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Guwahati is the largest city in Assam and Northeast India. Dispur, the state capital, is situated within the city. The city is the second-largest metropolitan area in eastern India after Kolkata and one of the fastest developing cities in India.

Understand[edit]

Excavations trace the origins of the city to around the 4th century and it was the capital of Assam until the 10th century. Today, the metropolitan city has a population of more than 957,000 people, spread across an area of over 360 km2; making it the largest city in the state and the region. It is the 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 inadequate investment in the region, which is apparent from the low quality of roads. Still, despite the average 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. The end of decades-long insurgence in the state has also facilitated an economic boom in the city.

Climate[edit]

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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (IATA: GAU, ICAO: VEGT) is also known as (Guwāhāti International Airport) and was formerly known as (Borjhar Airport).

Guwahati airport is a major hub for flights to North-East India. Druk air flies direct to Bangkok and Singapore, twice per week for each.

The hill resort cities of Shillong and Tura are connected by regular scheduled helicopter services run by Pawan Hans. Shillong (30 min), Tura (50 min), Naharlagun (Itanagar), Tawang (75 min).

Airlines Destinations
Air India Bagdogra, Delhi, Imphal, Kolkata
Air India Regional Agartala, Aizawl, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Imphal, Jorhat, Kolkata, Lilabari, Silchar, Tezpur
Druk Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Paro, Singapore
GoAir Bagdogra, Bangalore, Delhi
IndiGo Chennai, Delhi, Imphal, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Kochi
JetLite Agartala, Bangalore, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Goa, Imphal, Jorhat, Kolkata, Mumbai

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Pawan Hans Itanagar, Naharlagun, Shillong, Tawang, Tura
SpiceJet Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai

By train[edit]

Guwahati is connected by train with major cities like Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram,Chennai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Vizag, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

By car[edit]

By road - NH-31, NH-37 and NH-40 pass through Guwahati. It is a three hour drive to the Bhutanese border town of Samdrup Jongkhar.

By bus[edit]

It is connected to all major cities of North East India by bus. There are overnight bus services for Kohima, Imphal, Itanagar, Siliguri.

By boat[edit]

Luxurious vessels with A/C upper deck connect Guwahati to Dibrugarh, passing through Kaziranga & Tezpur.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

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).), [1].  edit

By Taxi[edit]

By auto[edit]

Autos are available throughout the city; however, the fares are rather high, compared to that of cab services like Uber.

By motorbike[edit]

Rented motorbikes can be taken from some places at good price.

River crossing[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Deepor Beel, protected wetlands harbouring rich biodiversity within the city's premises.
  • Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra in Morigaon district in Assam and 35 kms from Guwahati.
  • Chandubi Lake, scenic lake in the eastern outskirts of the city.
  • Uma Nanda Temple, A 17th century temple on a river island of the same name. 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.
  • Christ Church: More than 173 years old church located in the Pan Bazaar area of Guwahati.
  • Assam State Museum, southern end of Dighalipukhuri tank. The museum is closed on Mondays.
  • Guwahati Planetarium
  • 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, an ancient temple associated with many mythological stories. Initially, it was a place of worship for the Kiratas: early settlers of Assam, belonging to Sino-Tibetan origins. The earliest temple was established around 8th to 9th century A.D., which was brought to ruins in the 15th century. Construction of the existing structure was started in the mid 16th century.
  • Pandu a river port on the south bank of Brahmaputra in West Guwahati, which was the entry point of Guwahati before the 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.
  • Belle View Point- Sunset viewing spot: The sky, saturated with colours as the Sun goes down, is reflected on the waters of the Brahmaputra river, creating a spectacular scene worth relishing.
  • Assam State Zoo And Botanical Gardens on RGB Road, aka Zoo Road.
  • Shankardev Kalashetra, Panjabari Road

Do[edit][add listing]

Accoland Amusement park
  • Accoland, [14] Airport Rd. Amusement park.
  • Nehru Park, in Guwahati is another famous attraction for both locals and tourists, and is a good place for children as well.

Contact[edit]

  • Rongmon Tourism Society (RTS) are an eco-tourism company situated in Guwahati. Much of Assam’s natural and cultural experiences are overlooked by travelers making a bee-line to Kaziranga National Park. RTS is run by locals who grew up in the outskirts of Guwahati and broader Assam, and have established personal relationships with local communities. At the time of writing, RTS offers experienced bird watching trips on the waters of Deepor Beel wildlife sanctuary, as well as guided tours of an isolated forest village nestled the hills close to Guwahati, a rural community living on the banks Chandubi lake (also near Guwahati), and a Tiwa village in Karbi Anglong (nearby to Kaziranga). These tours aim to introduce visitors to the culinary and cultural practices of multi-ethnic Assam, guided by principles of ecological sustainability and local empowerment. Many of the RTS packages involve visiting nearby natural landscapes. Tailor-made packages can be advised and created, especially around local events. RTS are a positive and community-engaged organization and offer one of the few opportunities for exploring and learning about rural Assamese livelihoods in settings yet to be tailored towards tourism. Check out their website http://www.explore-assam.com/about-us.html and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Rongmon-Tourism-Society-1031728276973052/?ref=nf Or contact RTS on exploreassam.rts [at] gmail.com / +917638038399, +919706979491
  • Directorate of TourismGovt. of Assam. Station Road. Guwahati 781001, Assam, India. Phone: +91-361- 2547102 / 2542748. Fax: +91-361-2542748. Email: [email protected]

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Ethnic handicrafts, of the north east and Assam are available in many shops in the city.
  • Malls and Departmental stores. The city boasts several shopping malls and departmental stores. The most popular malls are: City Center mall, Central mall and Roodraksh mall. The prominent departmental stores include: Sohum Emporia, Sohum Shoppe, Guwahati Central, Pantaloons, FBB, The Hub, Vishal MegaMart, Big Bazzar, V2, etc.
  • 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, [2]. One of the largest stand alone leather goods stores in India with a wide range bags and accessories for men, women and travel.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

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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.


The city offers the option of choosing from a plethora of bistros, cafés, mid-range and fine dining restaurants, that serve various cuisines of the region and the world.

Budget[edit]

  • JBs, G S Rd, Christian Basti.
  • Dispur Dhaba.
  • U turn.
  • Momo ghar, Veg, Chicken and Pork Dumplings only.
  • China Town, A good ethnic Chinese restaurant.
  • KFC, Kentucky's Fried Chicken.Location- Lachit Nagar and Zoo Road.
  • Domino's, Pizza Specialist. Location- GS Road and Zoo Road( beside KFC).
  • Pizza Hut, Pizza Specialist. Location- Dona Planet, GS Road.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Oriental Bistro, Lachit Nagar, Guwahati
  • Rice Tales, VIP Road, Guwahati
  • Olive Garden, GS road, Walford, Guwahati
  • 11th Avenue Cafe & Bistro, Dighalipukhuri, Guwahati
  • Sura Vie, The Hub, Bhangagarh, Guwahati
  • Green Valley Resort.
  • Eagle Nest Restaurant, NH 37, Azara, Guwahati, Phone +91 8811909088.
  • Delicacy, Ganeshguri. Famous for ethnic Assamese cuisine.
  • Khorika, GS Road. Another famous ethnic Assamese restaurant.
  • Sagar Ratna, Opp: Nepaly mandir, Palton Bazar. Vegetarian Restuarant
  • Paradise, Opp: Goswami Service Petrol Pump, GNB Road, Silpukhuri.

Splurge[edit]

  • NestAsia, Radison Blu, NH37, Gotanagar, Guwahati
  • The Square, Novotel, GS Road, Down Town, Guwahati
  • Kalita Spectrum, Shoolin Grand, GS Road, Six Mile, Guwahati
  • Umami, Vivanta, Khanapara, Guwahati
  • GAM's Delicacy, Ganeshguri, (near the fly over'). ☎ +91 361 2233402, +919864434969.

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

Pub/Disco/Bar[edit]

  • Silver Streak, Hotel Bramhaputra Ashok.
  • Terra Mayaa, Anil Plaza-2.
  • Topaz, Ulubari.
  • XS,GS Road.
  • Cafe Copa,GS Road.
  • Club Ozone,GS Road.
  • The Lounge Bar,Christian Basti.
  • Urban Mantra,Six Mile.
  • Cafe Hendrix,Downtown.
  • Mazbaan, Ganeshguri.
  • Mainland China, 4th floor, Dona Planet,ABC, G S Road, ☎ +919864983761.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Brahmputra, Panjbari, Sixmile (Near Kalakshetra). Small family hotel. Clean rooms, simple food, nothing fancy but economical.  edit
  • Eagle Nest Home Stay, Azara, Guwahati (Near Guwahati Airport), +91 9706249807, +91 7002233048, [3]. checkin: 12; checkout: 11.30. Close to Depor Bill Bird Sanctuary, Kamakhya Temple, Wi-fi internet, ac/non ac rooms, tv, spotless linen, clean washrooms, hills and lake view rooms, sun terrace, garden.  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 a 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, [4]. Idyll is a serene and homey service apartment / Guest House / Bed & Breakfast service in Guwahati, Assam. With fully furnished, spacious rooms with all the 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, [5]. 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. [6] . www.novahotel.in Rs 1190-1,790, A/C rooms Rs 1,570-2,170.  edit
  • Hotel Brindavan, [15] Rs 500-3,500 . www.hotelbrindavan.com , phone 0361-2912222/23
  • Hotel Rhino, Building No. 211A (Shilpukhuri), 09508062131. Rs 700-2000.  edit
  • Hotel mahalaxmi, [7]. Rs 850-1,850.  edit
  • Fernweh Hostel, Bora Service, 2nd floor, Swasteek Grande Byelane-2, Harabala Path, GS Rd, Guwahati, Assam 781007 (Near Bora Service), +91 7002713930. checkin: 12; checkout: 11.00. Dormitory style hostel accommodation.  edit
  • Nibha's Nest by OK North East, DownTown, Dispur, Guwahati (Near DownTown Hospital), +91 7578013817, +91 9986573253, [8]. checkin: 12; checkout: 11.00. A peaceful accommodation for enroute backpackers and travellers, the homestay is 7 kms from the railway station and around 29 kms from the Guwahati Airport. There are multiple cafes, restaurants and food joints near the hostel. Rs 970.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Dynasty, S.S. Road (Lakhotia), +91 361 251 6021, [9]. 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
  • Hotel Rialto, (nearby Pan Bazer). Rs 1,000-1,800
  • Rain's Inn, Solapara Road (Opposite Capital Tours & Travels Paltan Bazar), +919957223131, [10]. Labelled as an eco-friendly hotel, the rooms are large, new and clean, bathroom good. and the restaurant downstairs is excellent Rooms Rs 3000-4500.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Radisson Blu, NH37 (Gotanagar), +91 0 361 710 0100, [11]. Conveniently located, warm and comfortable, and the staff are friendly. Rooms Rs 6702, Suites Rs 15,555.  edit

Volunteer[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

Get out[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assam State Museum, located at Ambari in Guwahati. It is near the Dighali Pukhuri tank. It is a place loaded with a vibrant display of the culture, ethnology, tradition of North East. This museum is a representation of ancient sculptures, traditional artifacts, livelihood, the economy of Assam and much more. Assam State Museum is an effort to show the Assamese and other Northeastern cultures and traditions to the whole world. [16].

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