Guwahati Day Tour
Root Bridge’s interactive Storytelling day trip
New in town and yet you have a day’s time to visit Guwahati—the Gateway to the Northeast?
Well. We at the Root Bridge can offer you a deal where our expert storytellers will guide you in exploring this growing metropolis in a day’s time visiting the famous temples, taking a boat ride to a tiny Island temple in the middle of mighty Brahmaputra river, walking along the villagers in Sualkuchi—the village famous for spinning and weaving of famous Assam silk cloths, peeping at the glorious history of Assam and the great Ahom rulers at the State Museum, walk along the graves of some of the brave WW II heroes and finally taking a stroll in one of the largest traditional street markets in the region.
Root Bridge’s Guwahati Day Tour is an attempt to bring local interaction and age-old heritage, handicrafts & cultures to such travellers through flexible day activities, a few hours to a full-day long in duration.
World War II Cemetery
The day trip starts with a tour to WW II cemetery located in the city, one of the many such cemeteries located in India’s northeastern region that hold the graves of the numerous brave hearts who laid down their lives during the World War II. The cemetery at Guwahati has 486 graves including 25 unidentified graves and 24 graves of Chinese soldiers.
Dating back to ancient times, the temple is revered as one of the most famous Shakti Peeths of the country. According to the Kalika Purana, Kamakhya Temple denotes the spot where Mother Goddesses Sati used to retire in secret to satisfy her amour with Lord Shiva, and it was also the place where her yoni fell after Shiva danced with the corpse of Sati. Apart from the religious and mythological point of view, the architecture of the ancient temple which has bbbeen re-built several times is worth visiting. From Kamakhya, our storytellers will take you to Bhubneswari temple, another ancient temple located at the top of the Nilachal Hills.
Madan Kamdev, Lord of Love
Madan Kamdev – the mini Khajuraho, is an archaeological wonder of Assam. This place dates back to the 9th and 10th century AD. Excavation and ruins here shows the prosperity and myth of pala dynasty of Kamrupa. The ruins of Madam Kamdev are scattered widely in a secluded place. Uma Maheshwar’s embraced idols carved on the stone of medieval temples, can be seen here. The most prominent statues are off the Sun, Ganesh and Vidhyadhar. This place was not known to the modern world till just four decades back.
Sualkuchi – The Manchester of the East
After the devine trail, you will be taken to Sualkuchi village, known as the Manchester of the East. This village is famous for production and weaving of the famous Assam Silk materials. Almost all the household including men and women are skilled weavers engaged in weaving the Pat Silk and Muga Silk. We will walk through the village, visiting the looms and interacting with the local weavers. The village also has a Vaishnavite Monastery dating back to 400 years, the Ishwar Shri Shri Hati Satra and a Lord Shiva temple built during the Ahom rule. You can buy the best Silk directly from weavers – that help them in their livelihood too.
While returning to city, walk on the shores of trans-boundary river Brahmaputra. You can watch the mid-river statue of Ahom general Lachit Borphukan. Among the largest rivers on Earth in terms of discharge and sediment, Brahmaputra is intrinsic to the socio-cultural life in Assam. If time permits, enjoy the majestic sunset.
Before retiring to your rooms, you can also join our storyteller for an interactive walk through the historic Beltola Market of Guwahati as you reminisce about the years gone-by. The market, popularly known as Beltola Bazar, is a traditional bi-weekly fruits and vegetables market. It offers a variety of local food products starting from different types of edible ferns to world’s hottest chili pepper BhutJolokia. It also provides a glimpse into the wonderful biodiversity of India. You can see tens of variaties of each common vegetable here, something that does not exist in any supermarket.It also serves as a prime traditional trading point between people from Khasi hills in Meghalaya and the locals. The market retained its distinctive, indigenous character even today. According to historians, Beltola was the seat for a small protectorate of Ahom kingdom, which assisted the Borphukan in administration and maintained relations with the communities of Khasi hills.
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