Guwahati is the largest city in the Indian state of Assam. It is one of the most sprawling cities and gateway to the other major cities in the North East. It lies on the foothill of the Shillong plateau and on the bank of river Brahmaputra. From mythological reference to ancient past and picturesque landscape, Guwahati has become an attractive tourist destination. The most revered temple in the state of Assam is the Kamakhya Devi Temple on the Nilachal Hill. It is considered to be one of the 52 Shakti Peethas of Goddess Shakti and is a celebrated tantrik shrine. Bird’s view of the city can be observed from the temple complex of Bhubaneshwari which lies above the Kamakhya temple. Umananda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is on a small island in the middle of Brahmaputra and can be reached only by motor boats and ferries.
The unique Navagraha temple (temple of nine planets) on the Chitrachal Hill was an ancient seat of astrology and astronomy. The Vashistha Ashram is an ancient shrine with mythological reference which is believed to be the abode of sage Vashistha. The place has a lush green surrounding with three beautiful streams, namely Lalita, Kanta and Sandhya descending. State Museum, Ugratara Temple and Guwahati Zoo are some of the many attractions in Guwahati. It is well connected by all three modes of transport to the nearby cities and states.