Paradise for wildlife lovers, Guwahati is situated on the southern bank of Bramhaputra River. Its ancient name was Pragjyotishpura. The city is the gateway to northeast India as it is the base to reach Shillong, Cherrapunji and other tourist destinations present in this part of the country. The metropolis city, Guwahati, is located in lower Assam encompassing an area of 216 km square. It is the headquarter of Kamrup Metro District.
The Kamakhya Temple, Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple and Hajo are the most famous places to visit here and hold religious significance. India's finest wildlife century, the Kaziranga National Park, is here and it houses various wildlife species including tigers, elephants, leopards, one horned rhinoceros, etc. Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Assam state zoo and Chakrashila wildlife sanctuary are also great places to witness the flora and fauna in this region. The best time to visit the place is between October and March as the weather remains pleasant with minimum temperature barely reaching 5°C low. So, if you want to spend a wonderful vacation in the wilderness, become a part of Guwahati.
Culture and Festivals in Guwahati
Ambubachi Mela is held every year during the monsoon season around mid June in the famous Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati. It is believed that the presiding goddess of the temple Goddess Shakti goes through her annual cycle of menstruation. And it is during this period, the Ambubachi Mela is held. On the first three days of the festival, gates to Kamakhya Temple are closed for everyone. It is said that Mother Earth has become impure. All religious ceremonies are put on hold during this period. Even agriculture is not don in entire Assam. At the end of the three days, the doors are opened after necessary rituals and pujas are performed. It is believed that Mother Earth has attained complete purity. To witness the mela, pilgrims from all over India.