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Guwahati

Administration
Native ameGuwāhāti (গুৱাহাটী)
Other nameGauhati
Nickname
"The Gateway of the North-East India"
TypeMetropolitan Area
RegionLower Assam
StateAssam
DistrictKamrup Metro
Government
MayorDolly Borah (INC)
Deputy CommissionerSri S. K, Roy, ACS
Geography
Total Area131.2 sq mi (340 km2)
Altitude55 m
Demography
Total Population2508021 (44) (2009)
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode781 XXX
Telephone91 - (0) 361 - XX XX XXX
VehicleAS-01 (Guwahati) / AS-25 (Dispur)

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Guwahati (Assamese: গুৱাহাটী, spelled as Guwāhāti - with diacritics) formerly known as Gauhati is a metropolis and is the largest city of Assam in India, with a population of 1,100,000 (2011 census). It is also the largest metropolis in the north-east region of India. It is said to be the "Gateway" of the North East Region. Dispur, the capital of the Indian state of Assam, is located within the city and is the seat of Government of Assam.

The city is situated between the southern bank 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. The city is gradually being expanded as North Guwahati to the northern bank of the Brahmaputra. 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 340 km2.

Guwahati is a major commercial and educational center of North-East India and is home to world class institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and other premier institutions like Gauhati University and Cotton College. The city is also a major center for cultural activities and sports in the North Eastern region and for the administrative and political activities of Assam. The city is also an important hub for transportation in the North East Region.

Guwahati and its environs are also rich in wildlife with several rare mammals such as Asian elephants, Gaur, Tiger and primates. The birdlife in and around the city is also rich and diverse.


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