Nestled among hills, Shillong the capital of Meghalaya, looks like a cluster of red roofs from the sky. This picturesque city throbs with life from dawn to dusk. Narrow hill roads skirted by tall pine trees are lined with cottages made of wood. Shillong is blessed with temperate climate all year long, which makes it an ideal holiday destination. Although modernization has taken its toll and traffic jams are the order of the day, this is an ideal place to unwind amidst simplicity and natural beauty.
So travel to Shillong and be transported to a very scenic destination.
How to Reach Shillong?
By Air : Borjhar Airport in Guwahati, Assam, is the nearest airport. You can get to Shillong in four hours from there in a hired taxi or a chartered bus.
By Rail : There are no railway lines inside Meghalaya. The nearest railhead is Guwahati, 128 km from Shillong. Buses and taxis then connect to Shillong. It would take you about 4 hrs from Guwahati Railway Station to Shillong.
By Road : You can drive from Guwahati to Shillong in 4 hours and from Silchar to Shillong in 9 hours. The drive from Guwahati is scenic and definitely worth it. Rent a taxi or car and lose yourself in the verdant gently undulating hills that reveal themselves to you with every turn you take up to Shillong!
Best Time to Visit Shillong
The best time to visit Shillong is throughout the year, as Shillong experiences cool climate all round the year. The numerous waterfalls and multi-coloured flowers look even better in the rainy season thus enhancing the scenic beauty of Shillong.
Things to do in Shillong
If you are wondering about what sort of things can you do in Shillong then worry not as we bring you the list of things to do while you are in this charming city of waterfalls. The city offers lots of natural sightseeing opportunities that you can enjoy with your friends and family alike. Take a trip to the Ward’s lake where you can also indulge in a boat ride and feed multihued fishes in the lake. Soak in some peaceful moments at the Ward’s Lake as you just sit back and relax at the well maintained shores. This apart, revel in the beauty of cascading waterfalls sprinkled around the city as you savour a picnic lunch at these natural attractions.
For some fun activities in the city head to Umiam Lake just 17km from the city where you can participate in water sports. Cherrapunji is the nearby place where you can trek along the ancient David Scott Trail. You can also go caving in some of the longest limestone caves in Asia near Nohsngithing Fall. Pick up some gorgeous hand woven shawls or cane articles as memorabilia in the city.
So come and enjoy the captivating beauty of Shillong.
Places Near Shillong
Cherrapunji is 55km southwest of Shillong was till recently the wettest place on earth, a claim that has been taken over by Mawsynram, another nearby village. Watch the water cascade down the Nohsngithing Fall and if you are looking for adventure, go caving in some of the longest limestone caves in Asia. You can also have enough adventure if you decide to trek along the ancient David Scott Trail. Jowai is 61 kms from Shillong and is the headquarters of the Jaintia Hills and is a coal town. 4 kms before you hit Jowai, a road branches off to the left that leads to Nartiang, an erstwhile royal retreat. There are a huge number of monoliths concentrated in a single place and the tallest among them measures to 27 ft. There is also a 500-year-old Durga temple.
Hotels in Shillong – Choice is Yours
There are numerous hotels in Shillong ranging from 3-star, 4-star and 5-star deluxe to budget hotels.