The gateway to North East India is Guwahati. IThe capital of Assam, Dispur is within the city Guwahati. It is the most happening place of North East and the only commercial and educational centre. The mighty Brahmaputra flows within the town is the main highlight of the town. And the entire city is bordered by beautiful green hills.
There are many interesting places to see in Guwahati. The first among them is Kamakhya temple. It is a very famous temple in the lap of Nilachal hill. Baishistha temple, Bala ji Temple are well known destinations in Guwahati. Another must visit place in Guwahati is Umananda island temple on the river Brahmaputra. The boat ride to this island is very pleasant. Guwahati is not a very big city one or two days are enough to cover the city. So short trip to Kajiranga national park, Shillong, Cherrapunjee are good options to explore the charm of North East India.
People , food, shopping
Assame people are very simple and good by heart. Guwahati is a combination of Assamese and Bengali people. Bihu is the main festival of Assamese and during the 'bahag bihu'(in the month of April) the whole Guwahati looks very colourful with bihu song and dance. When it comes to Assamese cuisines nothing can beat the fish items. 'Maas tanga' is a famous fish curry of them. Assamese food are less spicy and staple food is rice and fish. The popular fast food of the region is steamed momo with tangy chili. Besides these continental, chinese, south Indian restaurants are common in Guwahati.
For shopping in Guwahati 'Fancy Bazar' is an excellent place. Assamese ethnic wear mekhla chadar are ideal item to get from Guwahati. All types of bamboo products like basket, show piece, jewellary, table, chair are available in mind blowing designs in Guwahati. Packets of tea leaves form Guwahati is the best gift to the near and dear one.
Guwahati is well connected from Delhi and Kolkata by air. But if you have time it is always pleasant to go Guwahati on train. The lush green hills, tea garden unfolding before one's eye are some excellent feeling while journey by train in Guwahati.
No scarcity for hotels. Luxury to budget hotels are easily available in Guwahati.
Since the political situation is not very comfortable in Guwahati visitors are advised not to roam around in the city till late night. Otherwise it is an ideal place to sit in nature's lap.The life in Guwahati is quite slow and perfect place to live in leisure.