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Guwahati is the largest city in the northeast of India and is located in the state of Assam. Although it does not function as the official capital (Dispur, a small place actually within the boundaries of Guwahati, is the capital), it's the main gateway to the northeast and has about 2.5 million inhabitants.
Guwahati has a (sub)tropical climate with generally hot and humid conditions through the year, except from mid-November until February when temperatures and humidity are lower and it's almost completely dry. Temperatures are around 25 °C during this time of the year, with lows in the 10-12 °C range. This is by far the best time for a visit. From March onwards, temperatures start to rise and average around 30-32 °C until October, with nights around 23-25 °C for most of the time. March until early June is the hottest time with temperatures possible up to 40 °C. Much of the annual 1,700mm of rain falls from May to early September, with peaks in June and July, each receiving around 350mm of rain.
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU) offers flights to/from Aizawl, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Imphal, Jorhat, Kolkata, Lilabari, Silchar, Tezpur, Bangkok, Paro, Bagdogra, Chandigarh, Chennai, Jaipur, Mumbai, Agartala, Bangalore, Itanagar, Naharlagun, Shillong, Tawang, Tura, Ahmedabad and Pune.
See also: International Telephone Calls
India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost 50rs to 200rs. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.
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