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Guwahati - An Overview

Updated on: Mar 18, 2013
Guwahati, the capital of Assam, is a major city in north - eastern India, with a population of 818,809 (2001 census). It is identified with Pragjyotishapura, the capital of King Bhavadatta, who is mentioned in the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. The town was overrun by Muslim forces in the 17th century.

Guwahati is one of the most rapidly growing cities in India. During the past few decades it has experienced expansion and also a steep rise in population. According to a survey done by a UK media outlet, Guwahati is among the 100 fastest growing cities of the world, and is the 5th fastest growing in India. It is a railroad hub and a shipping point for tea, rice, jute, and cotton.

Guwahati is a major commercial and educational center of North-East India and is home to world class institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. The city is also a major center for cultural activities and sports in the North Eastern region and for the administrative and political activities of Assam. The city is also an important hub for transportation in the North East Region, it is said to be the gateway of northeast.

brahmaputraGuwahati has many beautiful tourist spots, covering the entire city. Being in the bank of the river Brahmaputra, the river cruise is considered to be one of the major attractions of Guwahati. People enjoy a thrilling experience going on a cruise on the mighty river. With a number of place for pilgrimage , Guwahati is also known as the temple city of Assam . About two miles to the west of modern Guwahati on the summit of the Nilachal Hill lies the Kamakhya temple. Lots of devotees from across the country visit the temple every year. Another temple which is situated on the peacock island in the middle of the Brahmaputra is the Umananda temple.

Other than this, there are many other tourist spots of attraction like The Assam State Museum, Guwahati Planetarium , Regional Science Centre , and the Assam State Zoo.

Guwahati always enjoys a moderate weather with average high temperature of 29°C and average minimum is 19°C. Summer seasons (April-May) has a maximum of 40°C and winter (October to March) has a minimum 5°C. Monsoon during June to October give good rainfalls.

BihuBihus, celebrated thrice a year, are the National festival of Assamese, which is celebrated with much enthusiasm. The people of Assam look forward to the Bahag bihu during April, the Magh or Bhogali bihu during January and The Kati or Kangali bihu during September-October.

Educational Scenario of Guwahati

In the entire north-eastern region of India, Guwahati is considered to have more leading institutes of higher education than elsewhere. Gradually it has become the centre of attraction for the admission seekers, for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level courses. With excellent faculty and administration, the city colleges generate a learning ambiance for the aspirants all across the country. The Gauhati University in Jalukbari is one of the oldest Universities in Assam. The century-old Cotton College is one of the most reputed colleges in eastern India, and possesses great scholastic and cultural value.
The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati is the sixth world's renowned IITs in India. Since its establishment in 1994, IIT-G has proven itself as an excellent institution for research and education, evidenced by its high ranking among the IITs in India . The Assam Engineering College and the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital which include Regional Dental College and Regional College of Nursing are the two important institutions for science and technology and medical education.

IIT GuwahatiAmong the city's many other institutions of higher learning are the Gauhati Commerce College, College of Veterinary Science under AAU, Government Ayurvedic College, Arya Vidyapeeth College, B. Barooah College, Handique Girls College (the latter two have both Arts and Science streams), Assam Engineering Institute (engineering diploma courses), Pandu College, LCB College, West Guwahati Commerce College, and K.C.Das Commerce College.

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