Guwahati’s economy is based typically on its petroleum refinery industry Guwahati Refinery which is a core economic activity of this city. Tea manufacturing and processing is another important economic activity of Guwahati due to which Assam is one of the highest tea-producing areas in the world. Pandu urban area of western Guwahati is the chief military base.
Many banks, including nationalized and private, and even Reserve bank of India, the country’s central bank, have their branches in Guwahati.
Guwahati is well connected to the other regions of India by road, rail and air transport. National Highway NH-27 connects Guwahati with the states West Bengal, Bihar & Rest of India. Paltan Bazaar in Guwahati has a major railway station. Besides, there are three more railway stations in the city.
Guwahati is connected with other parts of the country by major trains. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport LGBI in Borjhar is the international airport in Guwahati which is one of the busiest Indian airports due to many daily and weekly domestic and international flights.
Guwahati connects by air to major Indian cities such as to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru and international destinations such as Singapore, Bangkok, and other important destinations.
Guwahati airport is just about 20 km from heart of the city. Guwahati is known for holy sites which are its major attractions. Besides, there are other places that are worth seeing for visitors. Many visitors from other states of India and from international destinations visit here all round the year for business and sightseeing.
Among famous holy sites in the city, there are hilltop Kamakhya Temple, Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple, Umananda Temple and Navagraha Temple. Besides, there are sightseeing places such as Chandubi Lake, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary and Saraighat Bridge. These places are major attractions for every tourist who visits Assam and moreover, these sites are within few kilometers of the Borjhar’s international airport.
Kamakhya Temple: Kamrup-Kamakhya, one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya, was built during 8th-17th century. This temple is situated on Nilachal Hill, just at a distance of 13.7 km from Borjhar Airport.
Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple: This is a splendid Hindu temple in unique South Indian–style architecture, having stone idols and parklike grounds. This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. The idol of Lord Balaji at the main temple weighs about 4 tons. This temple is situated on NH-37 near Lokhra in Guwahati which is 13.9 km from Borjhar Airport.
Umananda Temple: Known as Umananda Devaloi, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is located at the beautiful Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra. The temple which is about 21 km from Borjhar Airport was built in 1694 A.D. it is one of the beautiful sites to visit in Guwahati.
Navagraha Temple: This temple is devoted to Navagraha—the nine major celestial bodies of Hindu astronomy. The distance from Borjhar Airport is about 24 km.
Chandubi Lake is located on NH-37 just 0.4 km from Borjhar Airport. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is at Marigaon, which is 9.2 km from Borjhar Airport. Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary is 8.6 km from Borjhar Airport. Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra River which is 11.5 km from Borjhar Airport.