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5 Best places to visit in Guwahati, Assam

Best places to visit in Guwahati, Assam

Every cities of Assam are unique in its own way and each of them has something different to offer to its visitors, one of which we are going to explore today is about Guwahati, which is the largest city of Assam and being the largest urban area of the North Eastern region, it stands as the gateway of seven sisters of North East. There are several spots that are worthy to visit, among which 5 best places to visit in Guwahati, Assam are been opted and discussed briefly further down. Guwahati is situated on the southern bank of the river Brahmaputra. Its district is Kamrup. It comprises a population of 957,352 according to the 2011 census. It holds the largest Zoo of the North East which comprises diverse species of flora and fauna. 
 The ancient and well known Hindu temples are been situated here which have legendary stories behind it. Its educational institutions are popularly known by all. It holds up good educational centres. Some of the specific places you would like to cherish are Kamakhya Temple, Umananda Temple, Guwahati Zoo, Guwahati Planterium etc. Each of these  best places to visit in Guwahati, Assam holds up special significance. Let's have a look upon and have a brief idea about each of them.

5 Best places to visit in Guwahati, Assam

Kamakhya Temple


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The Kamakhya temple, built during 8th to 17th century, is located at the Nilachal hill, situated at the western part of Guwahati. It is the most oldest temple of the country. As the name signifies, this temple is specifically dedicated to Lord Kamakhya. The ten Mahavidyas also hold their significance and they are Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Bhairavi, Matangi and Kamalatmika. Among these the first seven Mahavidyas have their individual temples. The structure of this temple with a huge dome, is being designed elegantly and uniquely. It is accompanied by four chambers and they are Garbagriha, Calanta, Pancharatna and Natamandir. The well known and important festival celebrated in this temple is the Ambubachi festival, which signifies the fertility of Goddess Kamakhya. The Nilanchal hills holds up an amazing view making this temple look more alluring. The duration of time to visit here is from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and again from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Umananda Temple


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Another prestigious temple worth to visit is the Umananda temple, which was built from 1681 to 1696 by Ahom King Gadadhar Singha. It is located at  the top of the Bhasmakala hill, situated at the Peacock island which is the smallest island of the world, further situated in the middle of the river Brahmaputra. Due to the treacherous damage caused by the 1897 earthquake, it was rebuilt by a devotee of Lord Shiva who was a rich merchant. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva along with ten other idols some of which are Surya, Ganesha, Vishnu. The significant festival celebrated here is Maha Shivratri. This very temple is beautifully structured and designed by Assamese workmen. The calm and peaceful environment around it, makes the temple to outstand it's beauty. The duration of time to visit here is from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Guwahati Zoo


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The Guwahati Zoo, also known as the Assam State Zoo was established in the year 1958 and is the largest zoo of the north eastern region, which comprises an area of 432 acres. It is located at the Hengrabari Reserve Forest of Guwahati. It possess 895 animals having 118 species. The specific animals found here are one horn rhino, tiger, lion, leopard, elephant, hollock gibbon, leopard cat, jungle cat, golden langur, Himalayan black bear etc. The birds species are steppe eagle, rosy pelican, storks, macaw, cassowary, parakeets etc. It's not less than a paradise consisting of numerous wildlife in it. The duration of time to visit here is from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Guwahati Planterium


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The Guwahati Planterium, is an astronomical centre, located at MG road, Dighali Pukhuri of Guwahati. At this specific spot, the expansion of the infinite universe is been explained in a most distinct and fascinating way. These explanations are forwarded to the visitors through special shows of a duration of 2 hours, like sky watching etc. Workshops, seminars, conferences, exhibitions and quizzes are also held. The preferred languages which are use as a medium of the shows are English, Assamese and Hindi. It comprises of an unique hybrid planterium projection system, which makes it distinct at the entire north eastern region. This planterium is the most delightful and worthy platform to explore about the universe. The duration of time to visit here is from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Basistha Temple 

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The Basistha temple, was constructed in the year 1764 by the Ahom King Rajeswar Singha. It is located at the top of the Sandyachal hills situated at Beltola, which is at the banks of a stream at south east part of the city. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This very temple is believed to be founded by Basistha, who was a great  saint. 835 bighas of land was contributed for the development of the Basistha Ashram. This ashram is dedicated to the writings of the Hindu epic of Basistha Ramayana. The duration of time to visit here is from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Thus, we explored about the 5 best places to visit in Guwahati, Assam. The offerings that nature provide us both in its physical and man made perspective has an never ending path. The more we explore, the more we are going to be fascinated. If you are planning to explore this largest urban city that is Guwahati, the above mentioned spots are worth to visit. Although there are numerous spots to visit in this city, but these 5 best places to visit in Guwahati, Assam are very much fascinating and worthy to visit upon.

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