What You Could Get in Guwahati for $10 – 5 Things to Do in the Metropolitan City of Assam

This is officially the last feature on What You Could Get in the City for $10, and this time we're going to explore the metropolitan city in the state of Assam in India: Guwahati.

Thanks to Joydeep of The Gypsy Chiring, we're going to find out how to explore the city on the budget. So, what could you get in Guwahati for $10? Let's find out! 😉

The Best Budget-Friendly Ways to Explore Guwahati

The only metropolis in the northeast region of India, Guwahati, previously known as Gauhati, is the largest city in the state of Assam. It is a city rich in culture and heritage which can be traced back to prehistoric and Vedic times. It is also the most developed city in Assam. Surrounded by hills, the mighty Brahmaputra River flows through the city.

If you are wondering about the things to do in Guwahati, here are 5 activities that you can do within Rs 746 ($10).

Did you know?

Pragjyotispur (the ancient name of Guwahati) used to be the capital of the region of Kamrup or Kamata (Assam) in ancient literature.

Guwahati, India.

1. Go to Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya Temple is situated at the top of Nilachal Hill of Guwahati. Among the 51 Saktipeeths on earth, it is one of the oldest according to Hindu beliefs. The best time to visit it would be during the annual Ambubachi Mela (Festival) – one of the largest religious gatherings in Northeast India. The festival is celebrated every year in the month of June. Apart from that, you will surely love the view of the city and river Brahmaputra from the top.

Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam.
Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam.

2. Travel to the World's smallest inhabited river island in the world.

Yes, you read it right! The world's smallest inhabited river island – Umananda is in Guwahati, Assam. It is located in the river Brahmaputra and is reachable by ferry boats. It is both a historical and religious place, where you will find the Umananda Devaloi built by Ahom King Gadadhar Singha in 1694.  The Ahoms united and ruled the northeast region for nearly 600 years.

Umananda in Guwahati, India.
Umananda in Guwahati, India.

3. Explore the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden

The Assam State Zoo is located in Hengrabari Reserve Forest at the heart of the city. The one-horned rhinoceros is the key attraction here. It is also popular among adventure lovers. The reason being the annual rock climbing courses are held from October to December (on 4 consecutive Sundays) behind the Zoo premises but within the forest.

4. Learn more about Assam at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra

Assam is a state composed of diverse cultures, different languages, and festivals. The Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra is located near the capital of Assam – Dispur, within Guwahati city. It is maintained by the Cultural Department of Assam. It not only showcases the different ethnic groups living in the state but also showcases their art forms, cultural objects and unique village life.

Deepor Beel Birds List in Guwahati.
Deepor Beel Birds List in Guwahati.

5. Visit Deepor Beel

Deepor Beel is a freshwater lake in Guwahati, Assam. The lake provides a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The lake is famous for its diverse species of migratory birds and scenery. A peaceful location away from the hustle and bustle of a city.

You can start your trip from Kamakhya temple. Both Kamakhya Railway Station and the LGBI Airport are located nearby it. Next, you can go to Umananda, followed by Assam State Zoo and Kalakshetra. I suggest you end the day at Deepor Beel for a tranquil evening with a view of the entire city and sunset colors.

Contributor: Joydeep Phukan from The Gypsy Chiring

Joydeep shares his stories and tips on travel, adventure, food, and culture of places around the world, but he primarily covers Northeast India on his blog. He intends to promote the lesser-known cultures and offbeat destinations of Northeast India.

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