Guwahati is the city where the capital of Assam lies -Dispur, a small village/ town. Guwahati is situated on the south bank of Brahmaputra river. It is also known as the "City of Temples" and "Light of East".
Once you return back from the Umananda Temple, enjoy a peaceful Brahmaputra Sunset River Cruise. The ship is available at 2 timings - 5 PM and 7 PM. Grab a ticket and head to the upper deck which will give you a breath taking view of the sunset. The cruise gives you a mesmerizing and relaxing experience when it takes you around in the Brahmaputra. The live music on the deck coupled with the cool breeze blowing across gives you a great time with your family and friends.When I visited Guwahati last year in April, 2017, it was hosting the Namami Brahmaputra festival which celebrated the beauty of the Brahmaputra river. The five day programme hosted activities to showcase Assam’s art, heritage and culture.Ticket Cost: Alfresco Grand runs the cruise service and charges about Rs. 350 /- per head. In case you order food on the deck, that will be charged extra.Duration: 1 hour
Kamakhya Devi Temple is a Hindu temple complex with distinctive domed roofs, originally dating from the 7th century. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas dedicated to mother goddess Kamakhya. There are 2 ways to darshan the Devi - the general line or the paid line (for Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000) although the time taken does not vary once you enter the main sanctum. On a normal day it should take at-least 3 hours to complete the darshan post which there are various shops and food stalls to keep you busy.Once we had completed our darshan in the afternoon we headed straight for a Cruise ride on river Brahmaputra (it is believed to be the son of Lord Brahma, the creator of universe, and is only Indian river with a male name) along Guwahati city.Cruises are offered both by Assam Tourism and by private operators covering small tours along Guwahati city and extended luxury trip to Kaziranga National Park and Majuli, one of the largest riverine islands in the world covering attractions such as wildlife viewing (both by jeep and on elephant back), village walks, visits to tea gardens, barbecues on deserted river islands, dance performances, exploring country towns in cycle rickshaws and visits to craft workshops along with good food, picturesque views, live music to dance to and a lovely sunset. A complete experience I must say. Don't forget to book the upper deck.
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