Guwahati is often known as the ‘gateway to the North-East’ owing to its close proximity to the region. Enveloped in mighty mountains and verdant forests, the city boasts of unbelievable natural beauty.
Since the pandemic forced the world into lockdown last year, the Guwahati streets and tourists attractions that were once buzzing had suddenly become eerily silent. While staying safe at home, most of us missed going out and exploring the city more than anything.
But now as public spots have opened up and the strict rules have now been relaxed, put your mask on, grab the sanitiser and hit these spots while maintaining social distance.
Offer prayers at Kamakhya Temple
The Kamakhya Temple is one of the most revered shrines of Shakti in India which is located atop the Nilachal Hill in Western part of Guwahati.
The shrine is one of the oldest of 51 Shakti Pithas built in the 10th century. One of the most interesting facts is here the ‘yoni’ or vagina of the Goddess Kamakhya is worshipped, instead of the idol, in the inner sanctum of the temple.
Ambubachi Mela is the most important festival of the temple that takes place for 4 days each year. This is the time when the Goddess Kamakhya is believed to be undergoing her yearly menstrual cycle.
This temple holds tremendous religion, historic and archaeological significance. Making a visit here is one of the best things to do in Guwhaati.
Enjoy bird watching at Deepor Beel
Well known for its pristine beauty and biodiversity, Deepor Beel offers a spectacular view of the fascinating wetland and rich forest ecosystem. It is a fresh water lake in former channel of Brahmaputra River which is located 18 km south west of Guwahati city.
Sprawling over a vast area of 40 sq. km, the lake was declared as a Bird Sanctuary in 1989 owing to its rich biodiversity and heritage.
As many as 19,000 different species of rare and endangered birds can be seen every day at Deepor Bill. Some endangered birds found here include spot billed pelican, lesser adjutant stork, white bellied eagle, and Siberian crane among others.
Visit early in the morning to watch beautiful birds basking in the sun and dancing on the tunes of the lake’s ripples. Boat rides are available, too!
Take a cultural peek at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra
Named after the poet-playwright and reformer of the medieval times- Srimanta Sankardev, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in Panjabari, Guwahati.
Built in 1990, this Kalakshetra showcases the artistic excellence of the North- East along with nurturing the bygone heritage. Sprawling over vast acres of land, the premises boast of a museum, a library, an art gallery and a children’s park beside several other adjuncts.
With an aim to promote the culture, art and tradition of Assam, the complex has several centres dedicated to the promotion of the state’s cultural brilliance with an impressive display of its history and its glorious past.
Make sure to include visiting here in your list of places to visit in Guwahati.
Enjoy a jeep safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to the densest population of One-horned Rhinos in the world, the Pobitora Wildlife sanctuary is a small heaven for the wildlife lovers, situated 30 km to the east of Guwahati.
It is one of the two treasure troves of the famed and endangered one-horned Rhinos in the world coupled with an amazing birdlife which has earned it the tag of “Bharatpur of the East”.
You can experience elephant rides and jeep safaris at the sanctuary which is also some of the top things to do in Guwahati.
Soak in serenity of Umananda Island
The smallest river island in the world, Umananda Island is a place with legends aplenty, a place where man and the wilderness co-habit in peace and serenity.
Initially known as Peacock Island by the British, the Island is home to a very rare and endangered species called ‘Golden Langurs’ who are considered to be highly sacred among the people of the Himalayas.
Umananda Island lies at the heart of the Mighty Brahmaputra River which flows through the middle of the city of Guwahati. An island with many legends associated with it, a pristine and calm environ has not been destroyed by the presence of human beings as yet.