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10 Reasons Why Guwahati Is the Lifeblood of Assam

Neelakshi Das
Intern, Bordoisila

7th February, 2016

Guwahati is the largest city in the whole of North-East India. Lying on the banks of the mighty river Brahmaputra and surrounded by hills on three sides, this idyllic city is a magnificent blend of plains and hills. The city of Guwahati, with a historical account teeming with significant events in its kitty, today, boasts of a vibrant and modern cosmopolitan culture. Though 10 points would not justify the plentiful offerings Guwahati brings into the fore, yet, I bring out the important ones.

1.Guwahati is the political capital of Assam

Dispur, the capital of Assam is placed at the heart of Guwahati. Administrative headquarters are located in Dispur including assembly house and secretariat of the Assam Government.

The city is under the police control headed by the Commissioner of Police while the Headquarters of Assam police are also situated in the city. Furthermore, the presence of the headquarters of Employment Exchange office, regional office of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) notch up the city’s significance.

Also mention-worthy would be the Guwahati High Court which acts as the Highest Court of Assam along with that of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

2.The city is the hub of trade and commerce

Guwahati is the centre point for business in North- East. Its revenue is primarily generated via manufacturing industries, banking and financial services, tourism and transport, hospitality, real estate, electronics, textiles and handicrafts, pharmaceuticals and print and electronic media. It is also home to the Reserve Bank of India, IOCL Refinery Noonmati, LPG bottling plant and the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC). The city’s most prominent marketplace, Fancy Bazaar, has been attracting people from all over the North-east for long.

3.Guwahati enjoys a rich art and cultural heritage

Guwahati rates itself high as a cultural hub of the entire North-East as people not just from Assam but also from other surrounding states come for major concerts and fests.

The Srimanta Shankardev Kalakshetra in Panjabari region of the city is a significant marvel of art and gallery. The rich tradition and culture that the city takes pride in is depicted by paintings, traditional art, handicrafts and handloom and weaving forms. ‘Shilpagram’ located just beside Kalakshetra is a traditional market where native and indigenous items are found.

4.It has a lot to offer to tourists

There are many old and new tourist destinations in the city. Its heritage sites, ancient and modern temples, museums, archeological sites and lakes make Guwahati a magnet to the tourists and locals alike. Known as the “City of Temples”, Guwahati draws scores of devotees to the world famous Kamakhya Temple and Umananda Temple. Many other temples like Basistha Temple, Nabagraha Temple and Sukleshwar Temple are equally noteworthy.

The exotic Chandubi Lake, Deepor bill and Digholi Pukhuri are water sights which have a lot to offer. For the kids and inquisitive minds; Assam state museum, Guwahati Planetarium, Regional Science Centre and Assam state zoo cum Botanical Garden have a plethora of things to offer.

5.The city is an important seat of learning

Guwahati is home to some of the best educational institutes of Assam as well as the North-East. The management and technical colleges in the city welcome students from all over India. There are many medical colleges in the city with Guwahati medical college at the forefront. Also, there are other quality colleges which offer standardized education to the students from various parts of the state.

6.It is also a hub for recreational activities

Food, Fun and Play - Guwahati is synonymous with all of them. It is no less than a heaven for the foodies. Be it KFC, Mainland China, Barbeque Nation and the other fine dine restaurants or the pocket-friendly local joints, the city doesn’t let down a single soul. Accoland, the largest amusement park of the North-east, is an ideal place to spend quality time with friends and family. Add to that, the amazing river cruise offered by ‘ALFRESCO’, terrific, isn’t it?

7.It is highly transportation friendly

Guwahati offers a very smooth and fast transportation system. The city is served by the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, situated at Borjhar and falls under the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Zone of the Indian Railways.

The national highway connects Guwahati with states like Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Public transportation is well developed in the city. Buses are the major means of public transport in the city. Apart from city buses, cab services of various operators also provide good public transportation facilities. The Inland water transportation is very fast and friendly as well.

8.The city’s media and telecommunication industry is quite a bustling one

The city is also home to several newspaper publications, satellite television service providers and FM stations. The base of the Assamese Entertainment world is also located right here.

9.The city has got a terrific sense of sports

Guwahati also features the multi-purpose stadiums which host several national and international sports events. The stadiums are constructed with world-class infrastructure and amenities. For instance, the city has successfully hosted many international cricket matches in the past.

10.Guwahati exemplifies inter-cultural bonhomie

The city houses hundreds of thousands of people belonging to various faith and community. Every culture brings with it its own distinctive hue which makes the canvas of this place all the more striking and vibrant.

The city of Guwahati has always played a pivotal role in the advancement of the state of Assam. It acts as the gateway to the entire north-east as anyone coming from outside has to go through Guwahati to reach their final destination. Truly, this city is peerless. Truly, Guwahati is the lifeblood of Assam.

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