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Ravinder Malik Nov 12 2014

Which are the top 10 reasons to visit Guwahati?

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Winters are the best time to explore the charm of this city and we suggest you to avail ixigo’s LTC offer on hotels and flights booking to get attractive cashback. But before you do that, check out the top 10 reasons to visit Guwahati. The biggest city in the north east, Guwahati is defined by the breathtaking River Brahmaputra, which flows mighty, wide and awesome throughout the year here.


Guwahati Overview (by Neptune8907)

1. Brahmaputra

The sea-like Brahmaputra is Guwahati’s main attraction. People gaze at it, sit beside it, walk along it, take a ferry or cruise on it. Don’t forget to take a motor boat ride to soak in the grandeur of this mighty river!


Brahmaputra River


Brahmaputra along the city

2. Kamakhya Temple

The Kamakhya Temple is located on the Neelachal Hill, 8 km west of Guwahati. It is Guwahati’s most revered site and one of the foremost Shaktipeeths in the country. A trip to this city is incomplete without a visit to this temple.


Kamakhya Temple


Devotees at Kamakhya Temple (by Deeporaj)

3. Brahmaputra River Cruise

A fun way to see the river and its environs is to take a luxury cruise run by Assam Bengal Navigation. They have different itineraries, ranging from a 4-day trip to 2 weeks tour to several places in and around Guwahati. This exciting journey is surely one of the top 10 reasons to visit Guwahati.


Cruise (from official website of Assam Bengal Navigation)


Cruise (from official website of Assam Bengal Navigation)

4. Discover Your Love for Wildlife

Some of the most famous national parks in India like Kaziranga and Orang are a short drive from Guwahati. While Kaziranga is globally recognized as the last undisturbed habitat of the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Orang is slowly gaining popularity among wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to pygmy hogs, one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, wild buffaloes and tigers.


A glimpse of Kaziranga National Park


Kaziranga National Park

5. A Trip to Majuli

Majuli” whose name translates to “a place situated in the middle of water” is the world’s largest riverine island. It is situated in the Brahmaputra River and is 200 km away from Guwahati. Migratory birds flock here between November and March each year, making it a birder’s paradise. Make Guwahati your base and you can plan a visit to this place!


Majuli Island (by Kalai Sukanta from Shillong, India)

6. Shopper’s Paradise

Assam is famous for its exquisite handlooms and intricate handicrafts. Shopping in Guwahati is a always a delightful experience any day. Places like GN Bordoloi Road, Pragjyotika Emporium, Shilpagram and Pan Bazaar are the city’s major shopping hubs and the best places to pick up muga and pat silk sarees, mekhela chhadar, masks and terracota pottery.


Local souvenirs

7. Sprawling Tea Estates

Home to a number of lush, green tea plantations, Guwahati’s love for tea is unmatched. The city has the largest CTC tea auction centre in the world. Don’t forget to pick up packets of Assam tea as souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones!


Tea estate in Assam (by Flickr upload bot)


Tea estate

8. Culinary Delights

Dining in Guwahati is an absolute pleasure with a plethora of good restaurants offering delicious Assamese food, south Indian cuisine and even tandoori dishes. Some notable names are Hotel Paradise, Woodlands, Chung Fa and Aapni Nao. If you do plan to sample Assamese food, you must try tenga (fish sour), babori xaak (greens) and pitha (rice cake).


Assamese Thali (by oyuz Sharma)


Local cuisine (by elsie.hui)

9. Exotic Stay Options

Always wanted to stay close to nature on your vacation? Well, the city has loads of plantation stays and jungle resorts for a memorable stay experience. Some famous ones are the Brahmaputra Jungle Resort, Jorhat Tea Bungalow and Wild Mahseer.


Brahmaputra Jungle Resort (from official Facebook page of Brahmaputra Resort)


Brahmaputra Jungle Resort (from official Facebook page of Brahmaputra Resort)

10. An Offbeat trip to Madan Kamdev

Known as the “Khajuraho of Kamrup”, the 10th-century ruins of Madan Kamdev, have hauntingly beautiful carvings. They date to the 10th-12th centuries. The unexplored charm of this place will surely surprise you!


Madan Kamdev (by Bhaskarbhagawati)

Plan well in advance to avail maximum benefits of the LTC offer on hotel and flights! And we hope that the above list of top 10 reasons to visit Guwahati will make you plan a trip to this charming city soon!

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