Heading to Guwahati for your next vacation? Then add the scenic city of Shillong to your trip as well which is about a 3-4 hours drive. Clubbing these two cities offers a wonderful contrast to tourists. The bustling port city of Guwahati is popularly known for its temples and river cruises and its hustle and bustle. Whereas Shillong, also called the ‘Scotland of the East’ has a serene landscape of rolling highlands, picturesque vistas and pleasant weather year round
Here is our recommendation to make the most of this route on a holiday. Start at Guwahati. If you are travelling from outside, enjoy the evening at leisure over a candle-light dinner atop a cruise on the Brahmaputra. Spend the next day covering major tourist spots here like the Kamakhya temple (one of the 51 shakti pithas), then head to Peacock Island to see Umananda Temple located on the famous Kachari Ghat in Guwahati. There are many other temples to visit here too if you wish to. Otherwise indulge in shopping at Paltan Bazaar. You can spend another day visiting the Assam State Zoo, the Guwahati Planetarium, enjoy a picnic at Nehru Park and pick up curios from the Maati Centre and Paan Bazaar.
The next day drive down to Shillong, enjoy the scenic route and watch the sun glisten over the Umiam Lake just outside town. Enjoy the evening at leisure. The next day start the day by visiting the stunning blue colored Don Bosco church and museum, the Butterfly Museum, the Ward lake and the Japanese themed Lady Hydari Park. The following day can be enjoyed visiting the Elephant Falls, Air Force Museum, Shillong Peak. Enjoy a boat ride at Umiam lake or enjoy evening shopping at Police and Bara Bazaar for local handicrafts. On your way back to Guwahati on the final day, Visit Sankardev Kalakshetra, a cultural institution near Guwahati and enjoy one last cruise before you head back.
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