Hill Stations Near Guwahati

There are a number of hill stations near Guwahati which are frequently visited by tourists from across the country and abroad. These hill stations are perfect honeymoon destinations as well as touriGauhati are Shillong, Tawang, Gangtok, Kohima, Aizawl, Imphal, Darjeeling and Agartala.

Shillong


Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya state is a hill town and a famous tourist spot of Northeast India. Shillong near GuwahatiShillong is also popularly referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’ because the Europeans who settled in Shillong were reminded of Scotland by looking at the beauty of Shillong.

Shillong town is located on the Shillong plateau at altitude of 1496 meters. The Shillong Peak is the highest point in Shillong. There are a number of tourist places in Shillong like waterfalls, blue hills and undulating peaks. Some of the tourist spots in Shillong include Elephant Falls, Lake Hydari Park, Wards Lake, Golf Link, Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Center and many others.

Elephant Falls is one of the most visited tourist spots in Shillong. It is located around 10 kms from the city. The mountain stream in Elephant Falls carves out its way and descends into two falls until it merges into a base as a stream. There is a viewpoint in the falls with stairs carved and built from mountain rocks and also a small bridge which leads to the base of the Elephant falls. There are also many other falls like the Spread Eagle Falls in Shillong, Bishop and Beadon Falls, Sweet Falls and the Crinoline Falls.

The Lady Hydari Park is a beautiful park with shrubs and trees adorning the park and also a mini zoo which stretches for a kilometer in the park. The flowers in the Lake Hydari Park are exquisite and enchanting. The Wards lake is an artificial lake having boating facilities with lots of fish in the park lake. One can see tourists feeding the fishes from the bridge on the lake. The park which has a walkway and green lawns is located in the heart of the city. 

Shillong Peak is a picnic spot which offers a panoramic view of the Shillong country side. One can view the entire Shillong town with the backdrop of hills on the horizon. Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian is situated between Dhankheti and Laitumkhrah area in Shillong and is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians. There are a number of other churches and cathedrals in Shillong which conduct regular masses and are visited by people. Iewduh is a market located next to Motphran and is the largest traditional market of the Khasis in Shillong. The market is managed by the Syiem of Mylliem and there are traditional rituals held every year. The distinctive feature of this Iewduh market is that it is dominated by women only. 

How to reach Shillong

There are regular buses and private vehicles available to Shillong. The nearest airport in Shillong is the Umroi Airport operating minimal flights.

Fast Facts of Shillong:

Distance from Guwahati: 100 kms
Time taken by road:
1 hour 50 mins
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Shillong: Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Lake Hydari Park, Wards Lake, Sweet Falls, Crinoline Falls, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian.
Languages: Khasi, Bengali and Hindi

Hotels in Shillong

Hotel Alpine Continental
Thana Road, Police Bazar, Shillong
Phone: 0364 222 0991

Hotel Pegasus Crown
Ward's Lake Road, Police Bazar, Shillong
Phone: 0364 222 0667

Hotel Lake View Inn
MG Road, Opp. Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank, Shillong
Phone: 0364 221 0129

Tawang

TawangTawang town is a beautiful town located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The town derived its name from the Tawang Monastery located on the ridge along the western part of the town. The Tawang monastery was founded by Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1681. 

The Monpa ethnic group comprises large population of Tawang with a small amount of Tibetan people and Takpa, a small tribal group also residing in the town. The majority of Tawang population is Tibetan Buddhist with Pre-Buddhist Bon and Shamanist people also residing here. Tawang town has much natural beauty and beautiful locations. Tawang is paradise on earth and also a popular tourist destination. Many tourists from across India and the world come annually to Tawang to experience its beauty.

There are a number of monasteries and nunneries in Tawang with the Tawang Monastery being the prime one for religious sanctity. Other monasteries include the Regyaling Gonpa, the Urgeling Gonpa, Takstsang Gonpa, the Gorsam Chorten, Gyangong Ani Gonpa and the Singsor Ani Gonpa.
Tawang also has many beautiful beautiful falls like the Nuranang Falls, Bap Teng Kang Falls, with lake like Pangang Teng Tso Lake, Shonga-tser Lake and the Banga Jang Lake.

The beautiful Nuranang Falls in Tawang are located around 40 kms from the town in between the Sela Pass and Tawang at an altitude of 6000 feet. This falls also known as Jang Falls and is considered to be one of the most beautiful falls of Northeast India. The Nuranang Falls became much popular when a song from the popular Bollywood movie Koyla featuring renowned Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit was shot here in this falls.

The Panggang Teng Tso Lake is located around 18 kms from Tawang and is one of the famous lakes of Arunachal Pradesh. It is an ideal spot for picnic and provides a good place for skiing during winters as it remains entirely frozen. There is also Sela Pass; a beautiful pass located around 40 kms from Tawang and the Tawang War Memorial in memoriam of the brave soldiers who fought the Sino-Indian War of 1962.

The Shonga-tser Tso Lake is popularly known as Madhuri Lake by tourists as the actress Madhuri Dixit’s film Koyla was filmed here. This lake is about 42 kms from Tawang and was formed after the 1950 earthquake. The Thingbu hot spring which has medical and therapeutic healing value in its waters is situated about 68 kms away from Tawang.

How to reach Tawang

The best way of travel to Tawang is by road. There are buses or private taxi vehicles available from Guwahati or Tezpur. There is also a flight service in Tawang which connects Tawang to Guwahati and runs twice in a week from Itanagar. There are a number of good lodges and accommodation facilities available in Tawang.

Fast Facts of Tawang:

Distance from Guwahati: 554 kms
Time taken by road:
10 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Tawang: Nuranang Falls, Pangang Teng Tso Lake, Shonga-tser Lake, Tawang Monastery, Regyaling Gonpa, Urgeling Gonpa, Gyangong Ani Gonpa, Singsor Ani Gonpa
Languages:  Apatani and Hindi

Hotels in Tawang

Siddhartha Hotel
Opp. National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) office, Tawang
Phone: 03794 222 515

Hotel Gakyi Khang Zhang

Near D.C.Office, Tawang
Phone: 03794 224647/48/49

GangtokGangtok near Guwahati


Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is the largest town of Sikkim and also the headquarters of East Sikkim district. Gangtok is the centre of Buddhist learning and culture. There are innumerable monasteries located across Gangtok. The most important Buddhist institutions located in Gangtok are Enchey monastery, the famous Rumtek monastery and Pemayangtse monastery, institutions like Do-drul Chorten stupa complex, the Tibetology museum and the Tashiding monastery among others. 

Gangtok is a place of exquisite natural beauty with steep hills, valleys and slopes all along. The majestic landscape of Gangtok town is more beautified by the high hills and valleys which add to the charm of the place. The tourisok and is also called Changu Lake. The oval shaped Changu glacial lake is 50ft. deep and the water of the lake is regarded sacred. Adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, river rafting takes place in Gangtok.

There are also few sanctuaries like Fambong Lho Sanctuary, Himalayan Zoological Park, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Park, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary and Sikkim Deer Park. There are also religious places like monasteries and temples across Gangtok. Monasteries like Tsuk La Khang Monastery, Lingdum Monastery, Phodong Monastery, Enchey Monastery and Rumtek Monastery among others in Gangtok.

There are also many falls in Gangtok like the Ban Jhakri Falls and Bakthang Falls. The Ban Jhakri Falls is a shamatic theme park located 4 kms from Gangtok. The Bakthang falls located 3 kms from Gangtok is one of the most beautiful falls of Sikkim.

How to reach Gangtok

The town of Gangtok is well connected with the northeast and rest of India by national highways. The National highways 31A and 31 link Gantok to Siliguri in West Bengal. There are regular buses, private vehicles, jeeps and taxi services available from Siliguri to Gangtok. There are two nearest railway stations to Gangtok namely in Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport located 124 kms from Gangtok in West Bengal.

Fast Facts of Gangtok:

Distance from Guwahati: 540 kms
Time taken by road:
9 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Gangtok: Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Tibetology Museum, Tashiding monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Fambong Lho Sanctuary, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, Sikkim Deer Park .
Languages: English, Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan

Hotels in Gangtok

Hotel The Royal Plaza
Upper Syari, Deorali, Gangtok
Phone: 03592 281 571

Golden Heights Hotel
M.G. Marg, Arithang, Gangtok
Phone: 03592 221 858

Hotel Saikripa
Jeevan Theeng Marg, Development Area, Gangtok
Phone: 03592 201 470

MizoramAizawl


Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram is a beautiful town and a peaceful place having exotic landscape of lush green hills spread across the town to the horizon. There are a number of tourist places across Aizawl including the Mizoram State Museum, Bara Bazaar, Durtlang Hills, Berawtlang Tourist Complex, Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary, Tawi Sanctuary and the Lengteng National Park.

The Mizoram State Museum, located in Mc Donald Hill at Aizawl is one of the important tourist spots of Mizoram. The Mizoram State Museum was established in 1977 and has many galleries of different fields like history, textile, zoology, anthropology and archeology. Bara Bazar is a prime shopping centre and commercial hub of Aizawl town. One specific characteristic of the Bazaar is that salesman could be seen wearing their traditional costumes while selling products. The Durtlang Hills is located towards the northern side of Aizawl and offer a good scenic view of Aizawl city.

The Berawtlang Tourist Complex in Aizawl is a recreational centre. The Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary is a tiger reserve in located 127 kms from Aizawl. The chief feature of Dampa forest is that the Counter Insurgency and Warfare School is located here. The school has aided over different countries in countering anti terrorist acts by providing training to the soldiers. The Tawi Sanctuary is located in central Mizoram at a distance of about 115 kms from Aizawl. It is one of the first sanctuaries of Mizoram and has many flora and fauna species. The sanctuary can also be visited by road from Aizawl town via Chhingchip. The Lengteng National Park is located in eastern Mizoram near the Murlen National Park and also the Lamzawl National park.

How to reach Aizawl

There are regular buses to and from Guwahati to Aizawl.

Fast Facts of Aizawl:

Distance from Guwahati: 488 kms
Time taken by road:
9 hour 45 mins
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Aizawl: Durtlang Hills, Berawtlang Tourist Complex, Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary, Lengteng National Park.
Languages: Mizo, Bengali and Hindi

Hotels in Aizawl

Riak Maw Inn
A-25, Chaltlang, Aizawl
Phone: 0389 230 6976

Hotel Regency
Chaltlang, Aizawl
Phone: 0389 234 9371

Hotel Clover
Chaltlang, Aizawl
Phone: 0389 230 5736

Imphal


Imphal is the capital of Manipur state and is a famous tourist place with historic places tourist spots. The town of Imphal is located on the extreme eastern side of India. The local people of Imphal and Manipur as a whole possess rich cultural background.
Imphal
There are a number of tourist places in Imphal including religious places, historical significant spots, and places of tourism importance. Some of the tourist places are Shree Govindajee Temple, Ima Keithel, Manipur State Museum, Shri Krishna Temple and Hanuman Temple. Sree Govindajee Temple, a historic Vaisnavite temple is located near the royal palace of Manipur Maharajas. The temple of Shree Govindajee in Imphal is the abode of four deities, all of them which are incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Ima Keithel is the only women run market in the world. There are around 3000 women in the market who run their businesses here. In Manipuri language, the word Ima means ‘mother’ and Keithel’ word means ‘market’. The Ima Keithel market is more than 100 years old and is divided into two sections on either side of a road. There are also many war cemeteries located near Imphal.

How to reach Imphal

Imphal is connected by to Guwahati by the NH 39 to Guwahati and by the NH 53 to Silchar. The Imphal is also connected to other places by the NH 39, 53 and 150. The nearest railway station to Imphal is in Dimapur around 215 kms away from Imphal and another railhead in Jiribam, located 225 kms from Imphal. There is also an airport in Imphal.

Fast Facts of Imphal:

Distance from Guwahati: 474 kms
Time taken by road:
8 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Imphal: Shree Govindajee Temple, Ima Keithel, Manipur State Museum, Shri Krishna Temple, Hanuman Temple.
Languages: Manipuri, Bengali and Hindi

Hotels in Imphal

The Classic Hotel
North A.O.C, NH 39, Dm College Campus, Imphal
Phone: 0385 244 3969

Hotel Bheigo
Keisampat Wahengbam Leikai Rd, Kangla, Imphal
Phone: 0385 244 5845

Anand Continental Hotel
Thangal Bazaar, Khoyathong Road, Majorkhul, Imphal
Phone: 0385 244 9422

Agartala


Agartala, the capital of Tripura is the second largest city in Northeast India after Guwahati in terms of Agartala near Guwahatimunicipal area as well as population. There are several places of tourist interest in Agartala like religious places, parks and historical monuments. There are many religious places in Agartala like Fourteen Goddess Temple, Jagannath temple and Laxmi Narayan temple. The Fourteen Goddess Temple located 14 kms from Agartala is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The Jagannath temple in Agartala is located on the shore of the Jagannath Dighi Lake and is believed that the idol of Lord Jagannath in Puri is donated from this temple. The Laxmi Narayan temple is located on the main entrance of famous Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala. There are also a number of places like Malancha Niwas and Sukh Sagar.

How to reach Agartala

Agartala is connected to Assam by NH 44. There are bus services from Guwahati and other nearby places to Agartala. There is also the Agartala airport for air transport.

Fast Facts of Agartala:

Distance from Guwahati: 577 kms
Time taken by road:
10 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Agartala: Fourteen Goddess Temple, Jagannath Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Ujjayanta Palace, Malancha Niwas, Sukh Sagar.
Languages: Bengali and Hindi

Hotels in Agartala

Ginger Hotel
Khejur Bagan, Airport road, Barjala Mouja, Agartala,
Phone: 0381 241 1333

Royal Guest House
Palace Compound (West), Agartala
Phone: 0381 231 3781

Hotel Somraj Regency
41 HGB Road, Agartala, Tripura West Agartala
Phone: 094 36 121178

Kohima


Kohima is the hilly capital city of Nagaland. There are many tourist places in Kohima like Kohima Cathedral, Japfu Peak, Dzulekie, Nagaland State Museum, Kisama Heritage Village and Touphema Tourist Village.
Kohima
The Catholic Kohima Cathedral is situated on Aradura Hill and houses the mortal remains of the first Bishop pf Nagaland, Rt Rev Abraham Alangimattathil. Japfu Peak is the second highest peak of Nagaland. The Nagaland State Museum, an important tourist place of the state houses exhibits of the evolution of Naga culture. The chief characteristic of the museum is the rare collection of artifacts of different tribes of Nagaland. There is also the Kisama Heritage Village which hosts the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland every year and the Touphema Tourist Village giving a beautiful scenic view of the valley.

How to reach Kohima

There are taxis and buses from nearby places to Kohima. The nearest airport and railway station is located in Dimapur. Kohima can be reached from Dimapur through the NH 39.

Fast Facts of Kohima:

Distance from Guwahati: 340 kms
Time taken by road:
6 hours
Best time to visit: All round the year
Attractions in Kohima: Kohima Cathedral, Japfu Peak, Dzulekie, Nagaland State Museum, Kisama Heritage Village, Touphema Tourist Village.
Languages: Angami, English, Hindi

Hotels in Kohima

Hotel Vivor
NH-61, Near Kohima Bible College, High School Colony, Kohima
Phone: 0370 280 6243

Hotel Japfu
NH 39, B.O.C, P.R. Hill, Kohima
Phone: 03702240211-3

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