There are several tourist attractions in Guwahati. If you are a nature lover who wants to have a vacation in the wilderness or want to relax and rejuvenate in peace, then this beautiful city is the place for you. There are so many places to visit in Guwahati, that covering all of them will require a week. But if you have a time crunch and want to do only a handful of places to make your Guwahati trip worthwhile, then we’ve got you covered. Let’s have a look at Neo Travellers’ list of seven must-visit places in Guwahati to make your vacations a memorable one.
Neo Traveller’s List of Best Places To Visit in Guwahati
Just 7km away from Guwahati on Nilachal Hills lies one of the most revered shrines of Shakti in India, the Kamakhya temple. The shrine is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India and is dedicated to goddess Kali. The temple is amongst the four most important Shakti Peethas along with the Vimala Temple and Sthana Khanda in Odisha and Dakhina Kalika in West Bengal.
The Kamakhya Temple Complex houses five temples and overlooks the city of Guwahati. Outside the complex, you’ll find tons of restaurant and shops selling religious items, sweets etc. It is a must visit place in Guwahati if you are a Hindu. If you are a non-Hindu, then you should visit this place for its location and great surroundings. Once you are inside, the place feels magical and surreal with a great holy vibe. It is one of the best places to visit in Guwahati to experience tranquillity.
Timings: On ordinary days, the temple remains open from 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 02:30 PM to 05:30 PM.
How to Reach Kamakhya Temple: Hire an auto rickshaw or take a taxi from any part of Guwahati. You can also take the regular buses of Assam Tourism Department.
• Please note that photography is prohibited inside the main temple.
• Alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed.
Umananda Temple and Island
The Umananda Temple is located on a small Peacock Island (Umananda Island) in the middle of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and its name is derived from Hindi words Uma (the wife of Shiva) and ‘ananda’ (happiness).
Did you know that the Peacock Island is the world’s smallest inhabited riverine?
The Island is one of the best places to visit in Guwahati for all nature lovers. It was initially built in 1694 A.D. by King Gadadhar Singha. The temple is surrounded by lush green forest and provides an amazing view of the beautiful Brahmaputra. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the area and definitely a place to visit in Guwahati.
Umananda Temple Timings: Everyday, from 5:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
How to Reach Umananda Temple: There are several ferries that are available from Guwahati and North Guwahati. Ferries are also available from the Fancy Bazaar ghat and the Sukleshwar ghats.
The Guwahati Planetarium is another place to visit in Guwahati and is for the ‘universe lovers’. Located on MG Road, the planetarium explains in detail the science of the infinitely expanding universe in a simple yet engaging way. There are also special shows that are projected on the planetarium dome-shaped overhead screen.
Showtimes: Show in Assamese: 11 AM, 1:30 PM & 3 PM / Show in English: 12 PM & 4 PM. Guwahati Planetarium is closed for visitors on 1st and 15th of every month for the purpose of maintenance.
Ticket price: INR 30
Assam State Zoo
The Assam State Zoo cum botanical garden is a must visit place in Guwahati as it houses some of the exotic animals in India. It is largest of its kind in North East India, spread across 432 acres, and requires 3-4 hours to cover the entire area.
Assam State Zoo is home to some rare and endangered species including white rhinos and black rhinos, zebras, chimpanzees, ostriches and giraffes from Africa; puma, jaguar and llama from South America and kangaroos from Australia. It was planned in Indian National Congress’s 64 sessions, held in the year 1957. In 1982, a museum and a botanical garden were added in this Zoo.
Did you know that the Assam State Zoo is home to around 900 animals, representing about 113 species of birds and animals around the world?
Timings: 8:00 AM to 05:30 PM, Friday closed
Ticket price: INR 30 (for Indians)
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a small haven for wildlife lovers and is located around 30km from Guwahati. The sanctuary is home to the densest population of one-horned Rhinos in the world. Pobitora has become popular due to its proximity to Guwahati and it is usually a stopover en-route to Kaziranga National Park.
Did you know that Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also called the “Bharatpur of the East” because of an amazing birdlife?
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of just 38 sq. kilometres. Visit this place to enjoy an elephant safari and feel the refreshing breeze of the lower Himalayas. While you are there, rejuvenate amidst the greenness and the calm of the sanctuary and get a chance to get super close to nature.
Best time to visit: From November to February
How to Reach: Hire a taxi from any part of Guwahati. The taxi return trip can cost anywhere between INR 1700 and INR 2,500.
Elephant Safari Fee: INR 550 per person per ride
Jeep Safari Fee: INR 1,350 for 1-hour jeep ride
Elephant Safari Timing: 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 2:30 pm
Jeep Safari Timing: 7 am and 3 pm daily
The sage and the writer of the Hindu epic of Vashishtha Ramayana (behind the scenes Ramayana), Guru Vashishta (or Basistha) is believed to have founded this ashram. The construction and architecture along with the surrounding make this place one of the best places to visit in Guwahati.
Basistha Ashram is a Shiva Mandir and was constructed by Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in 1764. It is just 10-12 km from Guwahati. The temple inside the ashram is on the bank of the mountain streams that originate from Meghalaya. The temple, the waterfall inside the ashram and the Vedic history of the ashram makes this place unique and sacred.
Brahmaputra River Cruise
Brahmaputra River Cruise provides the real thrill and fun when you are in Guwahati. When you cruise in along the majestic Brahmaputra, you get spectacular views of Assam and Guwahati alike. You have the option to opt for a short or a longer cruise. The cruises are a delight for both your eyes and taste buds.
The Brahmaputra’s largest vessel, M.V. Mahabaahu is quite popular. This 46-passenger, five-deck riverboat was launched in 2012 and offers 10 balconied cabins, an open-air swimming pool and an Ayurvedic spa.
Best Time for Brahmaputra River Cruises is between November and April when the monsoon is over and the humidity and water levels have receded.
Did you know that Brahmaputra River is the only male river in India?
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