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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to explore around Guwahati?

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Guwahati is the gateway to the North-eastern region of India as well as the largest city in the region. The entire region being blessed with bounty of nature it has unmatched natural scenic beauty. There are many places that haven't been explored or commercialised like other famous tourist places here. So, to explore the magic of the region, Guwahati is a brilliant starting point. Let’s discuss about few places near to the city where one must go once in Guwahati:


  • Shillong

    A lovely hill station in Meghalaya with some great cascading waterfalls and a cool rejuvenating climate. The waterfalls and other elements of natural beauty are at their enticing best during monsoons. However, a word of caution here. It simply pours when it rains in Shillong. Affectionately known as Scotland of East, Shillong still has an old world colonial charm and at the same time offers ample modern amenities. The highest peak here is the Shillong Peak, which offers astounding views. Besides its majestic waterfalls and other mesmerizing natural delights, Shillong has quite a few other charms as well. For instance, the huge artificial Umiam Lake is one must visit spot. It is often compared to the Lochs Lake of Scotland. Those with a thing for culture and history would do well to spend some time at the Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous North East Culture.

  • Tawang

    Experience the unexplored, awe-inspiring charm of Arunachal Pradesh in this quaint hill-town. Understand the Tibetan-Buddhist elements that influence the culture, food and lifestyle here, granting it an absolutely unique flavour. A trekker's delight, Tawang will simply steal your heart away. One of the lesser known destinations in India, this Arunachali beauty offers its visitors the best of India's North East, be it in hospitality, mind blowing locales or an unbelievably tranquil experience. Explore the Buddhist influences on the local lifestyle in Tawang in the Tawang Monastery, built in 1681 and famed for being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. Located at a distance from Tawang is the serene P.T.Tso Lake, which remains frozen for 4 to 5 months in a year. Tawang offers a unique experience for skilled and amateur trekkers, with different trekking trails for each level of difficulty. Those with a brave heart and a strong stomach for fiery food must try the traditional Monpa cuisine, among the other Tibetan delights that are on offer. Be sure to take an official permit, for internal security, to visit this delightful town, unexplored and completely hidden from the eyes of the general tourist crowd.

  • Kaziranga National Park

    Sheltering a major portion of world's population of Rhinos, Kaziranga is one among the five natural UNESCO world heritage sites in India. It is home to the Great Indian One Horned Rhinos and many other exotic species that makes this National Park one of the most sought after destinations for the wildlife buffs. Kaziranga is famed for the conservation of numerous exotic species including the Pride of the state, the one horned rhino. There are also other rarely found animals seen in this National Park such as the Hoolock Gibbons, Swamp deer, Leopard Cats, Civet Cats, Tigers etc. The broad terrain of the jungle is covered in plush flora that includes tall elephant grass, marshland and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests. Kaziranga is also an 'important bird area' as recognized by Birdlife International for providing sanctuary to varied species of exotic birds such as hornbills, grey headed fish eagle, pelicans, blyth’s Kingfisher and many more. Here one may opt for an Elephant safari or a jeep safari to explore the wilderness. However the Elephant safari is very popular and so it should be booked earlier.

  • Manas National Park

    Located 176 km from Guwahati, Manas national park has unmatched natural beauty. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Assam that is deemed to be Tiger Reserve by the Project Tiger. The sanctuary also conserves golden langur and red Panda which attracts wildlife fans from all across India. It is famed as one of the best kept National Parks in all India. The Elephant safari is best enjoyed in this particular national park, both at dawn and dusk the scenic beauty of the wild comes alive. It is best to avoid visiting here in monsoons because the rains flood the forest heavily.
    It is best to drive down to the sanctuary from Guwahati because of the highly motorable roads. You can hire a cab from Guwahati and reach the national park, which would take you somewhere around 4 to 5 hours.

So, buckle up for a marvellous journey from the gateway Guwahati to the neighbouring place that will surely leave a mark on you for your lifetime.    

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