Places to Visit near Guwahati – Sightseeing

Guwahati is one of the oldest and largest cities of Assam. It is titled as the “Gateway of Northeast” to enter into to “Seven Sisters” viz. Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Aunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. This riparian port city can be able to enhance the tourism industry due to several reasons. The vertical growth of large numbers of Hindu Temples is one of a major ways of tourist attraction. The existence of these holy shrines helps to add a title of “City of Temples” for Guwahati. Even this Capital of Assam is also the Circuit City of Dispur.

Positioned between the foothills of the tableland of Shillong and the rippling bank of the river Brahmaputra, Guwahati is blessed with tons of astonishing tourist spots and destinations to rejuvenate the tourists. With ancient sites, holy shrines, thrilling wildlife and above all the scenic beauty Guwahati is flourishing day by day and as one of the fastest growing city already achieved a feather of competence in its crown.

Guwahati Planetarium
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Have a look on a short description of some important tourist destinations of Guwahati from which the travel may become benefitted.

1. Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya Temple is one of 51 Shakti Peetham in India where the charm (Tantra) adoration lords it over. The famous temple is linked with the Indian God Lord Shiva and the mythological death incarnation Daksha Yagna.

Kamakhya Temple Assam
By Suhas Dutta

But the main deity is Maa Kamakhya to whom the holy sanctum is dedicated to. The divine being, Maa Kamakhya resides at the lap of the colossal Nilachal Hills and the ever flowing Brahmaputra River. There is enough causes to make rush of tourists, pilgrims and nature lovers.

Mostly the visitors offer worship to Maa Kamakhya. Erected on the top of the hills, the awe-inspiring scenic beauty and the sculpted temple walls with Hindu Gods and Goddesses, the interesting Yoni of female deities along with Chamundeswari, Ganesha and dancing figures of Indian mythological characters easily attract endless visitors towards this comely holy shrine.

2. Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary

Guwahati city is enriched with various tourist points and Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary has reached this city in travel guide books among these spots. Basically it is a bird sanctuary with the area of more than 1sq miles.

Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary
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This sanctuary is shaped with a permanent fresh water body in 1989. This wetland is the fantastic homeland of varieties birds. Even this sanctuary is declared as “Important Bird Area” by the Birdlife International for conservation purpose.

Being an erstwhile waterway of River Brahmaputra, the DBWS has abided the different kinds of flora and fauna. From various species of Phytoplankton to emergent vegetations, from captivating migratory bird species to different faunal species make the “Gateway of Northeast” one of the very attractive tourist places near Guwahati. So people from different areas come to visit this Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary as a perfect blend of ecosystem.

3. Assam State Museum

Dighali Pukhuri Water Tank is the heart of Guwahati according to the location and diversity. At the southern end of it is quite significant place from the angle of tourism. A gorgeous Assam State Museum is situated at this area since 1940.

Assam State Museum

The Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti under Assam Research Society was the founding authority of this largest multifunctional museum. This spectacular museum is the stalwart to the customs and traditions of Assam Heritage with evocative and impressive exhibition of the ancient culture of this state. The compendium of age old period pieces such as ivory paintings of prehistoric era, metals used at that time, sculptures, woodworks, costumes and many more displayed here.

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The museum is always upgraded with continuous modifying lifestyle and culture of the Ahom Community. Beginning from the tribal musical instruments to the attires of the inhabitants is displayed ravishingly in this museum. Various replicas of tribal shacks and huts which reflect the lifestyle of those days can be observed by walking around the museum.

The Assam State Museum is a great source of encyclopedic works through the massive collections of books, periodicals, journals and many more biographies and culture and mythology rich stocks which attract loads of visitors to enter the museum.

4. Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra

The Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra at Guwahati obtains the name from the follower of Vaishnava religion saint Srimanta Sankardeva. The Kalakshetra means the cultural center. So this cultural center is quite interesting sightseeing in Guwahati which is admired by the tourists from all over the world. To pay homage to Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva and his selfless offering to the sacred and cultural development of this state and the inhabitants, this platform is established only 10km away from the “Gateway of Northeast,” Guwahati city.

Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra
By Bishnu Saikia [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This cultural center is the great evidence of ethnic Assamese architectural designs through structural buildings and houses. As there is an amphitheater associated with Ahom culture at Sivasagar district in Assam and it is quite popular, the committee built a replica of that Rang Ghar in this Sankardev Kalakshetra premises.

This cultural point has been framed as a resplendent elucidation of the Assamese traditional and cultural life, of its assorted racial communities and sub-communities who have formed the cultural blend which is the spirit of Assam, in all the grace and grandeur.

Titled after the renowned unifier of this state and one of the prominent consolidators of fifteenth century’s Indian Society, Srimanta Sankardeva, this center strives to grab and deliver the ethos of the wise prophet’s enlightenment, which sermonized the piece of advice of unity in miscellany, hymned the song of triumphant Bharata-Bharsha and the ubiquitous alliance of man. The institution endeavors for the caring, mending, exploration, furtherance and evolution of the affluent cultural heritage of the different tribal groups occupying Assam.

However, the central attraction of this institution is the central museum. This museum is a great collection of artifacts and traditional articles of Ahom culture. This cultural organization established in 1990 and the Artistic Excellence of Assam is the central funding authority. Globetrotters can enjoy and witness a children’s park, art gallery and museum to blend themselves with the essence of Assamese.

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