Beautiful People, Beautiful Climate & Hospitality
The Forest is Receding very fast! We need to wake up!
Very soft spoken people
LIVING CLIFF BRIDGEIn Meghalaya, the rubber tree serves a dual purpose in the villages, surrounded as they are with dense jungle, deep ravines and rapid streams. The villagers use the roots of these trees to span the banks of the innumerable turbulent rivers and streams, linking one village to the other. The second use that they are put to is to...more
ASIA’S CLEANEST VILLAGE – MAWLYNNONG (CLUSTER OF STONES)The road to Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong (Cluster of Stones) is through some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. You start with deep gorges and smooth plateaus with clear blue skies on your left. One side of the road hugs the cliffs while the other side is the brim of a deep...more
Forget the much-touted Shillong Viewpoint. There’s a much better option to view the scenic splendor of Shillong and its closer too. You don’t have to fight the traffic to get out of the city till you reach the junction from where you turn left at Upper Shillong. You don’t have to feel like a suspect at the Easter Air Command gate while the sentry...more
This twin delight formed by the rivers Umshyrphi and Wah Umkhrah, is located in Mawlai Nongkwar locality of Shillong. At the junction formed by Thangkhiew Petrol Pump, Stanley Roy Building and the road leading into Mawlai locality on the National Highway, there is a road that branches off towards the 132 KV Mawlai Grid Sub-Station of the...more
If you love nature, the outdoors, are somewhat adventurous and have a few days to spare, go to Nongkhnum river island in Meghalaya. From Shillong, proceed to Nongstoin, the district headquarters of West Khasi Hills. From there, the island is barely 14 kms away. It is truly worth it. However, during the summers and the moonsoons (Apr-Aug), the place...more
In hill areas, distances measured in kilometres don't matter. What matters, imo, is the time taken from place A to B. From Shillong, you can easily traverse the distance to Cherrapunjee ('Sohra', is the local name from the Khasi word, 'soh-niamtra', meaning 'oranges'), in 1 hour 15 minutes (Cherrapunjee Circuit House). You can easily go to Cherra,...more
U.C.C Road Ri Bhoi, Uminiuh Khawn, Shillong, Meghalaya, 000000, India
Good for: Solo
This is surely the most Majestic hotel of Shillong! Built more than 150 ago by a British...more
This place is located at just center heart of Shillong city. This hotel has about 30/35 rooms which...more
As you wend your way to Sohra (Cherrapunjee) to see the wettest place on earth, don’t forget to leave some space in your stomach for the succulent chicken fry on the way at Mylliem, a mere 17 kms from your hotel. There’s a double-storeyed RCC house on the right-hand side of the main road, with a dilapidated signboard reading, ‘Kharumnuid Hotel.’...more
i totally recommend the beef , chicken burger , one of the few places who offer tang which i grew up .If great food people music n ambiance is your thing, then you must visit this cool place and the food is out of this world .excellent service, fab music, friendly people who dot on you wen you need anything.its kind the rock center of Shillong as...more
You get the most delicious 'momos' or dumplings, in Shillong. Dipped in the accompanying fierce red chilly sauce and taken with a steaming soup, it makes for the most succulent snack of the day, any time, any place. A dozen dumplings may cost you just Rs. 15/- or roughly one-third of a US $ (current conversion rate is US $ 1=Rs. 50/- or GBP 1=Rs....more
When you visit Shillong, or for that matter, most of the capitals of the North-East, you come to enjoy verdant beauty during daylight, an experience you may not get easily in a busy metro. The rolling hills, the soughing of the pine trees, the different hues of green, the 'almost' clean air, the easy, laid-back, unhurried pace of life, the scenic...more
There are a few good bars and dancing spots in Shillong town mostly in good star hotels like Cloud 9 at Center Point hotel, Hotel Polo Towers, Hotel Majestic. But during the time we visited ( In the 1st week of March'2010) a govt regulation( local administration) has stopped them to operate this till late night as there have been many drunken...more
The concept of 'shared taxis' is unique to this hill station. You can hail the cab anywhere and everywhere and damn the traffic regulations. The taxis ply along major routes of the city with commuters getting off and on along the way. You tell the taxi driver your destination and depending on whether or not he is going thataway, he may nod or say...more
It takes about 4/5 hours to reach Shillong from Kolkata, the nearest large city from North East. Although there is an airport in Shillong ( Barapani airport 40kms from city) the flights are a few and most erratic.The airport is also small. Air India operates direct flight to Shillong thrice a week. The airport is mostly used for military purpose...more
Contrary to the belief that the city of Shillong does not have proper transport facility ( I read some tips in VT), I found it is not only battle ready but has more than adequate transport for the locals as well as for the tourists!Yes, the city of Shillong does have yellow/ black taxis for the city traffic ( See pictures) and several types of...more
While in Shillong, a trip to the Iewduh (Bara Bazaar) or Big Market is a must. Be forewarned though. The alleys are narrow, dirty, full of water seepage and downright messy. However, if you have plucked up enough courage then the experience of shopping in one of the largest, oldest and most traditional markets in the entire North-East is thrilling,...more
Cashew nuts are grown in the hot plain belt of Meghalaya in the Phulbari area of West Garo Hills district adjoining Assam. Three main varieties of cashew nuts are available in the market. These come in plastic packets of half kg. each. The variety is adjudged according to a code which the buyers may not be aware of. These are:Best quality (Code=6...more
Market place in Tura. Cashew nuts are grown in the hot plain belt of Meghalaya in the Phulbari area of West Garo Hills district adjoining Assam. Three main varieties of cashew nuts are available in the market. These come in plastic packets of half kg. each. The variety is adjudged according to a code which the buyers may not be aware of. These...more
An interesting fact about Shillong (or the entire Meghalaya state) is that here you find a matriarchal society. The female member is the head of the family. It is the women who bring home their husbands after marriage. The children adopt the surname of their mothers and not their fathers. The womenfolk are more active and do more of the outside...more
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...more
The idea of putting this tip here is to let people know that women power is really prevalent in the state of Meghalaya. Though in almost all tribal area women do a lot of work, but in Meghalaya they also hold the decision making power apart from doing all sorts of work, either be a labour, running shop, hotel, cooking, collecting fire wood or...more
To the southern part of the state where it borders with Bangladesh, the rebels are dominating but only over a little area. The Indian National Army will successfully beat them once they get the "attack" order.
Women may not like to share taxis with men if the passengers are squeezed like sardines inside the vehicle. In the evenings, they may even feel unsafe taking such a taxi. Take a women's-only taxi driven by a women driver. This year (2011) on March 8th-International Women's Day will be celebrated in Shillong in a unique way. On that day 200...more
Tourists going to Cherrapunjee (Sohra) on Sundays are advised to carry their own food items and other beverages with them. Most of the shops in and around Sohra are closed on that day. You may get some scrappy items to eat, if you are lucky, that is, but better to be safe than sorry. On a Sunday, take your food along. Two options - Laitkynsew...more
If you wish to travel to faraway places like Silchar and Guwahati from Shillong, don't take the Sumo Taxis (large taxis) from nearabouts Civil Hospital, Shillong. These fly-by-night operators will cruise around Shillong picking up more and more passengers, sorely testing your patience and wasting your time. Until the Sumo Taxi is overflowing with...more
Luggage and bags:
Luggage & Bags: Sturdy rain-resistant suitcases. These get thrown around either on top of a bus or get squashed when packed in the boot of a taxi/Tata Sumo.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Weather in Shillong is extremely whimsical. At times, it rains when the sun is shining brilliantly. Sometimes during the summers, the wind howls. Some amount of woollies required the whole year round. Pack sturdy walking shoes besides formal ones, including dainty sandals. Ladies here are *very* fashion-conscious. Suggested gear:
Apr-Sep=Summer & Moonsoons=Light clothing, raincoat, umbrella, wind-cheater. Light sweater/shawl recommended as Shillong weather is whimsical.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries & Medical Supplies: No need, except your daily dosage. Be aware though that, being a Christian state, shops selling medicine may be closed on Sundays. Also, some life-saving drugs are not easily available but have to be procured from Guwahati, 3 hours away.
Photo Equipment: Photo Equipment: No need. All types of photographic equipment, including batteries, are readily available, except on Sundays.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No need. Various Goverment resthouses and private B&B have sprung up even in remote areas. Besides, you can start early and return to base by late evening.
1. Peace-loving people with a placid lifestyle.
2. 'Kwai'-chewing (betel nut) people.
3. Shillong is a cosmopolitan place.
4. English gets you by even in remote areas. Reason? Missionaries.
5. Scenic beauty. Some places are virgin territory.
6. People are passionate about archery betting, football, music, chewing 'paan', foreign
influx, uranium mining. Avoid discussions regarding last two topics.
7. 18-hole golf course.
Before India’s Independence, on May 24, 1918, the first Buddhist Temple in the entire North East was established as a temporary structure in the Polo Grounds area of Shillong. It was left to the Late Kripasan Mahastavir, the-then President of Bauddha Dharman Sabha to construct a permanent structure here. With the help of local businessmen, Kamala...more
Tucked away in a gorge, hidden from view, lies a scintillating waterfall, roughly 20 kms out of Shillong. You see the head first then, as you climb down the concrete steps, the silvery water comes into view, rushing headlong down. It’s over a 100 feet long and almost 30 feet across with a volume of water that is yet to be measured. Suffice it to...more
The oldest Hindu temple in Meghalaya is about 5 kms on the outskirts of Shillong towards Upper Shillong, opposite the 101 Area Canteen. You park your car at the top and walk along a rough road followed by some steps for about 10 minutes to reach the sanctum sanctorum. The Umshyrpi stream flows gently by the side of the temple. On the opposite hill,...more
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.