NH7 Weekender Shillong: A Five-Day Itinerary For Music Lovers In The City Of Rock

21st Oct 2016

NH7 Weekender is back and this year the journey of the happiest music festival starts from the abode of clouds, Shillong.

NH7 Weekender Shillong is back in India after a successful 2015 season and for those of you who missed the live action last year, check out the video for a recap.

NH7 Weekender Shillong dates: 1st and 2nd November

We all know the best thing about the Weekender. The best artists from around the world, along with local musicians come together to make our weekend just perfect. The venue is yet to be announced but the incredible line should have pushed you to book your tickets for NH7 Weekender Shillong right away.

But you should never come back without getting a full of sense the place you travel to. And that's why I've made a plan for those of you who will not leave before seeing a little of Shillong.

How to get there?

By Air: The nearest airport to Shillong is Umroi Airport at a distance of 25km from the city. The airport however has limited connectivity and therefore, most travellers reach Shillong via Guwahati International Airport, at a distance of 125km from Shillong.

By Train: Nearest railway station is Guwahati. You can take a bus or hire a taxi to Shillong from there.

By Road: It takes almost three hours to reach Shillong from Guwahati by bus or a shared taxi.

Keeping your first two days solely dedicated to NH7 Weekender Shillong festival, here's a five-day itinerary for travellers in Shillong

Day 1

Reach the highest peak in Shillong to witness the sunrise.

While you'll be spending the rest of your day witnessing the best artists perform, at the same time it's essential know where you've travelled to. The best way to do it in Shillong is to walk up to the highest peak, enjoy the 360‎° panoramic view of the city from the Shillong Peak. This short walk will surely prep you for the rest of the day.

Photo of Shillong Peak, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Disha Kapkoti
Day 2

Start the day with a visit to the Golf Course.

On the second day of NH7 Weekender Shillong, you can choose to take out a few morning hours to explore the city. Photographers will have the time of their lives witnessing the incredible 18-hole golf course in Shillong. Lose yourself in the shades of green as you walk along the tarmac road overlooking the breathtaking green expanse.

Image Credits: Mridul Pareek

Photo of Shillong Golf Course, Golf Links, Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Disha Kapkoti
Day 3

Shillong might be the hub of all activity throughout the NH7 Weekender, but on the third day when the festival gets over, take time out to explore the village of Mawlynnong, which lies 90 kms south of Shillong. It take almost two hours to reach Mawlynnong from Shillong and this trip could be your chance to explore the quaint village, also known to be the cleanest village in Asia. You can stay here for the night, since the village offers cheap accommodation.

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Disha Kapkoti
Day 4

Mawlynnong is also known as the God's own garden and if you stay at the village for the night, you can dedicate the next day to exploring the single decker root bridge by taking a cab. The cab will drop you near the location, from where it is a 10-minute walk to the bridges. These root bridges date back to almost 1100 years and the bridges are a living testimony to the ingenuity of the local tribal community.

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Disha Kapkoti

On the same day, you can reach Dawki almost within an hour. At a distance of 30 kms from Mawlynnong, Dawki is small village with the Umngot River as the main attraction. The village shares a border with Bangladesh and the river stands as a natural border between the Jantia and Khasi Hills. The clear waters of the Umngot river and the scenic hill drive will make this excursion worth it. A 3-hour long drive through the Khasi Hills will take you back to Shillong the very same day.

Photo of Dawki, Meghalaya, India by Disha Kapkoti
Day 5

20 kms out of the city, on the way to the airport, you can stop by Umiam Lake at Barapani. The incredible Umiam Lake is simply a sight not to be missed. For the travellers who spent the last few days taking in the best of music from the city of rock, the magical sight of the Umiam Lake would be the best final memory of this trip.

Photo of Umiam Lake, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Disha Kapkoti

Travel far and explore more.

The incredible music scene of Shillong can put travel out of your mind for a bit, but I insist you make the best of this opportunity to witness the wonders of the Northeast in the naturally-gifted region of the Khasi Hills in Meghalaya.

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