Guwahati is an ancient urban city and was in fact known as Pragjyotishpur and Durjaya in the state of Kamrup now known as Assam. Situated on the banks of river Brahmaputra and foothills of the Shillong plateau, Assam is known for its rich heritage. Guwahati is also a major educational and commercial hub.
Blessed with scenic beauty with scenic views of the brahmaputra and the mountain ranges alongside it, Guwahati is also rich in flora and fauna. The pobitora wildlife sanctuary which is situated 48 kms from Guwahati is home to the famous one-horned rhinoceros, leopards, wild boar and barking deer.
Some of the key attractions for tourists in Guwahati include a river cruise on the Brahmaputra that provides an excellent view of sunrise and sunset, a trip to the Umananda temple, Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra and Assam State Museum. The most popular tourist spot in Guwahati is the Kamakhya Devi temple. The temple is situated on the Nilachal Hill which is located at a distance of 5kms from the city. The Kamakhya Temple is considered to one of the holiest temples of India. Every year in June, the Ambubachi Mela is held in the temple which attracts numerous tourists from all over the country.
Here are the must-visit places on a trip to Guwahati.
1. Kamakhya Temple
One of the most famous Shakti Peethas in India, Kamakhya Temple is a venerated shrine in Assam. One of the oldest temples in Guwahati associated with the legend of Shiva and Daksha Yagna, Kamakhya Temple is a famous temple and visited by millions of devotees. Renowned for its legendary tales, Kamakhya Temple is located on the Nilachal Hill with a splendid complex of 6 temples and 6 monuments inside it.
The temple is listed among the famous tourist places in Guwahati and associated with a legend that says during the month of June, the waters of River Brahmaputra turn red due to the Goddess’ menstruating blood. The scenic beauty encompassing the complex of Kamakhya Temple is breathtaking and one can look forward to exploring various artistic sculptures here. Kamakhya Temple is best visited during the months of September and October when there is a fantastic celebration of the festival of Durga Puja for five days.
Location: Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya, Guwahati
Timings: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm
Entry Fee/charges: Free to visit
2. Assam State Museum
Famous as one of the richest repositories of antiques, Assam State Museum is hailed as one of the biggest multipurpose museums in India. Situated in the scenic locales of Dighalupukhuri area, Assam State Museum was built in 1940 and boasts of being the oldest museum in Northeast India.
Established by the Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti, this museum is a must-visit to explore the culture and heritage of Assam through the fascinating antiques that are on display here. Some of the most interesting things that one can find here are prehistoric ivory paintings, sculptures, metal, woodwork and costumes etc. With different categories of exhibits like Epigraphy, Sculptures, Miscellaneous, Natural History etc, the museum is a wonderful visit for everyone who wishes to witness the traditions of the state of Assam.
Location: Assam State Museum, Gopinath Bordoloi Road, Near Dighalipukhuri Park, Ambari, Guwahati
Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed on Mondays, 2nd, and 4th Saturday)
Entry Fee/charges: INR 5
3. Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden
Popular as the largest zoo in North East India, Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is situated in the Hengrabari Reserved Forest. Home to a number of animals, birds and reptiles, this place is a popular tourist attraction if you are a wildlife enthusiast. Also called ‘green lung’ for Guwahati, Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is a nice place to indulge in awareness activities and encourage animal welfare and education.
Offering a natural habitat for flora and fauna, this place is a great place to relax and unwind in the realm of nature when you are in Guwahati. Some of the popular animals which you can see in Guwahati Zoo are Royal Bengal tiger, white tiger, white rhino, black panther, Asiatic lion, deer, sambhar deer etc.
Location: Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden, Zoo Road, Japorigog, Guwahati
Timings (If Applicable):7:00 am to 4:30 pm
Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): INR 30
4. Guwahati Planetarium
One of the most famous tourist places to visit in Guwahati for lovers of astronomy, Guwahati Planetarium attracts a number of visitors. If you love knowing more about the universe, Guwahati Planetarium is an enthusiastic retreat to dive into the celestial space.
Along with enhancing your knowledge of solar system and universe, Guwahati Planetarium is known as a popular astronomical research centre. Tourists here can look forward to enjoying a number of seminars and exhibitions along with witnessing some celestial events like an eclipse or a meteor shower closely when arrangements are made to attract a number of visitors.
Location: Guwahati Planetarium, M G Road, Near Gauhati High Court, Latasil, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati
Timings (If Applicable): 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): INR 30 for adults
5. Nehru Park
One of the popular tourist places in Guwahati, Nehru Park is a bustling attraction that you must visit when you are in Guwahati. Constructed in 2000s, Nehru Park is named after Jawaharlal Nehru and boasts of having a number of famous educational institutions in its vicinity.
Known for having thousands of species of trees with several dancing statues performing Assamese folk dance, Nehru Park boasts of a serene escape for the tourists. The splendid park also has a rock garden and an open-air theatre where one can enjoy a refreshing getaway with lawns and blooming flowers. The scenic park attracts a number of tourists and makes for a wonderful visit if you are visiting with children.
Location: Nehru Park, Cotton College Road, Pan Bazaar, Guwahati
Timings (If Applicable): 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Closed on Thursdays)
Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): Adults: INR 10, Kids- INR -5Distance from Guwahati Bus Stand: 1.8 Kilometer
6. Umananda Temple
With Lord Shiva as the main deity, Umananda Temple is a serene getaway for nature lovers in Guwahati. Perchet atop the mountain Bhasmakuta and surrounded by the gurgling waters of River Brahmaputra, Umananda Temple was built in 1694 AD by King Gadadhar Singh.
It is believed that Lord Shiva lived here as Bhayananda and burned Kamadeva into ashes when he became a hindrance while Lord Shiva was meditating. With breathtaking surroundings, Umananda Temple is an idyllic retreat to enjoy the natural scenery of this beautiful riverine island and take home a tranquil memory of your vacation in Guwahati. A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, Umananda Temple is a great place to enjoy some solitude and bask in the luxury of nature.
Location: Umananda Temple, Peacock Island, North Guwahati, Guwahati
Timings (If Applicable): 5:30 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): Free Entry
7. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Mayong village in Marigaon district of Assam, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a delight for all nature lovers among tourist places in Guwahati. Offering some memorable sights of the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros who dwell in a nice population here, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of some great biodiversity. Along with the rhinoceros, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also known for being home to other fascinating animals like Asiatic buffalo, leopard, wild bear, civet cat etc
Location: Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest Range Office Road, Pabitara, Assam
Timings (If Applicable): 6:30 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): 50 INR
8. Alfresco Grand Cruise
Gear up to be mesmerised by a serene day spent at Alfresco Grand Cruise. Offering an evening river cruise on the waters of Brahmaputra, visiting Alfresco Grand Cruise is one of the most sought-after activities to do in Guwahati.
One can look forward to an enthralling sunset and a grand dinner to enjoy the day with your loved ones. Along with the delights of live music and cultural activities like folk dance, Alfresco Grand Cruise promises to be a memorable activity to do in Guwahati on your holiday. The three popular types of cruises which you can enjoy here are Luxury river cruise on Alfresco Grand, Party cruises on Alfresco and Houseboat cruises.
Location: Alfresco Cruises, Brahmaputra River, Ferry Ghat, MG Road, North Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam 781030
Timings (If Applicable): 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm
Entry Fee/charges (If Applicable): INR 800