Guwahati (Listeni/ɡʊwəˈhɑːti/; Pragjyotishpura in ancient Assam, Gauhati in the modern era — is an ancient urban area, largest city of state, region, major metropolis of eastern India and one of the fastest developing cities of India.

Pragjyotishpura along with Durjaya (North Guwahati) were the capital of the ancient state of Kamarupa under Varman\'s and Pala\'s.[3][4][5][6][7] Many ancient Hindu temples are in the city, so also known as the \"The City of Temples\". Dispur, the capital of the Indian state of Assam, is in the circuit city region located within Guwahati and is the seat of the Government of Assam.

The city is between the banks of the Brahmaputra river and the foothills of the Shillong plateau, with LGB International Airport to the west and the town of Narengi to the east. It is gradually being expanded as North Guwahati to the northern bank of the Brahmaputra.The famous heritage Madan Kamdev is situated 30 km away from Guwahati. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation, the city\'s local government, administers an area of 216 km², while the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, the planning and development administers an area of 254 km².[8]

Guwahati is a major commercial and educational hub of Assam and the north-eastern region of India, and is home to premier institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Gauhati University, and Cotton College. The city is a major center for cultural activities and sporting events, as well as a center for administrative and political activities of Assam, and important regional hub for transportation.

Guwahati\'s region hosts diverse wildlife including rare animals such as Asian Elephants, Pythons, Tigers, Rhinoceros, Gaur, primate species, and endangered birds.
Epigraphic sources place the capitals of many ancient kingdoms in Guwahati. It was the capital of the kings Narakasura and Bhagadatta according to the Mahabharata.[11] Located within Guwahati is the ancient sakti temple of Goddess Kamakhya in Nilachal hill (an important seat of Tantric and Vajrayana Buddhism), the ancient and unique astrological temple Navagraha in Chitrachal Hill, and archaeological remains in Basista and other archaeological locations of mythological importance.

He Ambari[12][13] excavations trace the city to the 4th century AD. During earlier periods of the city\'s history it was known as Pragjyotishpura, and was the capital of Assam under the Varman Dynasty dynasty of the Kamarupa kingdom. Descriptions by Xuanzang (Hiuen Tsang) reveal that during the reign of the Varman king Bhaskar Varman (7th century AD) the city stretched for about 30 li (15 km)[14][citation needed] and according to Xuanzang was a principal base for a strong naval force of 30,000 war-boats, with officers who were experts in sea-routes from the Indian Ocean to China.[citation needed] The city remained as the capital of Assam until the 10th-11th century AD under the rule of the Pala dynasty. Archaeological evidence by excavations in Ambari, and excavated brick walls and houses discovered furing construction of the present Cotton College\'s auditorium suggest the city was of economic and strategic importance until the 9th-11th century AD.

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