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Kanika Nevatia Nov 07 2014

Best experiences in Guwahati

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Known to be the biggest city in north east India, Guwahati calls for a must visit. Here’s our list of best experiences in Guwahati.


Dighalipukhuri

Derived from the word “dighal” which means long, Dighalipukhuri Lake is one of the famous tourist attractions in Guwahati. Interestingly, this lake is mentioned in the great Indian epic, Mahabharata.


by Donvikro


Brahmaputra Cruise

Brahmaputra, originating from Tibet as Yarlung Tsangpo, is one of Asia’s major rivers. A fun way to see the river and its environs is to take a luxury cruise run by Assam Bengal Navigation. The cruise boat is innovatively designed, fully air-conditioned and chic, with comfortable cabins, open decks and a dining room. You could start your day with the call of wild ducks as you sip your morning tea or feast on various culinary spreads.

Brahmaputra Cruise (from the official Facebook page)



Kamakhya Temple


The Kamakhya Temple is located on the Nilachal Hill. It is Guwahati’s most revered site and one of the foremost Shaktipeeths. The temple has always been associated with tantric and occult practices and Shakti worship. With a beehive-like shikhara, the lower part of the temple features interesting sculptures. The shrine is renowned for its celebration of the seven-day Ambubachi Festival (tentatively starting June 22 every year).


Kamakhya Temple (by Kunal Dalui)


Assam State Museum

The Assam State Museum features walk-through displays of tribal villages, besides textiles and sculptures.


Assam State Museum (from the official website of ixigo)



Orang National Park


Orang National Park
is a quick drive from Guwahati. The park is a small 78.8 sq km
enclave located on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River. Here you can find Indian rhinoceros, white-winged wood duck and tigers. Exploring the park is definitely one of the best experiences in Guwahati.

Orang National Park (by Sanjay ach)



Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden


Assam’s famous single-horned rhino can be seen at the spacious Assam State Zoo and Botanical Gardens.


Assam State Zoo (by digitalART2)


Shopping

The best place to buy Assam’s famous naturally golden -- coloured muga silk is the village of Sualkuchi -- one of the largest weaving villages of the world.

Silk (by Satnath)


Also, there’s a Pan Bazaar which is known to be one of the educational and cultural hotspots in Guwahati. Some of the historical buildings located around include the District Library, Nehru Park, Kamarupa Anusandhan and Sukreswar Temple. Those on a shopping spree can explore the silk and handloom shops here.


(by Dkonwar)


Food


Confucius Restaurant, one of the best places to eat in Guwahati, is where you can feast on authentic Chinese cuisine. You can also try Aapni Nao, a floating restaurant on the riverfront, which is popular for Marwari food.



(from the official Facebook page of Confucius Restaurant)


Tiniali, located on the Zoo Road and Gohali at Ganeshguri, are famous for their delicious Assamese thali.


Thali (by Subhashish Panigrahi)


Are you all set to pack your bags after reading through these best experiences in Guwahati? Plan a trip soon!

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