Guwahati, or as it is commonly referred to, “The Gateway to the North East” is a large booming and fast developing city. It is the second largest city in Eastern India and due to its increasing economic prosperity it’s become an attraction to many folks, especially for people hailing from the other north-eastern states. Guwahati is situated between the banks of the Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau and both provide some altruistic views in otherwise a concrete environment. The city is well connected with an ever bustling airport which is the only major airport in the northeast region, an efficient railway station, and roads that are well connected with buses that ply on the daily basis to various states in the northeast and east region. In terms of weather, it experiences more of a humid subtropical climate and remains mostly hot except for during the monsoon season when the rains offer some respite. While Guwahati has grown industrially it has also grown in hospitality with a number of hotel options for travellers to choose from. Whether you prefer a more economical stay option or a luxurious one, you’ll find a list of options to choose from. If you prefer to stay at a place that feels more like a home rather than the atmosphere of a hotel room, you could opt for a guest house in Guwahati. These properties usually have the owner of the property staying at a separate quarter or closeby and who personally attends to the guests and their requirements further reinstating that homely feel. There are several budget guest house in Guwahati as well, so travellers don’t have to worry about cost and they come with facilities akin to a hotel room with an additional layer of comfort due to the homely touch. If one is travelling to the northeast, one can’t help but make a pit-stop at Guwahati. It may not be as appealing considering all in all it is just another city, however taking a pause here will offer one a glimpse into the Assamese culture. One stop in your itinerary should be the Assam State Museum which serves as an introduction to the history and culture of the various tribes of Assam. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, take a breather and visit the banks of the Brahmaputra river for some peace and quiet and watch the sky turn various shades of orange and pink as the sun sets over this mighty river. A trip here would be incomplete without feasting on an authentic Assamese Thali and sipping on Assamese tea.
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