Guwahati Tour

Once known as "Pragiyotishpura" or Light of the East, the most striking feature of Guwahati (also spelt as Gauhati), is the Brahmaputra, whose swollen sandy channel is so wide that the far shore is often rendered invisible.
Of its many mysterious temples, 'Kamakhya' and 'Navagraha' both occupy commanding positions on hilltops while 'Umananda' sits on a small island in the middle of the Brahmaputra. Guwahati's main business, tea is booming with the new Assam tea auction centre holding auctions. The large oil refinery at Noonmati, on the northern outskirts, symbolizes Guwahati's recent growth and prosperity.
The busy central market area contrasts sharply with the almost rural riverside feel northeast of the centre, and the surrounding hills rising beyond the coconut palms give Guwahati a fairly appealing atmosphere. Guwahati is split in two by the Brahmaputra - only crossed by the Saraighat Bridge and the ferries - "Guwahati" is taken to refer to the main town south of the river, while north Guwahati is virtually a separate town. The main roads out of town are the Assam trunk road, to upper Assam and the Guwahati - Shillong road to Meghalaya.

Guwahati is is commonly known as the “Gateway to the Northeast”. This hill-ringed, green-woded, river-bordered urban centre was also known as the Pragjyotishpura or the Light of the East, in the ancient times and was a vast kingdom during the epic period of the Mahabharata. The word Guwahati is made up of two words, ‘Guwa’, which means areca nut, and ‘hatt’, which means bazaar. Today, Guwahati is the commercial hub of the region and is known by a moniker that emphasizes its ‘marketplace’ character. Guwahati is also the largest city. Today, Dispur, the area in south Guwahati is the official seat of the Assam Government. Assam as a whole is rich in its temples. Most of the temples around Guwahati are perched on hills or on hillsides, which afford panoramic views of the vast Brahmaputra and as well as of the bustling city itself.