THE HOST CITY
Guwahati, known as Pragjyotishpura in ancient Assam is the largest city of Assam and North East India. Nicknamed as the Gateway to North Eastern India, the city is situated on the South Bank of Brahmaputra River. Guwahati is studded with many famous temples including the Kamakhya and giving it the name The Land of Temples. Guwahati is one among 98 Indian cities which will be upgraded to Smart Cities under a project embarked on by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. Besides the temples some other important attractions of Guwahati are Sankardeva Kalakshetra, Assam State Museum, State Zoo, Guwahati Planetarium, Brahmaputra River bank and the silk town Sualkuchi which is located within 25 km from city centre. Located at an altitude of about 50 meters above sea level Guwahati enjoys a pleasant weather in February. By the end of February, mercury ranges from 15°C to 25°C. Guwahati is well connected by all the major means of transport- air, rail and road. The Lokpriyo Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Borjhar, is about 24km from the city centre and all the major cities of India are directly connected to it. The Guwahati Railway Station at Paltan Bazar is the terminus of the all the trains coming from major cities of the country. NH 31 connects Guwahati with states of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The distance between Guwahati and Kolkata is 1151 km and between Darjeeling and Guwahati is 627 km. The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) located in the city, provides connectivity with other regions and towns of the Northeast with regular bus service.