Guwahati is a beautiful city located in the north-eastern part of Assam and draws several tourists to this place for its rich culture and places of attraction. It is a city which gives the chance to explore other cities as well because of its convenient location. So if you are staying in Ginger Hotel during your short Guwahati trip and are wondering where to go if you have a day, read on. These places will give you a chance to explore Guwahati while also giving you a nice break so you may want to look for the best hotels in Guwahati providing safe hospitality.
What's even better is that all these places are close to your hotel and thus makes it even more convenient to go around. Here are a list of place and experiences that you should try when you are in Guwahati for a short trip:
Soak in the culture at Assam State Museum:
The Assam State Museum showcases the Assamese culture and houses several artefacts and a collection of paintings, structures and much more. So if you want to explore the museum, invest some good amount of time to see everything and get to know the culture better. This museum was built in 1940 which was before India got its independence. Thus the architecture of this museum has a colonial touch and makes it a place of historical significance as well. It shows a perfect blend of ancient history as well as modern history.
So if you want to get an inside look into the history of north-eastern India, do visit this place when you are on your trip to Guwahati. It is also one of the major attractions and is visited by several tourists throughout the year. Look for the good hotels in Guwahati to explore this place.
Timing: 10:00 AM – 4:30 A.M.
Tip: You can carry your camera inside by purchasing an ordinary ticket of INR 50
Take a Recreational Steam Ride at the Umananda Temple:
The Umananda Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a holy shrine visited by several devotees throughout the year. It is situated on the Brahmaputra River in the Peacock Island. The name of the temple Umananda is derived from two words "Uma" meaning the wife of Lord Shiva and "Ananda" meaning happiness. It is believed that Lord Shiva spread ashes here after burning Kamadev. This is because Kamadev had interrupted Shiva during his meditation. Another legend also states that Goddess Urvashi resides on this island and produces nectar for Goddess Kamakhya.
One of the notable things is that to reach the temple, you'll have to take a ferry ride to Peacock Island. Thus it makes your experience even more fun and unique. So do visit this place for a memorable experience.
Timing: 5.30 am to 6 pm
Tip: Take a ferry ride to witness the breath-taking views of the Brahmaputra River
Cruise Away to the Brahmaputra River:
The Brahmaputra River is a fun ride to take and offers a plethora of experiences.
You can go on this luxury cruise as per your convenience and time of the day. There are many packages also where you can go on this cruise for even a week. The cruise offers breath-taking views of the river and you can also spot rhinos and other experiences that are worth-taking. There are many hotels in Guwahati from where you can go on this fun cruise.
While you experience an Assamese traditional lunch, admire the beauty of the mighty River Brahmaputra in the sunset cruise.
Timings: 12.30 PM – 2:30 PM for Lunch Cruise, 4 PM – 5 PM for Sunset Cruise, 8 PM for
Tip: Go during the sunset to witness beautiful views of the river
Shop Your Heart Out in the Local Market:
Assam is famous for a lot of souvenirs and products that you can get at reasonable prices. So while you are there, you shouldn't miss out going on a local shopping spree as you will definitely find something for your loved ones and even yourself.
A visit to the market will let you explore the local culture as well as you head out. You can buy several handicraft products like statues and idols which can be used for home décor. Guwahati also offers a variety of silk sarees which include Mulberry, Pat and Muga Silk. You can also get bamboo crafts and other unique crafts at reasonable prices. If not, you can also head to malls like Dona Planet Mall or the Sohum Shoppe to pick clothes and a variety of other products. The other markets include Fancy Bazaar, Paltan Bazaar and Pan Bazaar where you can find local products.
Timings: 10 am to 11 pm
Tip: Go local shopping and try some mouth-watering food at the local joints.
Treat Your Taste Buds
Is a day of exploring even complete without trying some food? Bring out the true foodie in you by trying a variety of dishes while you're exploring Guwahati. You can try street food items like Laksa, Fuska, Jhalmuri, Thukpa and many other varieties. For something sweet, do not forget to try Payash which is a rice pudding and a famous dish in Guwahati.
If you are non-vegetarian you can also try fishes like Rohu which is deliciously prepared by adding flavours of mustard and other spices. Or else you can even visit Foodvilla, a famous Indian restaurant which offers a variety of cuisines including the authentic Assamese dishes. Their menu includes desserts, main courses and non-vegetarian delicacies which will leave you craving for more. With plenty of hotels in Guwahati offering the safest dining options, finding places to eat is also easy.
Timings: 6 am to 11:30 pm (Foodvilla), Local joints (10 am -11:30 pm)
Tip: Try the Assamese tea at any place as they are commonly available.
So if you are in Guwahati, there are tons of places and experiences that you can try out. Even if you are running short of time, all the places mentioned above are very close to your hotel and thus all you need to do is just spare a day and get going. So, if you are staying at Ginger, you can go around and explore the culture, taste the food and even buy some traditional clothes for a memory. After a long day of exploring and shopping, you can spend a good night's sleep in your comfy hotel bed. Look for the best hotels for safety and hygiene in Guwahati and start exploring.