Travel Guide

The Lily Guwahati, is located on GS Road, which is the heart of the business, financial and shopping districts of ASSAM.

Conveniently connected to the major business locations such as Oil Refinery, Commercial Offices at G.S Road & Zoo Road. The hotel is only a 5 minute drive from the State Legislative assembly and other government offices.

How to reach

  • By AIR
  • The Lily, Guwahati is situated 35 kms from the Borjhar (Guwahati) airport and is approximately 45 minutes drive from the hotel. All major domestic airlines have regular flights to and from the city.
  • By ROAD
  • The Lily, Guwahati is well connected by road to all major North East Destination. The Lily Hotel is 8 kms from Inter State Bus Terminal Guwahati.
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    By RAIL
  • The Lily, Guwahati is situated 8 Kms from The Guwahati Railway station, which is a 30 minutes drive. All major railway sectors have regular train service to and from the city. There is a Rajdhani express train to and from Delhi.

Discover Guwahati

Capital of the state of Assam, Guwahati is situated 1000 mtr. above sea level, and enjoys a pleasant climate. It has a number of attractions, ranging from Kamakhya Temple to its various beautiful wildlife parks. It also offers the visitor a wide selection of shopping opportunities and restaurants.

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    Guwahati City

The name Guwahati is two Assamese words: ‘guwa’ (areca nut) and ‘haat’ (market place). The name used to be spelled as Gowhatty (pre-colonial and colonial), anglicized to Gauhati (colonial-British), which was then changed to the present form in the late 1980s to conform to the local pronunciation. The city is between the banks of the Brahmaputra river and the foothills of the Shillong plateau, with LGB International Airport to the west and the town of Narengi to the east. It is gradually being expanded as North Guwahati to the northern bank of the Brahmaputra. The famous heritage Madan Kamdev is situated 30 km away from Guwahati. This heritage is same as Khajuraho.

History calls

The usual trail:

One of the key urban centers of Assam and the biggest city in North-East India, this serves as the major gateway to the whole region. The major tourist spots of Guwahati are Kamakhya Temple, River Cruise on the river Brahmaputra, Shankardev Kalakshetra, Umananda Temple, Assam State Zoo, Shilpagram etc. Chandubi Lake, Sonapur, Madan Kamdev, Chandrapur and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are other famous spots outskirts the city.While visiting Madan Kamdev Tourists also visit the ancient temple Gopeswar Mandir situated in village Deuduar.

DEVOTIONAL

Kamakhya Temple:

Located on the Nilanchal Hill in the western part of Guwahati in Assam, the Kamakhya temple is one of the most revered shrines of Shakti in India. The shrine is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in the country and is a part of the four most important Shakti Peethas along with the Vimala Temple and Sthana Khanda in Odisha and Dakhina Kalika in Kolkata, West Bengal. Kamakhya temple is the Goddess of Desire, and celebratory for the Tantrik sect of Hinduism. Followers of the Tantra Sect place their belief in Kamakshi or Kamakhya and hence this shrine holds tremendous religious, historic and archaeological significance.

Although Kamakhya is the presiding deity of this temple, the 10 Mahavidyas also make an appearance in the temple. Among these, Tripurasundari, Matangi, and Kamal reside in the main sanctum of the temple while Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Chhinnamasta, Dhumvati, and Bagalamukhi have individual temples dedicated to them. The main entrance of the Kamakhya temple is beautifully designed with simple yet elegant carvings which are lightly decorated with colourful flowers. The temple has a massive dome which overlooks the quaint Nilanchal Hills in the background. Visit this temple for a long due acquaintance with the Divine.

Uma Nanda Temple:

The Umananda Temple is located in the small Peacock Island amidst the mighty Brahmaputra. This quiet place of worship is named after and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name ‘Umananda’ comes from the two Hindi words ‘uma’ – Lord Shiva’s wife and ‘ananda’ meaning happiness. The Peacock Island is the smallest inhabited riverine in the world and possibly one of the most beautiful too. The Umananda temple is nestled in the laps of this serene island whose shores are washed by the mighty Brahmaputras. It is a haven for nature lovers. The surroundings of the temple are undisturbed and serene and thus prove to be a perfect place just to sit and enjoy the beauty of the area.

The temple is situated on the top of a hill called Bhasmakala or Bhasmakuta. The island was originally built in 1694 A.D. by King Gadadhar Singha. However, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897 and later rebuilt by a wealthy local merchant. The Umananda temple was crafted beautifully by the skilled Assamese workmen. Aside from Lord Shiva, there are 10 other Hindu Gods whose idols reside in the shrines.

Aside from being a place of worship, The Umananda temple is also a pleasurable exception to the typical places of worship. Devoid of the cacophony of forceful religion, this place has a serene environment which makes you want to sit down for a while and absorb the beauty of the place.

ISKCON Guwahati :

ISKCON, International Society for the Krishna consciousness is a Hindu religious society which was founded in the New York City in the year 1966 by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Its core belief is based on the holy Hindu books of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. The society has international recognition, and various temples of ISKCON are located in various parts of the world. ISKCON Guwahati is one of the temples under the parent organization which is dedicated to Lord Krishna.

It is called Shri Shri Rukmini Krishna, the name of the temple is given after Rukmani, the wife of Lord Krishna. It is located on a hilltop of Ulubari Chariali area of the capital city. It is beautifully constructed of the stark white marble which adds a stunning look to the architecture of the building.

ISKCON Guwahati is surrounded by lush green gardens where devotees can spend their time in the dedication of God. The interiors of the temple include the deities of Krishna and Rukmani in the attractive attires. There are various halls inside the temple for preaching the teaching of the society which is based on Vaishnavism, which considers Lord Vishnu as their supreme power (Krishna was also one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu).

Basistha Ashram :

Guru Vashishta (or Basistha) is credited to writing the Hindu epic of Vashishtha Ramayana (behind the scenes Ramayana). It is believed that the sage constructed this ashram and later breathed his last here.

The fact that this epic still lives on and is a part of the daily routine of innumerable houseolds of India is a clear indication of how popular this site is. The construction, architecture and beautiful locale all mix in beautifully and have resulted in the serene and picturesque ashram

Pandu:

The Suburban town of Pandu is named after King Pandu (father of the famous five Pandavas). The Tila Hills in the town has temple dedicated to Pandu (the Pandunath temple).

Five Ganesha idols representing the five Pandavas are found here – it is believed that during their exile, the Pandavas hid here under the disguise of Ganesha. The place also presents various other idols.

PLACE OF INTEREST

Guwahati Zoo:

Having been established as one of the better zoos in the country, the Guwahati Zoo as it popularly known as a wildlife paradise spread over an extensive area of 430 acres. Located in a densely vegetated forest area in the centre of Guwahati called the Hengrabari Forest Area, the protected area has not lost its vibrant touch with mother nature. Often referred to as the green lung of the city of Guwahati, the Assam Zoo cum Botanical Garden lies just 6 kilometres south of the mighty Brahmaputra river that flows through the state and is the largest of its kind in the North-East region of the country. The zoo exhibits captivating landscape gardens, a great deal of wildlife and a serene environment. It has had an important mark in shaping the ecological outline of the state and also the country. A unique abundance of the wildlife here makes it an admirer’s paradise and is certainly worth the visit!

The temple is situated on the top of a hill called Bhasmakala or Bhasmakuta. The island was originally built in 1694 A.D. by King Gadadhar Singha. However, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1897 and later rebuilt by a wealthy local merchant. The Umananda temple was crafted beautifully by the skilled Assamese workmen. Aside from Lord Shiva, there are 10 other Hindu Gods whose idols reside in the shrines.

Aside from being a place of worship, The Umananda temple is also a pleasurable exception to the typical places of worship. Devoid of the cacophony of forceful religion, this place has a serene environment which makes you want to sit down for a while and absorb the beauty of the place.

Assam State Museum:

Assam State Museum, also known as Assam Rajyik State Museum, is located in the heart of Guwahati city in Dighali Pukhuri tank. It is one of the most famous museums of the North- East India that gives insights into the rich culture of ancient history and as well as the modern history of North-East India. Its prominent location in the center of the city attracts a large number of history buffs and tourists visiting Guwahati.

The museum was established during the colonization of British in India in the year 1940. It was set up by the Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti, Assam research society to showcase the history, sculptures, and handicrafts of North East India. The museum was developed under the presidency of Kanklal Baruah, and it was taken by the state soon after his death in the year 1953.

The Museum offers an extensive collection of artifacts and sculptures dating back to the 5th-12th century to the new artifacts from the World War II. This museum is a great place to visit if you want a sneak-peak of the history of the North-east India.

Guwahati Planetarium:

The Guwahati Planetarium, located on MG Road is an excellent destination for the ‘universe lovers’. The magic of the infinitely expanding universe is explained in such detail and is yet beyond anybody’s understanding.

Apart from the regular Sky watching sessions conducted by the experts at the planetarium, special shows projected on a dome shaped overhead screen are the star attraction of the Planetarium. These shows are available in Hindi, English as well as Assamese and the timings are as convenient. The shows are just 2 hours apart and hence easy for tourists to manage.

Regional Science Centre :

Located in Jawaharnagar Khanapara, on the outskirts of Guwahati, Regional Science Centre is one of the 27 centres maintained and administered by Government of India’s National Council of Science Museums. Locally known as Science Museum, the depository is a wonderful initiative by the science fraternity to educate, enlighten and entertain the visitors through the medium of science and technology. Established in the year 1994, the museum houses rare instruments, machinery, rare science equipments, demo experiment setups etc. The Science centre also boasts of interactive displays to learn from, both for kids and adults, ranging from everyday activities to prehistoric exhibits and non-formal science education.

With the idea to spread the awareness of science in everyday life, the museum has grown as an able forum to propagate the original idea. In addition to the permanent galleries showcasing various exhibits, the museum also has a dynamic science park, a mock prehistoric park, a superb 3D animation theatre, a spacious auditorium, an inbuilt aquarium etc. Besides, the centre conducts regulated science shows, workshops and lectures for students and interested adults. The indoor and outdoor experiments, fun mirrors, science games are a brilliant way to inculcate knowledge and are a fun learning experience.

Shrimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra:

Named after the poet-playwright and reformer of the medieval times- Srimanta Sankardev, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in Panjabari, Guwahati. With an aim to promote the culture, art and tradition of Assam, the complex has several centres dedicated to the promotion of the state’s cultural brilliance with an impressive display of its history and its glorious past. Built in 1990, this Kalakshetra showcases the artistic excellence of the North- East along with nurturing the bygone heritage. Sprawling over vast acres of land, the premises boast of a museum, a library, an art gallery and a children’s park beside several other adjuncts.

This mosaic amalgamation strives to capture the essence, grandeur and ethos of the diverse ethnicity and to preserve, restore and promote the heritage. The non- profit organization aims to provide cultural and spiritual upliftment to the people of Assam. The buildings and structures present in the complex have been constructed in the conventional Assamese designs; they showcase the lives of the local people, groups and sub- groups of the state. A visit to Srimanta Kalakshetra is definitely going to be an enriching experience for you and we recommend you to not give it a miss while you are out there.

Dispur:

Dispur is the beautiful capital of Assam packed with panoramic views, unique traditions and rich tribal culture. Declared as Assam’s capital in 1973, the city houses some of the important buildings of the state like Assam Secretariat, State Emergency Operations Center and State Assemble House.

Dotted with several Hindu temples, one can witness the distinctive culture of the state. Dispur is also famous as a tea auction market and is situated on the outer skirts of Guwahati at a mere distance of about 10 kms. Enriched in flora and fauna and adorned with beautiful weather throughout the year, visit Dispur to for a perfect vacation.

Nehru Park:

Located in the heart of the city of Guwahati, opposite to Cotton College in Panbazar area of Guwahati, Nehru Park is a charming garden park built in 2000 and named after the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Based in the age old institutional area of Guwahati with plenty of colleges in the vicinity, the park area was originally a church with several cemeteries. Later, the Assam government overtook it and decided otherwise. Currently, one of the major tourist attractions of the city, the park has been beautified with several trees, soft grass and spectacular sculptures.

Blessed with a pristine environment and a pleasant atmosphere, Nehru Park boasts of 45 sculptures carved out of concrete depicting various dance forms of the state of Assam. Besides, it has an open air theatre, a rock garden, a charming lawn and a few artificial ponds. The park is thronged by tourists day in and day out owing to its well- maintained lawns, vibrantly blooming flowers and an all- around vitality.

Fancy Bazar:

Endearingly called as the ‘Chandni Chowk of Guwahati’, Fancy Bazaar is probably the best flea market in all of Guwahati. Consisting of a bazillion tiny shops, stray stalls, roadside setups, Fancy Bazaar is sure to lure you with its labyrinthian alleys and its throwaway prices. A chaotic yet charming amalgamation of the disarrayed shopkeepers, the hustling shoppers along with the aroma of the local street food, the market is a shopping hub for all the compulsive shoppers out there.

This shoppers’ paradise is the go-to place for anything and everything ranging from designer clothes to boots to jewellery, stationery, accessories, artefacts and even furniture, and all of it in the really reasonable wholesale prices. The market is famous for housing some famous Assam Silk shops, garment shops, not to forget, sweets shops and little coops for memorable knick knacks and takeaways. The delicious eateries lined at the side will help you refresh and rejuvenate with lip-smacking local snacks
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    Tourist Destinations Around Guwahati

Majuli:

Mājuli is situated at a distance of 20 km from Jorhat. One can take the bus or a hired taxi to the Nimati Steamer Ghat from where ferry services ply. The distance takes over three hours to cover, with three bus rides and two ferry rides. Majuli is an island, it is always a wet place. The southern part of the island is a bird lovers paradise. Between November and March is the best time to visit this place.

Kaziranga National Park:

Home to two-thirds of the world’s one horned rhinoceros population, this national park has been declared as a World Heritage Site.

Made unique with a vibrant, well preserved and sustained ecology this park has a very versatile bio diversity which makes Kaziranga National Park a very important and popular tourist destination. Other than the one horned Rhino which almost defines the area, the park also offers pleasant surprises to tourists as they spot Swamp deer, elephants, wild buffalos, Chinese pangolins, Bengal foxes, gibbons, civets, sloth bears, leopards and flying squirrels are a few animals that can be spotted here. The park is also home to the Indian tiger and it is a tiger reserve.

Along with this you’ll find your heads turning up to see eagles, hornbills and pelicans. Apart from the wildlife, the park itself is immensely beautiful with water bodies and forests. One can opt for safari rides in the park in either jeeps or SUVs and this is the best way to get around the park. Elephant rides can be arranged and they have to be booked in advance as they are popular.Kaziranga is the place to go for a trip full of excitement into the best and most of what Assam’s nature has to offer.

Shillong:

Shillong was the capital of Meghalaya meaning ‘The abode of the clouds’, it became the first capital of the newly formed State of Meghalaya. Located in undulating pine covered hills, the city has a milder climate than tropical India. The city center is 1496 meters above sea level. Shillong currently has a population of around 270,000. Home to several waterfalls, it is also known as the Scotland of East. The British legacy is still visible in architecture and food habits of population. It takes around 3 hours from The Lily Hotel to reach Shillong. Visitors can see Shillong and return the same Day.

Tawang:

Tawang is a town situated at an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres (10,000 ft) in the northwestern part ofArunachal Pradesh of India. The area is claimed by both the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of India as a part ofSouth Tibet. The town once served as the district headquarters of West Kameng district, and became the district headquarters of Tawang district when it was formed from West Kameng. The name Tawang (Tibetan: རྟ་དབང་, Wylie: Rta-dbang) means Horse Chosen. It is said to be the biggest Buddhist monastery in the world outside of Lhasa, Tibet. It is a major holy site for Tibetan Buddhists as it was the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. It is also famous for Snowfall which occurs every year during December-January. The distance from Guwahati to Tawang is about 636 kms. All modes of transportation are available. Comfortable hotels are available for staying..

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    History

Guwahati is considered the site of Pragjyotishpura, a semi-mythical town founded by Asura King Naraka who was later killed by Lord Krishna for a pair of magical earrings. The city was a vibrant cultural centre well before the Ahoms arrived, and later the theatre of intense Ahom-Mughal fighting, changing hands eight times in the 50 years before 1681. Most of the old city was wiped out by a huge 1897 earthquake followed by a series of devastating floods. Guwahati is the major commercial and educational hub of Assam and north-eastern region of India and is home to institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and other premier institutions like Gauhati University and Cotton College. The city is a major center for cultural activities and sports besides administrative and political activities of Assam. The city is an important regional hub for transportation.