Guwahati is known to be the ‘Gateway of North-Eastern Region’. The largest city of Assam is famous for a range of Hindu Temples like Kamakhya Temple, Umananda Temple, bhubaneshwari Temple, Sukreswar Devalaya and Navgrah Temple therefore, the place is also known as the ‘City of Temples’. The tourists from all over the world are attracted towards its lovely climatic conditions, unique culture and tribal influences. The picturesque sights of flora and fauna give a way to photographers, professionals as well as ameteur.
Best Time to Visit: November to March
How to get there:
By Air: There are daily flights to Borjhar Airport, Guwahati, from Delhi and Calcutta. Flights also operate from Agartala, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Imphal and Silchar to Guwahati. Taxis and coaches take you in to the city, which is 25 km away.
On Tracks: There are several trains connecting various Indian cities to Guwahati. The Rajdhani Express, the Northeast Express and Brahmaputra Mail from New Delhi; Kamrup Express and Saraighat Express from Kolkata; Dadar Express from Bombay; Bangalore Express from Bangalore which takes 61 hours; Trivandrum Express from Trivandrum takes 72 hours – and all these trains run at least twice a week to Guwahati. Within northeast India, the Brahmaputra Mail gets you to Guwahati from Dimapur in 10 hours, Tinsukhia in 17 hours and Dibrugarh in 19 hours.
By Road: Guwahati is the nodal point for road transport in northeast India. Four national highways meet in this city. You can drive into Guwahati from Agartala (Tripura), Aizawl (Mizoram), Bomdila (Arunachal Pradesh), Cooch Behar (West Bengal),Dimapur (Nagaland), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Imphal (Manipur), Kohima (Nagaland), Shillong andTura (Meghalaya)and Dibrugarh, Digboi, Sibsagar, Silchar, Tinsukhia and Tezpur (Assam).
Guwahati has a good road transport system. The city bus system is very efficient and adequate. Most hotels arrange for cars-on-hire. Unmetered taxis and auto rickshaws are also available. However the most common mode of transport is cycle rickshaws. If you have boarded one in any other Indian city, you will realize that the ones here are more comfortable than their counterparts elsewhere.