India Travel Diaries: The Streets of Guwahati (Assam)
Guwahati is a maddening chaos. The streets are jam-packed with traffic, hawkers and bystanders.
We walked through its streets this monsoon-laden Monday. The air is hot and muggy, and the humidity shrouds the body with a permanent layer of perspiration, making my flimsy cotton t-shirt stick on like a second skin.
And then it starts to rain. It starts off with a few minuscule spits, and before long the city gets showered in a downpour of hazy monsoon rain.
The monsoons wash out the sweat and grime and speed up the emancipated crowds. Some scramble for shelter while others brave it in the rain, drenched yet thankfully refreshed.
The monsoons add magic to the city. Everything looks revived and given a fresh new breath of air.
The showers leave behind slushy potholes and muddy puddles. You would think gumboots would be popular in this weather, but I fail to find anyone wearing them.
The locals seem oblivious to the chaos. The momentary change of pace is quickly forgotten, and life returns to normal.
The streets of Guwahati are lined with makeshift stalls selling everything from steaming hot cups of tea to plastic kitchen essentials and ethnic clothing.
The Fruit & Vegetable Market
Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, is home to over eight-hundred thousand residents. Although Assamese is the main spoken language here, you can get away with colloquial Hindi and broken English. The city is a patch work of buildings, old and new. I can easily get lost in this maze of a place.
This post is an amalgamation of images taken on a day trip to Guwahati. Surely there is much more to explore and click here, and I hope to be back with more sometime soon. Till then, I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of Guwahati in the monsoon.
All images in this post were taken using the Panasonic Lumix GF7K. See more of my clicks using this amazingly compact yet feature-heavy camera on Instagram under the hashtag #TezzyLumix