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G.S. Road Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya, 793001, India
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Is August 1st week a good time to be there in Shillong ?

by ranjan_nandy

Guys,

I will be in India in August 1st week and was thinking of spending 4-5 days in Shillong .. I was just wondering how the weather will be during the those time in the year .. Will it be still monsoon there ? Do u recommend to go there ? Primary reason to go there is to relax and enjoy the natural beauty and the mountains ..

Thanks,

Ranjan

Re: Is August 1st week a good time to be there in Shillong ?

by tanu_l

Hi

from June till last week of August, It is raining in Shillong.

Try to postpone your visit Shillong till mid of September.

Re: Is August 1st week a good time to be there in Shillong ?

by goutammitra

Where will you be coming from Mr.Nandy? If from Bangladesh, then you may postpone till September as they have sufficient rains at most beautiful places. We envy them for having such beautiful rain forests, well preserved. If not, the for your information, Shillong is best visited in Monsoon only! The beauty of Shillong really comes out and it blooms in Monsoon only, with greenery everywhere, lots of Orchids, Cactus es, Pineapples, Cherries, and monsoon drizzles! It will make your stay a long memorable one. Please read Rabindranath( I hope you have read " Sesher Kobita") before coming there.

Besides, you can go through my tips and videos on Shillong as additional information. Please dont' forget to rate the tips.

Re: Is August 1st week a good time to be there in Shillong ?

by ranjan_nandy

Thanks Goutam .. I will be visiting from California ..

Thanks all for the informations.

Re: Is August 1st week a good time to be there in Shillong ?

by anilpradhanshillong

1. Any time is fantastic time to visit Shillong ('Halfway To Heaven') :-)
2. Temp. 19 degrees (if raining) to 26 degrees (sun shining) in August.
3. Rains are gorgeous as you would see ALL the waterfalls in their glory.
4. Rains are from June-Aug-end. However, it is intermittent and the best
part is that after the rains, the entire city looks so clean and washed!
The smell (aroma?) of the grass, freshly wet, is intoxicating.
5. In case yours is a first visit and you need an itinerary, contact me
and I'll email it to you. Been doing that to all my friends and
batchmates all these years :-)
6. I'm not a sales agent ;-

Travel Tips for Shillong

Shopping for Wool?

by pankaj271315

Though wool and other knitwear is not locally produced, woolens available in the markets of shillong is very good by Indian standards. Whenever we are in SHillong we tend to buy a lot of woolen wear.

There is also a lady by the name of Mrs Hazarika and though I never met her, her reputation exceeds her. I have few garments made for my elder daughter the last time I was there. The sweater she knits is very nice and my wife is always trying to measure the products available in other markets by that standard.

Chewing Paan or Beetle leaf with nuts.

by goutammitra

The people of Meghalaya, especially womenfolk are very fond of chewing Paan or Beetle leaf with nuts always. Perhaps the only time they do not chew Paan is while sleeping. An outsider may think why all of them are chewing gum and their lips and tongues are red, but it with beetle juice. The rural women prefer to keep their lips red, this way!

A word of caution for the tourists: Please dont' try this as the people of Meghalaya, chew Paan with raw beetle nuts, which is intoxicating. If you have to try, please ask for dry nuts to be put in.

Hindu Shillong: Ramkrishna Mission Ashram

by goutammitra

There is sizable population of Hindus in Meghalaya though in minority. In the city of Shillong and Cherrapunjee, Ramkrishna Mission runs their ashram, imparting education to tribal s and locals as well. RKM is not known for conversion of religion.

Their students are very brilliant compared to other ordinary schools and most of their education centers are free for the poor and tribal children. They do maintain very strict discipline in their school and in the temples. Apart from teaching Vedanta they also impart very high standard of modern education in English and local languages. Most of their teachers live the life of celibacy and are monks in the ashrams.

A place worth visiting in Shillong and In Cherrapunjee.

Death Falls, Nongpyiur village

by anilpradhanshillong

This fascinating falls is located about 4 kms from the main road that leads to Elephant Falls, Upper Shillong. Shillong city to the junction would be about 6 kms. The river from Shillong Peak first forms the Elephant Falls, then slowly flows to Nongpyiur village to form the Death Falls. It then meanders to form the astonishingly high Whirphanang Falls.

The road from the junction of the main road to the Satellite Earth Station at Nongpyiur is fairly good. You park your vehicle there and then take the left hand-side path before the RCC bridge. You walk along the banks of a sparkling stream through a slushy path and dense vegetation behind the Satellite Earth Station for about 10 minutes till you suddenly view a large pond and the beautiful waterfall just ahead. There are plenty of large rocks to stand upon and admire nature's work while clicking away. As this falls is relatively unknown, you can enjoy its beauty in an uninterrupted manner. Soak in the tranquillity, the lush surroundings, the various shades of green and be one with nature. Unpack your food and drinks and thank your lucky stars for such a serene spot on earth.

Locals say that the waterfall is rather long with a zig-zag course. However, the dense vegetation upstream obscures the view. You can catch a glimpse of the beginning of the waterfall though. The entire journey from Shillong to this spot should take you about 40 minutes. If you think you need a guide, talk to the security staff of Elephant Falls. For a small fee, they'll guide you.

Thangkarang Park, Cherrapunjee View Point

by goutammitra

This is the best viewing spot of Cherrapunjee. The monsoon is best viewed from this spot. The other side of the cliff is Bangladesh, separated by rivers and forest. But be careful if you travel with a private taxi or private tour operators, then there is a chance that he will take you only to Mawsaram caves and miss this one but this is the main attraction of Cherrapunjee. You can see the complete valley, the seven falls, Bangladesh rivers, forests on a clear day, the joyful play ( Hide & Seek Game) of the clouds ( This is what Cherrapunjee is famous for). The park is very clean with toilet facility. There are small kiosks outside where you can buy some food, chips, cold drinks, cigarettes, tea/coffee even drinks. The best idea would be that you have your lunch here and don't' waste your precious visit time to Cherrapunjee in sitting in a small hotel and having lunch. Spend about an hour or so, you are guaranteed to see Mother Nature's various moods, I am sure you don't want to miss that? Do you? After all you have paid for see Cherrapunjee rains?

The best idea would be that you get your lunch packed from the hotel of Shillong and buy tea coffee or beer from local shops and spend at least two hours here. See Video to confirm my claim)

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