Weekend Getaway – Guwahati
Shillong When you visit Shillong, you will understand why Meghalaya is called the ‘abode of clouds’. Home to numerous lakes and waterfalls, Shillong’s grace and beauty is a rare mix not usually found in Indian cities. Once a British capital, the city of Shillong also holds visible remnants of its past, which are deeply embedded in its architecture, customs and food habits.
Distance from Guwahati: 91km
Climate: Mostly cold
Best time to visit: September to May
Hajo The ancient religious centre of Hajo is a pilgrimage hub of three major religions: Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. It houses quaint, old temples dedicated to Durga, Vishnu, Siva, Buddha, and shrines for a number of Muslim saints. The quiet little town lies right on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra, offering a rare peek into ancient Indian heritage. It is also the largest producer of silk in Assam.
Distance from Guwahati: 35km
Climate: Mostly humid
Best time to visit: July to March
Sela Pass and Sela Lake
Sela Pass and Sela Lake A visit to the Sela Pass is like taking a delicious sip of Himalayan beauty. This mountain pass is the only route that connects the Tawang district to the rest of the country. The Sela Lake complements the beauty of the pass. The area is always covered in snow, and makes for a truly peaceful getaway from the mad rush of the city.
Distance from Guwahati: 156km
Climate: Mostly cold with snowfall
Best time to visit: October-November, March-April
Mawlynnong Village Officially known as ‘the cleanest village in Asia,’ Mawlynnong is a little piece of heaven on earth. The village boasts a 100% literacy rate and the best examples of women empowerment schemes. Here, you can find the living root bridges declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Distance from Guwahati: 172km
Best time to visit: June to September