Shillong which has been translated as the “Abode of Clouds,” the city of Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and a scenic hill station in the beautiful northeast.
It is being referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’ during the colonial area because of its rolling hills, the city is nestled between the Surma and Brahmaputra valleys and was the administrative capital of the region at the time of colonial area.
The city also served as the capital of Assam till the year 1972.
The city is a major center for tourism being a hill station with a cool climate throughout the year and has been chosen as a part of the smart cities mission.
The city is also well connected by the road, and one can easily get here from Guwahati easily. If you are keen on a flexible, reliable booking option, Guwahati to Shillong taxi fare can be hassle-free and convenient than going by bus or train.
How to reach Guwahati to Shillong ?
There are various ways to reach Shillong from Guwahati. But the fastest and convenient way to reach is to take a taxi from Guwahati to Shillong.
The cheap Shillong to Guwahati Shared Taxi fares is around INR 200 for SUV vehicle and INR 300 for a mid-sized car.
Distance between Shillong to Guwahati :
The Guwahati to Shillong distance would be around 122 km, while the aerial distance from Shillong to Guwahati is around 65 km. You can find many Guwahati car rental service there on the road.
Things to Experience on a Shillong Trip :
Some of the things to experience on a Shillong Trip is listed below. Beyond these points, there is a Golf Course, St Mary’s Cathedral, Lady Hydari’s park, and some other small museums and park.
Umiam Lake or Bara Pani
If you plan round trip Shillong-Guwahati, then this is a lake which you should surely visit. It is spread around 200 square km this sprawling lake and dam was constructed by the government in the year 1960’s as a part of a hydroelectric project on the Umiam River.
The view of aerial from the highway above is breathtaking, and so is the sunset from close quarters.
There are several water sports facilities on the lake and is quite a favorite picnic spot for local people from Shillong to Guwahati. The adventurous can spend a day in Lumpongdeng Island in the middle of the lake.
Elephant Falls :
A few distances away from the center of Shillong on the way to Sohra is an Elephant Falls. This 2-tiered cascading waterfall was christened by the British as Elephant Falls owing to a stone at aa bottom of the falls which even resembled an Elephant.
The stone was destroyed in an earthquake around 150 years ago. There are some of the arrows pointing towards the falls as you soon enter the gate. The first and second are not as spectacular as the third, which can be seen after walking down a path of the cemented steps.
Even the Prime Minister of India made aa quick stopover at the Elephanta Falls at the time of his recent visit to Meghalaya.
Shillong Peak :
This is one of the highest points in Shillong at around 2200 meters. The road to the peak passes through the Air Force Base Station, and sometimes it is even kept off-limits due to some of the security concerns.
Identities and securities are checked for all tourists before allowing entry to the viewpoint of the peak. The wide-angle vista of Shillong from this point is a treat for the eyes.
There is a store which lends accessories and traditional clothes at INR 150 for photo opportunities. The women with flower crowns holding flower baskets and men in swords and turbans were quite a sight.
Rabindranath Tagore Art Gallery :
This is a place which is rarely visited by tourists. Rabindranath Tagore penned some of his popular works from Shillong which includes the Rakta Karabi, Shillonger Chithi, and Shesher Kobita.
He even visited the city after winning the Noble Peace Prize and stayed at different locations and places. One of those residences is opposite to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in the Kench Trace Area which has been converted now to the Rabindranath Tagore Art Gallery.
Wards Lake :
A short walk down one of the roads from the Police Bazaar leads to the Wards lake. You can just ask anyone, and they will point out the right direction.
This horseshoe lake is typical of the lakes in the hill stations with the green lawns around. Perfect family time with children, boating, rolling on the lawns, feeding the ducks, or simply strolling around the cobbled path.
Khasi Cuisine :
Khasi Cuisine is aligned to the Assamese cuisine with its style of preparation and proximity to chicken and pork. Most of the curries are prepared in the mustard oil, onion paste and lots of ginger & Garam Masala. If you are a non-vegetarian, then the trip to Shillong and Guwahati will be completely relishing after a plate of Jadoh, a tradition Khasi dish very akin to Pulao.
Shillong has a pleasant climate across the year and can be visited at any point of time, here is a seasonal break up through the months so that you can plan your trip in a better way:
March To June: March and April see the summers hot, but the weather is still quite pleasant. Simmers is overall mild, and it is a good time to plan a trip in Shillong with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 25C to a minimum of 12 C. This is a perfect time to plan an adventure and sightseeing activities.
June to September: Monsoon months see average to heavy rainfall in Shillong. This is a great time to visit the waterfalls and enjoy the gorgeous rain-washed vistas of the region.
July is the wettest month in the Shillong. It is not that much popular tourist give as most of the tourists do not prefer to travel at the time of monsoon, but that makes it a good time to find a reasonable hotel.
October to February: It is a time when the rainfall stops, and the weather begins to cool down. Winters start setting in from the month of November after which the weather can be seen as cold with the minimum temperature going as low as 2C.
The town looks beautiful in chilly months and is a good time to indulge in some of the outdoor activities. It is particularly a popular holiday destination for honeymooners.
Make sure that you carry enough Woolen clothes, especially for the evening time that can get very cold.