Romantic Shillong Guwahati Tour

Duration

5N/6D

Tour Type

Family Package

Group Size

Min 2 - Max 40

Location

Meghalaya-Shillong

Overview

Shillong is the District headquarters of the East Khasi Hills District as well as the capital city of the state. Shillong is the only hill station in the country that is reachable from all sides. The name of the Shillong is derived from U-Shyllong, a powerful idol. It is situated at an altitude of 1,491m above sea level. Shillong is 103kms far from Guwahati. Shillong is the hub of education for the entire north-east and there are many well-reputed educational institutions.

Description

Package name Romantic Shillong Guwahati Tour

Duration 5 Nights / 6 Days

Price (Per Person On Twin Sharing) 25999

Package Start From Guwahati

Inclusions/Exclusions

  • Accommodation in selected category hotel (NA for Day Trips)
  • Brunch, except on Check-in Date (NA for Day Trips & Govt Properties)
  • Transit as per Itinerary by Private Cab
  • Parking & Toll Charges
  • Driver Allowance
  • Inter-state Entry Tax, if applicable
  • Barge Tickets & Airport Transfers (for Andamans)
  • Pickup and Drop from Your Origin City (Optional)
  • Total fare includes GST charges
  • Airfare
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Beverages
  • Entry Fees & Local Guide Charges
  • Activity Fees
  • Hotel Early Check-in / Late Check-out Charges, if applicable
  • Mandatory Gala evening meal for Christmas and New Year eve
  • Other items not mentioned in Inclusions

Optionally (arranged on request at additional cost)

  • Homestays / Resorts / Choice of Hotels
  • Dinner
  • Tour guide (for selected destinations)
  • Honeymoon decoration, cake, candlelight dinner (for selected destinations)
  • Airport Pickup & Drop (select from Additional Options while calculating price)
  • Visa assistance (for selected International destinations)
  • Travel insurance

Tour Plan

Day 01 Destination - DESTINATION – GUWAHATI AIRPORT/RAILWAY - SHILLONG
Meals    :   Dinner Only

On arrival at Guwahati Airport and the Railway Station & transfer to Shillong (4,900 ft.) called ‘Scotland of the East”. Enroute visit Umium Lake, a cool placid lake with its surrounding sylvan hills. On arrival at Shillong, go to the hotel. After fresh up have half day Shillong sightseeing covering Hydari Park, Elephanta Falls & Shillong Peak. Overnight stay will be at Shillong Hotel.

Day 02 Destination - DESTINATION – CHERRAPUNJI DAY TRIP
Meals    :    Breakfast & Dinner

After having morning meal drive to Cherrapunjee (4,400 ft.), the snowy place in the world. You will see the beautiful waterfall known as Nohkalikai in this place. You can also analyze the caves known as Mawsmai and the Seven Sister fall, Koh Ram Hoh and Eco Park. Then return to Shillong in the evening for comfortable overnight stay.

Day 03 Destination - DESTINATION – SHILLONG LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
Meals    :    Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast visit Don Bosco Museum, Botanical Garden, Beadon Bishop Falls, Golf Course,Ward’s Lake and the Lady Hydari Park. Evening is free for all personal activities in Shillong. Overnight stay at Shillong.

Day 04 Destination - DESTINATION – SHILLONG – GUWAHATI (100 KMS / 3 HRS)
Meals    :    Breakfast & Dinner

Enjoy your morning meal, and check out from the hotel and to enjoy some fantastic view of Guwahati. Enroute fall in love with emerald landscapes, refreshing breeze of hills and sparkling waterfalls. Reach Guwahati & check into the hotel . Rest of the day free for other activities. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05 Destination - DESTINATION – GUWAHATI SIGHTSEEING
Meals    :    Breakfast & Dinner

Today we will be covering all minor and major famous tourist attraction of Guwahati. This includes receiving the blessings of goddess at Kamakhya Temple & Nabargraha Temple respectively. Thereafter it is time to tickle in history and art by visiting State Museum and Srimanta Sankardeb Kalakhetra. We will explore Assam State zoo to watch white rhinos, jaguar & Lama, puma and the others. Late evening go back to Guwahati Hotel for comfortable overnight stay.

Day 06 Destination - DESTINATION – GUWAHATI DROP
Meals    :    Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast check out from the hotel & go to the Guwahati Airport / Railway Station for your onward journey.

FAQs

Shillong is famous for its Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, which are the foggy places on earth. It is one of the most popular monsoon destinations. Cherrapunji lies 15 km to the east of Shillong and offers guest houses, cottages, resorts and the home-stays for visitors.

Best Time to Visit Shillong March to June: March and April see the arrival of summers but the weather is still quite enjoyable. June to September: Monsoon months see average due to heavy rainfalls in Shillong. October to February: October is the best month to visit when the rainfall stops and the weather begins to cool down.

The highly designed route is for 4 nights & 5 days. Get a chance to visit Shillong, that is the capital of the Meghalaya, and popularly called the “Scotland of the East”

Jeans or range pants, shirts or T shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, socks, scarfs, woolen gloves etc as outfit condition to check the spine thrilling cold at Prashar Lake, especially if you are at work during winter. Relaxed trekking shoes, slight floater or sandals, raincoat, water bottle, caps and hats, sun glasses, torch, medicines, speciall toiletries, made well backpack bag, wind proof coating or bags etc can be the needed traps you can carry from your side.

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Mawlynnong

 Lake / Backwaters

 Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
 Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Pedal Boat, Rs. 50 for Water Scooter, Rs. 10 for Cruise Boat, Rs. 50 for River Bus Ride, Rs. 100 for Yachting & Rs. 200 for Water Skiing

In inclusion to having an easily reachable living root flyover nearby, pleasing Mawlynnong village was named the "Cleanest Village in Asia" by a travel magazine. Also nickname "God's Own Garden", the village is a remarkable example of group-based. The citizens have built an outstanding Sky View manifesto from bamboo atop the highest tree in the forest, nearly 80 feet up. It provides a bird's eye view of the village and extensive view across to Bangladesh. Mawlynnong is a three hour drive south of shillong in the East Khasi Hills. It's feasible to stay there in a primary village guesthouse or house on gaunts.

Location: East Khasi Hills district.

Dawki- Shnongpdeng

 Adventure / Trekking |  Nature

 Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
 Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM
 Entry Fee: Rs.20 for Person, Rs. 300 for Guide & Rs. 20 for Camera

About an hour east of Mawlynnong, in the West Jaintia Hills, the border town of Dawki is worth visiting for its perfect olive Umngot River. The non-existence of certainty makes it hard to trust that the global Radcliffe Line border between India and Bangladesh is located there. It's possible to go on a dazzling boat ride along the river, which is said to be one of the virtuous on earth. If driving from Mawlynnong to Dawki, do stop at beautiful Bophill Falls along the way. Shnongpdeng village, a short distance from Dawki, is the best place to stay. Dawki Bridge that is an exclusive bridge over the river is the main reason to visit this river. Nothing balances the joy of paradise of riding on this remarkable river surrounded by jungle.

Location: Dawki Village.

Khasi Hills

 Adventure / Trekking |  Nature

 Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
 Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free  Entry

Khasi Hills is a topologic area of Meghalaya, furnished with pristine nature that forms its very roles. The area is almighty known for being the home to the dampened locations on earth i.e., Mawsynram and Cherrapunji. Khasi Hills are surrounded with attractive hills and thick rainforests, providing a refreshing give way to exhausted bodies and scuff souls. The broad range of locations of interest here contains Umiam Lake, Dawki River, Shillong, and Mawlynnong. The unique gem in the crown of Meghalaya, Khasi Hills is among the perfect tourist locations to visit in Meghalaya.

Location: Garo-Khasi Range

Timings: 24 hours

Best time to visit: October to April

Entry Fees/Price: No entry fee

Shilong Peak

 Museum / Gallery

 Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
 Timings: 9 AM - 5.30 PM summer & 9 AM - 4.30 PM in winter, Closed on Sundays
 Entry Fee: Rs. 100 for Indians & Rs. 200 for Foreigners

For an outstanding view of the encompassed hills and valleys, visit Shillong Peak which happens to be the highest outlook and one of the perfect places to visit in Shillong. Situated at an altitude of 6449 feet and mostly encompassed by fog, Shillong Peak provides 360-degree all-around view of the distant hills, waterfalls, Shillong city, and plains of Bangladesh. Best for nature lovers, photographers and trekkers, this place is doubtlessly one of the perfect tourists picturesque in Shillong.

Location: Shillong View Point, Shillong, 793004

Timings: All Days – 9 am to 3:30 pm

Don Bosco Museum

 Lake / Backwaters

 Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
 Timings: 8.30 AM - 5. 30 PM
 Entry Fee: Rs.10 for Person

As one of the outstanding locations to visit in Shillong, Don Bosco Museum of native Cultures welcomes every visitor, art addicts, and history polishes with open arms. Promoting art galleries, broad collections of handicrafts, bygones, outfits, ornaments, and cannon used by many ethnic group of North-east India, one can observer bird’s-eye views of the whole Northeast India. The museum is situated in the properties of Sacred Heart Church and is a seven storey building with seventeen distinct galleries. This is surely in the middle of perfect tourist locations in Shillong.

Timings: Monday to Saturday: 9 AM to 5:30 PM; Closed on Sundays

Elephant Falls

 Waterfall

 Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
 Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM
 Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for Person

At a distance of 12 km from Shillong Bus Stand, Elephant Falls is a stunning waterfalls located in the outskirts of Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya. It is one of the prominent waterfalls in Meghalaya and among the prime places to visit in Shillong.

The waterfall is located in Upper Shillong area within the Eastern Air Command of Indian Air Force. The Khasi tribe named it Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew, meaning Three Steps Waterfalls. Britishers named it Elephant Falls during their regime owing to the presence of an elephant-shaped rock on one side of the fall. However, the rock was destroyed due to an earthquake in 1897.
Located quite close to Shillong Peak, the Elephant Falls is a 3 tier waterfall. The first fall is very broad and is hidden among the trees. The second fall is quite domesticated and in the winters (and drier months) it looks inconsequential. The third fall is the tallest and most spectacular with crystal clear water falling over sharp rocks of myriad shapes. The waterfalls are flanked by lush greenery which adds to the charm of the place. This is a superb place for spending some time amidst the nature.
One need to navigate down a steep flight of 150 steps to reach the waterfall and these steps are troublesome for kids and aged people. There are benches around the first tier of the waterfall and the second one where one can sit and relax. Also, there are food stalls and lots of handicraft selling corners as well.
Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for Person

All Saints Cathedral

 Pilgrimage

 Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
 Timings: 7 AM - 6.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

Observed to be one of the ancient churches in the city, All Saints Cathedral is mainly one of the perfect places to visit in Shillong. The property throws back colonial style structure along with wooden roofs although the internal designs add to the charm and grace of the Cathedral. Daily masses are arranged here, but most footfalls are seen during Sundays. This place is about 5 minutes via MG Road from Police Bazaar and once you reach the State Central Library, you can spot the church right opposite to it. Plan well in advance so that you can experience other visitor activities like Lady Hydari Park, State Museum, and Butterfly Museum that are situated in close vicinity to the Cathedral.

Location: Kacheri Road, Lachumiere, Shillong

Timings: The church is open on all days of the week from 8:30 Am to 5:30 Pm.

Shillong View Point-

 Nature

 Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
 Timings:  9 AM - 3.30 PM, Closed on Wednesday
 Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for Person & Rs. 30 for Vehicle

The charm of Shillong gives a justification of its position as the capital city of Meghalaya. Situated above of the Shillong Peak at an altitude of 6548 feet, Shillong outlook is the best outlook from where you can observer scenic aspect of the magical rich greenery that borders the area and the striking city. If you don’t remember to bring your camera to this place, you are going to remorse it until you come back to this place because scenes of green hills wrapped in the smog are worth expressing. Pass some moments here to explore the calmness of hills and feel pleasant seeking at the surrounding jungle. Just a short drive away from the city center, this point is a not to be missed a place to see Shillong from a different viewpoint.

Location: Shillong Peak, Shillong

Munchies

Situated just a few meters away from Cafe Shillong is Munchies. Not the typical cafe with a classy decor, Munchies is al-fresco all the way. Begun by Anand Lobo, a mechanical engineer, along with his wife Tania Marak in the year 2011, Munchies provides Lebanese, Russian, Italian and Mexican food. “Food is low budget and fast and being situated in heart of all educational institutions, we do get overpowered with the student population,” Anand says adding, “One must also try the authentic German sausages.”

Café Shillong

Located in Laitumkhrah region in the L.P. Building, this enlightened café provides a series of multicultural dishes. The live music here is rhythmic, and so is the comfortable and warm aura. Frequently collected by a really fascinating crowd, this charming café in Shillong provides authentic food that can add flavor in your evenings. The local belt playing here often helps the tourists to relish after a buzzing day. Home to some mouth-watering cheesecakes and brownies, this café-cum-bakery is a paradise for foodies. The place is not very fancy but has warm vibes and is quite uncomplicated on the pocket.

Timings: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Laitumkhrah

Open up Café

This artsy Shillong cafe has earned quite a name for the hotdogs and the superb theme included in its aura. Happiness for the comic burnish, this café is elegantly sketched on the theme of many comics like Batman. The place provides some awesome burgers served along with spicy with the usual range of coffee and snacks. These are some cafeterias in the foodie's heaven that are best for drenched in some local vibe. These Shillong cafes are best to taste on some local cuisine while chatting with your friend. Some of these have fancy bowels while some offer a hiker’s experience. The pensive town of Shillong is perfectly explored by walking through its bazaars and tracks, stopping just to cultivate in some appetizing food which is present here in profusion. Also, make sure to keep some cash in handy as most of the places lack card machines here.

Timings: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM 

Location: Mawlai, Mawroh

ML 05 Café

Observing love for bikes and rides, this comfortable café pays acclamation to the biking culture of Shillong. However it is located a bit far from the city, every quality of ML 05 makes it distinguishing and exclusive from the lot of Shillong cafes. As soon as you step in, you will feel like entering a lock-up. No one can ever neglect the glimmering Harley Davidson set in its amidst. The interiors are best for a long relaxing period with your companion. This Shillong café has a small library, a television and live music being played at almost all hours of the day, which makes it an lure attraction.

Timings: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM 

Location: Before Eastern Air Command

Swish Café

This café can be noted as the first café to be opened in the whole state of Meghalaya. It was may be the only café to begin the coffee culture in Shillong. This cutesy café was started by Mary Tariang in 2003. Located at the Laitumkharah Beat House, Swish café has a very nonconformist aura and hence is highly affected by the youngsters. Its relished aura and cool vibes have been alluring many tourists since the day it has opened. It is also regularly visited by musicians due to its creative vibes. This Shillong café has a small library, a television and live music being played at almost all hours of the day, which makes it a luring attraction.

Timings: 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM 

Location: Laitumkhrah

Café Shillong Heritage

Café Shillong Heritage is snuggled in the serene backdrop of Tripura Castle. It is the sister café of Café Shillong and offers a very attractive aura to the tourists. Larsing Ming Sawyan along with William Diengdoh started this café in 2012. This enchanting cafe offers an unreal view, while the tourists stuff on mouth-watering food items. One can immerse in the cheer and relishing vibes of this café while drinking on a mist cup of coffee and reading their best loved book here. This cafe in Shillong is immensely popular for its visual retrial and relished aura among the tourists. The star dish of this restaurant is their dumplings, which are served with some tangy dips to further magnify their flavors.

Timings: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

Location: Laitumkhrah

Little Chef Café

Presenting as one of the best Shillong cafes and a paradise for people with a sweet tooth, Little Chef café lies at Police Point. They provide a presentation of pastries and pizzas to vanish your tooth in. The place is not very elaborated in structure but has warm vibes and is quite easy on the pocket. So, just pitch into this café and ask for some piping hot coffee with spicy bread to go with it! Don't await a garish aura with luxurious bowels, as this attractive Shillong café has a more of relished vibe to it.

Timings: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Closed on Sunday 

Location: Laitumkhrah

Blueberry Inn

There are a few things that make Blueberry Inn so popular amongst travelers who regularly visit Meghalaya and often need to search for hotels and resorts in Shillong. The hotel offers exceptional service with delicious food, coupled with the fact that it is merely a kilometer from the city center.

Address: Rita Road, Khyndailad, Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

DETAILS: 

  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 7,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Royal Heritage Tripura Castle

Royal ancestry Tripura Castle in this former residence of Tripura Royal family, now useful as one of the ancestry properties in Cleve Colony, Shillong. The ancestry look of the building and prime interior décor blends flawlessly with modern amenities and services. It is this seamless combination that makes it one of the most 4 star hotels for couples. Undoubtedly, Royal ancestry Tripura Castle is one of the best desired hotels in Shillong for couples.

ADDRESS: Cleve Colony, Tripura Castle Road, Shillong, Meghalaya 793003

DETAILS: 

  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 7,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Café Shillong

Café Shillong is one of the coziest Shillong hotels for couples that offer best comfortable bed and breakfast facilities. This is attractive bungalow that provides well-furnished rooms and warm hospitality. Facilities & amenities: Free WIFI, mini bar, laundry, doctor on call and round-the-clock room duty.

ADDRESS: 31 Lower, Lachumiere, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

DETAILS: 

  • Cost Rs 2,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Roseville Resort Shillong

Many small hotels and resorts in Shillong offer an option of homestays, but not many do it better than Roseville. An 80-year-old resort that initially began as a hill retreat for the Britishers, has now become a pillar of constant in the sea of change Shillong has been through since its existence.

Address: Lum Rumnong, Langkyrding-Mawpat Rd, Shillong, Meghalaya 793012

DETAILS: 

  • Cost Rs 2,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Ri Kynjai

Ri Kynjai is one of the best comfortable and premium hotels in Shillong, known for its stylish décor, ritzy amenities, and most-in-class services. Nestled on the bank of Umiam Lake and 20 km away from Shillong town, this is one of the most hotels in Shillong for couples. The boutique resort is famed for its awesome interior décor that resembles traditional Khasi architecture. Thatched luxury cottages and their wooden floorings are the complemented by stunning lake view from rooms.

ADDRESS: Umniuh Khwan, UCC Road, Ri Bhoi District, Meghalaya

DETAILS: 

  • Cost Rs 2,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Centre Point

Aptly named, Centre Point is the one of the most hotels in Shillong, known for its superb location and close proximity to bus terminus and shopping centers. There are 31 well-equipped rooms, with the most services for complete comfort. Also, Centre Point is one of the best sought after 4 star properties in Shillong. The hotel is split into two wings—Classic and Club. The classic wing displays ancestry and colonial style, while the club wing showcases contemporary design and décor.

ADDRESS: Khyndailad, Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

DETAILS: 

  • Cost Rs 2,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Hotel Polo Towers

One of the best awesome hotels in Shillong for couples—Hotel Polo Towers is placed in the heart of Shillong town. With best appreciable hospitality, well-appointed comfortable rooms, and a perfect medley of eating options, it allures many sightseers, particularly couples who wish to fun an enjoyable stay near all major tourist hotspots. The restaurants at Polo Towers are great for their specialties – try mouth-watering kebabs and exotic hookahs at Sky Grill, various global cuisines at Ginger, cupcakes at Cupcake Factory and Italian flavors at Milano.

ADDRESS: Oakland Road Near Polo Grounds, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

DETAILS:

  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 6,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

   Quinton Enclave

Budget travelers looking for hotels and resorts in Shillong with a homely experience should definitely consider this cozy guesthouse. As it is located inside a residential complex, guests can expect a comfortable and quiet stay away from the hustle and bustle of Shillong. However, it is important to note that this guesthouse does not accept guests unannounced. A prior booking or a correspondence on mail is recommended.

Address: Quinton Road, Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

DETAILS:

  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 6,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Pinewood Hotel 

One of the attractive hotels in Shillong for couples is Pinewood an MTDC property. Nestled in the lap of the attractive hills of shillong, this is the oldest hotel in Shillong. The ancestry building boasts of its colonial décor and the sprawling lush green lawn makes for a complete delight. Pinewood offers all amenities for luxury in all their 40 rooms that are available in various categories ranging from Deluxe to Presidential. Awesome in-house eating is another attraction that puts it in the list of the most hotels in Shillong.

ADDRESS: European Ward, Rita Road, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

DETAILS:

  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 6,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Hotel Alpine Continental

Counted as one of the most hotels in Shillong in the budget category, Hotel Alpine Continental is the popular for its relief and warm hospitality. It has 24 well-appointed rooms, some of which offer a spectacular view of the town making Alpine Continental stand out in the list of budget hotels in Shillong. Facilities & amenities: Round-the-clock room service and in house eating at Sip n Dine – the multi-cuisine restaurant.

ADDRESS: Police Bazar, Thana, Quinton Road, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001

DETAILS:

  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 6,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV, Wifi etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

Angling at Dawki

The lovely lake of Umiam also houses enormous species of rare and common fishes that are found swimming with lifeless colours. It is known as fisherman paradise in Meghalaya. Drop evening with close ones generates a classy feel. After boating we were left with some time, so though that to go for fishing. Still I couldn’t discover all species but could catch an mrigala fish. My cousin said that Dawki is another promising option for fishing in Shillong. It is an around 80 km away from Shillong and located amidst a placid surrounding. Catfishes, Golden Carps and Silver Carp are best significant species are the found there.

Trekking in the calm and composed trails

Though I expected that trekking option might be available within the town, but he said we need to travel out of the main place for finding out trekking trails. We went to the David Scott trekking trail where we could feel the real charm of this ever-enthusiastic trip activity. It is considered to be most beautiful place for trekking in Meghalaya. The trek passes still low granite and sandstone cliffs found amidst rolling hills. A serpentine cleanest stream runs along with the trail. A valley cover with green carpet made us spellbound and we planned to set camps for overnight stay. Still for the best trekking experience in Meghalaya, Living Root Bridge, Kyllang Rock and Sophet Bneng also offer brilliant opportunity.

Horse Riding

Bird eye view of Shillong town while fun horse ride towards Shillong Peak. We had a plan of arranging a picnic party on Shillong Peak as this is one the best charming picnic spots in Shillong. We plan to reach at the peak riding on horseback and it was a superb experience indeed. Witnessing the birds’ eye view of the place found at the slopes of the hills is a must see sight. While approaching towards the peak we could not have a glimpse of that imposing sight. Here I best share with you the fact that Shillong Peak is the highest point in Meghalaya with an elevation of 1966 m. The peak is dotted with tropical vegetation and beautiful cliffs hanging across the road. Horse riding can be fun in Living Root Bridge as well.

Enjoy The Elephant Falls

Visiting Elephant Falls is one of the best things to do in shillong. Located approximately 12 km away from Shillong, this fall rejuvenates travelers from across the globe. Falling down three steps, this waterfall was originally known as Ka Kshaid lai pateng khoshiew. You will be able to go on the trail and stairs here as well. Its scenic beauty will crystal clear water will certainly make you admire it more. This activity tops the list of fun top things to do in shillong.

Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Best Experience: Walk along the trail of Elephant Falls while appreciating the beauty of it
Location: Upper Shillong, Shillong, Meghalaya 793009

Enjoy Trekking At The David Scott Trail

Another top things to do in shillong is to go for trekking at the David Scott Trail. Discovered by David Scott, this trek begins at Mawphlang and is almost 16 km long. Located at an altitude of 4892 ft, this trail takes five hours to trek. Adorned with gushing waterfalls and tropical trees, this trail unravels the opportunity for you to experience spectacular valleys. This trail resulted in a war between the Khasi people and the Britishers.

Timings: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m
Best Experience: Enjoy the cascading waterfalls as you go for a trek at the David Scott trail
Location: Mawphlāng, Synrang Kaban, Meghalaya 793121

Waterfall Hopping

It is considered to be a core adventurists’ activity and one needs to be zealous and ready to accept the challenges. I did not have enough but my cousin is always brave and he planned to join to experience waterfall hopping with full confidence at Elephant fall itself. Though, for waterfall hopping Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls and Crinoline Falls are also appraise to be of equivalent status.

Visiting Asia’s Cleanest Village

 After our university senior batch made a documentary on Mawlynnong, the clear village in Asia; I used to dream of visiting this place. From Mawlynnong to Living Cliff Bridge the trek passes still thick forests and it is a quite uneasy trail, though after reaching at the destination one can meet with a nature’s surprise. We met a few inhabitants who were very conscious about dumping litters. After visiting this serene village we visited attractive Untiring waterfall which gushes down to a bottomless ravine. Living Cliff platform is at a distance of around 4 km and requires approx 2 hours to reach. The platform is always brought to the limelight for its exclusivity of being formed commonly and not by the humans. It is the hanging roots of the rubber tree which assemble together to make it a completely working bridge.

Best Experience: Visit the Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong and enjoy the spectacular surrounding from the Sky View Point
Location: Mawlynnong, Pynursla, East Khasi Hills

Visit Laitlum Canyon At East Khasi Hills

Often known as the Heart of Meghalaya’s Natural Wonder, Laitlum Canyon tops the list of shillong things to do. Often recognized as the trekker’s paradise, Laitlum is known for being the amphitheatre of Meghalaya. What you will truly enjoy here is how the hues paint the landscape here. Unraveling the opportunity for you to break fresh air, this canyon is certainly the best things to do in shillong in december.

Camping

One of the most options for camping holidays in Meghalaya, Khasi Hills was a in our choice list as well. Staying overnight in these fleeting camps add to the great experiences of entire life. Green meadows, chilling weather, and fragrance of pine trees make this hilly region ideal for camping with the perfect buddies or even with the family members. Still for the camping in Meghalaya, Mawlynnong rainforest and Dawki also rank high.

Boating in Umiam Lake

 Umiam is a stunning lake to enjoy boating. Umiam Lake is located in Nongpoh at a distance of approx 18km from Shillong. Inserted with rich greenery of Shillong from all the sides this lake is filled with blue and clear cut water to float without being tense about water pollution. We reached by the late afternoon and could see that water-skiing, rowing and sailing options are also available at Water sports complex at Umiam Lake. But, we pick for boating as we were planned for that only. The feel was out of the world as the scenic beauty of Shillong was concomitant us while floating on this gentle water body.

Police Bazaar

The Police Bazaar is one of the most outstanding spots for shopping and the cultural activity in Shillong. You can do shopping of all traditional and the modern items the chic and the classic. The Bazaar is open daily and there are many houses and shops that offering local products. From food items to souvenirs, clothes, handicrafts, and electronics, one can find it all here. The most famous shopping outlets in Police Bazaar include the store of Meghalaya Handlooms & Handicraft, Khadi Gram Udyog, Glory's Plaza, Assam Emporium, OB Shopping Mall and Grand Bazaar. The street of Police Bazaar is narrow but the options and the variety you get to choose from is immense.

Address: Police Bazaar

Best for: Leather goods

Timings: Daily 10 am to 8 pm

Bara Bazaar

This is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in Shillong. A local market, the Bara Bazaar is typically a spice and a food market. Here, the market has separate segment and one can find more local spices, meats, vegetables, and other food items.

Traditional items like handloom products are also available in Bara Bazaar made by local artisans. The specialty of this bazaar is that shops are managed and run by women vendors. The fresh stock comes in morning so this is the best time to visit the Bara Bazaar.

Address: East Khasi Hills

Best for: Spicy Food.

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

Khasi Emporium

The Khasi Emporium is one of the most outstanding spots for shopping and the cultural activity in Shillong. There are different places in Meghalaya Shillong that offers traditional handicrafts items but Khasi Emporium is one of the well know market for its bamboo handicrafts. This market also sells traditional clothes and the Chinese products.

The Khasi Emporium is the most popular tourist shopping place in Shillong. If handicrafts are your crazy, look no further. You can also bargaining for a price.

Address: Police Bazaar

Best for: Bamboo handicrafts

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

Purbashree Emporium

A Government of India enterprise, the Purbashree Emporium is the place to go for traditional handloom sarees, jewelry, and cane furniture. The products at the emporium are all made by hand by skilled local artisans. Prices are fixed and there is no bargaining. Also available here are a few souvenirs that depict the culture and history of Meghalaya.

Address: Police Bazar

Best for: Souvenirs to take back home

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

OB Shopping Mall

OB Shopping Mall is the biggest well known shopping mall of Shhilong adorning the streets of the hill station. This mall offers a wide variety of branded clothes and the electronic items. The mall also houses a hotel and a few restaurants. Hotel Center Point is one of the most famous hotels in the city. This mall is best for those who are looking to buy branded clothes. You can also find branded shops like Adidas and John Players here, and many other brands are also available. Prices of the goods are fixed in the mall and there is no bargaining.

Address: Jail Road

Best for: Winter clothing and window shopping

Timings: 10 am to 8 pm

Hanumanbux Mahesh Kumar

This store offers a variety of clothing. You’ll find everything from men’s clothing to dresses for women, as well as clothing for kids. The Hanumanbux Mahesh Kumar specializes in warm clothing, Scottish clothing, and dress materials in a variety of colours. The prices of the clothing are reasonable and carry a fixed rate. Bargaining for a price isn’t recommended.

Address: Police Bazar

Best for: Bamboo Handicrafts

Timings: 9.30 am to 9 pm

Rebecca’s Thrift Store

Vintage products is more famous in Rebecca’s Thrift Store, it is the place to buy old and antique items. The store has a best collection of all vintage products, which will give your home a unique touch or it can be gifted to friends and family. The store also stocks a small variety of branded products, vintage coats, and clothing that was fashionable in the 60s and 70s.

Address: Lower Nongrim

Best for: Vintage products

Timing: 9.30 am onwards

National Book Agency

Specialising in books, the National Book Agency is your one-stop shop for English books and international magazines. The bookstore stocks fiction as well as non-fiction works. A large store by Shillong standards, works of some of the most famous authors can be found at this popular bookstore. The National Book Agency also stocks a variety of popular travel, food, and lifestyle magazines from across the globe.

Address: OB Shopping Mall

Best for: English fiction and non-fiction

Timings: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Meghalaya Handloom and Handicrafts Development Emporium

At the Meghalaya Handloom and Handicrafts Development Emporium, you can find a lot of variety of local textiles and the fabrics. This market is particularly famous for its Jaintia and Garo fabrics. Besides cloth and fabric, the Meghalaya Handloom and Handicrafts Development Market also sell traditionally-made handicrafts items and the other small home décor items that are made from bamboo shoot.

You will also find an impressive array of souvenirs at this market. Bargaining with the shopkeeper may be very helpful in getting a product from the store at a reasonable price.

Address: Police Bazaar

Best for: Items of bamboo and locally manufactured fabric.

Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Bhutia Market

The Bhutia market is one of the more famous marketing spots in Shillong and it is populated by Tibetan origin shopkeepers. The Bhutias are actually a category of people from Bhutan who claim themselves as Tibetan alien who have then settled down in different parts of India. The Bhutia market is the perfect place to buy woollens as an amazing market of sweaters, shawls, jackets, stoles, kid’s winter clothes are available in Shillong. Generally garments sold by the Bhutias (especially the winter clothes) have good design and are quite affordable.

Address: Shhilong

Best for: Winter clothing

Timings: 10 am to 8 pm

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Shillong is famous for its Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, which are the foggy places on earth. It is one of the most popular monsoon destinations. Cherrapunji lies 15 km to the east of Shillong and offers guest houses, cottages, resorts and the home-stays for visitors.

Best Time to Visit Shillong March to June: March and April see the arrival of summers but the weather is still quite enjoyable. June to September: Monsoon months see average due to heavy rainfalls in Shillong. October to February: October is the best month to visit when the rainfall stops and the weather begins to cool down.

The highly designed route is for 4 nights & 5 days. Get a chance to visit Shillong, that is the capital of the Meghalaya, and popularly called the “Scotland of the East”

Jeans or range pants, shirts or T shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, socks, scarfs, woolen gloves etc as outfit condition to check the spine thrilling cold at Prashar Lake, especially if you are at work during winter. Relaxed trekking shoes, slight floater or sandals, raincoat, water bottle, caps and hats, sun glasses, torch, medicines, speciall toiletries, made well backpack bag, wind proof coating or bags etc can be the needed traps you can carry from your side.

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