Guwahati - The Destination
Guwahati, the capital city of the northeastern state of Assam, was formerly known as
Pragjyotishpur (the City of Eastern Light). Its name is derived from two Assamese words,
Guwa" meaning areca nut and Haat, meaning market. Placed ideally between the picturesque hills of the
eastern flanks of the Himalayan mountain range, Guwahati houses the political capital of the state, Dispur.
The gateway to the seven other northeastern states, Guwahati is a vital tourist link point, besides being
an attraction in itself.
Guwahati has a unique magical charm. Maybe, the magic of the demon king Narakasura,
who built the ancient city, still rings the air. Or possibly, it emanates from the Nabagraha
Temple (temple of nine planets), the seat of astronomers who perform their miracle even today.
Or you may discover the magical charm in the sunset viewed from the Bhubaneswari hill, as
you look down upon the crimson ripples of the Brahmaputra, caressing the pale pink city.
If you have a religious bent of mind, Guwahati can be a soul-cleansing
experience. Kamakhya, atop the Nilachal Hills via a vital centre of
tantric form, is a Shaivaites dream come true; Nabagraha, Sukleaswar are notable places of
Hindu pilgrimage. Hajo, a few kilometres from the city, is an important pilgrimage for the
Hindus, the Muslims and the Buddhists. For a day of peace and solitude, spend it in Vasisthasram,
the hermitage of Saint Vasistha or cruise on the river Brahmaputra in a luxury river ferry.
You may explore the mysterious beauty of Chandubi lake and its banks strewn with old relics, on
a boat cruise or you can even fish in its waters... there is something for everybody.
|Guwahati - Facts
at a Glance
||27.5 sq km|
||22 C – 38 C (Summer)|
10 C – 25 C (Winter)
||Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, English|
|Best Season :
||October - April|
History of Guwahati
There is a magical aura that continues to linger over the ever-expanding city. The demon king
Narkasura is said to have built this ancient city. Another reason for Guwahati's charm is
it's being the ancient 'Kamrup', the birthplace of Kamdeva, the God of Love.