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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Guwahati?

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Planning a trip to Guwahati? If yes, then we will try and help you plan your trip to this "gateway" of the North East Region. Guwahati is the biggest city of Assam and also the largest metropolitan area in north-eastern India. Here we suggest you an itinerary for Guwahati.


Day 1


  • Start your sightseeing trip by visiting one of the most revered temples, the Kamakhya Temple. Situated atop Nilachal Hill, it is at a distance of 7 kilometres from the city. Re-built in 10 century, it is a world famous Hindu Temple and Pilgrimage. This temple is one of the Hindu Shakti Peeths, where the female genitalia (yoni) of dead Sati fell, when her corpse was being carried by her husband Shiva turning the hill blue, therefore the name Neelachal (Blue Spread). The highest spot in the city, it takes just around half an hour drive from the city to reach here.

  • After offering your prayers at the temple you can visit the Bhuvaneshwari temple and the Bogola Devi temple, which are on the Nilachal Hill itself. You can also catch the panoramic sight of Guwahati from the hill, which is truly breath taking.

  • By the time you are done with this, it’ll be time for lunch. Try the popular place called Delicacy Restaurant. Situated in Ganeshguri, it is in the heart of the important commercial hub of the city. Famous for ethnic Assamese cuisine, this place makes for a must try when you visit Guwahati to get a taste of the local cuisine.

  • In the evening, head to Shankardev Kalakshetra, multi-Arts complex. A kaleidoscope of various art forms of the state, this is located on the on Shillong road. Established in the year 1998, it is named after Srimanta Sankardeva, the Vaishnava saint and an avid integrator of the Assamese society. It is a platform for the local talent, so as to promote the local dance, drama, music and art talent. This place houses a museum, an art gallery, an open-air theatre and traditional Vaishnavite temples. Once you come here, you can also scan the local handicraft produce and bargain for a good deal.

Day 2


  • Leave early morning, say around 7 am, for the Umananda Temple. This 17th century temple is perched on a picturesque island named as the Peacock Island. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, It was built by Ahom king Gadapani. To get to the island you can take shared ferries or motor boats which leave from the Kachari Ghat between the Deputy Commissioner's office and the lower courts. The fee is INR 10 per person, and return free of charge. On the island you can also spot the endangered Golden Langurs and see them from close quarters.

  • Then you can visit the Assam State Zoo and the Botanical Gardens housed within the zoo. The  exquisitely landscaped Gardens was established in 1982. A home to diverse species of herbs, palms, shrubs and conifers, it spreads over an area of 85 hectares. One of the main attraction of this place is the Orchid house which boasts of a collection of more than 40 varieties of rare orchids gathered from the entire North East region of the country. The gardens are open on all days except Fridays.

  • Have lunch after you visit the zoo and you can head back to your hotel. In the evening you can roam around the local market for shopping and buy the local handicrafts.

Day 3

  • If you wish to visit Kaziranga National Park, then it’s better to start early the next day. Even though it is at a distance of 200 kilometres from the city, this national park is a must visit for those who come to Guwahati. The home to the mighty one-horned Rhinoceros, it is a star attraction for tourists for its rare flora and fauna habitat in which the tourists get a chance to catch a glimpse. This world heritage site is spread over an area of 450 sq. km is a home to many animals and birds other than Rhino, including a rich assortment of pond herons, shallow water fowls, fishing eagles,river terns,  the egrets, adjutant and the black necked storks etc.  The best time to visit this place is between October to April, while it remains closed during monsoons (April to September).

Now that we have given you information about the tourist places in and around Guwahati, what are you waiting for? Come and enjoy your trip to this beautiful city.




 

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