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Tourist Places To Visit In Dispur
The capital of Assam, Dispur is just kilometers away from Guwahati, one of the fastest evolving commercial cities in Assam. Besides, some significant landmarks like the Assam Assembly House, the Shilpagram, Vashista Ashram, the Assam Secretariat, the citizens of Dispur portray their cultural heritage and ancient roots with a blend of Aryan, Tibetan and Burmese legacy with certain strong cultural customs. They celebrate their festivals with joyous vigor and grandeur. Dispur’s weather is beautiful and welcoming, especially from November through March, right after the monsoons retreat and gives way to winters. Here’s a list of tourist attractions in the culturally rich Dispur.
A small and laid back village that portrays the traditional customs and rituals of Assam in its entirety, the weaving village of Sualkuchi is renowned for its craftsmanship and quality produce of silk products, which have earned it a special name of ‘East’s Manchester’. The ethnic & rustic backdrop of the village that’s purported by bamboo houses and mud-covered walls to protect from the harsh summers and cold winters, Sualkuchi is also abundant in flora and fauna with a variety of bird species, including migratory birds and local exotic animals. In addition, its locale makes for an idyllic tourist spot, owing to its expansive green hills by the banks of the Brahmaputra River.
A small yet essential Hindu Temple, the Navagraha Temple is situated atop the Chitrasal Hills in Dispur and is one of its kind, that’s built-in reverence of the 9 sacred planets constituting the solar system, with each planet represented by a phallic symbol of the shiva linga. The temple is significant to a lot of astronomers and astrologers, who have visitors galore, in long queues outside the temple for soliciting the blessings of the planets. The temple also invites a beautiful and scenic view of its surroundings. Built on the second-highest hill in Guwahati, the temple’s an 18th-century construct that stands strong, despite being devastated by natural calamities. You can still notice the simple, yet elegant ancient inscriptions on its walls.
Assam State Emporium
The Assam State Museum is also called the Assam Rajyik State Museum, located in the heart of Guwahati in Dighali Pukhuri and is one of the most popular museums in North-East India. Symbolic of the rich cultural history of Assam, its prominent placement attracts a huge number of tourists and history enthusiasts to Dispur and Guwahati. The museum was founded during British Colonization in 1940 in an effort to showcase North East India’s handicrafts, history and artwork and has on display an extensive collection of sculptures and artifacts that date back to the 5th-12th century to the time of World War II as well.
Situated on the Nilanchal Hill in the western region of Guwahati the Kamakhya Temple’s one of the most esteemed temples built in the honor of Goddess Shakti in the country. According to local beliefs and Hindu scriptures, from the 4 temples that imply Divine Powers of the Highest Accord, the Kamakhya Temple is one. It celebrates women and their role as a Mother and regards this as an auspicious event in the Tantrik Sect of the Hindu Religion which was reconstructed multiple times in the 8th-17th centuries. The temple’s construct is beautifully adorned with elegant yet simple etchings, colorful & vibrant flowers, and a massive dome overseeing the quaint hills.
Located on the MG Road, the Guwahati Planetarium is a paradise for science enthusiasts and those intrigued by the workings of the Universe, where the mystery and magic behind the ever-evolving universe is explained at length and is yet quite beyond anyone’s comprehension. Besides, the regular sky-gazing shows that are conducted for public viewing by planetarium experts, there are other shows projected on a Dome Shaped Screen that’s one of the star attractions here and can be enjoyed in the Hindi, Assamese and English languages.
Assam State Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Considered one of the best zoos in the country, the Assam State Zoo and Botanical Gardens are a popular tourist attraction in Assam and a wildlife paradise spanning over 430 acres. Situated in dense and vegetated forestry, in the middle of Guwahati’s Hengrabari Forest Area, this protected area still retains its natural charm and lies just a few kilometers south of the River Brahmaputra. With an assortment of captivating landscapes, abundant wildlife and a tranquil surrounding, the zoo has carved its niche in defining the ecological boundaries of the state within the country and beyond. The zoo house about 113 varied animal species, a beautiful botanical garden and has over ½ a million tourist and wildlife enthusiasts flocking the site throughout the year.
The Umananda Temple, located on the River’s Peacock Island is a quiet place of worship, built in reverence of Lord Shiva, inspired by his wife’s name and the concept of happiness. Situated on one of the smallest inhabited islands, the temple is surrounded not just with scenic beauty all over but also with a Divine aura that’s felt deeply by everyone visiting here. Built atop the Bhasmakala Hill, the temple’s crafted incredibly by local craftsmen and have 10 other deities residing in the shrine. The temple is significantly different in the way it conducts its practices, without any forced rituals in complete calm and serenity.
Credited for writing the Vashistha Ramayana, the Basistha Ashram is believed to have been built by Guru Vashishta and is also considered as his memorial. The writings of the Ramayana are still followed in the daily practices of numerous Indian houses, making the popularity of this site evident, with a blend of beautiful surroundings and its glorious architecture. The tranquil setting and picturesque structure invite visitors from far and wide.
Janardhana Temple is an ancient shrine situated on top of the Shukaleshwar Hill and is believed to be a 10th-century construct that was restructured in the 17th century. Aside from its religious significance, the temple is also renowned for its distinct architectural style that is built with an intricate blend of Hindu and Buddhist Designs, making it visually attractive and appealing to Devotees and Visitors.
Ugro Tara Temple, Lotaxil
A celebrated temple in Dispur, the Ugro Tara Temple was built in reverence of Goddess Tara and is visited by people to worship her, not in an Iconic form, but in the form of a water body that’s represented by a water-filled well. Located on Jor Pukhury Tank’s western end in the heart of Guwahati, the Ugratara Temple is a significant Shakti Shrine and as per an urban legend, it is said that the navel of Sati (who was Lord Shiva’s first companion) is associated with this temple.