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PLACES TO VISIT

Guwahati, Assam’s largest city, is the gateway to Northeast India.

Hotel Mahalaxmi’s Travel Desk offers attractive tour packages to places in and around Guwahati, Assam.

KAMAKHYA TEMPLE

Kamakhya Temple

The most important Hindu pilgrimage in Assam is the Kamakhya temple atop Nilachal Hills, home to many ancient temples, in the western part of Guwahati. A 3-km winding road takes the devotee up to the temple complex, where Mother Goddess is worshipped in the yoni form inside the sanctum sanctorum that is a cave with rock stairs. Kamakhya temple is considered the greatest of all the saktipithas in India. Around this shrine small township of Kamakhya has sprung up.

Distance from our hotel – 7.8 km

DEEPOR BEEL

Deepor Beel

The 10.1 sq km Deepor Beel, a Ramsar site, is a sensitive wetland on Guwahati’s south-western edge. An area of 414 hectares within this wetland is a bird sanctuary. An Important Bird Area, the wetland recorded up to 19,000 water birds on a single day. Its ecosystem is dictated by a wide variety of aquatic and semi-aquatic vegetation such as giant water lily. It sustains the livelihood of 1,200 fishing families in 14 villages around, and is a watering hole for elephants, leopards, jungle cats and deer that come down from the adjoining Rani and Garbhanga reserve forests.

Distance from our hotel – 17.3 km

SRIMANTA SANKARDEVA KALAKSHETRA

Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra

Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra on the southern edge of Guwahati is a microcosm of Assam’s cultural diversity named after Srimanta Sankardeva the great unifier of Assam and the greatest integrator of the India Society in the fifteen century. This cultural centre off ers the A-Z of customs and traditions of various communities that have shaped Assam. It also has an amphitheatre for cultural pursuits, recreation and fun rides for children. It was formally inaugurated in February 1999.

Distance from our hotel – 12 km

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER

Brahmaputra River

The Brahmaputra also called Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, is a transboundary river and one of the major rivers of Asia.

About 1,800 miles (2,900 km) long, the Brahmaputra is an important river for irrigation and transportation. The average depth of the river is 124 feet (38 m) and maximum depth is 380 feet (120 m). The river is prone to catastrophic flooding in spring when the Himalayan snows melt. The average discharge of the river is about 19,300 cubic metres per second (680,000 cu ft/s), and floods can reach over 100,000 cubic metres per second (3,500,000 cu ft/s).[6] It is a classic example of a braided river and is highly susceptible to channel migration and avulsion. It is also one of the few rivers in the world that exhibit a tidal bore. It is navigable for most of its length.

The lower reaches are sacred to Hindus. While most rivers on the Indian subcontinent have female names, this river has a rare male name, as it means “son of Brahma” in Sanskrit (putra means “son”).

Distance from our hotel – 2.5 km

BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISES

Brahmaputra River Cruises

Wildlife and wilderness are the main features of a cruise in Assam on the vast Brahmaputra river – the river bed is often 20 or 30 km across, an empty world of sand spits and water with marvellous bird life and the occasional Gangetic Dolphin. The cruises here also give access to a number of India’s National Parks, including Kaziranga, perhaps the finest of all, and Manas, a Project Tiger reserve on the Bhutan border.

Distance from our hotel – 2.4 km

 

STATE ZOO-CUM-BOTANICAL GARDEN

State Zoo-Cum-Botanical Garden

Situated 5 Kms. from the Guwahati Railway Station. Opening hours: 07:00 hrs. – 17:00 hrs. in Summer 08:00 hrs. – 16:30 hrs. in Winter (Friday closed).

Distance from our hotel – 4.7 km

NABAGRAHA TEMPLE

Nabagraha Temple

The temple of nine planets situated on Chitra Chal Hill in Guwahati. It is 3 km away from the Railway Station.

In ancient times, it was said to have been a great centre of study of astronomy and astrology. This is also one of the reasons why Guwahati is referred to as Pragjyotishpur or the city of eastern Astrology. It can be approached by taxi or auto-rickshaw.
Distance from our hotel – 3.2 km

UMANANDA TEMPLE

Umananda Temple

This Shiva temple situated in the middle of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati attracts devotees from all over the country during Shiva Ratri. One can visit the temple by crossing the river by country boat plying from Kachari ghat. Regular ferry services are available to this island.

Sunset and daytime cruises on the Brahmaputra are available which give you an opportunity to take in the breathtaking beauty of Assam.

The famous Balaji Temple of Tirupati is another major attraction. Visitors from all walks of life flock to the temple to pay their respects and to relax in it’s tranquil surroundings. The Saraighat Bridge over the Brahmaputra, the Guwahati Oil Refinery, Lachit Barphukan Park and the Guwahati University are other places worth visiting.

Distance from our hotel – 2.8 km

CHANDUBI LAKE

Chandubi Lake

A natural lagoon and fine picnic spot which is 64 kms. from Guwahati. The lake and its surroundings is an ideal holiday resort with the added attraction of fishing and rowing. The place is easily accessible by bus from Guwahati.

Distance from our hotel – 57.1 km

SUALKUCHI

Sualkuchi

Sualkuchi is one of the world’s largest weaving villages and is situated 32 kms from Guwahati. The entire population here is engaged in weaving exquisite silk fabrics. A renowned centre of silk production, particularly known for Muga – the golden silk of Assam which is not produced anywhere else in the world.

Distance from our hotel – 31.7 km

HAJO

Hajo

Located 32 kms. from Guwahati on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, it is a place where three religions meet – Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.

It has a large number of temples, the chief among them being Hayagriva-Madhab Temple. There is a belief that this temple contains the relic of Lord Buddha, while a section of the Buddhist hold that Lord Buddha attained nirvana here. Large number of Bhutanese visit this temple every year during the winter season.

There is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims here known as Poa-Mecca.

Distance from our hotel – 32.7 km

MUSEUM

Assam State Museum

Assam State Museum is 10 minutes walk from the Railway Station.

Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:00 hrs. during Summer 10:00 – 16:30 hrs. during Winter (Monday closed).

Distance from our hotel – 9.4 km

POBITORA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctury

POBITORA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY harbors the highest density of Rhino in the world and second highest concentration of Rhino in Assam after Kaziranga National Park.

Distance from our hotel – 46.2 km

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