Welcome to this 5-day travel guide to the beautiful cities of Shillong and Cherrapunji! Located in the northeastern part of India, these two cities are known for their picturesque landscapes, vibrant culture, and friendly locals. From cascading waterfalls to lush green valleys, this region has a lot to offer for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
Here, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of some of the top attractions in Shillong and Cherrapunji, providing you with all the information needed for your tour plan. Whether you’re interested in exploring the local cuisine, trekking through the mountains, or simply soaking in the stunning scenery, we’ve got you covered. So sit back, relax, and let’s explore the wonders of Shillong and Cherrapunji together!
The Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Shillong and Cherrapunji is from October to May, which is the dry season in this region. The monsoon season starts in June and lasts until September, bringing heavy rainfall and landslides, which can make it difficult to travel and explore the region. The temperature during this time ranges between 15°C to 25°C, making it pleasant and comfortable for outdoor activities.
How to Reach
Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, is well connected to other parts of India through various means of transportation.
By Air, the nearest airport to Shillong is the Shillong Airport, also known as Umroi Airport, located around 30 km away from the city. However, the airport has limited connectivity, with only Air India operating flights to and from Kolkata. Alternatively, you can fly to the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, which is around 120 km away from Shillong. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Shillong.
The nearest railway station to Shillong is Guwahati Railway Station, located around 105 km away from the city. The railway station is well-connected to major cities across India. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Shillong.
Shillong is well connected to other parts of Northeast India through a network of roads. National Highway 40 connects Shillong to Guwahati and other major cities in the region. Buses and taxis are readily available from Guwahati and other nearby cities to reach Shillong.
The best way to reach Shillong is by taking a flight to the Shillong Airport or the Guwahati Airport, followed by a taxi or bus ride. Alternatively, you can take a train to the Guwahati Railway Station and then travel to Shillong by taxi or bus. Lastly, you can reach Shillong by road through National Highway 40.
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The Travel Guide
Day 1: Arrival in Shillong
On day 1 of your 6-day trip to Shillong and Cherrapunji, you will arrive in Shillong. We went there from Guwahati Airport by a reserved cab.
On this route, there is a very clean and well-decorated vegetarian restaurant “Jeeva Veg”. We enjoyed our lunch at this place.
After entering the city, first we stopped at Badapani or Umiam Lake at the entrance of Shillong. You have to cross a bridge over Umiam Lake to enter the main Shillong City. You can get the most stunning view of the entire Lake from the middle of this bridge. Try to stop here for a while to enjoy the beautiful view of this Lake.
Umiam Lake is surrounded by east Khasi hills and is a huge reservoir built to generate hydroelectric power for the city.
The boating facility is available here.
On day 2, start your day early and head to Elephant Falls, a picturesque waterfall located about 12 km from Shillong.
After that, visit the Shillong Peak, which offers a panoramic view of the city.
Next, go to visit Lady Hydari Park. It is a Japanese-style garden named after the first lady of the state and the wife of the Governor of Assam Lady Hydari.
From here, go to visit Ward’s Lake. It is another man-made Lake inside Shillong City.
In the evening, head to Police Bazaar, the city’s bustling market, to shop for local handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs.
On day 3, on your way to Cherrapunji, first stop at Mawkdok Dympep Valley viewpoint.
After spending a little while at this place we moved forward towards Wakaba Falls, a scenic waterfall of the region.
From here, we visited the most famous waterfalls of this region, the seven sister waterfalls or the Mawsmai Falls where you can see seven streams of waterfalls drop from 1033ft high limestone cliffs of Khasi hills.
Next, we reach the Mawsmai Cave, one of the most popular attractions in Cherrapunji. The cave has stunning limestone formations, and the guided tour takes around 30 minutes.
In the evening, we returned to Shillong.
On day 4, take a day trip to Dawki and Mawlynnong.
First, we went to Mawlynnong. Mawlynnong- a village known for its cleanliness and well-maintained gardens.
Explore the village and take a walk on the Skywalk, a bamboo bridge that offers stunning views of the surrounding area.
From Mawlynnong we went towards Dawki.
On our way, we stopped at a beautiful waterfall.
Crossing, this waterfall, it will be an hour-long drive to reach the banks of the Umngot River of Dawki town.
Dawki is a small town on the border of India and Bangladesh. Dawki is famous for its crystal-clear waters and is a popular spot for boating and kayaking.
In Dawki and Mawlynnong, you may not find ample hotels or homestays. It is better to complete this trip in a single day and return to Shillong for night-stay.
On day 5, pack your bags and check out of the hotel. If time permits, you can visit the Don Bosco Museum, which has a collection of artifacts and exhibits showcasing the culture and history of Northeast India. After that, head to the airport or railway station to depart from Shillong, bringing back memories of your wonderful trip to Shillong and Cherrapunji.
In conclusion, this 5-day tour Plan to Shillong and Cherrapunji will take you through some of the most popular attractions and activities in the region, allowing you to experience the natural beauty, culture, and hospitality of Northeast India. So, whether you are looking for a peaceful vacation or an adventure-filled trip, Shillong and Cherrapunji are sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.