Shillong Package FAQs
A. There are a number of Shillong travel packages that provide an opportunity to travel to this beautiful land all through the year but the weather in Shillong has to be kept in consideration. It has a very cool climate throughout the year. The summer season (March to June) has 24 degree Celsius as its maximum temperature with the lowest being around 15 degree Celsius. The winter season (November to February) is freezing cold with the minimum temperature dropping to as low as 2 degree Celsius. The best part about Shillong is its snow capped peaks during winters making it look like a beautiful painting.
The monsoon months (June to September) experience heavy rainfalls and winds. The best time to visit Shillong would be in the month of May when the weather is neither too cold nor too warm.
Q. What is the local mode of transport in Shillong?
A. Shillong is best experienced on foot since the city in itself is small and hilly. There are yellow and black local taxis and some private buses available that can be booked from Bara Bazaar for sightseeing.
Q. How to reach Shillong?
A. Shillong popularly known as the ‘abode of clouds’ is a popular hill station in Meghalaya. Peace lovers, vacationers and nature enthusiasts come in large numbers to enjoy its natural beauty. Commuting here from your destination is a part of the Shillong package that you opt for.
Shillong Airport is located 35 kilometres away from the city at Umroi, which is a domestic airport that links the hill station with Kolkata via Air India regional flights. Another airport near Shillong is called Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati which is approximately 130 kilometres away. Regular flights from carriers like Go Air, Air Asia, etc operate to and from cities like Mumbai, Imphal, Bagdogra, Bangalore, NewDelhi to name some. From the airport, state bus services like Assam State Transport Corporation run at regular intervals from Guwahati to Shillong and takes an approximate travel time of 3- 4 hours to cover the distance via NH 40.
Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Shillong. Trains like Rajdhani Express takes 34 hours to reach Guwahati from New Delhi. Buses to Shillong can be boarded from outside the Guwahati Railway Station.
Q. What are some famous places to visit in Shillong?
A. Shillong has a lot to offer to its travellers who are nature lovers and are also looking for some adventure and all this is also included in Shillong’s tour package that you shortlist. They can indulge in Waterfall Rappelling at Elephant Falls, spend a romantic evening while boating at Umiam lake or taking a stroll at Ward’s Lake. Embark on a musical journey to see names like Lou Majaw, Afflatus & Soulmate performing in their own land.
Some breathtaking places to visit in Shillong are:
Umiam Lake: Located about 15 kms north of Shillong, this lake is basically a water reservoir that was formed due to the damming of the Umiam river.This beautiful lake is a paradise for the nature lovers and ones who crave for a hide out from the daily hustle of city life. The water of Umiam Lake is very clean and hence offers a never–to–be missed opportunity of boating and other water activities. Hire a boat and sail into its crystal clear water to enjoy the surrounding beauty of the entire landscape. The water sports complex at Umiam Lake offers adventure sports options like water skiing, sailing and rowing to the visitors.
Elephant Falls: Counted as one of the most scenic places to visit in Shillong, Elephant Falls is a three-tier cascading beauty and the most spectacular waterfall of the city. The Britishers named it so because of a huge adjoining rock, that has an uncanny resemblance with that of an elephant. However, the rock is no longer seen ever since it was destroyed in an earthquake.
Here at Elephant Falls, Shillong, you can admire the beauty of foamy water dropping in layers, surrounding dense vegetation, and enjoy shopping for souvenirs from local shops located at the entrance
Shillong Peak: For a stunning view of the surrounding hills and valleys, visit Shillong Peak which happens to be the highest view point and one of the best places to visit in Shillong. Located at an elevation of 6449 feet and mostly surrounded by fog, Shillong Peak offers 360-degree birds-eye view of the distant hills, waterfalls, Shillong city, and plains of Bangladesh. Perfect for nature lovers, photographers and trekkers, this place is undoubtedly one of the best tourist attractions in Shillong.
Ward’s Lake: During Shillong sightseeing, it is impossible to miss the Ward’s Lake. Located at the heart of the city, this is another famous lake in Shillong, also known as Polok Lake. The lake is encircled by cobblestone walkway, ideal for evening strolls. People visit this Shillong tourist spot, to enjoy the natural beauty, day picnics, watch dancing fountain shows or relax at the cafeteria, located by the lake. The wooden bridge on the lake and sprawling lotus beds on both sides make the place look immensely scenic.
Don Bosco Museum: As one of the best places to visit in Shillong, Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures welcomes every tourist, art enthusiasts, and history buffs. Featuring art galleries, wide collections of handicrafts, artifacts, attires, ornaments, and weapons used by various tribes of North-east India, one can witness panoramic views of the entire Northeast India. The museum is located in the premises of Sacred Heart Church and is a seven storey building with seventeen different galleries.
Q. What are some places to stay in Shillong?
A. Shillong’s rising status as a tourist destination has led to a number of hotels coming up from which the travelers can choose their ideal place to stay according to their preferences and budget. A lot of Shillong hotel packages are available online, for you to choose from.
If a person chooses to live in luxury and high end hotels then the most popular choices are Royal Heritage: Tripura Castle, Hotel Polo Towers and Centre Point Shillong. The ones who’d like the mid budget hotels are Blueberry Inn, The Pear Tree, Hotel Barbareek to name some.
Home stays have also become a very popular choice of the travelers. Some of the best home stays of Shillong are Quinton Enclave, Russett Homestay and Tranquil Inn. They are all located in and close to the hill station.