Will share some iconic places to visit in Guwahati. Guwahati is an ancient urban city and was once known as Pragjyotishpur and Durjaya in the state of Kamrup, now known as Assam. It is located by the Brahmaputra river and the Shillong plateau and boasts a rich heritage. Additionally, it is an important commercial and educational centre.
Assam State Zoo Cum Botanical Garden
The Assam Zoo, spread over 130 acres, is home to rare and endangered animals. One-horned rhinos, swamp tapirs, white tigers, and leopards are among the most popular animals among tourists.
The Umananda Temple is located on Peacock Island, which lies on the Brahmaputra River. A serene place of worship, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. ‘Umananda’ comes from the Hindi words ‘Uma’, another name for Lord Shiva’s wife, as well as ‘Ananda’, which means happiness.
Kamakhya Temple is situated on Nilanchal Hill in Guwahati, India’s westernmost city in Assam, and is a revered Shakti temple. India has four Shakti Peethas (temples where divinity reigns supreme). Kamakhya Temple is one of them. Kamakhya Temple celebrates the power of a woman to give birth and is exceptionally auspicious among followers of the Tantrik sect of Hinduism.
Assam State Museum
The Assam State Museum, also known as the Assam Rajyik State Museum, is located in the heart of Guwahati city in Dighali Pukhuri tank. Situated in the North-East region of India, it is one of the best museums that offer insight into the rich culture of ancient history in addition to the modern history of the nation. The building’s prominent location in the centre of the city attracts many tourists and history buffs.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Assam, approximately 30 km from the city of Guwahati in the Morigaon District that is home to the largest population of one-horned rhinos in the world. Additionally, the wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide variety of bird species. The city is also known as ‘Bharatpur of the East’. Because of its proximity to Guwahati, it has gained immense popularity.
The Hindu epic Vashishtha Ramayana (behind the scene Ramayana) belongs to Guru Vashishta (or Basistha). The sage was believed to have built this ashram and later breathed his last here.