Often referred to as the “Gateway of North Eastern Region”, Guwahati is the largest city of Assam and north eastern India, and is one of the fastest developing cities in India. The slow, meandering Brahmaputra River is a focal point of the city center while the green hills of the Shillong Plateau provide a lush backdrop for the suburbs.
Guwahati is the major commercial and educational hub of North-East India, as well as the center for cultural activities and sports in the North Eastern region and an important regional hub for transportation.
Several rare animals are found within Guwahati and its surrounding areas, such as Asian elephants, pythons, tigers and a variety of primates. The birdlife in and around the city is also rich and diverse.
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park is situated in the north eastern part of India in the regions of Golaghat and Nagoan in Assam. About 68 years after it was created as a wildlife sanctuary, it was declared a national park.
Home to two thirds of the world’s population of one-horned rhino’s, the park also holds the highest density of Tigers and is a sanctuary for large breeding inhabitants of elephant, water buffalos and swamp deer.
Birders will not be left disappointed as the national park has been declared an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International and is home to a variety of inhabitant and migratory birds.
Shillong used to be the capital of Assam, but after the state was split into two regions, namely Assam and Meghalya, Shillong became the capital of the newly formed state of Meghalya. It has since then established itself as a modern Indian town, whilst still preserving it’s element of charm.
Home to several waterfalls, Shillong is also known as the “Scotland of the East” and the British legacy is still visible in the architecture and the food habits of the local people. The uniquely styled houses are designed with slanting roofs, many windows and wooden floors which resemble pieces of art as opposed to living habitats.
Cherrapunji is credited as being the wettest place on Earth and the only place in India to receive rain throughout the year. Also known as “the land of oranges” due to its famous oranges, the town is situated in the East Khasi Hills about 50kms south west of Shillong.
A result of bio-engineering practiced by the locals has resulted in Cherrapunji being known for its live bridges that can bear 50 people at a time and are spectacular to watch.
Even with the vast amounts of rain, Cherrapunji is also a good place for trekking, although it is advised that you take a local trekking guide with you. The most popular trek being the one that leads to the Double Decker Root Bridge.