Having completed 3-4 mega bike rides (more than 2000kms) in South India and tested my riding skills in the Himalayas (Manali-Leh) it was time to ride in North-East India.
It was the D-Day for the most awaiting and amazing trip that we had planned. As everyone knows, Meghalaya the "Abode of Clouds" is one of the most beautiful and picturesque state in India. It is also known for its highest rainfall, subtropical forests and biodiversity.
Best time to visit Meghalaya is between October to June.
Bangalore to Guwahati:
Departure Place - Bengaluru (Kempegowda International Airport).
Departure Time - 6:50am
Arrival Time - 9:55am (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport - Guwahati).
We reached Guwahati around 9:40am, 15minutes early than what was told. The weather in Guwahati was hot and humid, it was between 30-35degrees. We booked UBER and drove towards the city.
With some help and contacts we had rented 3 Royal Enfield 350cc and 1 Himalayan for our 7days trip and they were waiting for us. We reached the destination in about an hour from the airport and we were ready to ride to Shillong on the same day.
Guwahati to Shillong - 100kms.
As we rode towards Shillong - Capital City of Meghalaya, the roads were clean and neat with a lot of greenery. The bikes were maintained well and the ride was pleasant (we also did not have much time to test the bikes or change them). We stopped at Jiva Veg Restaurant for some sumptuous meal and food was great there. Later in the evening we reached Umiam Lake, which was our first destination on the way to Shillong. The lake was lovely at the time of sunset and we did take a lot of pictures. We started driving towards Shillong and reached there in no time. We checked-in to our hotel, which were booked near Police Bazar, a famous market place in Shillong. After some coffee break in the hotel we started to explore places in Shillong and most of them were less than 3-5kms from the Police Bazar. The first place we visited was the Church - Cathedral of Mary Help, the place was good and we did not stay there for long as the evening/night prayers were going on. From the Church we went towards Wards Lake, it was dark and not much was visible, but we enjoyed the cool breeze. It was around 8pm and we were very hungry, so we took a stroll in the Police Bazar and it was the perfect place to fill our empty tummies. After a long walk and heavy dinner we rode back to the hotel to have good night sleep.
Overall the day went on well, we had a pleasant ride, lots to see in Shillong but we were able to cover only a few.