Here are 5 places that you can escape to when the weekend arrives –
Cherrapunji is one of the best places in the Northeast for trekking. When there, be sure to check out the Nohkalikai falls which is one of the most scenic waterfall in the region. The Seven Sister Falls are extremely beautiful and often feature on Cherrapunji postcards. Other activities you can indulge in Cherrapunji are river canyoning, rock climbing and camping.
Distance from Guwahati: 148 km (approximately 4 hours)
Accomodation: Cherrapunji offers several options from guest houses with basic amenities, to resorts with all the modern facilities. If you want to experience local hospitality then opt for homestays.
Shillong is one of the most vibrant and popular getaways from Guwahati! It is surrounded by beautiful lakes, mesmerizing mountains and breathtaking waterfalls. In the city, there are many cute cafes where you can spend the day and in the night, you can party it up in one of the many pubs/clubs. Be sure to visit the Shillong peak which gives you a spectacular view of the entire city. Head to Ward’s Lake or the golf course for picnics.
Distance from Guwahati: 99 km (approximately 2hrs and 40mins)
Accomodation: Shillong offer all sorts of accommodation like resorts, luxury hotels, guesthouses, and homestays.
Hajo is a popular pilgrimage centre. It’s most popular tourist attraction is Hayagriva Madhava Mandir which is home to rare turtles. It is believed by some that, this temple located on the Monikut Hill, is where Buddha achieved nirvana. When there, you should also visit the Kedareswara Temple. The temple goes back to the Rajeswar Singha period. This is a great place for travellers who want to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Distance from Guwahati: 36 km (approximately 1hr and 10mins)
Accomodation: Since Hajo is close to Guwahati, it is best to spend the day there and come back after dark.
Stroll along the clean lanes of this beautiful village to recharge yourself. If you are not particularly scared of heights then we highly recommend that you climb up the tree house from where you can catch a glimpse of Bangladesh. Be sure to hike to the single-decker living-root bridge in the nearby Rewai village. Alternatively if you are in the kind for some boating then head to Dawki which is around 30 km away.
Distance from Guwahati: 172 km (approximately 4hrs and 40mins)
Accomodation: You should put up at one of the many homestays where you can spend the night at a budget. You can opt for Ila Jong Guest House or Ha La Rympei.
NAMERI NATIONAL PARK
This is an absolute must-visit for wildlife lovers. The best thing to do at the park is bird watching. Since the park is home to many species of birds and animals, the safari should be a must-experience item on every traveller’s bucket-list. You can also go river rafting on river Jia Bhoreli. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go trekking with an armed forest guard to spot the wild animals.
Distance from Guwahati: 224 km (approximately 4hrs and 25mins)
Accomodation: There are several accommodation options. If you are looking for a luxurious stay, then consider Wild Masheer. It has heritage bungalows located right amidst lush greenery. Best budget accommodation options are Nameri Eco camp and Jia Bhorelli Wild Resort.
By Priya Bargayary