So, finally, we reached Guwahati city from Tinsukia. Now it is the time to explore the top tourist attractions in Guwahati.  The ancient temples of Guwahati and magnificent Brahmaputra river flows through the city,  enhance the beauty of the city and draw thousands of tourist from all corners of the earth. After having our breakfast at our homestay we start our one-day city tour in Guwahati.

If you miss my previous posts on Assam tour.  Here the links for you –

Exploring bird watchers paradise Dibru Saikhowa National Park and around: Assam Travelogue Part 5
Assam Travelogue Part 4: My Journey to Historical city Sibsagar
Assam Travelogue Part 3: My Journey to Majuli Island
Assam Travelogue Part2: Jorhat city Tour
Mesmerising Kaziranga National Park : Assam Travelogue Part1

Peacock Island and Umananda temple

 Umananda islnad, Guwahati tourist attraction

View of Umananda Island (Photo credit Panoramio)

Umananda Temple, Guwahati city tour

The entry point of Umananda Temple. Stairs start from here. (Photo credit Sadhan Kumar Roy)

After spending few minutes in a cab, we reached beautiful river bank of mighty Brahmaputra river. We sat in a boat from Fancy bazar ghat to reach the smallest inhabited riverine island i.e. the Umananda Island. It is known as the Peacock Island. The island is on the river Brahmaputra. It has a small ancient temple established by Ahom king on 16th century of Lord Bhairav perched on a hilltop. There were stairs to reach the temple premises. One can have a lovely view from the temple. The surrounding forest and mighty river makes it quite fetching for all. We also witness few Golden Langurs, an endangered species of Langurs here. After offering our prayers, we descend the stairs and fetch a boat to return to the mainland.

Urvashi island Guwahati

Urvashi island (Photo credit wikimapia)

Ferry service to Umananda island

We also spotted few small island and a stone structure named Urvashi on another island. My friend told me about the story of Urvashi Island. I was amazed and shocked to hear this. I will write later about the legend associated with the temple and Urvashi Island in another post.  After returning from Peacock Island we went to visit Sankardeva Kalashetra located in the Panjabari area of Guwahati.

How to reach Umananda Island

Ferry or local long boat is the only option to reach Umanada. Ferry service is available from Kachari Ghat, Uzanbazar and Fancy Bazar Ghat. Boat riding in Brahmaputra River is also serene and beautiful.

 

Sankardeva Kalashetra

For those who love to catch a glimpse of the traditional culture of the Assamese people, none can beat a visit to the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra. It is a cultural institution, which has been named after neo Vaishnavite guru – prolific poet and play righter Srimanta Sankardeva. He was born in the 15th century and has a profound impact on the Assamese culture. The building we visited has a museum, vast library and an open-air theatre that can accommodate more than 2000 spectators. The name of the museum is another genius of Assam i.e. noted singer, composer, poet, and filmmaker Bhupen Hazarika.

Guwahati kalakshetra photo

Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra

Sankardev kalakshetra pictures

Amphitheatre inside Sankardev Kalakshetra

Sankardev Kalakshetra photo

Stone sculpture inside Sankardev Kalakshetra

We also visited some beautiful stone sculpture depicting Assamese village life and culture. It houses a small artificial lake and a beautiful gate designed as same as Rang Ghar( Another prominent landmark of Assam located in the Sibsagar district).

We also visited Shilpagram located adjacent to the cultural institution. A crafts village displaying the traditional lifestyle of the people of villages in Assam, Shilpagram is a good place to visit.

Sankaradeva Kalakshetra  Timing

Entry time of Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra is 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs 20 for adults
Children: Rs.10 (5-14yrs)
Foreign Tourists: Rs 100

Basistha Temple

Basistha Temple Guwahati

Basistha Temple (Photo Sayantan Panja)

Basistha Temple

Scenic and relaxing Basistha Temple complex (Photo Dhon Ray)

It took us flat 30 minutes in our cab to reach the popular Basistha temple in the Beltola area. It is a major tourist place always crowded with devotees. We feel immediately at peace, as the temple surroundings were just fantastic. There were lush greeneries and a floating waterfall too.

The temple is located at the base of a hill and is quite near to an Indian army camp. The temple deity is Guru Vashistha i.e. teacher of Lord Rama and Lakshmana. In Assam, Vashistha is pronounced Basistha and hence, the name. There is a small shrine of Lord Shiva also in the temple premises.

Balaji Temple

Balaji temple Guwahati picture

Balaji temple complex (Photo Suparna Bagchi)

If you love peaceful atmosphere and some serene ambience, it is time to visit the Balaji Temple! Yes, we visited and were delighted to have the traditional Naivedhyam. The temple made up of pure white stone has shrines of Balaji, Laxmi and Durga. It was already evening when we visited the temple and this gives us a better experience. We offer our prayers, and simply marvel at the sprawling campus with trees and flowering plants all around. Lighting around the campus and the stone scripture made in the template in awe-inspiring.

It was already quite late, and we start experiencing hunger pangs. So, we headed back towards our home stay. There a hot piping dinner was waiting for us. We ate local Assamese food with local chicken, small fishes and pork. Then, we retreat to our respective rooms to enjoy a good sleep. Stay with us as tomorrow, we will explore new places in Guwahati!

If you are looking for more information on Guwahati tour please check out the page dedicated to Guwahati on our website, or email us on support@nexplore.org to start planning your trip!  We also offer one-day city tour in Guwahati.

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