Amidst the foothills of the Shillong plateau, on the banks of the Brahmaputra River lies Assam’s largest city – Guwahati. The city is known for its magnificent natural aura and for the wonderful picturesque setting that offers visitors a sight worth cherishing forever. A tour of Guwahati will also indulge you with its majestic history, which is reflected in the culture of the city. In the era gone by, Guwahati was known as Pragjyotishpura, which meant “light of the east”. With the charm of natural beauty, the city has attracted many tourists towards visiting with the most cost-effectively priced travel package to Guwahati. Having said this, Guwahati also offers a plethora of places to visit and activities to participate in, which can make your entire Guwahati tour plan a vacation to remember!
Although over the years Guwahati has seen tremendous development in its infrastructure as well as in the growth of the city, it has been quite successful in preserving the abundant natural beauty at the same time. With the government’s plan for developing Guwahati into a metropolitan city, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) administers an area of 328 sq. km (127 sq. mi), while the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GDMA) monitors the planning and development of the metropolitan area. Housing some huge national parks and ecological gardens, you can come across a diverse range of flora and fauna on your trip to Guwahati’s natural county.
Introduction: About Guwahati
Known as being one of the most beautiful getaways in North-East India, the heritage of the city of Guwahati dates back thousands of years. According to historical legends and known facts, the city has several mentions in ancient texts, like the Puranas. Guwahati is believed to have been the capital city of many kingdoms during prehistoric times. If the writings in the Mahabharata are to be believed, the city was the capital of the Narakasura and Bhagadatta kingdoms. According to the Ambari excavations, Guwahati was under the rule of Shunga-Kushana dynasty between 2nd Century BC and 1st Century AD.
Earlier when the city was known as Pragjyotishpura, it served as the capital city of Assam under the rule of the Varman dynasty of the Kamarupa Kingdom. Apart from this, under the Pala dynasty, Guwahati was the capital until the 10th or 11the century. However, the Ahom Kings from the seat of Borphukan are stated to have been the most fearless rulers of the city. Quite interestingly, the Mughals tried to invade Assam as much as seventeen times but were defeated by the mighty Ahom warriors. However, the city was under the Burmese rule from the year 1817 to 1826.
Guwahati tourism packages online at Veena World are famous for a number of reasons, one of which is because the city is also known as the “City of Temples” and houses one of the most worshipped temples in India – the Kamakhya Temple. The myths and legends following this temple have attracted devotees from all across the country to planning a trip to Guwahati. Adding to this, the city also houses the beautiful Umananda Temple and Ghat, located in the periphery of Peacock Island. Interestingly, Peacock Island happens to be the smallest inhabited riverine in the world. This, in fact, has helped grow the popularity of tourism to Guwahati and with vacation packages available at affordable costs; the city has seen a rise in the number of visitors as well. Apart from this, the city is also a major hub for business and economics and also houses the premier educational institute – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).