Extremely Friendly people, very rich in culture!
Disturbed because of insurgency
We really had a very hurried Guwahati trip both the time. We could hardly see anything we desired, though I have taken many pictures but mostly while on the move. Guwahati is one of the most beautiful city I have come across, one side is the mighty Brahmaputra river, other side hillock( Nilachal Hills). It really makes this city beautiful, just...more
Life in Assam, evolves around The Mighty River Brahmaputra. Guwahati city is very fortunate to have this river flowing along the city. It would be unwise not to explore this river if you are in Guwahati. Guwahati Tourism and other private tour operators offers River Cruise daily during morning and evening. If you are in a large group then it can be...more
This is the holiest Hindu shrines of Mother Goddess Durga as it is believed for centuries that this the place where Mother's Yoni dropped after Lord Vishnu cut Sati's body in 52 pieces, to stop Lord Shiva's dance of Destruction ( Tandava Nritya), which he was doing out of anger after his wife's death( Please read the first tip carefully). This...more
We visited this temple almost in a hurry while returning from Shillong as we had our flight at 7.20PM, we need to check in at least one hour before that. It is said about this temple, that you can not see mother if she does not want to see you. If you are blesses, you can only visit this temple if she wishes otherwise , you may not be able to enter...more
A visit to Guwahati can hardly be complete without a visit to the great Fancy Bazar of Guwahati, situated opposite to the river Brahmaputra. This is the crowding place of not only trades and customers, but also of those who just want to freak out, date, do window shopping, business, etc. It's the place to bargain for the dresses and you get...more
For those who are in Guwahati, I would recomment a visit to the Kalakshetra (Arts & Culture place). It is a bit in the outskirts of the city. Auto from anywhere in the city can be taken and it will take about 30 minutes. The place has been developed as signifying and preserving the art and culture of Assam ans Assamese people. It is this place...more
In the Neelachala hill, somewhere in the middle (during upward journey) is situated the Kamakhya temple. However, there are other temples also in this hill and after the Kamakhya temple, perhaps the Bhuvaneswari temple is the most famous. This temple is situated on the top of the hill, unlike the Kamakhya temple which is half way in between. From...more
In the temple sacrifices are still very much part of worship. Groups of devotees often come with goats to offer to Shakti. All those who buy vehicles (both private and commercial) belive that a puja has to be offered to goddess Kamakhya here before formally inaugurating the vehicle. So they offer coconuts along with flowers and other puja materials...more
Kamakhya temple is one of the Shakti Peeths and is therefore a pilgrimage centre for Hindus. People from all over India come to visit this temple. This temple is located on the top of a hill called the Neelachala Parvat (Neelachala Hill) also known as Kamagiri (about 160 meters high). It is said that Goddess Shakti resides on the Kamagiri hill and...more
After landing at Guwahati at 12 noon, we had to collect some items from Guwahati city. So we decided to have lunch here after getting a clue from a colleague. The buffet lunch was great compared to price of only Rs200/-( USD$4.5) per person plus tax! It had chicken, Fish, rice, and what not a great lunch indeed. But the buffet is available during...more
The city of Guwahati is connected with most of the Indian city and internationally with Bangkok. The Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is one of the most modern airport of India as it was built recently after modernisation. It has very efficient luggage handling system and the airport is very efficient.
There are about 12 flights operating from Kolkata only in a day! Besides, it is also connected with Delhi, North East, Bombay, Ahmedabad etc. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is getting a facelift, to make it better equipped to handle increased air traffic. The upgrade is slated for completion by the end of 2010. The overhaul will include both cosmetic and operational changes. The modern airport will include air link corridors, aero bridges and escalators. Work is also on to improve the quality of the taxiways and widening the shoulders of the tarmac with a view to handle increased air traffic, in the future.
A380 ready runway and Jetways in the terminal has also been planned. Once ready, the Guwahati International Airport can be opened to larger-sized international carriers. Cyber cafes, jewellery shops, mobile charging booths, and better quality seats in the lounge have also been included to make the airport truly international. The Airport Authority of India is aiming to covert the Guwahati Airport into a major international airport of India, which will mainly connect the country with Southeast Asia.
These are the bamboo caps worn originally by farmers while going to cultivate their lands as a protection from the rays of the sun. However, the delicate hand crafting techniques of the assamese people made these Jhapi even a piece of art and nowadays people hang it on the walls of their houses as a beautiful piece of decoration. They come in...more
assam is famous for its wooden and bamboo curvings. Small and miniature gift items are found in many gift stores across the city and even at the airport. In the picture is an idol of Ganesha curved in wood that I got for myself from a shop inside Gauhati airport. all other items there were also eyecatching. It cost me only Rs. 25.more
Assam has a long history of violent separatist movements and bombs in public places. The security is non-existent. Last year after a major bombing in the main square everyone just jammed their motorbike as per usual at the entrances to major buildings and malls. Don't go near a clot of parked motorbikes. Don't get in the center of large crowd.
It is said everyone in Assam is a musician, either a singer, a dancer or plays an instrument. An Assamese person is a born musician, we witnessed this during our four days stay and two trips to Assam. The Bihu Festival is just like Bengali New Years' eve, a harvest time . The festival is called Rongali Bihu. It is almost associated with everyone of...more
You can hire an inexpensive car to take you to Sualkuchi from the Assam Travel Office to see hand-loomed silk production. Most are small scale workshops and they make you quite welcome. You can try to buy directly but do not allow yourself to be herded into one of the local shops. This is probably the best silk in the world - the natural color gold...more