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Wikipedia Guide
Guwahati (Assamese: গুৱাহাটী, Hindi: गुवाहाटी, previously spelled Gauhati) is a major city in eastern India, with a population of 818,809 (2001 census). The largest city in the North-East Region of India, it is considered by some to be the "gateway" to the region. Dispur, the capital of the Indian state of Assam, is located within the city. Guwahati is one of the most rapidly growing cities in India; during the past few decades it has experienced expansion and also a steep rise in population. According to a survey done by a UK media outlet, Guwahati is among the 100 fastest growing cities of the world, and is the 5th fastest growing among Indian cities. The city is situated between the southern bank of the Brahmaputra river and the foothills of the Shillong plateau, with LGB International Airport to the west, and the town of Narengi to the east. The city is gradually being expanded as North Guwahati to the northern bank of the Brahmaputra. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation, the city...      Read more at wikipedia...
Facts At A Glance
Area 78 sq. km
Population 22.00 thousands
Situated on the bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra, Guwahati is said to be the legendary Pragjyotishpur or City of Eastern Light - is the gateway to north eastern India. The name is a combination of two words: Guwa meaning areca nut and Hat meaning market. Guwahati is the commercial nerve centre of the North-East
Altitude : 55 metres
Best time to visit
Summer (April to June) temperatures vary between 25 and 40 degrees C. Winters (November to February) are chilly, especially at night. Guwahati lies in the monsoon belt and receives a good dose of rainfall through most of the year, particularly in August. Humidity is high throughout the year.
Best time to visit :
February to May, when it is pleasant without being too humid
How To Get There
By air:
Indian Airlines flights connect Borjhar Airport in Guwahati to Calcutta, Delhi, Agartala and Imphal. Jet Airways connects the city to Delhi, Calcutta and Bagdogra and Air Sahara links it to Delhi and Dibrugarh. Book a flight with any of the domestic airlines.
By train:
A number of trains, including the Rajdhani Express, links the city to Delhi and other major cities.
By road:
Guwahati is connected to the capitals of the other North-eastern states by government and private buses. The private bus-station is at Paltan Bazaar is located in the heart of the city. Cars are also available for hire.
Janardhan Temple, Navagrah Temple, Umananda Temple, Bhubaneshwari Devi Temple.
Assam Zoo and Botanical Gardens : 0700 to 1600 hrs (Sep to March)
Anthropological Museum : 1000 to 1600 hrs. Closed on University Holidays
Assam Forest Museum : 1000 to 1600 hrs (Mon to Fri), 1000 to 1300 hrs (Sat)
Cottage Industries Museum.
Museum of Animal Husbandry and Vaterinary Science
Assam State Museum : 1000 to 1630 hrs (Tue to Sat), 0800 to 1200 hrs (Sun)
Dept. of Historical & Antiquarium Research : 1000 to 1600 hrs. Sun Closed.
Travel Tips
Never plan a visit during the peak monsoons -- roughly from mid-June to mid-September. The rains are bad enough but the accompanying humidity will drain you completely. In Assam, always carry enough mosquito repellents to last for four persons, at least! Avoid the local buses; they're over-packed and slow.
Originally inhabited by several tribal groups, Assam was ruled by the Ahoms, a north-Burmese tribe, for 600 years from 13th century onwards. Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor who held sway over north India around the sixteenth century, tried to conquer Assam 17 times, but failed, because of the mighty Ahoms and the rigours of the humid climate. In one such attack, the dashing hero, Lachit Borphukan, even chopped off his maternal uncle's head when found lacking on the battlefield. Today, the spot is known as the 'Mumai kata gar' loosely meaning the place where Borphukan beheaded his uncle.
By the late 19th century, the British were well entrenched in the area. In 1900, the English set up Cotton College in Pan Bazaar, till date a premier college in north-eastern India. When Meghalaya was carved out of the erstwhile Assam in the seventies, the capital of Assam was set up in Dispur, the twin-city of Guwahati. The river Brahmaputra splits Guwahati into two parts. The Saraighat Bridge joins its two banks. North Guwahati is nothing more than a small township; all the commercial 'action' is in the south.
Getting Around
From the airport: You can catch the regular airline shuttle to the city (approximately 25km away) or hire a cab.
From the railway station: Pre-paid taxis or rented cars or three-wheelers are easily available. If your hotel is nearby and you're traveling light, cycle-rickshaws are the best option.
From the bus stand: Cabs or a three-wheelers are easily available.
In and around the city: Three-wheelers or cabs can be hired at every market corner. The best idea would be to hire a car in advance to avoid getting duped. For three-wheelers too, ask locals to help you fix the rate before you step in.
Tourist Information Centers
1) Government Of India Tourist Office, B.K.Kakati Road, Ulubari, Guwahati 781 007. Tel: 54-7407.
2) Directorate Of Tourism, Government of Assam, Station Road, Guwahati 781 007. Tel: 52-7102.
3) Assam Government Tourist Office, 8 Russel Street, Calcutta 700 016. Tel: 29-8331
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