Tourism To India – North East Destinations – Guwahati


Guwahati or Gauhati is the biggest city of North East and is usually the gateway to North East for most tourists. Most of the tourists fly into Guwahati while visiting the North East Destinations.

Kamakhya Temple
Kamakhya temple is one of the 51 Shakti Pithas and is dedicated to mother goddess Kamakhya. It is the place where the “yoni” (vagina) of Sati fell when Shiva danced with the corpse of Sati. It is one of most important religious temples in the North East. It also remains one of the few temples in India where animal sacrifices happens till today.

Uma Nanda Temple
Uma Nanda is a Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island on River Brahmaputra. It is considered the smallest inhabited riverine island in the world. Legend has it that this was the island on which Kamadeva shot an arrow at Lord Shiva and was promptly burnt to ashes by Shiva’s third eye. To access this island, one needs to take a boat on River Brahmaputra.

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Personal Rating on a scale of 10
8 (Being a devotee of Kamakshi, Kamakhya temple was definitely high on my agenda for religious aspect. The Uma Nanda temple was a pleasant boat journey on River Brahmaputra. The only down point for me was the animal sacrifice at Kamakhya temple which I do not support personally.)

Tip: Don’t forget to take a River Cruise on River Brahmaputra just around the sunset time. The view is fantastic and the experience is very soothing.

Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra
Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in Guwahati which includes a cultural museum, a very beautiful park and open auditoriums for live performances. Visitors interested in the cultural aspects of this region will find the Kalakshetra very interesting. In the evenings there are also live performances and sound and light shows. Unfortunately, we visited in the day and could not take advantage of these shows.

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Personal Rating on a scale of 10
7 (Beautiful park, good museum with cultural aspects of this region)

Special Tip for Vegetarians

Surprisingly, I found some of the best South Indian food in India at Sagar Ratna restaurant in Guwahati. Though it is a small restaurant, it is the place to go for vegetarians who love South Indian food. Another thing to try is the vegetarian Assamese Thali which is pretty unique.

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