Travel to Shillong

Shillong Travel

Shillong is the state capital of Meghalaya, one of India's smallest states and home to the Khasi people. Being a hilly area, Shillong reminded the British of Scotland and they called it "Scotland of the East". Shillong sits at an altitude of 4,908 feet and is the head quarters of the East Khasi Hills district. Shillong Peak at a height of 6,449 feet, is the highest peak in Shillong.

Shillong was earlier the capital of undivided Assam, until the creation of Meghalaya as a new state in 1972, when Shillong became the capital of Meghalaya and Dispur became the capital of Assam.

Best Time to Visit Shillong

The best time to visit Shillong is from October to November and from March to April. The weather in October is best for sight seeing and the natural beauty of Shillong is at its best at this time of the year. Summers are pleasant, though winters are very cold.

How to Reach Shillong

Shillong is a beautiful little city tucked away in the hills and is a popular tourist attraction, popular for its scenic beauty and unique and colourful culture.

By Train

Shillong does not have rail service and the closest railway station is at Guwahati in Assam, which is located at a distance of 104 km from Shillong and is well connected to all major cities of India.

The Meghalaya Transport Corporation has bus services which coordinate with train arrivals at Guwahati. The buses leave Guwahati from 6am to 5 pm and services from Shillong to Guwahati leave at the same time. Taxis are also available at the Guwahati railway station.

By Road

Shillong is connected to Guwahati by National Highway 40. The Meghalaya Road Transport Corporation and private bus operators have regular bus services to various places in Meghalaya and neighbouring states.

Apart from buses tourist taxis and Tata Sumo taxis are also available for journeys between Shillong and Guwahati and vice versa.

By Air

The closest airport to Shillong is at Umroi which is 35 km from Shillong. Only Air India operates on this route. Buses and taxi services are available from Umroi to Shillong.

The other convenient option is the Gopinath Borduloi Airport in Guwahati which is 128 km from Shillong and is connected to the rest of the country by regular flights.

Shared cabs are available from the airport onwards to Shillong. These cabs stop midway at Nongpoh for a short rest and refreshments.

Helicopter services are also available from Guwahati to Tura Tura and Shillong on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The helicopter journey from Guwahati to Shillong is 20 minutes and is quite economical and convenient. Helicopter journeys can be booked from various travel agents in Shillong.

Shopping in Shillong

There are many interesting options for shoppers in Shillong, including vibrant markets like Bara Bazaar and Police Bazaar.

Bara Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in Shillong and is a good place to buy local handicrafts crafted out of bamboo and wood. One can also purchase honey, Khasi clothes and Tibetan artifacts from here as well.

Police Bazaar is another important market in Shillong and one can purchase bamboo and cane products here. If you are looking for local handicrafts and gifts to take back home then head to Purbashree, an emporium run by the Government of Meghalaya. Over here one can find orange honey, hand woven shawls and black mushrooms, among other interesting products.

Apart from traditional items, Shillong also has many stores selling top Indian brands in clothes, shoes and accessories.

Shillong Cuisine

The focus of Meghalaya food is on flavour and meat is consumed as part of most meals. Apart from chicken and fish, pork and beef form an important part of people's diet in the region. Local dishes in Meghalaya are cooked in the traditional Khasi style and Shillong is the go to place for authentic Chinese food. Jadoh is a very popular dish in Shillong and is essentially a rice and pork preparation. Kyat is a local liquor and is made from rice and is consumed on festive occasions.

Tourist Places in Shillong

Last Updated On : 1/10/2013

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