large pond where resides one of Hajoís most famous residents: a giant turtle. The town is also well-known for its bell metal work, of plates and serving bowls.

Madan Kamdev

Madan Kamdev, about 35 km. Away, is an archaeological site where erotic sculptures and other stone carvings abound.

Kaziranga National Park 

Kaziranga, is one of the most visited wildlife reserves of India and figures quite often on the itinerary of the discerning tourist from around the world.

Kaziranga is spread over more than 430 sq. kms. At the sanctuary, you can sight herds of wild elephants, the massive wild buffalo, huge numbers of deer- the hog deer, the bara singha of twelve antlered and the large and stately sambhar. Wild boar abound as do many water birds as well as migratory species, including hornbills, storks, such as the Great Adjutant Stork and cranes.  

The best time to visit :-  The best time to visit is between October to March

How To Get There Guwahati is located in Assam
By Air  
Domestic Air port at Guwahati linked , by air to Calcutta
By Train 
Linked by rail to Calcutta  
By Road 
Connected by road to towns in the state and to other north eastern states. 

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