The North-Eastern parts of India have their mystic charm and have some incredible destinations for travelers. Guwahati in Assam is one of the most beautiful destinations in the North-East. Guwahati has on offer one of the most exciting synthesis of ancient culture and modern life. While on the one hand there are some historic ancient temples, there is also a vibrant and exciting nightlife which pleases a lot of tourists to Guwahati. The majestic Brahmaputra river passes through the city and there are countless attractions in this beautiful city. So pack your bags and set the wanderer in you free and prepare for some fun activities in Guwahati.
List of things that you must not miss out on while in Guwahati:
A Romantic Cruise on the Brahmaputra
This is especially an attractive destination for the couples for a romantic time on the Brahmaputra. Embrace the fresh and cool Brahmaputra breeze during a romantic candlelight dinner or during the breathtaking sunrise and sunset that you can experience here. One of the popular cruise lines here is the Alfresco Grand and they have sunset cruise from 5:30-6:30 PM and dinner cruise from 8-10 PM.
Head towards Café Hendrix for an amazing musical evening
This is surely the café to head to if you happen to be a music lover. Alongside the lip-smacking delicacies on offer, the café is also a destination for the best musicians from the North-East. You will be entertained with some amazing Jazz and Electric blues for a mesmerizing evening.
A Wildlife Tour at the Pobitora Sanctuary
The photography enthusiasts will find this one of the most attractive destinations in Guwahati. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the famous one-horned rhinoceros. Besides these, the sanctuary is also home to some exotic birds, elephants, and other animals and since the sightings are common, you can be sure to get some amazing shots during your visit.
Spend peaceful leisure by the Deepor Beel Lake
The tourists who fancy a nice water body and like the idea of some quiet time by the clear still lake must not miss out on Deepor Beel Lake. This is one of the biggest lakes in the Brahmaputra valley and has an amazing ambience. Especially during the winter months, this place is bustling with migratory birds and is a treat for the bird-lovers.
The religious site of Kamakhya Temple where Tantrik Shaktism cult is practiced
This is a shrine for Goddess Kamakhya or the Goddess of Desire. Since it is regarded as an extremely holy site, religious devotees always throng this place in thousands. You can, however, evade the long queues with a special ticket for INR 500. The temple site remains open from 9:30 in the morning till around 1 PM-3 PM when the bhog is served.
Gather some knowledge at the Assam State Museum
Many tourists are keen on having a good understanding of the local culture and gain some insightful knowledge about the locality. The Assam State Museum is the best place to visit for them where they can learn about the Ahom culture and folklore that is associated with it. Some of the artifacts in this museum are as old as the seventh century and this is regarded as one of the finest museums in the North-East. For an entry fee of just INR 5, you can enter the museum from 10-4:30 AM.
Indulge in some stargazing at the Guwahati Planetarium
For the Astro-lovers, this will be a real treat. You can enjoy the shows put up by the planetarium and be engulfed with the experience of staring at the stars. The shows are conducted in English, Hindi and Assamese languages and the entry fee for this place is INR 30. It stays open from 11 AM to 4 PM.
The historic and majestic Saraighat bridge
This is the bridge that connects the rest of India with the North-East. Apart from this, this architectural splendor on the Brahmaputra river also has great historical significance. It is at this place that the battles were waged between the Mughals and the Ahoms. The journey through this bridge is a must-have experience during your trip to Guwahati. If it is possible then take a bike ride and cross this bridge.
Entertain your tastebuds at Foodvilla
The perfect travel is incomplete without the right food. Experiencing the local cuisine is a part of every trip and during your stay in Guwahati, Foodvilla will provide you with the most authentic and delicious local cuisine. You will find some unconventional recipes and you might pick up a taste for the local food. Either way, it is definitely worth giving a try.
The Assam State Zoo: Ideal for the family outing
The best thing about the Assam State Zoo is probably the ambience. You get to have the zoo experience on the backdrop of the Madgharia Hills. The zoo houses several animals like rhino, elephants, and pelicans. The zoo is massive and is a hit among the kids who are greatly entertained by the flora and fauna of the place and the numerous animals.
Umananda Temple Trip for the devotee in you
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is located in the Peacock islands in the Brahmaputra river. There are boat services to take you there in half an hour and the trip will cost you INR 50. During the travel, you will get to see the golden langoors as well. Make your prayer and enjoy the mesmerizing ambience of the place.
The Khajuraho of Assam
The site is called Madan Kamdev and has some of the ancient scriptures of the God of Love. This place has some architectural wonders in the form of amazing artwork through inscriptions. The carvings and inscriptions are so perfect that it is sure to leave you stunned about the artist’s skills.
These experiences and many more await you in Guwahati. The city has so much to offer that it would be unwise to miss out on such an enriching trip. Simply abide by the local laws and have the vacation of a lifetime.