Gauhati or Guwahati, the erstwhile capital of the state of Assam was earlier known as "Pragiyotishpura" (The Light of East). This city with a varied history dating back to the 6th century is also the most developed and important city of Assam.
The name suits Guwahati remarkably due to its terrain and structure and with the river Brahmaputra bisecting the city into two halves, the city represents a miniature Assam complete with a collection of all inhabitants, their lifestyles and their dependence on the mighty river. However, the presence of mighty Brahmaputra carving its way through the city makes for a romantic and memorable experience.
Guwahati is replete with various religious places, green hills, tea plantations, educational institutes and Art Workshops. The city with its ancient roots offers a plethora of archaeological sites, historical monuments and educative as well entertaining museums. The excavation sites and the artifacts recovered from the sites make for a very interesting and exciting audience. The city offers an opportunity to interact with not only the Assamese populace but also the immigrants from all adjoining states, thus making it a vibrant cosmopolitan city.
A visit to Guwahati is incomplete without satiating the taste buds with authentic Assamese as well as Eastern Indian food mix. The visit also demands acquisition of mementos from Assam to adorn the house. There is a wide choice for shopping in Guwahati where the artisans even from remote Assam arrive with bag full of goodies. The Satriya as well indigenous art and craft items and bamboo and cane work goods are recommended for the sheer innovativeness, creativity and the afford ability factor.
by Madhav Srinivasan on Jan 30, 2012
The Northeast of India, a frontier which packs a phantasmagoria of various colours and cultures has a gateway, a gateway that is equally colourful and wonderful and brings to us a peek into the cultural history of India. The place is Guwahati...
by Akshay Balraj on Apr 28, 2010
Guwahati is a nice little city in the North Eastern part of India. The green scenery around you and a nice cup of tea in your hand will get your energy flowing!
Travel within city
Guwahati is a well connected city with plenty of options present for the tourists to take. You can travel within the city of Guwahati through buses, auto rickshaws and also through rented motorbikes. There are cab services available in Guwahati too, and these can be a more comfortable option.
Buses are the cheapest mode of travel in the city of Guwahati. Almost all important parts of the city come under the reach of public transport in Guwahati, and you can travel to any region in the city provided you know the name of the place. Buses are available from the railway station and the airport, and air conditioned bus services are specifically provided from the airport to the city center. Bus fares may range from Rs 3 to 30 depending on the distance covered.
You can opt for auto rickshaws too, in order to travel to destinations that you are not too acquainted with. Auto rickshaws in Guwahati do not run on meter, and under such circumstances it is better to negotiate a rate before boarding an auto rickshaw. There are no special night fares for auto rickshaws in Guwahati, and travelling through an auto rickshaw during night time can be a safer option. Make sure you know the auto rickshaw rates around the city from the locals in order to ensure that you’re not being taken for a ride.
Cab services are provided in Guwahati, and they charge around Rs 15 per kilometer.
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