Reaching Guwahati first
Flights Shillong has a small airport at Umroi but there are few direct flights to Shillong. You will also notice that the flights are quite costly due to the low-frequency. So, instead of checking for Shillong flights, you should check for the Guwahati flights as it will be more economical for you. Trains
The nearest railways station to Meghalaya is Guwahati Railway Station. You can check the train timings and cost for trains on www.irctc.co.in with respect to the state you are coming from. Reach Shillong
The distance between Guwahati and Shillong is about 100 KMs so you can easily rent a bike (which I did) and drive to Shillong. The highway is breathtakingly gorgeous so trust me, you won’t regret it. You can rent bikes from Awe Rides at an economical price. Bus
i. From Umroi Airport – There is a 28-seater bus which costs about INR 100/- and runs on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Note: From Shillong, the bus leaves at 11 AM ii. From Shillong Airport – The bus costs about INR 250/- and leaves the airport at two timings: 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM only. Note: From Shillong the bus leaves at 6.30 AM and 9.00 AM. Tickets will be available at Tourist Information Center, Police Bazaar and Meghalaya Tourism Information Center, Guwahati Airport.
Day 1 – Shillong, After reaching Shillong, best would be to find a hotel in the Police Bazar. There are many options to stay here, plus it is the main market of this hill station. You will be able to find all the amenities here and if in case you would like to buy something, you will easily get it. Although, the place is a little crowded though. You can also find street food to eat and roti with vegetables just for INR 20/-.
Umiam Lake This lake comes on the way from Guwahati to Shillong and looks immensely gorgeous during the sunset.
Shillong View Point
After Umiam lake, you can move to this place which lies 10 KMs from Shillong and is also the highest point in Meghalaya.
This gorgeous waterfall is located 12 KMs from Shillong and is shaped in the form of steps.
Day 2 – Cheerapunji
Leave early in the morning the next day and head out to Cheerapunji. Last stop is the Double Nongriat Village. Mawkdok Valley
Seven Sister Waterfalls
Additional – Garden of Caves (Laitmawsiang)
Day 3 – Double Decker Living Root Bridges If there are any marvellous wonders around the world, then Nongriat Village is surely one of them. The village is a man-made wonder where the Ariel roots of Banyan tree are spiralled and twisted together to form a sturdy yet a completely beautiful bridge. Located in Meghalaya, it has around 3,000 steps one way. Towards the end of the bridge, your legs will start shaking because it is not easy to climb up or down from it. Below, you will find all the details of how to reach this place, where to stay and a secluded waterfall named Rainbow waterfalls. How to Reach Shillong – Cheerapunji – Tyrna Village – Trek to Nongriat – Double Decker Living Root Bridges – Rainbow Waterfalls Tyrna Village
Scooty/Bike: I rented an Activa from Awe Rides that charged me INR 650 per day. There are parking facilities available in Tyrna Village so you can easily get your own vehicle to reach here OR Bus+Private Cab: You can also take a government bus to Cherrapunji which starts from Police bazaar in Shillong. This will cost you around INR 350 or you can also take a shared taxi from Anjali Cinema Taxi Stand till Tyrna Village. Nongriat Village From Tyrna Village, the trek starts till Nongriat Village where you have to climb down around 3,000 steps.
Double Decker Living Root Bridges Once you enter the Nongriat Village, the double-decker living root bridges is just 50 steps walk from the Nongriat village which is built by the Khasi tribe. Stay: I stayed in the Serene Homestay which is run by Byron and his family and would suggest that you stay with them too. Trust me, you will just love their hospitality and the environment. For just INR 200-300, they provide you with hot water, food and a comfortable bed every night. You can contact Byron at – +91 9615252655 and book the stay for your visit too.
Rainbow Waterfalls If you want to explore the village further then you can trek for another hour. On a bright sunny day, you will be able to see a rainbow formation on the clear blue water from this place. From Nongriat Village, I took a guide to this place who charged me INR 300. Day 4 – Dawki Today, leave early from the Nongriat Village and start hiking. The drive from Tyrna Village to Dawki is for three hours. This is in the Jaintia Hills district and has a famous river Umngot, that lies between the India and Bangladesh border. Travelling in Meghalaya I rented an Activa for 5 days which cost me around INR 650 per day. However, if you do not want to rent a bike then you can take a government bus that runs from the Police bazaar in Shillong till Cherrapunji for INR 350 only.