Assam: Guwahati

 

Guwahati:
The city is famous as the entrance to the north-eastern India. The city, situated at the southern banks of Brahmaputra River, is positioned at a height of 55 meters from the plains. The pleasant weather and fascinating Brahmaputra attract a large number of tourists to Assam. The temperature varies from 10 degree to 32.2 degree Celsius.
 


Well stretched tea gardens on the landscapes of Assam offer teas which are appreciated and valued through out the world for its taste.
 


The city was quite popular to rest of the Indian states for its singular culture and business affairs. The city is getting bedecked with the contemporary amenities which were unavailable few years back. A large number of people, belonging to dissimilar religions, are congregating in the metropolis and it gives a birth to a diversified cultural values.
 


Divine Kamakhya temple, vicious brahmaputra River, and 2 storied bridge on Brahmaputra are the coveted spots. The kachari ground, located at the opposite side of Nehru Park, on the banks of Brahmaputra, is an interesting place. The small island, Bhaswachal, located at the opposite side of the court, is well known in the propinquity as Peacock Island. Take the warmth of the deity, Shiva, residing in the Umanand temple. Two ancient temples, adjacent to the Umanand temple, are in ruins now. You can also watch the wreck of Urbashi, situated in the middle of the River Brahmaputra. Temple lovers should also visit Hanumaan temple.
 


Janardan temple, on the Sukleshwar bank, depicts the mixture of Hindu and Buddhist architectural excellences. Renovation of the temple has restored its old charm a bit. Enjoy the shining vista of the banks of the river along with the adjoining park during the sunset.
 


To carry the splendid memories of the city don’t forget to buy the furniture, built by bamboo, and Assam silk. Handicrafts of Assam have always attracted a large number of tourists to Ganeshpuri road, Guwahati.
 


Assam state museum, situated at aambari, is open for general public most of the days. Don’t miss out the exhibition at Guwahati Planetorium, Ujaan Bazar which continues for 35 minutes. If you want to witness the culture and economy of old Assam then visit Assam state collection centre, Dighalipukhur. The regional science centre at Khanapara, was the first collection centre of scientific equipments in Assam.
 


Nabagraha temple, about 3 km towards the eastern side of Chitrachal hills, was a place where the passionate and fervent astrologers used to practice astrology. On that historical note the place had also been named as Pragjotishpur. Seven idols, depicting seven planets, are established there. Idols of the other two planets were missing there due to the unavailability of a high end telescope.
 


Kamkhya temple, located at a distance of 10 km towards the north-southern side of the city, at an elevation of 535 feet, atop the Shiva hills, is the most famous temple of Assam. The temple is one of the 51 holy shakti pithas of the Hindu pilgrims. The temple is comprised of three major chambers and seven peaks. These three chambers built on the three golden lotuses show the richness of the temple. The idols and walls of the temple offer a sophisticated architectural sight. The cave where the deity resides at creates a spiritual ambience in the middle of the natural light and darkness. There is no provision of electricity. This is the only temple where the yoni of the deity is worshipped. The spring, coming out of the shrine, is a pleasing site. Pilgrims think that the water has a medicinal power. The temple has a number of tales associated with it and devotees come repeatedly to fulfill their wishes and desires. During the Ambuvaci festival, the menstruation of the Goddess Kamakhya is celebrated. Watch the idol of the deity, covered by her attire, in low lights of the diya and get the blessings of the deity. The observed fiesta attracts a large number of devotees to watch the spring of Devikunda (the main shrine) which runs red with iron oxide resembling menstrual fluid. Animals’ sacrifices are the norms and rituals in kamakhya temple. Devotees are congregating on the premise on this propitious carnival from far away places. The temple remains closed for three days during Ambuvaci. The colorful procession of the marriage of Devi Kamakhya in the month of Poush (According to Bengali calendar year) is another divine carnival here. Apart from the mentioned carnivals, there are a lot of festivals celebrated through out the year in Kamakhya. The cultural elegance and romanticism are the charms of the temple. People who think that they have committed sin must come and take a bath in Soubhagya Kunda, the small pond located at the front end of the temple. The main temple is the central attraction whereas Dashmahavidya, Sidheshwari, and Kameshwar are the other temples surrounding it.
 


Shivananda yoga ashram, located at the opposite side of the Kamakhya bus stand, is the hospital which takes the responsibility to cure you by yoga.
 


If you visit Kamakhya temple, then you should not miss out the spiritual Bubaneshwar temple, at an altitude of 165 meters from the Kamakhya temple. Take a walk higher up or hire a car to go to see one of the goddesses of education, Devi Bhubaneshwari. The bird’s eye view of Guwahati city and Brahmaputra River downside are really astonishing. Walk around the temple compound and enjoy the spectacle of the colorful and vibrant flowers.
 


The Kamakhya temple is connected to Nehru Park by bus and by share taxis. If you are a nature lover then you can take a walk through the beautiful natural milieu to Kamakhya temple from the foothills of Pandu, Assam.
 


The locality of Pandu has been formed around the railway corridor. Pandunath, the main temple of Pandu, is situated atop the tila, on the banks of the feral River Brahmaputra. It is believed that Pandavas had stayed here during their exile. To remember that fastidious occasion, their idols were also built in Pandu. Besides the idols of Pandavas, a number of idols exist in Pandu which deserve a visit. But due to the carelessness the idols are gradually loosing their mystic charm. But you can still watch the ruins of these idols and appreciate the architectural elegance of these idols.
 


Vashishta Ashram, previously known as Tapavan of the saint, Vashishta, is located at 12 km away from the humdrum city. The ashram is popularly known to have the footprints and idol of the saint, Vashista. The untamed streams of Sndhya, Lalita and Kanta are meeting at the adjoining premise to form Vashista Ganga (tributary of the Ganges). Walk down to the village, keeping the Ganges at one side and watch the diversity of pebbly elephant idols at the roadside. The forte of these idols is the position of the God Ganesh. The Ganesh is residing inside the elephant idol. If you are tired then take rest in the restrooms which are dedicatedly designed for you. The village will not let you down if you are a temple lover. The Shiva temple in the Ashram premise and Radhakrishna temple are the imperative attractions for the spiritual people. City buses are connecting the place to both GNB Road and Station Road Junction.
 


Avail a conducted tour to visit Assam State Zoo comfortably. The zoo offers you a fascinating natural vista along with its variety of denizens. The Botanical Garden, adjacent to the zoo, showcases a lot of known and unknown species of vegetations.
 


Guwahati university, adjoining Nrividya museum, Assam forest museum, cottage industries museum, Dighalipakhuri district library, art galley on library ground, Gandhi mandap, Nehru stadium, Kanaklata indoor stadium, B.P Chaliha swimming pool, Nurul Amin tennis complex, oil refinery, Musical fountain in Nehru Park, open air restaurant are the other sought after tourists destinations of Guwahati. To get rid of your tiredness, refresh yourself by yachting on Dighalpukhuri Lake. In the evening you can even take a walk on the banks of Brahputra River and enjoy the lifestyles of the affable Assamese.
 


How to reach: Guwahati is well connected to other cities of India by road, by railways and by air. Trains are going to Guwahati from Kolkata everyday.
 


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