Considered the gateway to the North-East region of India, Guwahati or ‘Gowhatty’ is the largest city in the region. An important administrative, trading center and a river port, Guwahati is an ancient town and an important place of veneration of Goddess Shakti. Kamakhya temple situated atop the Nilachal hill is an important site for tantric Hinduism.

Guwahati city is situated between the southern bank of Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Dispur, situated within Guwahati, is the capital of Assam.

Guwahati, known as Pragjyotishpur (Light of the East) in olden days, was the erstwhile capital of kingdom of Kamrup which existed between 350 and 1140 CE. During past few decades it has experienced violent separatism from organizations like ULFA, but now situation is under control of the government of Assam.

Besides the most revered and popular Kamakhya Temple; the city has several ancient Hindu temples like the Umananda Temple, Navagraha Temple and Basistha Temple. The abundance of temples has earned Guwahati the sobriquet of "City of Temples."

Guwahati and its surrounding areas are rich in wildlife. Kaziranga National Park, known for its famous resident the one-horned Indian rhinoceros, is 214 km away.

As capital of Assam, the second commercial tea production region besides southern China, Guwahati is also an important tea trading centre. Assam also has the distinction of being the only region in the world besides southern China, with native tea plants. Known for its body, briskness, malty flavor, and strong, bright color, Assam teas are often sold as "breakfast" teas. The Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) is among the busiest tea trading facilities in the world.

Guwahati is among the 100 fastest growing cities of the world and the fifth fastest growing among Indian cities. It is a major commercial and educational centre of eastern India. The premier Indian Institute of Technology campus is also located in Guwahati.

Any mention of Guwahati is incomplete without reference to its prodigal son Bhupen Hazarika. Lyricist, film-maker, singer, musician and poet from Assam, Hazarika’s songs became popular in Assam, West Bengal and even Bangladesh. Hazarika is acknowledged for introducing folk music of Assam and Northeast India in Hindi films. The memorial to Hazarika at the Guwahati University campus is popular with tourists and locals.

The city enjoys moderate temperature throughout the year. October to April is considered the best time to visit the city.

AIR:
Guwahati is connected by air to the major cities of India like Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Agartala, Aizawl, Dibrugarh and Jorhat. Delhi and Kolkata are just one and a half hours away from Guwahati.

RAIL:
The Paltan Bazaar Railway Station in Guwahati is an important terminus on the North-East Frontier Railway. It is well connected with all the major cities of India.

ROAD ROUTES:
Guwahati is the hub of the road network to the north eastern region and to centers west of Assam. The distance between Guwahati and Kolkata is 1151 km and between Darjeeling and Guwahati is 627 km.