Planning a foreign vacation trip?
Wait, Why not have a visit to India! India has everything from mountains to sea, deserts to the place which receives the highest rainfall in the world. You just need to be little exploring.
Today I will take you to the tour of one of the most ravishing place in India called Shillong. Shillong has enchanting waterfalls, ancient megalith, mesmerizing forests, all in a dreamy landscape, and it is even nicknamed as the “Scotland of the East“.
It is the capital of Meghalaya which means “The Abode of Clouds” located in Northeastern part of India. It is also one of the smallest states in India. This place offers you old charm & a beautiful mix of the old world. Shillong is enclosed with enriched greenery from all sides. If you are looking for the cheap & best holiday location which gives you feeling of foreign vacation trip then Shillong which also called “Scotland of the East” should be top on your list.
How to Travel to Shillong
Travelling to Shillong is not so difficult. You can reach easily from all over India, It is a well-connected city. One of the easiest ways to reach Shillong is through Guwahati which is 100 KM away from Shillong.
From whichever state you are starting. First, you need to visit Guwahati. For this, You can choose either by Train or by Flight. This city is easily accessible from all over India.
From Guwahati, It comes to your choice that you want to visit Shillong by Sharing Cab or Non-Sharing Cab, AC or Non-AC. All types of the cab are available near the Guwahati railway station and Airport itself.
If you want a pocket-friendly journey than best option will be coming by train only from your location & takes a normal sharing cab.
For Charges, you can adhere below details
- AC Cab per person fare – Rs.300
- Non-AC Cab per person fare – Rs.150
- Full cab with sharing fare – Rs.1800
All fare details are approximate it may increase. You can also ask fare details from multiple cab provider and figure out the cheapest fare.
Where to stay
This really matter’s a lot when you are going for a trip. After reaching Shillong you need to book a hotel. You can find all types of hotels, From 5 stars to normal hotels at Shillong. Its totally depends on you which hotel is suitable for you. Every hotel will charge you on the basis of 12 hours be aware of this. You can also book the hotel online to avoid last minute rush at the Shillong.
Things You Can Do in Shillong
After reaching Shillong one can enjoy a lot. There are many places in Shillong where you visit and enjoy the nature from deepest. Some of these places are
Umiam Lake (Barapani)
Lake is a major tourist attraction in Shillong. People can enjoy kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating here. It is located on the way from Guwahati to Shillong, So you can visit that place on the way itself. This lake is actually a reservoir spread in about 220 sq km area of Umium dam built on Umium river.
Elephant Falls was the British name of what the local Khasi people once referred to as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew (or “Three Steps Waterfalls”) since the falls actually consisted of three sections in succession.
All the three waterfall can be reached by same shot walking the path. You can go very near to the waterfall & can enjoy the serenity. From Shillong, one can easily hire a cab or an auto rickshaw till elephant fall as it is located just 12km from Shillong.
Shillong Peak is the highest point of Shillong. 20 km away located from the main city, One can reach this point by local taxi within 10-15 mins. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city, the Himalayas, its waterfalls as well as of the Bangladesh plains. Trekking is allowed up to semi-circular peak. Camera is not allowed due to Indian Air Force base and radar station which is near to this place.
A two-hour journey from Shillong through cab or shared taxi one can reach Asia’s cleanest village. In 2003, Discover India magazine claimed Mawlynnong village as one of Asia’s cleanest village. With 10 minutes of walking distance, you can visit world famous living root bridges.
Came to Shillong and returning without shopping, that is impossible. In Shillong, you will get a one-stop market for every kind of tourist. Police Bazaar is mixed with the traditional and modern shop. It offers you several kinds of opportunity for shopping & entertainment. There are facilities for leisure seeker, shopping enthusiasts & food lovers. one can also find an array of traditional shops selling exquisite handicrafts from Meghalaya. It is located in the main city. It is the best shopping destination for tourist who visits Shillong.
Along with these, there are many other places which you can visit. Best time to visit Shillong is during summer. You can share your views in the comment section and please share with your friends if you liked this.