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Perched high atop Nilachal Hill, this temple is a sight of great might and magnificence. Rooted in fabled Tantric traditions, this temple commemorates the sheer glory of Goddess Kamakhya. One of Guwahati's most revered sites, this iconic temple bears elements of Nilachal architecture, exemplified by its characteristic polygonal dome. Complete with domes, chambers, carved friezes and panels adorned with intricately-carved sculptures, the temple is at the center of numerous legends, lore and myths. Watching over the enchanting landscape of Guwahati from its lofty perch, Kamakhya Temple is at the heart of a whirlwind of festivities celebrating Navaratri and Durga Puja.
Assam State Zoo, popularly known as the Guwahati Zoo, is among one of the best in the country and sees a steady flow of visitors throughout the year. Covering a total area of 175 hectares (432 acres), this zoo is home to more than 800 animals of more than a hundred species. The entry fee to the Assam State Zoo is very reasonable and the experience of being amidst greenery and numerous wildlife is unmatched. This zoo also features a botanical garden that is home to interesting species of plants.
Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra is one of the largest assembly for culture in North East India. The Kalakshetra is a platform for artists from all genres to perform their art form and comprises of a cultural museum and library. The museum has various artifacts on display which is related to local culture and customs. The museum focuses on preserving Assamese culture and traditions in particular and also has an entire traditional village of Assam recreated inside. They also have a library with a good collection of books and documents.
Set amid mighty mountains and rolling lawns, this temple is one of the most significant religious sites in Guwahati. Built in 1994 by Sri Jayendra Saraswati as an august homage to Shri Balaji, this picturesque temple boasts an architectural style which is likened to those of the temples down south. Its pristine white visage is guarded by an enormous gate called Rajagopuram, the temple shelters a glorious statue of Lord Balaji which is skillfully carved out of a single stone. Fervent chants pervade the sacred recesses of the temple whose beauty is accentuated by the lush park by its side. Home to another smaller gopuram and statues of deities like Goddess Padmavati and Garuda, the Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji Temple is where a strong religious tenor marries eternal aesthetics and architectural brilliance.