Guwahati City…DR C M Seth IFS
Guwahati capital of Assam State is an emerging metro city with a population of about 11 lakhs both indigenous and migrant. It is an ancient river port city on the banks of river Brahamaputra. Its ancient name is Pragjyotishpura meaning light of east. Guwahati also derives its name from two words Guwa in assamese is Areca Nut (Supari) and Haat is market for selling supari. City has a strong economic activity with two oil refineries and a base station of railways for all the NE states. City is also an educational hub with more than hundred years old Cotton college, three universities, Medical college and IIT Guwahati. It is also cultural centre with several artists, writers and musicians of national and international recognition. Its ancient temples like Kamkhaya Temple seat of Tantaric practices, Naugrah temple and several others temples make Guwahati as a strong base of Hinduism. About 80 to 90 % population are Hindus. Recently writer Gulzar observed that good quality poetry in India is coming only from Assam. There are several places to see in Guwahati for any tourist like Temples, Bridge over Brahmputra connecting new and old Guwahati, River Curuze in evening, Marwari Bazar, Pan Bazar, Fancy Bazar, River Dolphins, Statue of Ahom General Lachit Borphukan who defeated Moghul Army seven times, Cultural centre and Zoo. Any traveler visiting Guwahati should not miss famous Vegetarian Marwari restaurant for original ethnic food served in traditional style. Guwahati has also qualified as one of the Smart cities. Guwahati is well connected with international airport, railways and roads. Natonal Highway 37 connects Guwahati with the capitals of all NE states.