Deepor Beel - Guwahati
Lifeline of North East India
Guwahati is the most important city for North East India. It is virtually a gateway to entire north eastern part of India.. Earlier known as Pragjyotishpur, Guwahati is situated on the banks of magnificent River Brahmaputra at an altitude of 55 meters above sea level. The legend behind the beauty of Guwahati is that it is the birthplace of Lord Kamrup, the God of Love. Not only is Guwahati an important commercial center, it holds some of the most renowned pilgrim places like Kamakhya Temple and is close to the pride of Assam, Kaziranga National Park which is just around 200 Km from here.
The climate of Guwahati remains pleasnt through out the year with temperatures ranging from 25 C - 35 C in summers and 10 C - 20 C in winters. The best time to visit Guwahati is between October and April.
Attractions - A World of Devotion
Guwahati has some of the most visited attractions in Assam. Guwahati is an important place for pilgrims as much as it is for tourists because of the many temples that are present here. Some of them are also among the most venerated pilgrim places in India. Apart from religious places, there is a zoo and a natural lake that attract tourists to Guwahati.
Kamakhya Temple is the most important temples in Assam and one of the most important Goddess Shakti Shrine in India. Situated on Neelachala Parvat, the temple is regarded as one of the Shakti Peethams in India. The temple was reconstructed by King Nara Narayana in 17th century after it got destroyed in 16th century. There is no image of presiding Deity Goddess Shakti in the temple. Instead, there is a carved image of Yoni (reproductive organ) of Goddess Shakti which is the object of reverence in the temple. However, there are images of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Chamundi and many dance fixtures. The major thing that you will notice in temple structure is its Shikhara. The Shikhara closely resembles a beehive.
Sri Purva Tirupati Balaji Temple
The temple is the most recent addition to the list of attraction in the city of Guwahati. With pure white and imposing structure the beauty of the temple is simply indescribable. The main deity of Sri Purva Tirupati Balaji Temple which is located at Lokhra Betkuchi is Lord Balaji. The statue of the deity is carved out of a single rock weighing 4 tonnes. The regular pujas and religious ceremonies make the temple a very important pilgrimage destination. At the starting of the temple, there is a Ganesha Shrine. The gopurams of Lord Ganesha and Rajgopuram, both are constructed in South Indian style with temple of Lord Ganesha rising to a height of 8 feet and Rajgopuram to 70 feet.
Assam State Zoo
Assam state zoo is among the most visited attractions in the city. Nestling on R.G Baruah Road, The Assam State zoo is also known as Guwahati Zoo and has a nice and peaceful environment optimum for animals. Animal species that you can see here are Asiatic Lions, the royal Bengal tiger, one horned Indian rhinoceros, stump tailed Macaque and many reptiles. The zoo is open from 7 AM till 5 PM and is closed only on Fridays. The timings changes during winters and is open from 8 in the morning till 4.30 in the evening.
Situated on the south west side of Guwahati, Deepor Beel is a permanent natural lake formed by a channel of Brahmaputra River. The lake has been designated as a Ramsar wetland of International Importance as it is home to variety of flora and fauna. Deepor Beel covers an area more than 4 sq km. and is the state's first bird sanctuary where one can see both local and migratory birds. Endangered species of birds like blacknecked stork, adjutant stork and large whistling teal are one of the reasons for bestowing it the title of Ramsar Site. Around 50 species of fish belonging to 19 families are also found in the lake. It is one of the major attraction in the city and is easily accessible from all parts of the Guwahati.
Accommodations In Guwahati
Being the capital of Assam, Guwahati attracts a lot of tourists, both leisure and business. To accommodate them, there are ample of luxury and budget hotels. Along with numerous star rated hotels, there are government run tourist lodges and guest houses. The luxury hotels in Guwahati like Hotel Brahmaputra Ashoka, Hotel Rajmahal and Hotel Dynasty provide excellent business facilities along with superb recreational facilities. The best among the many budget hotels in Guwahati are Hotel Landmark, Hotel Ambarish and Circuit House.
How To Reach Guwahati
Guwahati has the only airport in entire North East India named Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Indian Airways, Jet Airways and Air Deccan are the main flight operators in Guwahati. From here you have to either travel by train or road to other cities of Assam. Guwahati Airport receives international flights as well.
Paltan Bazaar Station is the busiest station in Assam. It is the only station in Assam that is connected to other states by train. To travel to other parts of Assam, you have to get down at Guwahati and catch a connecting train. There are ample of trains to interiors of Assam.
Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) provides buses for inter state travel starting from the main bus stand. The road network to all parts of Assam and to other states is really impressive. The cost of travel is quite cheap affordable. It operates different types of buses like Deluxe, Super Fast Deluxe and Night Super fast Deluxe.
There are prepaid taxis you can hire from the airport for local and long distances. Inside the city you will find rickshaws and auto rickshaws along with state run and private buses.
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