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Things To Do In Guwahati
As the gateway to the North East, Guwahati by default becomes part of tourist itineraries. It is the city via which one gets to travel to other attractions in the region like Shillong, Kaziranga etc. Despite being a cosmopolitan city, surrounded by bricks and mortars, the city has much to offer. As the premier city of Assam it allows an insight into Assamese culture, traditions, lifestyle and cuisine. So before heading out of the city, here is a list of things you can indulge in while in Guwahati.
Sunrise and Cruise over Brahmaputra
The rising sun over the mighty Brahmaputra is a spectacle to watch and cherish for a lifetime. Watching the sun rise and spread its golden Hue over the sparkling waters can make a poet out of a layman, such is its beauty. Cruising down the Brahmaputra is one of the most romantic things to do in Guwahati.
Visit the Assam State Museum
A good way to enhance one’s knowledge about the Ahom culture and folklore is to pay a visit to the Assam State Museum. It houses artefacts dating back to the 7th century. It is considered to be one of the best museums in the northeast. The most historically inclined can certainly include it in their itineraries.
Photography at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
It is time to take out the camera and go clicking photographs once you reach the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. You are sure to capture some spectacular shots of your encounters with the Great Indian one-horned rhinos, elephants, exotic birds etc.
Spend Time at Deepor Beel
The biggest lake in the Brahmaputra Valley, Deepor Beel is a paradise for birdwatchers. During winter one can find hundreds of species of migratory birds to fly from the mountains to escape the harsh weather. It is a fresh water lake situated in south-west Guwahati.
Pay Homage at Kamakhya Temple
One of the oldest and most sacred Shakti Peethas of the country, Kamakhya Temple is flocked by devotees all through the year. Dedicated to Ma Kamakhya, the temple is also popular for Tantrik Shaktism Cult. If you are one of the less religiously inclined, a visit is recommended for the breathtaking views you are treated to from the Nilachal Hills where the temple is located.
Visit to the Umananda Temple
Umananda Temple situated on Peacock Island on the Brahmaputra River is a 17th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is the place where Shiva is believed to have burnt Kamadev to ashes during meditation. A refreshing half-an-hour boat ride will take you to the temple.
Shop at Fancy Bazaar
Fancy Bazaar is an iconic shopping hub in Guwahati and a trip to the city remains incomplete without a visit to this market. It has flea markets and branded stores, a delectable combination for shopaholics.
Get a Taste of Assamese Cuisine
No visit to any new city/town is complete without indulging in the local cuisine of that region. While in Guwahati, treat yourself to authentic Assamese cuisine and one of the best places to go is Foodvilla. It serves authentic, traditional and mouth-watering Assamese dishes. While satisfying your taste buds you also get an opportunity to learn about the local culinary styles.