Excavations trace the origins of the city to around the 6th century and it was the capital of Assam until the 10th century. Currently, the city has a population of around one million, making it the largest city in the state and its main center for shopping and business, attracting people from all over the north east as well as from Eastern Bhutan. The slow, meandering Brahmaputra River is a focal point of the downtown while the lush hills of the Shillong Plateau provide a verdant backdrop for the suburbs. The pleasant environment, however, is somewhat tempered by the lack of investment in the region, which is apparent from the low quality of roads. Still, despite the weak infrastructure, private investors have been drawn to the city in recent years and there has been something of a boom in the construction of shopping malls and high quality condominiums, which has helped raise the economic profile of the city.
Guwahati's climate is subtropical. Summers last here from April to May, monsoons from June to September and winters from October to March. Temperatures here approximately range between 19°C and 26°C. 161.3 cm is the average yearly precipitation level here. Humidity is more than 80/90% often.
Bus is the cheapest way of travelling around the city. Guwahati is well connected to most of its city area with local service buses, with air conditioned bus service having recently begun between the airport and the city.
Airport Bus Service, (Guwahati-Shillong Rd, Ulubari, Guwahati, about 250 meters from Guwahati railway station. Bus Route: Paltan Bazar - AT Road - Bharalumukh - Maligoan - Jalukbari - Borjhar Airport, Bus Timings 6:15 AM 6:45 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM 1:00 (check for changes with office mobile number - +91 99540-77888).), . edit
Prime Cabs (Taxi Service), ☎ +91 361 2222233 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Inquiry: from 6am to 9pm. The best and most professional radio taxi in Guwahati. Always on time, excellent SMS service, english phone service Fares starting Rs.180 and Rs. 19 every km. edit
Xcell... (Guwahati Car Rental Service), 44,A K Azad Road, Rehabari, Guwahati-8, ☎ +91 92070 21140/ +91 98541 21140/ +91 361 2734414 (email@example.com), . Inquiry: 24 X 7. Guwahati Car Rental Service on Xcell... Fares starting Rs. 800 for within city and Rs. 1000 for outstation. edit
Compared to other cities in India, autos charge a hefty price for the ride. There is no meter system used by the autos, the auto driver will simply refuse to drive you if you insist on the meter - the best you can do is negotiate in advance ( check with a local on what it should cost you). Small distance charges are high.
If you can not go on the river cruise, at least cross the river on the ferry. Ferries provide transport to the local people - they leave the jetty at Fancy bazar every half an hour and the round trip will take around 45 minutes. Tickets are Rs 10, 1 way. It is a simple way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Brahmaputra river.
Uma Nanda Temple, A 17th century temple on a river island of the same name is dedicated to Shiva. It was built by Ahom king Gadapani on this picturesque Brahmaputra isle, also called Peacock island. You can hop into a shared ferry/motorboat for Rs10 and return on the same or another boat free of charge, or reserve the entire boat for yourself. All shuttle boats leave from the KachariGhat between the Deputy Commisioner's office and the lower courts. The island is also a sanctuary for an endangered population of Golden Langurs which you can see from very close quarters. They have thrived successfully on this uninhabited island chosen for their translocation from their last refuge in the Manas National Park. The island also has a Ganesh temple and is small enough to be explored on foot.
ISKCON Temple, Near Ulubari Chariali, Prasad time 9 AM and 3 PM (Lunch), to take prasad at 3 PM a coupon of Rs. 40/- should be taken within 1 PM.
Ugro Tara Temple, Lotaxil. A temple dedicated to the deity Tara. The goddess in the sanctum sanctorum is not an idol but a pit of water.
Assam State Museum, southern end of Dighalipukhuri tank. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Regional Science Center at Khanapara
Navagraha Temple, Chitrasal Hill. An 18th century temple dedicated to nine Celestial bodies is atop the second highest hill in Guwahati.
Kamakhya Temple atop the Neelachal hill, the highest spot in the city draws pilgrims from all over India especially during the Ambubachi festival. A high seat of the shakti sect,it is associated with the legend of the mother goddess who slayed the legendary demon king Narakasur who ruled ancient Assam.
Pandu a river port on the south bank of Brahmaputra in West Guwahati was the entrepot to Guwaahati before construction of the Saraighat bridge in the early 1960s.
Basistha Ashram a place of pilgrimage and a picnic spot near the Sandhychal hills south of Dispur, the seat of the State government lies at the confluence of the three streams Sandhya, Lalita and Kanta, names of the wives of legendary sage Vasistha who had set up this Ashram. It is near the Balaji temple which is near the ISBT-inter state bus terminus.
Assam State Zoo And Botanical Gardens on RGB Road also known as Zoo Road.
Shankardev Kalashetra, Panjabari Road
River Cruises (Brahmaputra River Cruises on Alfresco Grand), MG Rd, Machkhowa, Guwahati, Assam 781009, ☎ +919401160000, . 5:30. Enjoy a sunset or sundown evening cruise of Brahmaputra River aboard Alfresco Grand. One can also enjoy Dinner Cruise from 8PM onwards.250. edit
Ethnic handicrafts, of the north east and Assam are available in many shops in the city.
Malls. The city boasts several shopping malls. These are the major ones: The Hub Mall, Bhangagarh; Dona Planet, G.S. Rd; Vishal MegaMart; The Cube Mall and Sohum Shoppe; Kolkata Bazaar; Salasar, Big Bazzar, Pantaloons and others in Fort Mall at Kachari Basti, G.S.Rd
Handlooms & Handicrafts, The Assam Silk & Golden SIlk "Muga" is world famous. You will be fascinated to see the designs and colours of the etnic dress called "Mekhela - Chadar".
Tea Bags, of the north east and Assam are available in many shops in the city.Assams Green tea is world famous.
Hidesign, Digholi Pukhuri East (Near High Court), ☎ +91 92 0704 7683, . One of the largest stand alone leather goods stores in India with a wide range bags and accessories for men, women and travel.edit
If you have just exited the airport or have to wait sometime before boarding your flight, then you can head to the Airport Restaurant right opposite to the domestic terminal for some reasonably priced food.
There are many good dhabas on the main roads, highways and at the outskirts of the city.
JBs, M G Rd, Riverside.
JBs, G S Rd, Christian Basti.
Momo ghar, Veg, Chicken and Pork Dumplings only.
Shaikh Brothers, Shaikh Building, 195 Hem Baruah Road,Panbazar (opp. United Bank), ☎ +91 36 1273 6615. Century old bakery. Well known throughout entire North East India for its delicious pastries, cakes, bread and cookies. Established by Golam Ibrahim in 1885, Shaikh Brothers is the oldest and largest bakery shop in North East India. Presently managed by its fourth generation partners namely Shaikh Sakhawat Hossain, Shaikh Azizul Hossain, Shaikh Khoda Nawaz and others. It is renowned for its tasty Birthday and Christmas cakes.edit
China Town, A good ethnic Chinese restaurant.
KFC, Kentucky's Fried Chicken.Location- Lachit Nagar and Zoo Road.
Nashraj Restaurant, S.S. Rd, Fancy Bazaar (inside Hotel Nova), ☎ +91 361-251-9465. This restaurant is popular with locals and foreigners, and serves tasty Indian, Chinese and selected Continental cuisine.edit
Green Valley Resort.
Gopal Maharaj, Kamrup Chamber Rd, Fancy Bazar.
Delicacy, Ganeshguri. Famous for ethnic Assamese cuisine.
Khorika, GS Road. Another famous ethnic Assamese restaurant.
Guwahati is said to have the highest number of wine shops. You don't need a list of Pub/Disco/Bar, if your only intention is to drink. Wine shops are available in every corners of the city. Just walk for a minute in any direction and you are likely to pass by a wine shop.
Brahmputra, Panjbari, Sixmile (Near Kalakshetra). Small family hotel. Clean rooms, simple food, nothing fancy but economical.edit
Hotel Suradevi, M.L.N Road (Pan Bazaar), ☎ +91 361 254 5050. Slightly out of the action and an overcharged budget choice with a restaurant. Rooms and toilets desperately need a descent clean not to mention the well overdue refurbishment Rs 450 w/private bath, Rs 500 w/TV. edit
Idyll Guest House (Idyll Guest House & Serviced Apartments), HN#6, Bye Lane 1, Lakhmi Nagar, Opp Shankardeva Netralaya, Beltola, Guwahati - 781028, Assam (Beltola), ☎ +91 9401160000, . Idyll is a serene and homely Service Apartment / Guest House / Bed & Breakfast service in Guwahati, Assam. With fully furnished, spacious rooms with all modern amenities, Idyll provides a comfortable stay in the heart of Guwahati city at an economical and affordable price. Rs 1500 w/private bath. edit
Hotel Nova, S.S. Road (Fancy Bazaar), ☎ +91 361 251 9465, . A decent mid-range choice, it is centrally located, reasonably clean and friendly, and has a good restaurant on site. Hot running water, TV with satellite connection, same-day laundry available.  . www.novahotel.in Rs 1190-1,790, A/C rooms Rs 1,570-2,170. edit
Hotel Brindavan,  Rs 500-3,500 . www.hotelbrindavan.com , phone 0361-2912222/23
Hotel Rhino, Building No. 211A (Shilpukhuri), ☎ 09508062131. Rs 700-2000. edit
Hotel Dynasty, S.S. Road (Lakhotia), ☎ +91 361 251 6021, . Centrally located, warm and comfortable, and the staff are friendly. Tandoor is one of the two in-house restaurants, and a good place to splurge on food in the city, with live music in the evenings.Rooms Rs 3400-5000, Suites Rs 8000-15,000. edit
Rain's Inn, Solapara Road (Opposite Capital Tours & Travels Paltan Bazar), ☎ +919957223131, . Labelled as an eco-friendly hotel, the rooms are large, new and clean, bathroom good. and the restaurant downstairs is excellentRooms Rs 3000-4500. edit
Parijat Academy - Founded in 2003, with 4 children and a bamboo hut, this not-for-profit school for the underprivileged now teaches 500 students from the surrounding area. Located in Pamohi, Garchuk, on the outskirts of the Deepor Beel wildlife Sanctuary, and run by Uttam Teron, winner of the CNN IBN "Real Heroes" Award, Parijat Academy continues to provide free education and cultural opportunities for children who otherwise have limited options. Parijat's continued existence is dependent upon donors and volunteers alike. Uttam Teron is always open to taking on volunteers who are serious about engaging children in all manner of subjects from maths, to computers, to art and any other creative projects. They have an excellent guest house and volunteers get the chance to live with a local (and very lovely) Karbi family, and the 20 something hostel children who live and study at Parijat. For more information: https://www.omprakash.org/volunteer-abroad-asia/volunteer-in-india/Parijat-Academy, http://parijatacademy.com/, or email Uttam directly at parijatacademy03 [at] gmail.com
Deepor Beel - A wetland and a very picturesque picnic spot. A bird-watchers paradise, especially in winter when the migratory birds come down. Access is from the National Highway, Gorchuk Ali. The alternative road from the airport passes through Deepor Beel. Ask for Guddu of Uttam at the forest office who are local experts on the area, and can take you out for boat rides on the Beel. Deepor Beel is almost famous for the elephant population who descend from the nearby hills to frequent the water in the evening. It is best to avoid Deepor Beel on the weekends during the winter months due to the large number of picnic revelers who also descend on the spot (along with the migratory birds)
Rani Garbhanga Reserve Forest - 15km inside this protected forest on the southern fringes of Guwahati, reside a number of Karbi communities scattered across the hilly region. These tribal communities continue to practice a "traditional" lifestyle, engaging in shifting cultivation and following other cultural and daily practices sometimes far removed from the urban landscape below. Life is simple here, without electricity and there are no paved roads, but for a glimpse of hill tribe lifestyle there is no better opportunity closer to Guwahati. Mr Nayan Das has travelled the hills extensively for 10 years now, and is an excellent guide if you would like to see how people live in the hilly forests. Nayan's number is +919864627726. Check out his Garbhanga facebook page for an idea https://www.facebook.com/groups/nayan08597/
Resorts on Sonapur Road - The Sonapur Road (Guwahati-Nagaon Road, NH 37) has many dhabas that are within 10-15 km of the city outskirts (Khanapara). These resorts provide a good weekend break. Brahmaputra resort,Disang Dhaba in Tepesia are good for family outings.
Balaji Temple - Balaji temple is on the National Highway By-pass easily reached by taking the National Highway from the city head towards Maligaon/Adabari and beyond till you reach the Jalukbari junction. It takes about 20 min from the junction to the temple. It is supposed to be a replica of the temple in Tirupati - the temple provides a nice place for solitary meditation, being in a peaceful setting.
Hajo - Hajo is an interesting place to visit near Guwahati. The place has religious significance for Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. It takes about an hour and half from the city center to reach Hajo by own transport (buses are there from Adabari bus stand). Interesting places to visit are the Hayagrib Madhab temple and Pua Mecca. While at the temple, make sure to go down to the temple pond to see the resident turtle.
Kamakhya Temple - A world famous Hindu Temple and Pilgrimage. Attracts visitors and devotees from all across the world and Country. A 25-30 minutes drive from the heart of the City.