Firstly I want to explain why we went to Guwahati in Assam. We had a plan to visit Shillong in Meghalaya. Unfortunately, our flight from Shillong airport got canceled. We had to take a flight from Guwahati. I have already shared our experience in Meghalaya in my earlier post. After completing the journey in Meghalaya we took a bus from Shillong bus stop for Guwahati. It took around 3hours 30mins to reach there. The area called Paltan Bazaar we had booked a hotel room to stay the night. After checking into the hotel we went out for roaming the local area. We booked a scooter and went to the market called Fancy Bazaar. Unfortunately, the market was closed as it was quite late. We kept the scooter in our hotel parking area for the next day out. Finally, the time came to explore Guwahati. Here is the list of visiting places in Guwahati.
Visiting Places in Guwahati
It was 5.30am. So early we left the hotel as we had to catch a flight in the evening. Firstly we visit Kamakhya Temple which is one of the famous visiting places in Guwahati. Due to the shortage of time, we could not give the puja and all. This temple is also known as the Kamrup-Kamakhya temple. It is a Hindu temple for the Mother Goddess Kamakhya. The story behind the temple is ‘Lord Shiva got very angry when Sati committed suicide due to her father’s behavior for her husband. Lord Shiva started dancing and people on Earth were facing natural disasters. To stop Lord Shiva, Krishna used his Sudarshan Chakra to destroy Sati’s body. And the parts of her body spread all over India and all the areas where the body parts found, it became a holy place’. Kamakhya is one of those areas. This is the reason its temple is so popular and wakeful. People cannot visit mother Kamakhya without entering Garbhagriha. This temple contains Garbhagriha and other three chambers: calanta, pancharatna and natamandira aligned from east to west. We cannot carry anything like mobiles, cameras, and shoes without permission.
Then we went to Nilachal Hill which is a top hill where we can view Guwahati in bird’s eyes. It was a lovely hill area. However, the area is so lonely and calm. We had clicked some photographs and went to our next stop.
Our next stop is the Dakini Temple. I know most of the people do not know about this temple because it is so far from Guwahati city area. It took 1-1.30 hours to reach that place by scooty. But after reaching there we felt very amazed. There is small steam over there and we had to cross the stream to reach into the temple. We parked our bike in front of a Hanuman Temple and walked around 1 kilometer, then reach to the temple. This spot is not so well-known to all. However, the place was beautiful.
Then we went to Balaji Temple. A south Indian touch we can feel in North India. It occurs like we visited a south Indian temple. Three temples are there. The main temple is for Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji or we can say, Lord Bishnu. Another temple is for Laxmi Mata. This temple is located at Lokhra area. It is the replica of the famous Tirupati temple in South India.
Next, we went to the Basistha Ashram. This ashram established by Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in 1764. This ashram is popular because this temple is located dates back to the Vedic age and it was founded by the great Maharishi Baisistha (Vasishtha). A beautiful waterfall coming from the hills passes behind this temple. This raises the beauty of this temple. The water is very cold and relaxing. People took a bath in the cold stream of the waterfall.
After that, we visited the Navagraha Temple. This temple founded to praise the nine grahas means celestial bodies. The celestial bodies are named as Surya (Sun), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (North Lunar Node), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus) and Ketu (South Lunar Node). This temple is situated at the top of Chitrasal Hill (or Navagraha Hill), in Guwahati city. So the view from this hill is amazing and we can view Guwahati city from here as well.
One of the major visiting places in Guwahati is the Umananda Temple. To reach that place we had to cross a river named the Brahmaputra. We went to Uzanbazar Ghat to take a vessel to reach that island. Vessels are available in every 30 mins. This temple basically dedicated to Lord Shiva. In Hindu mythology ‘Uma’ is the wife of Lord Shiva and ‘nanda’ means husband. So the temple called Umanada. It is basically located in Peacock Island. The island is very beautiful, surrounded by water. We have spent time for a long here.
The last stop was Guwahati Museum. Do not visit the museum on Monday, it is closed on Monday. Guwahati is also also known as Assam Rajyik State Museum. The shows of the Museum are displayed under different sections, e.g. Anthropology, Epigraphy, Natural History, Sculptures, Miscellaneous, Folk Art, Art, and Crafts & Arms section. The statues from the Assam region fall into four principal categories – stone, wood, metal, and terracotta. The collections are very rare and unique which are on display here.
After the whole day out we went back to Paltan Bazaar again. After coming to our lunch we took a bus from Guwahati city to Guwahati Airport. It took around 1hour and 30 mins to reach the airport. Then we came back to our home town, Kolkata.
How to reach Guwahati
By Air: From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and also other cities we can easily get flights to Guwahati. from Kolkata it will take 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Guwahati’s Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.
By Train: We can get trains which are available from all the cities to Guwahati Assam. From the metropolitan cities, especially from Kolkata, it takes around 19 to 22 hours to reach Assam.
By Road: Highways are there, that can easily go for Guwahati Assam. By car, it takes around 26 hours to reach Guwahati from Kolkata or you can get buses also. It takes around 24 hours to reach Guwahati from Kolkata.