Guwahati, the largest city of Assam, is blessed with beautiful landscapes filled with tea plantations, and greenery and the presence of the holy river Brahmaputra. Though the city is beautiful in itself, every once in a while, we need to get out of our comfort zone and explore more.
Since weekends are the one time we can do so, you could begin planning on a place to go to now. And if you're stuck doing so, this is just the article for you. Read about the 7 best places to visit if you are in or around Guwahati.
Shillong is not only the capital city but also the gateway to enter Meghalaya. It is spread with numerous breathtaking waterfalls, clear glittering lakes and beautiful peaks from where one can witness a splendid sunset. Shillong is located just a 100 km from Guwahati, making it a great getaway.
Some of the places that can be visited at Shillong include Elephant Waterfalls, Umiam Lake, Shillong Peak, Ward's Lake, etc. Shillong is also the rock capital of India, so if you love music, you know where to go!
Hajo is a pilgrimage site that is located just 35 km away, including a ride through a ferry. It is settled by the river Brahmaputra and is known for the popular Hayagriva Madhab Mandir dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
If you're at Hajo, do stop by the Hajo Powa Mecca, Kedareswar Temple and Madan Kamdev Temple. For a spiritual rejuvenation, Hajo should be your weekend destination.
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Located about 340 km, which takes 7 to 8 hours to reach from Guwahati, Haflong is a lovely hill station that is filled with valleys, lush greenery and stunning landscapes that will leave you in awe.
Jatinga, Maibong and Haflong Lake are the three prime tourist attractions of Haflong that you cannot miss. Haflong is an ideal getaway to spend some tranquil time in a weekend.
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Manas National Park
Declared as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, the beautiful Manas National Park is located in Assam. It is located 150 km from Guwahati and makes for a perfect holiday with the family. The national park is popular for housing endangered species like pygmy hog, Assam roofed turtle, golden langur, etc.
You can watch birds, like jungle fowls, egrets and pelicans and animals like, Indian elephants, clouded leopards, Indian rhinoceros, etc.
Known as the wettest place on earth, Cherrapunji is a picturesque town with a pleasant weather that is located 150 km from Guwahati. Mostly the town is popular for the living root bridges or the double-decker root bridge that has been formed through roots of Indian rubber trees.
It is also known for many waterfalls, of which the mesmerising Nohkalikai waterfalls is the most popular tourist spot.
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Mawlynnong is popularly known as the cleanest village in Asia, since the locals strictly adhere to the rules of cleanliness, with toilets installed in all households and regular cleaning of the streets. Geographically, the village is only a few kilometres away from Cherrapunji but by road it is 80 km apart.
Enjoy the local cuisine of Mawlynnong while revelling in the clean village of Mawlynnong on a weekend. It is located 170 km from the city of Guwahati.
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Gangtok is a beautiful capital city of Sikkim that can be visited over a long weekend, since it is about an 11 to 12 hour journey from Guwahati. With the view of the majestic Kanchenjunga ranges, lush greenery and refreshing climate throughout the year, Gangtok can be an amazing place for a vacation.
You can shop or stroll through the streets of MG Marg, visit Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, etc. You can visit more places in Sikkim, like Tsomgo Lake, Khechopalri Lake, etc. if you have the time.
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