Welcome to Sualkuchi, the sleepy little village on the northern banks of the Brahmaputra, famously known as the Manchester of India. Why? Because of the village’s impeccable textile production that has earned it quite a name in the country. But, that’s not all there is to this place.
Hatisatra Monastery, the biggest monastery in the village, is a beautiful dedication to Lord Krishna and Vaishnavism culture. Established by Kanu Bura Thakur, a saint from Nalanga, the monastery today attracts pilgrims in large numbers and is also becoming a popular tourist attraction.
Apart from the monastery, Sualkuchi’s biodiversity attracts nature lovers and photographers. Migratory birds flock to the place during winter, making birdwatching an ideal thing to do in the village. And, if you’re into temples and satras, Siddheswar Devayala and Hatisatra satras are not far away.
Sualkuchi is also rich in flora and fauna, and the traditional bamboo houses and rustic nature of the villages retain its traditional charm. The village’s budget hotels offer basic amenities for accommodation, and the traditional cuisine is a must-try.
To reach the village, you can hire a taxi from Guwahati, which is only 35 km away. The Kamakhya railway station is the nearest station, located 30 km from Sualkuchi.
The best time to visit Sualkuchi is during winter, especially if you want to catch a glimpse of the migratory birds. November to March is the most comfortable time to visit, while the summer can get quite hot. Monsoon brings heavy downpour and thunderstorms, so it’s not the best time to travel to this place.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, come visit Sualkuchi, and get lost in the traditional charm of the village.