One of the key urban centres of Assam and the biggest city in Northeast India, this serves as the major gateway to the whole region. The major tourist spots of Guwahati are Kamakhya Temple, River Cruise on the river Brahmaputra, Shankardev Kalakshetra, Umananda Temple, Assam State Zoo, Shilpagram etc. Chandubi Lake, Sonapur, Madan Kamdev, Chandrapur and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are other famous spots outskirts the city. While visiting Madan Kamdev Tourists also visit the ancient temple Gopeshwar Mandir situated in village Deuduar.
In Assam, the Brahmaputra is a vast, placid river through most of the year with a river bed which is 10 kms wide in certain areas. At Saraighat, in Guwahati, the river is at it's narrowest, barely a kilometre wide. It was here that the historical battle of Saraighat was fought in 1671 between the Ahoms and the Mughals. Nearly three centuries later in 1962, the first rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra was opened to traffic. Brahmaputra's exceptional characteristic is its numerous islands including the world's largest populated river island, Majuli.
Kamakhya temple is a famous pilgrimage situated at Guwahati, Assam. The temple is located on the Nilachal hill in Guwahati at about 8 kms from the railway station. The Kamakhya temple is dedicated to the tantric goddesses. Apart from the deity Kamakhya Devi, compound of the temple houses 10 other avatars of Kali namely Dhumavati, Matangi, Bagola, Tara, Kamala, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Bhuvaneshwari and Tripura Sundari.
Uma-nanda is a Shiva and Parvati temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra. Way to reach: North Guwahati by ferries and steamers. One can hire a ferry from Sukleshwar ghat or Fancy Bazar Ghat. Also visit Shukleshwar temple you can reach 10min walking distance from both ferry spots.
The Purva Tirupati Sri Balaji Temple, located in Betkuchi, Guwahati, spreads this divine message to all. The Complex, located on two acres of prime land, has a clean environment. A gentle breeze wafts across the lawns surrounded by blooming coconut and Ashoka trees, flowers, plantains & bougainvilleas. The exquisite wooden doors have been handcrafted in Chennai. The temple is well illuminated at night.
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in Guwahati named after poet-playwright and reformer Srimanta Sankardeva. It includes a cultural museum, library and various facilities for preserving, demonstrating and performing cultural items, besides a children's park. Adjacent to Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Shilpgram is a crafts village promotes local art and culture.