Take a trip to this magical land coming vacation and discover a plethora of natural jewels on your own. On your trip, you will see the unique carnivorous plant - the Pitcher Plant, the blue Vanda, lady’s slipper and other rare orchid varieties in the flower gardens of the state. In addition to these, the trek routes of the state will surely amaze you with their challenging paths and spectacular views.
Meghalaya boasts of a moderate type of climate and it never becomes harsh. In summer, the temperature ranges from 15oC to 25oC and the weather remains pleasant. Winter is much colder, with the temperature ranging between 4oC to 16oC. The monsoon season drenches the state from June to September. The hills of Meghalaya often remain covered by fog during this season.
Best Time to Visit
From September to April
How to Reach
By Air: Guwahati airport (Assam) at a distance of 128 kms is the nearest airport from state capital Shillong. From the Guwahati airport, airlines operate several flights from important places of India. Taxis are available at Guwahati Airport for Shillong, the journey takes about 4 hours and it costs around Rs.1100.
Helicopter Service: A helicopter service operates daily between Guwahati, Shillong (30 mnts) and Tura (60 mnts). Some helicopter services to Shillong land at the ALG in Upper Shillong, while others land at Umroi airport, 35 kms away from the downtown. The Helicopter service is convenient and economical and the permitted baggage is 10 kg.
By Railways: Guwahati railway station (103 kms) is the nearest railhead from Shillong. Several mail and super fast trains connect Guwahati with the rest of the country. Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) has bus services co-ordinated with train arrival at Guwahati railway station. Buses leave Guwahati from 6 am to 5 pm and the journey takes 3.5 hrs. Reciprocal services from Shillong also leave at the same time. Taxis are also available at the Guwahati railway station for Shillong.
Roadways: National Highway No 40 and other state roads connect Shillong with Guwahati. Meghalaya State Transport Corporation and private operators have bus services to various places in Meghalaya and to the neighboring states. Regular bus services are available from Guwahati to Shillong. In Guwahati, the buses leave from the main bus stand close to the railway station. The taxi stand is nearby, from where taxis and shared taxis are also available to Shillong. In Shillong, the bus terminal is located near Centre Point, the heart of town.
Shopping in Meghalaya
Meghalaya is known for a rich tradition of handicrafts which make for good shopping in the state. Weaving is an important part of the lives of the tribes which can be seen in the cane or cloth. Meghalaya has a huge forest area, since long past the tribes of the state have developed a heritage of woodcarving, cane and bamboo work. Some of the must buy include Wood carving, Jewellery, Pineapple fiber articles, Cane and bamboo work, Carpet and Silk weaving.e (Paona Bazar), Manipur Handlooms & Handicrafts Development Corporation (Paona Bazar), Eastern Handlooms and Handicrafts (Paona Bazar) and Manipur Development Society (Uripok).