The capital city of Assam and home to the world famous one-horned rhinoceros, Guwahati is one of the best places to visit in the northeast of India. With the mighty Brahmaputra River flowing through it and nature’s abundant beauty, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this charming city. It’s recommended to choose from the hotels in Guwahati located in the centre of the city so that travelling and sightseeing is simpler and hassle-free.
From temples to sanctuaries to museums, here is a list of the best places to visit in Guwahati:
Places to visit in Guwahati (List):
|Umananda Temple||Kamakhya Temple|
|Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary||Dipor Bil|
|Assam State Museum||Kaziranga National Park|
|Guwahati Zoo||Fancy Bazaar|
|Nehru Park||Guwahati Planetarium|
|Navagraha Temple||Madan Kamdev|
1. Umananda Temple, Guwahati
Located on the beautiful Peacock Island which is the smallest inhabited island, the Umananda Temple is a sight to behold. Surrounded by the mighty River Brahmaputra, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It sees crowds of devotees throughout the year, especially during the festival of Maha Shivratri.
If you do not wish to visit the temple, you can take a tour of the island and enjoy its understated beauty. The only way to reach Peacock Island is by water, so get ready for a memorable ferry ride!
- Timings: 5:30 am to 6:00 pm
- Ferry Cost: INR 20 onwards
2. Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati
A visit to Guwahati is incomplete without exploring the Kamakhya Temple, located atop the Nilachal Hill. Dedicated to Devi Kamakhya, which is another name for Goddess Durga, the temple is among the oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. It is also counted among the most important Hindu pilgrimage spots in the country and has many interesting legends associated with it. Read more – Things to do in Guwahati
The best time to visit the temple is during the observance of the Ambubachi Mela. It is believed that the Goddess menstruates during this period, and thus the temple is closed for 5 days. It reopens for visitors on the 6th day with a grand fair, after performing the cleansing rituals.
- Timings: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm to 5:15 pm
3. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Guwahati
It’s well-known that Guwahati is the land of great wildlife, and a holiday here should definitely include a visit to the beautiful Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Spanning over an area of 40 km, the sanctuary is home to the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, the River Dolphin and the Oriental Pied Hornbill.
There are 2000 migratory birds and reptiles which call the sanctuary their home and if you are a wildlife enthusiast, Pobitora shouldn’t be missed! The first safari begins at 6:30 in the morning, and if you’d like to catch the sunrise in the forest, then you definitely shouldn’t miss the morning safari.
- Distance from Guwahati: 55 km
- Timings: 6:30 am to 5:00 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indians, INR 500 for Foreign Nationals
- Jeep Safari Fee: INR 2000
4. Dipor Bil, Guwahati
A stunning freshwater lake in the city of Guwahati, Dipor Bil or Deepor Beel is home to a huge variety of birds. Among the more notable bird species, the Kingfisher, Fishing Eagle, Whistling Teal and Pintail are some of the rare varieties that you’ll encounter here. This deepwater lake gets its water from the rivers of Basistha and Kalamini and it is considered to be the largest lake in the Brahmaputra valley. The place is a haven for birdwatchers but even if that is not your favourite activity, you should definitely include it in your itinerary. The best time to visit this place is from October through March.
- Distance from Guwahati: 13 km
- Timings: 24 hours
5. Assam State Museum, Guwahati
Built in the 1940s, the Assam State Museum takes you for an intriguing journey through Northeast India. Situated in the city centre, this place is a must-visit for history buffs and those who are interested in the rich culture of the Northeast. Showcasing an extensive collection of sculptures, handicrafts, arms and artefacts, the museum traces back the ancient as well as the modern history of the region.
Summer – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Winter – 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(Closed on Mondays, 2nd and 4th Saturdays)
- Entry Fee: INR 5
6. Kaziranga National Park, Guwahati
A holiday in Guwahati wouldn’t be complete without visiting the world-famous Kaziranga National Park. Home to a huge population of the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, this national park is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. It is absolutely thrilling to see the wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s best to opt for the morning safari since it’s far less crowded and there are more chances of sightings. Among the rare animals, Chinese Pangolin, Bengal Fox and Gibbon are definitely what you can spot. The best months to explore these wild terrains are April, May, and November to February.
- Distance from Guwahati: 190 km
- Safari Timings: 8:00 am to 10:00 am, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indians and INR 500 Foreign Tourists
7. Guwahati Zoo, Guwahati
A part of the Hengrabari Reserve Forest, Guwahati Zoo offers an unexpected tryst with nature. The zoo shares its border with the Botanical Garden and is situated over a vast expanse of land. It is considered to be the green lung of the otherwise crowded city and is home to a number of rare animals and birds. You must also visit the zoo museum and take a look at the unique Herbarium collection which has more than 500 species of indigenous flora. It takes at least a couple of hours to cover the entire area so ensure you have enough time in hand.
- Timings: 7:00 am to 4:30 pm (Closed on Fridays)
- Entry Fee: INR 10
8. Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati
Fancy Bazaar is the bustling hotspot of the city and is one of the best places to visit in Guwahati if you’d like to experience the local life. It is located in the centre of the city and is one of the popular markets in the city for souvenirs, Assam silks and regional food. From small shops closely packed together to new, upcoming showrooms – the market is just as charming as it is welcoming.
- Timings: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
9. Nehru Park, Guwahati
Located within the city, Nehru Park can offer you respite from the chaos of the city. There is an activity area for children, musical fountains and rows of vibrant flowers in the park but its most striking feature are the sculptures depicting the famous dance forms of Northeast including Ojapali, Bihu and Bor Taal. The park also has an open air theatre where local artists can perform and showcase their craft.
- Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 10 per person
10. Guwahati Planetarium, Guwahati
The Guwahati Planetarium offers a glimpse into the secrets of the universe and is a great way to spend your time if you are travelling with children and young adults. Located at the very accessible MG Road, the planetarium takes one through sky watching sessions detailing the history and the evolution of the universe. Since there is limited seating in the planetarium, it’s best to reach early. With shows in both English and Assamese, you may want to check their schedule to attend the session of your choice.
11:00 am to 4:00 pm (Monday-Saturday)
Open 24 hours on Sunday
- Entry Fee: INR 30 per person
- Travel Tip: The sessions in English take place every two hours, so plan your itinerary accordingly.
11. Navagraha Temple, Guwahati
A visit to the Navagraha Temple promises to remain with you as an interesting experience. The temple is dedicated to the nine celestial bodies of astrological significance, represented in the form of Lingas. The Sun God sits in the centre, draped in red cloth. If the ways of the celestial world interest you, then a visit to this 18th-century temple is a must. It is important to note, Pragjyotishapura which is the ancient name of Assam originated from this temple.
- Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
- Puja Time: 7:00 am to 10:00 am
- Trivia: The temple is an astronomical and astrological centre in Assam.
12. Madan Kamdev, Guwahati
An archaeological and historical place of interest, Madan Kamdev is spread over a considerable expanse of land and houses scattered ruins of artefacts, murals and sculptures. The sculptures still hold intricate carvings and if art and crafts interest you, this is going to be a great experience. The site itself is perched on top of a hill, and there is also a Madan Kamdev temple in the area. As it is located a little away from the city, it’s best to ensure your cab or auto stay on for the duration of your trip.
- Distance from Guwahati: 40 km
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Frequently Asked Questions About Guwahati:
Q: When is the best time to visit Guwahati?
A: Owing to its humid subtropical climate, Guwahati is best visited during the winter months of October through March when the weather is pleasant and the minimum temperature barely reaches 5 degree Celsius.
Q: Can I reach Guwahati by air?
A: Guwahati is served by Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, which services direct flights scheduled to and from most of the important Indian cities and even a few international destinations including Bangkok and Singapore.
Q: What are other ways to reach Guwahati besides flights?
A: Guwahati is well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and more by train. From main cities in the Northeast, buses are a preferred option. NH 31, NH 37 and NH 40 also pass through Guwahati, making it easily accessible by road as well.
Q: What modes of transport are available to travel within Guwahati?
A: If you're looking for a cheap mode, local service buses are ideal to get around Guwahati. Other available options include taxis, autos and rental bikes and cars.
Q: Suggest some things to do in Guwahati with family.
A: Boating, sunset cruise, jungle safari, birdwatching and picnicking are some of the most popular activities in Guwahati for you and your family to indulge in.
Q: What to shop for in Guwahati and from where?
A: Guwahati's Fancy Bazaar offers a range of souvenirs for you to take back home including Assamese hats (jaapi), cotton towels (gamochas), tea, ethnic outfits and handicrafts. Maati Centre is another popular shopping place in Guwahati for handicrafts and textiles.
Q: How is the nightlife in Guwahati?
A: Little do people know that Guwahati's nightlife is always abuzz with activities. Some places where you can experience its vibrant night scene are Terra Maya, Topaz 2.0, Cafe Hendrix, Underdogg and XS.
Q: As a foodie, what are some things that I must try in Guwahati?
A: Khorika -- the traditional Assamese-style barbecue, fried silkworms, lucchi with curry and payash (sticky rice pudding) are some of the exotic Assamese food delicacies that are a must-try, when in Guwahati.
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