of the east

``The light of the East’’ is the gateway to Assam and to the entire North East region. Straddling the banks of the Brahmaputra, this former capital of the Kamrup kings (when it was ancient Pragiyotishpur) is a crowed, busy river town and a major commercial hub for the region. Surrounded by paddy fields and ancient rain- forests, Guwahati is home to many temples that date back to Vedic and Puranic times.
Despite its commanding position on the south bank of the mighty Brahmaputra, it is easy to forget that Guwahati is a riverside town, the waterside having little impact on people’s lives. The main entrance point for visitors to the Northeastern states, the city retains a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Paltan Bazar, where most visitors arrive, is very busy and crowded. The area north of the railway is quieter with an almost rural feel.

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