Guwahati is the largest city in Assam and in the whole of North-east India. Its name is derived from ‘Guwa’ which means areca nut and ‘haat’ which means a ‘bazaar’ or market. Situated on the Brahmaputra River, Guwahati is a port city and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Even historically, Guwahati has been a bustling trading center. Assam is also equally famous for being the ‘Corridor to the North East’ and rightly so said because you can practically go to any of the other six of the ‘seven sisters’ states of India by road with Guwahati as its base. It even shares its border with the countries of Bhutan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh
It is also famous as a pilgrimage site, being home to famous temples like the Kamakhya, Navagraha, and Umananda (which also happens to be the largest river island in the world) to name a few. No wonder it receives thousands of visitors every year, especially during Hindu festivals. When taking of tourist attractions, how can one leave out the UNESCO listed Kaziranga National Park which is home to the one-horned rhinoceros and many other exotic wildlife. Not to forget amazing sunsets over the Brahmaputra, that can be viewed in all its glory on a lazy river cruise.
Geographically, Guwahati is in the foothills of the Shillong plateau and is divided into two valleys by the Brahmaputra and the Barak rivers. It, therefore, has a sub-tropical climate and experiences a semi-dry summer (peak time: April and May) with a maximum temperature of about 36⁰C on an average during this time. Monsoons come in from June and last mostly till September with an annual rainfall which ranges between 1500- 2500 mm and an average humidity around the year of 75%. Winters start from November and last till the end of February. The minimum temperature stays around 10⁰C, which means the temperature makes this time quite pleasant to move around. This is the perfect time to visit Guwahati and see its diverse attractions and maybe travel to Shillong or Tawang or even to Myanmar or Bhutan from there.
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