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There are various places of tourist interest in and around Guwahati. Some of them are listed below:

 

Kamakhya Temple
This temple of Goddess Kamakhya is the greatest shrine of tantric Shaktism which finds mention in the inscription of the Allahabad pillar of Samudragupta.This temple is situated on the top of Nilachal Hills about 8 Km. away from the Guwahati railway station.

Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra
The Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra is an art and cultural complex, named after the greatest Vaishnava Saint and integrator of the Assamese society Srimanta Sankardeva.

It houses a Central Museum where cultural objects and day-to-day articles used by different ethnic groups have been preserved and exhibited.

There is also an open air theatre with 2000 capacity to hold folk festivals and to present traditional dances and dramas.
The Kalakshetra is chosen as the venue for many cultural activities.

Poorva Tirupathi (Balaji Temple)
This replica of Lord Venketeshwara temple of Tirupathi is popularly known as Balaji temple.
Visitors from all walks of life flock to the temple to pay their respects and to relax in its tranquil surroundings.

Nabagraha Temple
The temple of nine planets situated on Chitra Chal Hill in Guwahati. It is 3 km away from the Railway Station.

In ancient times, it was said to have been a great centre of study of astronomy and astrology. This is also one of the reasons why Guwahati is referred to as Pragjyotishpur or the city of eastern Astrology.

 

Umananda Temple
This Shiva temple situated on an island in the middle of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati attracts devotees from all over the country during Shiva Ratri.
One can visit the temple by crossing the river by country boat plying from Kachari ghat.
Regular ferry services are also available to this island.

Museum
Assam State Museum is 10 minutes walk from the Railway Station.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00 hrs. during Summer 10:00 - 16:30 hrs. during Winter (Monday closed).

State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden
Situated 5 Kms. from the Guwahati Railway Station. Opening hours: 07:00 hrs. - 17:00 hrs. in Summer 08:00 hrs. - 16:30 hrs. in Winter (Friday closed)


Sunset and daytime cruises on the Brahmaputra are available which give you an opportunity to take in the breathtaking beauty of Assam. There are a number of floating restaurants on the river.

The Saraighat Bridge over the Brahmaputra, the Guwahati Oil Refinery, Lachit Barphukan Park and the Guwahati University are other places worth visiting.

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