Assam Tourist Places
Assam the “Home of the son of Lord Brahma or Brahma –putra” is a land full of myths, mysteries, lores and legends. This sentinel of the north-east India is joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land and noted for its ruins and monuments, colourful people and festivities. The State endowed with stunning scenic beauty is dominated by the mighty Brahmaputra River and is the largest producer of timber and tea in the country. Assam is also dotted with oil fields and it produces about ones-sixth of India’s petroleum and natural gas.
Assam Tourism Information
Guwajati, the ‘Gateway to the North East’ sprawling along the banks of Brahamputra is the main industrial, commercial and communication centre of the region. It was an important religious and political never centre of ancient Assam and was earlier known by the names of Kamrupa and ‘Pragjyotishpura’ or the ‘City of Eastern Lights’. Today, this bustling business city is associated with various products like tea, oil, forest produce and handlooms etc.
The sacred shrine of Goddess Kali is the most important temple of Assam and the main attraction of Guwahati. The temple with bee-hive shaped ‘shikaras’ is perched on the Nilachal hill and is a fine example of Assames architecture. It isone of the three most important tantric temples in India; According to mythological legends, the ‘yoni’ of Shakti, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati fell over here and thus it is also known as ‘Yoni Pith’.
Assam State Museum
It has a rich collection of archaeological and ethnographic artefacts like stone sculptures and bronzes etc., dating back to 7th century.
The temple of the ‘Nine Planets’ at the Chitranchal hill is an ancient seat o f astrology and astronomy. The lingam inside the shrine is surrounded by nine representations of the planets.
The Shiva temple is set on the Peacock Island in Brahmaputra River and can be reached by boat form Umananda Ghat.
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalashetra
The cultural centre is named after Sankaradeva, a 15th century Vaishnavite saint. It preserves and promotes the cultural identity of the Assam.
Assam State Zoo (5km)
This well-maintained zoo has a rich variety of animal life. There is also a fine botanical garden.