The Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra is a cultural institution that has an art gallery, a museum, an open-air theatre and a traditional Vaishnava temple. The cultural institution was established in the year 1990 by the state government in an attempt to highlight the cultural richness of the state.
Named after the saint Srimanta Sankardeva, the religious leader who brought Vaishnavism to this part of the country, the Kalakshetra is situated on Panjabari. Apart from the art gallery and other attractions, the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra also has a library called the Sahitya Bhavan Library, where old Assamese literature along with original manuscripts have been preserved.
For the purpose of exhibition, the Kalakshetra has a special place called the Lalit Kala Bhavan. In the Lalit Kala Bhavan, workshops, art and culture exhibitions are regularly organised. However, the most famous attraction of the institution is the artificial village that has the environment of a typical Assamese village.
The Vashistha Ashram is one of the important pilgrimages in Guwahati. The Ashram was built by the Ahom King, Raja Rajeswar in the second half of the 18th Century. The ashram is situated in the confluence of three rivulets – Sandhya, Kanta and Lalita.
It is located on the Sadhaychal Hills. According to popular belief, it is said that a dip into the waters’ passing by the Ashram washes away one’s sins and enhances a person’s life. It is also believed that the Ashram has come in connection with the famous Sage Vashishtha.
It is believed that because of his blessings, a Daitya (demon) women’s child became the king and later ruled the Ahom region for centuries. A trip to the Vashistha Ashram is memorable. The grounds are serene and clean and the view of the rivulet is simple beautiful. Tourists can book a private vehicle or board special buses to the Vashistha Ashram.