Guwahati has often been called the gateway to the North East. It is the biggest city in North East India. It is in the lower part of Assam and is developing fast. Guwahati is on the Shillong Plateau and is on the banks of the river Brahmaputra. This city has plenty of tourist spots. The ropeway over the Brahmaputra connects the city with North Guwahati for the purpose of tourism and local travel.
Places to Stay
Guwahati has many budget hotels that offer comfortable rooms for tourists. Some of them are Hotel Vishwaratna (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Hotel Rialto (Tariff – Rs. 1800), Hotel City Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1500) and Hotel Silk Route (Tariff – Rs. 1500.)
The official languages of Guwahati are Assamese and English. Other languages that are spoken here include Fansi.
Notable festivals that are celebrated in Guwahati include Bohag Bihu, which is held at the start of the Assamese New Year in mid-April. Durga Puja is celebrated for 5 days during the month of October and the Brahmaputra Beach festival is held in the month of January to promote tourism.
Places of Interest
Guwahati has several places for tourists of varied tastes and interests. Some of the places include the Umananda temple, the Guwahati Planetarium, the Assam State Zoo, the Ugro Tara Temple,the Gateway of Assam and the Assam State Museum.
How to Get There
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi or the Guwahati International Airport is the closest airport to the Guwahati city.
Guwahati is well-connected to many cities including New Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai by express trains.
There are daily bus services to Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Siliguri and Jorhat. Royal Tours and Travels, Trishul Travels and John Travels are some of the good travel operators that offer bus services from Guwahati to the above mentioned cities.Online booking of bus tickets have become very easy through TicketGoose.com.