Guwahati, the capital of Assam is situated at the bank of the Brahmaputra River. Guwahati derived its name from two Assamese words Guwa, which means betel nut and Haat, meaning market. It is the most popular holy destinations in north east India. With one of the most important holy place of the Hindus, the Indian Institute of Technology and the kamakhya temple are most amazing places. Kamakhya temple is renowned as the most sacred of all the tantrik shrines in the world. The Bhubaneswar Temple is another famous temple that is located on a higher altitude than the Kamakhya Temple and provides view of the Guwahati city.
Tourist Attractions in Guwahati:
Kamakhya Temple: Kamakhya Temple is situated at a distance of 9 km away from the railway station. This temple is known worldwide. It is the best among the tantrik shrines of Shakti worship in the world. Kamakhya Temple was built in 10th century by the Koch king, Naranarayan. Even today, animals are sacrificed to please the Goddess.
Assam State Museum: Assam State Museum is represents the unique culture and tradition of the northeastern state. Assam’s state museum is one of the major tourist attractions in Guwahati, located near the centre of city. This museum is displaying collections such as archeology, iconography, epigraphy and even numismatics.
Umananda Temple: The Umananda Temple was built in Guwahati in 1594, by the Ahom King of Assam. It is one of the most visited temples in Assam. This temple is situated in the middle of the river Brahmaputra on an island called Peacock Island. Umananda Temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. The only way to reach this temple is to board ferries and motor launches available at the Umananda Ghat.
Navagraha Temple: Navagraha Temple is also called temple of nine planets. It is situated on a hill in the eastern part of the city. Navagraha temple is dedicated to the nine planets of the solar system- Moon (Chandra, Soma), Venus (Sukra), Mercury (Buddh), Mars (Mangal), Jupiter (Brihaspati), Sun (Surya, Ravi), and Saturn (Sani). Two more were later incorporated, Rahu (dragon’s head) and Ketu, (the dragon’s tail).
Bhuvaneswari Temple: Bhuvaneswari Temple is a popular temple, situated on the top of the Nilachal Hill at Guwahati. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneswari. From this temple, tourists can have a bird’s eye view of the town of Guwahati.
Hajo: Hajo is a small town, located at a distance of 30 km away from northwest of Guwahati. Hajo in Assam is a sacred place, where three religions - Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists meets. It is popular for its bell metal work. There is a Muslim mosque called Pao Mecca built by Pir Ghiyasuddin Auliya.
Vashistha Ashram: Vashistha Ashram is situated at a distance of 12 km from railway stations. This ashram is believed to be the home of famous sage Basistha, also known as Vashistha. It is an important pilgrimage center, which was built by the Ahom king. The various natural and artificial lakes like Dighalipukhuri, Silpukhuri, Deepor Beel, Nakata Pukhuri and Jorpukhuri are some main tourist attractions here.