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Attractions in Guwahati

The Janardhan Temple - The temple is situated on the hillock Suklesvar in the heart of the city. The temple consecrated in the 10th century was rebuilt in the 17th century. The temple houses an image of the Lord Buddha, which is a unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.
The Umanda Temple - A temple of Lord Shiva is constructed in the middle of river Brahmaputra, on the island of Umananda. The temple can be reached by crossing the river, via country boats plying from Kachari Ghat. The place resembles a beehive during Shiva Ratri, when pilgrims from all over flock to the island, packed in boats. The State Museum is another attraction of the city which has exhibits dating back to the 7th century AD, ranging from stone sculptures to bronzes.
The Umanda Temple, Guwahati
The Kamakhya Temple - Kamakhya Temple on Nilachal Hill, 8 km west of the city is believed to be an ancient 'Khasi' sacrificial site. The temple dedicated to the Goddess Kamakshya is one of the oldest and most sacred centre for Shakti worship and Tantric Hinduism. The original 10th century temple was destroyed by Muslim converts but was rebuilt in 1665 by King Naranarayana of Koch Bihar. The sikhara or spire is in the shape of a beehive and it has the nymph motifs and the long turtle back hall. Archaeologists have dated the stone images and other relics found around the temple to the eighth century onwards. It attracts pilgrims from all over India, especially during the Ambubachi Festival which usually falls around July. The ponds here are home to some giant turtles. There is a majestic view of the city and the Brahmaputra river from the hill top.

Navagraha Temple - Navagraha temple or temple of nine planets is situated on Chitrachal Hill to the east of the town. It was the ancient seat of study of astronomy and astrology. The nine planets are represented by the nine linga's inside the main temple. This temple just 3 km from the railway station is still a center of Astrological and Astronomical research.

Basistha Ashram - Believed to be the Hermitage of sage Basistha (Vasistha), this Ashram is an important place of pilgrimage and a place of natural beauty with three mountain streams Sandhya, Lalita, and Kanta flowing nearby. Its scenic beauty makes it an ideal picnic spot.


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Kaziranga Sancturary near Guwahati

Kaziranga Sancturary -This National Park is located 215 Km away from Guwahati, at Kohora. This park houses several species of animals, including the Indian one-horned rhino, swamp deer, hog deer, wild pig, hoolock, wild buffalos, sambar gibbon, pythons, tiger and elephants. It also has a rich variety of shallow water fowls, the egrets, pond herons, river terns, fishing eagles, adjutant storks, black necked storks etc It is also the breeding place of pelicans. The river here has the gharial (fish eating crocodile) and dolphins.


Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary -
The Nameri National Park covers an area of 200 sq. kms. Apart from a sizeable population of endangered species like White Winged Duck, Nameri National Park can boast of the Khasi hill terrain or the Assam reefed turtle once believed to be extinct. Besides these, elephants, deer, tiger, black bear, birds and numerous species of orchids can be seen.

Majuli - Majuli is the world's biggest riverine island, which is nestled in the lap of the Brahmaputra river. This picturesque place is quite famous for being the centre of the Vaishnava ‘Satra’ culture, founded by the Assamese poet, composer and philosopher Sri Sankaradev in the 15th century. Today, only 22 satras are preserved here, which function as centres for Assamese Art. Of these, some notable ones are: Bengenaati Satra, Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Anuiati Satra, Gaamurh Satra and Shamaguri Satra.

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