Known For : Sitajakhala Sivakunda Kachasila Hill
Marigaon is a place packed with many surprise elements for tourists to explore. Enriched with strong history, fascinating legends and unique traditions and culture, the town is like a box of surprises, waiting to be opened.
Distance from Guwahati: 80 km
Best Time: November to February
Known For : Hajo Powa Mecca Hayagriva Madhava Temple Kedareswar Temple
The ancient pilgrim centre of Hajo is a unique place for being an attraction for three religions - Hindu, Muslims and Buddhists.
Distance from Guwahati: 35 km
Best Time: July to March
Known For : Thrills Fun Park Umiam Lake Lum Nehru Park
Nongpoh is a petite town, north of the East Khasi Hills and is a favourite as a stopover before reaching Shillong.
Distance from Guwahati: 50 km
Best Time: Throughout the year
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Known For : Manas National Park The Barpeta Satra Sundariya Satra
The land of Satras, Barpeta derives it's names from ?Bar? meaning big and ?Peta? meaning pond. Hence, as the name suggests, Barpeta means ""land of big ponds"" and in old days, Barpeta was full of such ponds.
Distance from Guwahati: 95 km
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Gandhi Smriti Park Patharughat Swaheed Minar Satras
Darang is a place where one can experience the best of everything from spellbinding nature to rich past and unique culture and heritage.
Distance from Guwahati: 72 km
Best Time: November to March
The fourth highest waterfalls in the world, Nohkalikai falls plunge some 335 meters from a verdant cliff to the ground giving the portrayal of immense and natural magnificence. The pride of the state of Meghalaya, the falls are one of the most beautiful and grand waterfalls in the country. Tucked in between evergreen rainforest of the Khasi Hill and flowing with all its majesty and might, the falls plunges into a lagoon which is as blue as the afternoon sky.
Distance from Guwahati: 97 km
Nagaon holds the distinction of being Assam's most populous district and one of the largest district in the area. It is also famously known to be the 'Rice bowl of Assam' and is rich in paddy. This district happens to be rich in wildlife too, as a part of this area is covered by the world famous Kaziranga National Park, which makes Nagaon a tourist magnet that is flocked with tourists all year round. Apart from being rich in flora and fauna along with having strong agricultural roots, Nagaon also has a lot to offer to tourists with many other natural and human-made attractions.
Distance from Guwahati: 97 km
Home to the densest population of One-horned Rhinos in the world, the Pobitora Wildlife sanctuary is a small heaven for the wildlife lovers, situated 30 km to the east of Guwahati. It is one of the two treasure troves of the famed and endangered one-horned Rhinos in the world coupled with an amazing birdlife which has earned it the tag of "Bharatpur of the East". It has gained immense popularity due to its closeness to Guwahati and as a stopover en route to Kaziranga National Park.
Distance from Guwahati: 33 km
Named after an Elephant like stone at its foot, the Elephant Falls are amongst the most popular falls in the North-East, situated next to Shillong. It is a tourists' paradise with three layers of the falls accessible to the layman from different vantage points. The Britishers named this fall so owing to the presence of an elephant-shaped rock on one side of the fall. However, the stone disintegrated and was washed away due to an earthquake in 1897. At Elephant Falls one can get very close to the falls and enjoy its serenity and might. This is also a superb place for spending some time in the midst of nature while capturing the incredible moments for your keepsake.
Distance from Guwahati: 68 km
Umiam Lake, a mesmerizing man-made reservoir, is located at a distance of 15 kilometers north of Shillong which is the capital of the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. The lake was formed after a dam was constructed to generate hydroelectric power. The serene lake or the reservoir is surrounded by thick coniferous forests and expands over an area of about 222 square kilometers. The area of this lake is four times the size of San Marino or Bermuda. It is encircled by lush green East Khasi hills that form one of the best panoramic sights for nature-lovers in the country. The picturesque location and the serene beauty of the lake attract tourists from all over the world. The sunrises are a treat to the eyes and shouldn't be missed.
Distance from Guwahati: 55 km
Mayong, also known as 'the land of black magic' is a cluster of villages which is situated at a distance of 40kilometress from Guwahati. The village lies on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in the district of Morigaon. Mayong is a famous tourist spot and the famous stories of black magic and the magicians of the land make the place all the more attractive to the tourists. The ones who have been to the place say that there is a peculiar silence surrounding the place which is completely opposite to the chaotic history associated with it.
Distance from Guwahati: 49 km
Some 78 km away from Shillong, a unique giant rock made out of red granite, Kyllang Rock is a giant dome placed in the West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The Rock which is 5400 ft above sea level and has a width of around 1000 ft is a mammoth block of granite which is part of the Khasi folklore and seems beautiful in its shape. A hike to the top of the dome allows you to treasure the marvelous landscape of the surrounding area.
Distance from Guwahati: 63 km
The smallest river island in the world, Umananda Island is a place with legends aplenty, a place where man and the wilderness co-habit in peace and serenity. Umananda Island lies at the heart of the Mighty Brahmaputra River which flows through the middle of the city of Guwahati. An island with many legends associated with it, it_ã_s pristine and calm environ has not been destroyed by the presence of human beings as yet. It was known as Peacock Island among the British Colonists who named it so based on its shape. The Island is home to a very rare and endangered species called _ãÄGolden Langurs_ã_ who are considered to be highly sacred among the people of the Himalayas.
Distance from Guwahati: 48 km
The Garo Hills form the west part of the state and are known for the famous Garo tribes whose belief in nature and folklore are as enchanting as the verdant hills they live in. The Hills are famous for being home to some great waterfalls too.
Distance from Guwahati: 63 km
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