Endowed with the prettiness of nature, situated in the lap of mountains, eldest amongst the seven sisters, Assam is the place where seasons are welcomed with a celebration. The gorgeousness of Assam is a myriad picture indeed. Waking up with sunrise reflects the essence of a disciplined culture of Assam. Calmness and purity are the heritage of this majestic state where people seems busy with a peaceful mind. Smiling innocent faces carrying bags on their shoulders going to schools, mothers are busy taking care of their home stuffs and with all the regular routines the Assam sleeps when moon goes high in the twinkling magical sky. What could be more for a decent invitation? The loveliness of this land is always ready to greet its visitors with a rich heart. Tie your shoe laces and get your bags packed to live, to love, to feel and to admire the nature. If planning to have an enchanting trip to Assam, plan the journey via train to get connected with the emotion of your trip with natural sceneries from train’s window. Several trains from different major cities of India connect the Green state, Assam. Enthusiastic travelers can check train schedule online and can book the tickets for a memorable trip to Assam.
Assam – Land of Greenery:
Assam is the state located in the North-Eastern part of India, the corners occupied with the divine beauty of mountains, rains and lush green areas. The capital town of the state Assam is Dispur, popular as the ancient township of Jatia. Blessed with the marvelous beauty of flora and fauna, Undoubtedly, Assam is in everyone’s list of one of the favorite travelling destinations. There are numerous alluring places to appreciate the magnificence of Assam. Let’s take a tour to one of the beautiful cities of Assam, Guwahati that welcomes people to take the never-faded memories back. It is one of the most admired places to visit in Assam.
Guwahati – Gateway to the Northeast
Situated on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, Guwahati is the door to explore the entire north-east region. It is a semi-mythical town rich in culture and ethnicity. There are plenty of things to discuss about Guwahati but the major concern that makes the city attractive and appealing is its stunning destination spots. The beauty that is not enough to be captured through lens. To understand the sentiment that the city unveils, one needs to feel it from soul. From fancy package plan to the budget-suited plan, Guwahati is a worth visiting destination of North-East region. One can explore the travel websites and can book a tour package for Guwahati. The best time to explore Guwahati is from October to April. One can also witness the unique side of Assam by enjoying the famous Bihu festival.
How to Reach?
Guwahati is well-connected with all means of transportation like Airways, Railways and Roadways. The city has its airport that connects many big cities including Agartalla, Kolkata and Delhi. The city also has its railhead.
Popular places to visit in Guwahati
There are enough beautiful places to appreciate in Guwahati but the most popular place is the beautiful Kamakhya Temple, if you want to explore the spiritual corner of the city. Apart from Kamakhya, many other devotional places will leave you mesmerized. There are numerous natural sightseeing spots where nature calls you to breathe fresh and calm air. Here’re some must places to visit in the region of Guwahati:
Located at a distance of 9 km from Guwahati Railway Station, Kamakhya temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kamakhya. It is an ancient Hindu and one of the sacred 51Shakti Peethas on earth. Situated on the top of Nilachal hill, Kamakhya temple is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations. Maa Kamakhya is also known as “Bleeding Goddess” because here the Yoni of Devi Sati fell after Shiva danced with her corpse. The belief about this temple is that Devi Kamakhya goes through her annual cycle of menstruation and the temple’s door remains closed for three days. The door is opened on the fourth day with a grand celebration.
How to Reach: When you are in Guwahati and want to seek blessings from Maa Kamakhya, you can take taxi or auto to reach there.
Timing to visit:Devotees can seek blessing between 8:00 AM to 1:00PM and 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
Saraighat Bridge is a heritage and amongst one of the most visited places of Guwahati. It is a double-decker bridge which is around 2 km long with National Highways. The breath-taking feeling is standing in the middle of the bridge and pleasing the eyes with the glamorous view of Brahmaputra River, especially the view of dawn and dusk.
How to Reach: Since it is situated just 11km away from Guwahati Railway station, one can easily take cab or auto to be there.
Timing: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden
If you are an animal lover and fond of wildlife photography, you should never miss the chance to visit Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden. It is a Zoological park that is a home to 895 animals, birds and reptiles. There are113 species of international birds and animals. Apart from this, the zoo also has a forest museum, lake and tower house. There are many recreational tools to entertain children.
How to Reach: Located 6 Km away from Guwahati Railway Station, one can reach there by auto rickshaw and cab.
Timing: In the summer season the Zoo is open between 7 AM to 4:30 PM and during winter it is open between 8 AM to 4 PM. The Zoo remains closed on Friday.
Apart from these places there are many other exciting places to visit during Guwahati tour which are:
- Assam State Museum
- Dighalipukhuri Lake
- Dipor Bill Bird Sanctuary
- The Regional Science Center
- Purva Tirupathi Balaji Temple
Shopping Corners in Guwahati
When you are on a trip, you hardly come back without carrying the specialties and popular items of that particular place. And, when you are in Guwahati, how can you resist yourself to shop which is one of the most suited destinations for shopaholics. From the fancy shopping corners to the shop under street lights, Guwahati proves itself worth in shopping destination. Women can shop for the local handmade tribal jewelry, and home décor items made of bamboos. Some popular shopping spots of Guwahati are:
- Fancy Bazaar Market
- Paan Bazaar Market
- Paltan Bazaar Market
- Maligaon Market
- 4 G S Road Market
Food to Taste
If you are a food lover and love to experiment with distinctive cuisine then Assam Food is something you must tick off in your favorite food bucket list. Influenced from Bengali food style, Assamese make it more flavored by adding the taste of some regional and local tribal cuisines. From Vegetarian to Non-Vegetarian delicacies, the city serves you the best taste of love and regard. Some of the poplar foods of Guwahati are:
- Masor Tenga
- Duck Meat Curry
- Xaak Aru Bhaji
- Oou Khatta
The best part that people can feel is not less than a treat for them because these foods are now also available in trains for the travelers when crossing from the North East region. The innovation of online food ordering in train has made this possible where passengers can experiment with their taste to keep the journey mood on. RailMitra an authorized e-catering partner of IRCTC serves these local cuisines of North East in trains when it passes from Northeast region. Guwahati is one of the surreal places to visit in India that keeps you closer to the nature. Surrounded with mountains and greenery, the city reflects a magical charm in its very own style which is loved by every heart.