Guwahati - Place To See Around

| September 15, 2012
Tags: Assam, assam festivals, Assam temples, Gauhati, Guwahati, history, Kamakhya Temple, Shakti Peeth, tourist places assam

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary: Situated about 50 km from Guwahati in Morigaon district of Assam, Pobitora is renowned for its successful one-horned rhinoceros breeding programme. Asiatic Buffalo, wild cats, leopards and wild bear can also be found in the 38.8 sq km expanse of the sanctuary. It is also home to over 200 species of migratory birds.

Beltola Bazaar A traditional weekly fruit and vegetable market. It is an important trading point between people from Khasi Hills (Meghalaya) and local people.

Guwahati War Cemetery: Maintained by Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it is the only cemetery in India which has graves of Japanese soldiers.

Hajo: Popular with Hindu, Muslim and Buddhists, the Hayagriba Madhava Temple with its giant ancient turtle is famous. According to legend, Lord Buddha attained Nirvana and the temple is said to house his relics. Muslim saint Pir Giasuddin Aulia built a mosque here which later came to be known as Pao-Mecca.

Sualkuchi: Situated on the north bank of Brahmaputra, Sualkuchi is a weaver’s village famous for its silk weaving. It was called the Manchester of the East by the British. The village was declared a Handloom Heritage Village. It may soon become a rural tourism centre under a UNDP project. It is 32 km from Guwahati.

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary: Manas is a UNESCO World Heritage site and famed for its successful programme to breed the one-horned rhinos.

Cherrapunji: About 160 km from Guwahati, Cherrapunjee is famous all over the world as it receives the highest density of rains on the planet.

Jorhat: The tea capital of the world, Jorhat hosts Assam Tea festival every November.

Kaziranga National Park: Located 215 km from Guwahati, Kaziranga on the banks of Brahmaputra is renowned for its one-horned rhino population. Spread over 430 sq km, it is a World Heritage Site.