Guwahati(previously spelled Gauhati) is a major city in eastern India, often considered as the gateway to the North-East Region of India and is the largest city within the region. Dispur, the capital of the Indian state of Assam is situated within the city. The word ‘Guwahati’ is made from two Assamese words – ‘Guwa’ means Areca nut and ‘haat’ means market. Guwahati is located on the banks of the river Brahmaputra and at the juncture of three National Highways 31, 37 and 40. The river Brahmaputra divides Guwahati into two parts out of which North Guwahati which can be visited by the Saraighat Bridge is almost a separate town.
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. Guwahati is also situated at the center of an attractive region (within 200 km radius) with natural parks, wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations of different types and with a colourful cultural landscape. Pan Bazaar, Fancy Bazaar, Paltan Bazaar, Ganeshguri, Beltola Bazaar, Guwahati War Cemetery are major urban attractions.
Sukreswar Temple, Umananda Temple, Navagraha temple, Dighali Pukhuri, Deepor Bil, Assam State Museum, Planetarium, Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden, Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Science Museum (Regional Science Centre), Bashistha Ashram, Tirupathi Balaji Temple, Jolporee are major tourists attractions.
How to Reach:
By Air: The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati is well connected by air with New Delhi, KoIkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Sahara Airlines operate regular flights to Guwahati and some other towns like Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Jorhat, Silchar, Agartala and Imphal.
By Rail:Guwahati is well connected by train with Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Puri, Okha, Bangalore, Kochi, Thiruvanthapuram etc. Other important towns in the state are also well connected by train from Guwahati.
By Road:A network of roads connects Guwahati with all important cities in the neighbouring states and major cities in the country.