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Shillong and around in a Budget – Travel Guide

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Shillong Tourism At A Glance

Born in the laps of nature, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust.

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is the home to numerous waterfalls. The exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and the zoo are the key reasons why people visit Shillong.

Seven Sisters fall

Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfalls, caving, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and culture.

Shillong in particular has been in limelight for its jovial people and their culture. Interestingly, Shillong has a very westernised culture and it has a very young feel to it.

Shillong is also famous as the music capital of India, as many prominent musicians have hailed from this place. Many music events keep happening throughout the year, making it a very lively place.


How to Reach?

By Road: Reaching Shillong via Taxi is the quickest way. Reach Guwahati, take a shared taxi from bust Stand. They Charge Rs.250-Rs.300 per pax depending on the season. Taxi is easily available throughout the day. It takes 2.5 hours to reach Shillong via Guwahati. Roads are wide and smooth.

By Bus: Get the bus from Guwahati. Assam State Transport Corporation and Meghalya Transport Corporation operate the buses. That will cost you at around Rs.70. Guwahati bus stand is very close to railway station.

By Air: Shillong airport is in Umroi (40 km from Shillong). Air India is the only airline operating from there. Though there are several airlines for Guwahati (105 km from Shillong). But airline ticket from Delhi to Umroi is costlier and I will suggest people to reach Guwahati instead. Kolkata-Shillong Flights are cheaper.

By Train: There are no proper rail network in Meghalya. Nearest railway station is Guwahati.

Best Time to Visit Shillong
  • Summer (March – June) Summers are pleasant in Shillong.
  • Monsoon (July – September) Shillong receives heavy rainfall and the temperatures during these months range from 12 to 16 degrees Celsius.
  • Winter (October – March) Winters are also a great time to visit Shillong.

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Where To Stay?

Police Bazaar is the hub of tourists. So I suggest to stay there for more competitive rates. Following are the hotel to stay:-

1: Pine Suites Hotel, GS Road (About 20m off centrpoint traffic island, opposite centrpoint hotel,), +91-0364 25009 81. Free WIFI and hot showers in rooms. No windows but if you stop anywhere central it is a bonus due to noise. Friendly staff. Single 600, double 1200.

2: Hotel Knight Inn Shillong, Demseniong (Opposite Neepco Shillong), +91-9402594025. Also includes Kenmore Restaurant, which serves mouth-watering food from Chinese, Indian and other cuisines. Website – Click Here.

3: Shaurya Inn Police bazaar Great Rooms, Free Wifi. Website – Click Here.

4: B&B, Rosaville Cottage. Website – Click Here.

5: Shillong Club Guesthouse near Police bazaar.

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What to see?

Sight Seeing can be divided into 3 days.

Day 1: Local Sight Seeing in Shillong: The best way to go about in Shillong is on foot. The city itself is small and can be easily covered walking and exploring hills and people. See Umiam lake (north of Shillong), Wards lake (near Police Bazaar), All Saints Church (Recommended, take a city bus to reach there), Cathedral Catholic Church, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures.

Day 2: Sohra (Cherapunjee): This Tour is ornazied by Tourist Information Centre, MTDC Ltd. near Police Bazar Ph. No: 0364-2226220. They charge Rs.800/person and cover these places – Mawkdok Valley, Ramkrishna Mission, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Caves, Eco Park, Nohsngithiang Falls, Thangkharang Park, Motrop (Giant conical rock). Contact them in advance, generally a day prior to confirm your seat. This a full day group tour which starts at 8:00 am and ends in evening 5:00 pm. Tour guide will also accompany you.

 Day 3: Dawki and Mawlynnong: I prefer you to take a shared taxi from Police Bazaar to see Dawki (Indo-Bangladesh Border) and Mawlynnong. you can ask travellers from day 2 if they want to share the taxi for this route. I got the couple to share the taxi with them and combined fare was Rs.2000 (Rs.1000 for my share). On this route you can also cover Shillong peak, elephant falls, Living root Bridge alongwith Mawlynong and Dawki.
Living root bridge
Dawli, Indo-Bangladesh border is the friendliest border and you can even do boating there.
I asked the soldier that Can I cross the border and he allowed me for some time.

 

What to eat?

Police Bazaar is full of restaurants and street food. Try Momos and there are several Bhojanalaya’s (Typical Indian eatery) on Police Bazaar.

Cafe’s and Restaurants to try:

1: Shillong Cafe: This is my favourite cafe. It has live Karaoke music on sunday’s and is very famous among tourists. It is a bit heavy on Pocket (~Rs.700/person) but a good to try and experience some delicious Local food. Pssssst, they hae huge variety of momos.

I tried Pork momos and they came out so huge.

2: Chef’s Multi Cuisine Restaurant, M G Road- Opp SBI, Shillong (5 minutes from City centre on foot), +919436332977. Great food at reasonable prices.

3: Madras Cafe (Police bazar). 7AM to 10PM. This small but busy place in polica bazar serves some authentic south Indian dishes like idlis, dosas, vada etc.. Dosas are their favourite and are crispy and hot. They also serve some south Indian rice dishes. Rs.100 for a meal.

4: Munchies, laitumkhrah (near don bosco square), 8974087724/ 7308565613. 11:30 Am – 9:30 PM. Munchies Cafe Awesome location & outdoor eatery with parking space.Friendly setting for some truly good comfort food. Lively, chilled out atmosphere with music. Everything is simple, homemade & fresh.

5: Sharma Bhojanalaya, Near Police Bazaar (Enter from Iewedeh, near roop kala sarees). For all those who look for vegetarian food. Serves decent food, marwari thali priced at Rs.80. Good food for veggies.

6: Hotel Boulevard (Bistro), in Police Bazaar (on the top of Dominos near Bijou Cinema). Best for vegetarian dishes! In shillong getting a veg hotel is boon for veggies so go for it… Mouth watering dishes with good service.

7: Bombay Bites, near SBI evening branch Police Bazar.

8: Lamee Rastaurant, G.S road, police bazaar shillong, 03642501277. Fantastic place for casual and fine dining with a tasty multicuisine menu.

9: Polo Irish Pub, Hotel Polo Towers. Shillong`s only Pub.

10: Milano (Italian Restaurant), Hotel Polo Towers.

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