Though there are tons of places to be in Guwahati, but my personal favourites are :' Umananda Temple - A small river island with a hindu Temple and alot of friendly Monkeys. Fancy Bazar - It's one of the biggest market in Guwahati, if you want to buy local then this is it Hope this helps :)
Have a wonderful trip ahead Megha !
You already have a lot of suggestions, you should make a trip to chandubi lake outside the city. You can also get a glimpse of migratory birds during winter. Its a bird paradise, also fishing and camping is available.
Hi Megha I am glad to be able to answer this question. I had spent a few years in and around Guwahati while growing up, so it brings back a lot of memories. Guwahati is the largest city in the northeast and blends in the old colonial charm with concrete structures and a colorful culture. Guwahati was once called: Pragjyotishpur (Light of the East), and it has lived up to this title. It is also known as the corridor to the North-East. You can click the link below to read and know more about Guwahati:
https://bit.ly/2NFcB8w The best time to visit this part of the world is between September and March when the weather is pleasant. There are many tourist friendly places to visit in and around Guwahati that you can consider checking out based on your interest: Guwahati is known as the city of temples so if you are religiously inclined, heres my list of places to visit: a. Kamakya Temple (Nilachal hills)- It is one of the 51 shakti-peeths and hosts the Ambubachi Mela during monsoons.
b. The next interesting temple is the Umananda Temple which is located on Peacock Island (the smallest river island in the world). On the way you will pass the Saraighat bridge reminiscent of the battle fought between Ahoms and the Mughals.
c. There is also the Bhuvneshwari Temple with a beautiful view of the city and the Navagraha Temple on Chitrasal hill which is en-route to a town called Hajo which is referred to as the Haj of the East and is equally important for Hindus and Buddhists as well.
Read more about the temples in this blog: https://bit.ly/2E69HdJ If you love wildlife then heres a list of places you can visit
a. There is Kaziranga National Park which is a world heritage site offering cool safari rides and the place where you get to see the one-horned rhinoceros, the very rare golden tiger and the swamp deer. It is about 3-4 hours away from Guwahati but is worth the travel.
b. Another sanctuary is the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary which has a higher density of the one-horned rhinoceros and is closer to Guwahati (about 55 kms i.e. a 2 hour ride)
c. A lesser known but jewel of a sanctuary is the Manas National Park known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, and pygmy hog to name a few. It is about a 3-4 hour drive from Guwahati.
d. If you are a bird lover then do not miss the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to 219 species of birds with over 70 migratory species like the globally endangered birds like the white-bellied sea eagle and greater adjutant stork to name a few. It has been declared an IBA by Birdlife International. It is just under 14 kms from Guwahati. If you are culturally inclined, dont miss out on the pride of Assam Sualkuchi which is a village about 35kms from Guwahati and is famous for its handloom and silk weaving (mekhala chador). Its rustic setting and natural beauty are captivating. It gives you a chance to observe the native culture and also pick up authentic keepsakes too. Before ending your visit, I would recommend spending time shopping at Fancy bazaar or Paltan bazar to pick up knick-knacks and spend the second half on the Brahmaputra river cruise which gives onefor a magnificent sunrise sunset view of Majuli (the largest river island in the world) and the chance to catch a glimpse of the endangered Ganges River Dolphin I am also listing a few Interesting places to travel to and extend your trip further. I have also included the time taken from Guwahati for your convenience:
a. Shillong/ Mawsynram/ Cherrapunji (Meghalaya)- each about 3-4 hours drive
b. Ziro/ Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) and Thimpu (Bhutan) about 9-10 hours drive
c. Kohima (Nagaland) about 8-9 hours drive [upcoming Hornbill Festival from 1-10th Dec 2018] Do watch this video on the Hornbill festival. https://bit.ly/2Cg7euK There are many agencies who arrange for tours and packages, however be aware that most of them listed online do not have any physical presence in the North-East. There are however some who do have a local presence and do customized tours and walks as well. You may want to have a look at TourGenie (https://bit.ly/2K0WFf5) who offer tour packages for Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bhutan, Darjeeling, Meghalaya Sikkim, and the rest of North East India. They also build customized itineraries for their guests. Hope you have a lovely trip :)