Guwahati is not just the capital
of the state of Assam, it is also the gateway to North
East India. It is ringed around three sides by a chain
of hills that stretches to the distant horizon. The
Northern side is bordered by the awesome Brahmaputra
river. A cruise on the Brahmaputra is an uplifting and
peaceful experience. The following places are also worth
visiting in Guwahati -
The Kamakhya is atop the Nilachal
hill near the western rim of the city. Mention of this
important shrine is made in ancient treatises. It is one
of the important centres of the Shakta form of Hinduism.
It attracts pilgrims from all over the country.
The architecture of this temple, the rites and rituals
associated with Tantricism which have an important seat
here, are of absorbing interest to the visitor.
However, even those who are neither religiously inclined
nor archaeologically minded would enjoy the drive up to
the top of the hill for a breathtaking view of the city
below, the curve of the river ahead, and the blue hills
stretching hazily away to the horizon beyond. The sunset
on the river, seen from this vantage point, is simply
2. Assam State
The Assam State Museum houses important artifacts. A
visit to it is a must if one is to get an idea of the
richness and diversity of the region's historical past.
3. State Zoo cum
The location of the state zoo cum botanical garden is
one of the best in the country. Several species seen
here are success stories in conservation and have been
bred in captivity.The botanical gardens are great source
Vashishtha Ashram situated on the southernmost rim of
the city on the Sandhyachal hill, is a tranquil spot to
visit. Thick forests surround the area. It is said that
sage Vashishtha had established his "Ashram" here. Three
gushing rivulets meet at this point. The temple here is
also worth a trip.
Shrimanta Shankar Deva Kalakshetra
The Shrimanta Shankar Deva Kalakshetra has been
conceived as a grand exposition of the life and culture
of the people of Assam, of its many ethnic groups and
tribes, the people who have made the cultural mosaic of
Assam, in all its beauty and splendour.
the great unifier of Assam and one of the greatest
integrators of the Indian society in the 15th century,
Shrimanta Shankar Deva, the Kalakshetra has been
attempting to capture and convey the essence of the
great seer's spirit, who preached the message of unity
in diversity, sang the song of universal brotherhood.
The complex is spread over 10.28 hectare and has a)
literary and dance drama department b) an art department
c) a cultural museum d) a heritage park e) an open air
theater and f) an artists' village.