This is my last day at Shillong, I had flight at 3.20 pm so I need to reach Guwahati Airport by 2 pm and for that I need to leave Shillong by 10am as it requires 3-4 hours for reaching depending on traffic and getting shared cabs. So nothing much to do today, I checked out of hostel, had breakfast at Rajasthani shop, and headed to Police bazaar for catching shared cabs. On the way to Guwahati got message that flight was delayed by 2 hrs due to Mumbai runway shutdown and I had no option but to wait in airport as guwahati was too hot to roam around in such short time. I headed back to Bangalore at night..!! Finishing my journey to meghalaya on a very happy note. Meghalaya is definitely a monsoon place.
So I will just list down few tips or about meghalaya for those who are travelling to Meghalaya..!!
#Local language is Khasi, people do speak English and Hindi but you guys need to be slow in flow of words as they don't understand fast words
#Predominatly Pork, Beef is eaten here, you get chicken, fish and even dog meat as well.
#Laal chai or Red tea is famous here do try it
#Vegetarians might have hard time in finding proper food
#Meghalaya includes Garo hills, Khasi hills and Jaintia hills
#Khasi local food is Jadoh which is made of sticky rice, pork, beef cutlets, vegetable stir fry. Many Jadoh stalls are there.
#Shillong people are mixed natured people, few are polite, few are rude in talking, few are straight forward so mixture of people.
#Males are addressed as 'Bah' and females as 'Kong', as token of respect people address using this words just like we say bhaiya, didi etc
#Food might not be favorable for all it depends
#Pineapple, plums, Litchis are grown more here and pine apples are very very tasty
#People eat lot of Pan and betel nuts here so one can see people mouth stuffed with it
#Lot of cafes are available all around
#Only way of commutation to Cherrapunje, Dawki, Double Decker is via cab so that one can enjoy the journey and be careful on the prices, it's too costly for tourists.
#Try bargaining on the prices or use tricks like you found a person who charges less (this has worked for me) so cab drivers automatically charge less
#The prices I have mentioned in the itinerary is for one person
#I would prefer monsoon is best time to visit as all waterfalls will have high water flow and also one can experience clouds (summers not sure as I got headache due to sun heat)
#Hostels are better for Solo travellers, lot of Homestay/hotels do exist in all places of meghalaya so no worries if not pre booked.
#Vegetables, fish, chicken all are sold on roadside of shillong, one can see if strolling around the streets
#There are lot of falls on the way to Cherrapunje or other destinations amidst greenery its an visual treat to eyes
#Street food is very cheap here compared to Cafe or restaurant food.
#Cleanliness is maintained at high priority
#Two wheelers are provided on rent, helmet is mandatory for two wheelers and seat belt for four wheeler. (Rash driving by kids of aged 13-18yrs happen so be careful while driving)
#All food shops close by 10pmat night and at morning shops open at 9 am.
#All tourist spots has some walk or trek involved so be prepared and carry shoes that's the comfort shoe wear for all tourist spots.
#Carry basic medicines along
#All tourist places names are kept after the village it is in
#There are tourist buses running on all day basis to different locations, I have attached images of same if anyone is interested to travel via bus. But maximum they allow 10-15 mins at each place. You need to book the bus at Police bazaar
#I had booked local cab driver for all 4 days, his name is Mark polite person i used to call him bhaiya and talk in Hindi and got to know many things about shillong from him. His number is (+91 87299 68978) it might be helpful for you guys.
Other places or offbeat places one can visit if staying up long :
1. Kongthong - Whistling village where people communicate through whistles (quite interesting though)
2. Nongriat village
3. Garden caves
4. Nongkhnum Island
5. Rainbow falls - one need to trek through double Decker root bridge so it's 1 hr from double Decker
6. Mawkdok village
8. Nartiang - mainly for hot springs
9. Museum lovers can head to Don Bosco museum, Ramakrishna mission
10. Laitlum canyon
11. David Scott trails