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Shillong

Shillong

Weather

Shillong experiences moderate climatic conditions all through the year. The summer season from March to June is best suited for tourism as the climate is pleasant with maximum temperature in the range of 24 to 25 degrees Celsius. The rainy monsoon season runs from June to September accompanied by heavy downpour and high velocity winds enhancing the scenic landscape of the region including the beautiful waterfalls, Winter season in Shillong from November to February attracts a lot of honeymoon travelers with temperatures dropping to as low as 2 degrees Celsius. Winter season is also accompanied by fog and mist and is best avoided for trekkers and general tourists.

How To Reach

By Road:

Reaching Shillong by road is a very convenient option as the city is located on the National Highway 40. The national highway offer good connectivity with buses and cabs available at regular intervals. Buses usually take around 4 hours with a mid-way stop at Nongpoh.  Sumos and Taxis take around 3 hours to reach Shillong from Guwahati. The distance from Kolkata to Shillong is 1113 km while Guwahati is located at a distance of 96 Kms.


By Air:

Shillong has a domestic airport located in Umroi region connected with the nearest big city of Kolkata with regular daily flights. The Guwahati Airport is also a good option to reach Shillong located at a distance of 100 Kms. The Guwahati airport is well connected with all major Indian cities including New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Agartala.



By Rail:

There are no rail lines in Meghalaya. The nearest railway station is Guwahati located at a distance of 104 km. Guwahati railway station is well connected to all major cities and towns offering regular train connectivity from Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata. Taxis are available freely at Guwahati railway station to reach Shillong.


Overview

Shillong the capital of North Eastern state of Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful hill cities in India. Located at a distance of 1500 meters above sea level, Shillong is commonly known as ‘Scotland of the East’. It is a small pictorial town with several enchanting waterfalls, rolling hillocks and abundant greenery offering a perfect nature as well as adventure escapade. Its pictorial beauty offer enchanting travelling experience for the visitors.

 

Shillong has been traditionally a major transit city during the British Empire and most of the building and monuments of the city reflect British legacy in all its glory. Shillong is blessed with moderate climate all through the year making it a perfect holiday destination.

 

Travelling by foot is the best option to explore Shillong offering a great insight into the cultural and traditional Himalayan heritage along with surreal natural beauty with mesmerizing waterfalls and mountain ranges. And special mention needs to be made about the mysterious caves here offering more tasty adventure as they explore them. The refreshingly cool climate of the place makes it ideal to visit year round, if you don’t mind drenching in the rain.

 

The princely waterfalls remain the most popular attractions of Shillong although the city is a hotbed of traditional culture with various museums and abundant handicraft markets. Shopping in Shillong can be a wonderful experience with unforgettable products including handicrafts made out of bamboo and wood. Various old markets of Shillong offer lovely Tibetan artifacts, honey, bamboo pickle and Khasi dresses for the travelers.

 

Due to its close cultural and geographical vicinity with the Eastern Himalayan region, Shillong offers a good blend of Chinese and Tibetan Food. While there are no up market restaurants in the city, local shacks and small eateries in the main markets offer a wide ranging of gourmet options.